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Some Fear Power Vacuum as C.I.A. Loses Its 2 Top Leaders

The departure of George J. Tenet, the director, and James L. Pavitt, the clandestine services chief, from the Central Intelligence Agency removes the top two generals who have steered the nation’s covert war on terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. As they step down this summer, the pair will leave what some in government worry may be a power vacuum, after a period in which an aggressive hand from Mr. Tenet and Mr. Pavitt has proven instrumental not only in directing the agency’s own efforts, but in forging cooperation among disparate and rival departments involved in the fight. Other agencies, including the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the new Terrorist Threat Integration Center, have often deferred to Mr. Tenet because of his energy and experience, as well as his close personal bond with President Bush, current and government officials say. Full Story

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