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Bush Orders Review of Covert Operations

With fellow Republicans blocking a sweeping overhaul of U.S. spy agencies, President Bush issued orders for the CIA and the FBI to strengthen their intelligence operations as recommended by the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks.The orders, signed by Bush last week and made public by the White House on Tuesday, call for an interagency review of whether the Defense Department should run covert paramilitary operations traditionally mounted by the CIA, as recommended by the commission. The CIA and the Departments of State, Defense and Justice will report back to him in 90 days. A separate directive calls on the CIA to increase by 50 percent the number of intelligence analysts and officers in the clandestine unit which recruits foreign spies and conducts covert operations overseas.Full Story

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