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Sept. 11 Panel Weighs Ideas for Domestic Intelligence

The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks said today that it was weighing proposals for an overhaul of American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, including the creation of a special domestic intelligence agency that would most likely take over some F.B.I. responsibilities. The bipartisan commission, which was created by Congress over the opposition of the Bush administration, said in a report issued today that it was also considering a proposal to create a new post, director of national intelligence, to oversee domestic intelligence. It suggested that the new domestic intelligence agency could be an “American version of Britain’s MI-5.” Such recommendations from the 10-member panel, known formally as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, would most likely meet with fierce resistance from the Bush administration, which has made clear that it would oppose any further restructuring of intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Full Story

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