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Frustrated intelligence reformers see window of opportunity

Advocates of intelligence reform saw their stock skyrocket on June 3 when George Tenet announced his resignation as director of central intelligence. Tenet’s impending departure opens a long-awaited and potentially fleeting window of opportunity fora fundamental overhaul of the U.S. intelligence community’s command structure. Frustrated for decades, the reformers want to ensure that the answer to “Who’s in charge?” stops being “Nobody.” No fewer than 40 studies of the U.S. intelligence infrastructure — some of them dating back almost to the CIA’s birth in 1947 — have lamented that no single person really runs the nation’s intelligence efforts and have declared that the lack of clear leadership is a huge problem with enormous consequences. Now, reform advocates can push for restructuring without seeming to register a vote of no confidence in Tenet. The status quo no longer seems frozen solid. As Ronald Marks, who spent 16 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, puts it, “The ice has broken; I can hear it all around.” Full Story

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