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Bush's Plan Limits Intelligence Chief

President Bush’s plan for reforming the intelligence community would make the new national intelligence director responsible for clandestine operations at home and abroad but would allow less direct control over those activities than the CIA director has now in the dual role as director of central intelligence, according to past and present senior intelligence officials. Bush’s plan, which aides say is still being refined, would make the national intelligence director (NID) and staff an independent agency inside the executive branch but not within the office of the president. Although the director would have immediate authority over the budget for foreign intelligence activities — about 70 percent of the $40 billion intelligence community budget — the director would not personally run any operational agency as the director of central intelligence (DCI) does today, since that person also is CIA director.Full Story

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