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CIA chief warns against 'intelligence tsar'

George Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Wednesday warned the September 11 commission against recommending the creation of a new chief with responsibility for the full range of US intelligence operations. In testimony before the commission’s investigating the September 11 attacks on the US, Mr Tenet argued strongly against the proposed reform, one of several under consideration in the commission’s debate on reform of US intelligence operations, including the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency and military intelligence. “To separate the DCI [director of central intelligence] from the troops, from operators and analysts, I have a concern about his or her effectiveness…but I wouldn’t separate the individual from the institution,” Mr Tenet said. Full Story

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