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Congress Split on Pace of Intelligence Reforms

Members of Congress are sharply divided over how fast to proceed in drafting legislation to restructure the nation’s intelligence services — torn between political demands for speed and caution arising from the complexity of their task. They also appear split over some of the major recommendations that the national commission charged with investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, made in its 567-page report last month, triggering the extraordinary mid-summer legislative effort. Those proposals — especially ones that seek a far-reaching realignment of intelligence responsibilities — could prompt a serious turf war among powerful Washington departments and agencies as well as congressional committees charged with overseeing them. Full Story

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