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Homeland Security Adviser Gets High Marks in a Tough Job

It is no mystery why Frances Fragos Townsend, President Bush’s homeland security adviser and a former mob prosecutor in Manhattan, was called The Hurricane by the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she once worked with in New York.”You don’t want to get on her bad side,” said an admiring Pasquale J. D’Amuro, a former assistant director in the F.B.I.’s New York office. “If you think you’re going to manipulate your way around, or not be aggressive in your approach, she’ll rip you to shreds.” That personality has served Ms. Townsend well since Mr. Bush gave her the job of pressuring the obstinate bureaucracies at the F.B.I., the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon to adopt the radical reorganization urged by a presidential commission examining intelligence on unconventional weapons in Iraq. In a scathing report in March, the panel found America’s spy agencies to be dysfunctional and the conclusions on Saddam Hussein’s programs dead wrong.Full Story

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