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Congress May Put More Power in Intel Post

A new national intelligence director may get more power than President Bush prefers, congressional committees charged with fulfilling the Sept. 11 commission’s recommendations indicated Tuesday. Creating a new director and agency with no real power to make 15 sometimes-turf-conscious spy agencies coordinate and consult won’t make the nation any safer, Democrats said as they used congressional hearings to criticize Bush’s proposal. “We have to make sure we’re driven more by 9/11, than by 11/2,” the date of this year’s presidential election, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said at a Senate Governmental Affairs hearing on the commission’s recently released report.Full Story

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