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Bush OKs First National Counterintel Plan

President Bush has approved the nation’s first counterintelligence strategy, directing the intelligence agencies to go on the offensive — together — against foreign and terrorist threats.Counterintelligence is the government-wide effort to protect against foreign espionage and intelligence collection. But professionals in this narrow specialty concede the work has largely been done piecemeal by the 15 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, and often in reaction to intelligence that’s already been lost. Released Monday, the president’s strategy directs the intelligence community to “identify, assess, neutralize and exploit the intelligence activities” of countries, terrorist groups and international criminal organizations who are out to harm U.S. interests. Bush signed the document on March 1.Full Story

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