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Intelligence Reform Bill Hits a Wall in Congress

A sweeping overhaul of the nation’s intelligence apparatus, one of the chief recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission, appeared headed for collapse Friday as House and Senate negotiators acknowledged they could not agree on a bill before next week’s elections.Negotiators were unable to overcome opposition from the Pentagon and its supporters to creating a powerful intelligence czar, fearing that too much authority over the budgets and personnel of the intelligence agencies would be shifted away from the secretary of Defense. “The initial hurdle we’re facing is the one that intelligence reformists have been facing for the last half-century,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.). “How do you allow the Department of Defense to maintain some form of budget authority over the intelligence budget?”Full Story

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