The CIA, the powerhouse of American Cold War espionage, is struggling to find its role in the war on terror as post-Sept. 11 reforms take hold across a sprawling U.S. intelligence community. Two months after John Negroponte took up his new position as President Bush’s overall intelligence chief, a duty previously held by the CIA director, experts say the agency’s status as the central clearinghouse for intelligence on key issues, including counterterrorism, is eroding. “There’s a sense that the CIA is deeply embattled,” said U.S. appellate judge Richard Posner, author of the book, “Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11.” Full Story
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