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CIA-Like Counterterror Center Urged

The commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks called yesterday for the creation of a super CIA-like center within the president’s office where U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement officials together would analyze intelligence and plan domestic and overseas counterterrorism operations, something that is currently prohibited by U.S. law. The national counterterrorism center, the most radical of the reform proposals set forth by the commission, would report to a new national intelligence director who would have budgetary and operational control over all 15 intelligence agencies and departments, according to the report. The new office is needed to shake up a bureaucracy that the commission said is still stuck in the Cold War era, and the office would allow a more flexible approach to modern intelligence needs. In effect, the proposal would focus much of the capabilities of the U.S. intelligence community on terrorism, making it as predominant as the Soviet Union and international communism were during the Cold War when they consumed well more than half the country’s intelligence assets. Full Story

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