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Senate Leans to a Powerful Intelligence Chief

Senate authors of a plan to reorganize United States intelligence agencies defeated efforts on Monday to reduce the power of a new national intelligence director. The leadership, meanwhile, unveiled a plan on how the Senate could better oversee intelligence and security activities.With lawmakers hoping to gain approval this week for a measure based on the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission, the backers of the legislation won a series of significant votes, including their push to disclose the total spending by United States intelligence agencies. “The public has a right to know at least that,” said Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut and a chief author of the bill that seeks to centralize intelligence gathering.Full Story

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