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US Intelligence Reform Seen Hostage to Elections

Proponents of a major overhaul of the U.S. intelligence system seized on the resignation of spy chief George Tenet to demand reform on Friday but former officials and analysts said actual change was unlikely in an election year. No sooner had President Bush announced Tenet’s departure on Thursday than talk of reforming the country’s 15 spy agencies — possibly with a new overarching spy czar — gained fresh momentum among lawmakers and pundits. “This creates a terrific opportunity to move forward on reform, and to reform the job (of intelligence chief),” Rep. Jane Harman (news, bio, voting record), ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee, told Reuters. Full Story

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