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US lawmakers criticize 9/11 commission's call for new intelligence chief

US lawmakers are highly critical of a key recommendation from the commission that investigated the September 11, 2001 terror strikes, which calls for naming a cabinet-level intelligence chief who will work out of the US president’s office, it was reported. A rare vacation-season hearing was held on Capitol Hill Friday to consider the recommendations, with President George W. Bush and other public officials moving unusually swiftly to act, after Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry called for immediate adoption of the advised reforms. “Several GOP (Republican) and Democratic lawmakers raised concerns about that idea, saying that placing an intelligence director and a national counter-terrorism center inside the Executive Office of the President could increase the potential for misuse of information and could threaten the independence of US intelligence analysts,” the Washington Post said. Full Story

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