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Ex-Spymasters Want Power for Intel Czar

Three former spymasters told senators Monday that creating a new national intelligence director would be worthless without giving that person authority over the budgets of the nation’s spy agencies. “The intelligence community does not need a feckless czar, with fine surroundings and little authority,” said William Webster, who has headed both the CIA and the FBI. And the power of the purse will help the new director make the nation’s 15 intelligence agencies cooperate, as well as listen to what he or she has to say, James Woolsey told the Governmental Affairs and Intelligence committees. “Whoever has the gold makes the rules,” he said. Full Story

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