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Task for CIA’s next chief: push Bush’s agenda

The replacement of Porter Goss as head of the Central Intelligence Agency appears rooted in one presidential objective: to coordinate and streamline America’s various intelligence agencies to “stop the terrorists before they strike.” Mr. Goss, who said Friday he would step down as CIA director after 19 months at the helm, reportedly defended the CIA’s status quo too strenuously. In so doing, he ran afoul of John Negroponte, director of national intelligence who oversees 16 intelligence-related agencies, by balking at demands such as one to transfer several CIA senior counterterrorism officers to the newly created National Counterterrorism Center, which reports to Mr. Negroponte. Full Story

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