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CIA, Pentagon reject recommendation on paramilitary operations

The CIA and the Defense Department have rejected a call by the independent 9-11 commission to consolidate secret U.S. paramilitary operations within the Pentagon, including those in which the U.S. government wants its hand to remain hidden. In its final report, the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks argued that the United States couldn’t afford separate agencies conducting such operations and “should concentrate responsibility and necessary legal authorities in one entity.” President Bush asked the Pentagon and CIA in November to study the issue and submit their findings within three months. The agencies have determined that each of them brings different capabilities to different situations and both should retain an ability to mount paramilitary operations, a participant in the study and U.S. officials familiar with its findings said Wednesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the study hasn’t yet been sent to Bush.Full Story

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