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The Hill, Bush Differ on Counterterror Center
.washingtonpost.com ^ | Sunday, November 28, 2004 | Walter Pincus

Posted on 11/27/2004 8:54:22 PM PST by crushelits

The new national counterterrorism center established by President Bush under an executive order is to begin operations in early December, at about the same time that Congress may be debating whether to approve a law that would create a different version of the same agency.

The center would be the "primary organization in the United States government for analyzing and integrating" all intelligence "pertaining to terrorism and counterterrorism, excepting purely domestic counterterrorism information." The center's director is to supervise correlation of the terrorism intelligence and produce reports to be sent to the president and other senior officials.

It would operate under the "direction and control" of Director of Central Intelligence Porter J. Goss, according to the president's order. Goss, with the approval of Bush, would choose the director.

The center would also "conduct strategic operational planning for counterterrorism activities," but assign the carrying out of operations to the CIA, FBI and Pentagon. The center "shall not direct the execution of operations," the order says.

As established by the compromise reform bill now before Congress and which could be discussed again on Monday, the proposed center, and particularly its director, would have more authority than the president's version. The director would be a presidential appointee, approved by the Senate, and report directly to the president on "the planning and progress of joint counterterrorism operations," according to the bill.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; center; cia; counterterror; counterterrorism; dhs; differ; dod; fbi; goss; homelandsecurity; intelligencebill; thehill

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