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Intelligence Briefing for Bush Is Overhauled

The highly classified daily briefings prepared for President Bush have been expanded to include significant contributions from sources other than the Central Intelligence Agency, and will soon be modified further to absorb a separate daily terrorist threat assessment, two senior intelligence officials said on Tuesday. The changes, ordered by John D. Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, are part of a broader overhaul intended to add to the quality and breadth of intelligence provided to policy makers after major failures related to Iraq and terrorism. They were outlined at a briefing for reporters by senior officials of the National Intelligence Council, which reports to Mr. Negroponte. Until now, the daily briefings, known as the President’s Daily Brief, have been produced primarily by the C.I.A. Their quality and the fact that their judgments tended to be “C.I.A.-centric” were criticized in harsh terms in a report completed in March by a presidential commission on illicit weapons.Full Story

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