Java Drinker (java_drinker) wrote in 2004_elections,
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INTELLIGENCE – LATE TWEAKS WATER DOWN BILL:

 Compromises and tweaks made at the last minute to ensure conservative support for the new intel bill "have left many government officials and espionage experts skeptical that key reforms will amount to more than an administrative reshuffling – or will make the nation any safer." Slate notes the legislation "falls far short of the measures urged by the 9/11 Commission," with House changes to the bill vastly limiting the authority of the new national intelligence director. Curbs to the director's power, urged by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), include "strict limits" on budget authority and an inability to fire the heads of intelligence agencies. Other areas of the bill also limit the effect of changes; the Wall Street Journal reports the new National Counterterrorism Center will have "strict limits" on how far it can go "in planning actual antiterrorism operations."
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