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  • Judge Richard A. Posner, leading candidate for the title World's Foremost Authority

    07/13/2005 7:12:47 AM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 474+ views
    University of Chicago Law School / NY Sun ^ | 6/9/05 | R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
    Judge Richard Posner was in town for a public appearance the other night, and as he is a leading candidate for the title World's Foremost Authority, I thought I would stop by the famous old Willard Hotel to see what he had to say about the 9/11 Commission Report and its legislative by-product, the Intelligence Report Act. Supposedly the legislation improves the capacity of our intelligence community in this time of terror attacks worldwide. Judge Posner, a federal judge and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, writes on a broad range of public matters. He writes beautifully on...
  • Bush White House overhauls spy agencies (Sandy Berger welcomes recommendations)

    07/09/2005 1:55:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 575+ views
    White House overhauls spy agencies The move was spurred by questionable prewar Iraq intelligence. The Associated Press June 30. 2005 6:01AM AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite FBI Director Robert Mueller discusses President Bush's decision to create a national security service within the FBI, during a press conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, June 29, 2005. Mueller, who will share authority for choosing the head of the new service with National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, added that he does not regard the new agency as an infringement on the FBI's independence. President Bush granted the new national intelligence chief expanded...
  • Guns Over Democracy

    07/03/2005 9:51:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 74 replies · 1,456+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/4/5 | Editors
    PARLIAMENTARIANS gathered in Washington this holiday weekend from Europe and North America arrived just in time to witness the U.S. House of Representatives -- on the eve of the anniversary commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- trample upon the right of self-determination. Morphing themselves into city council members, a House majority overturned a city law and voted to allow D.C. residents to keep in their homes loaded shotguns and rifles, as well as handguns bought before 1976, unbounded by trigger locks or disassembled. The deed itself makes a mockery of Congress as a federal body. If the...
  • The struggle ahead - "Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11"

    06/09/2005 2:08:21 PM PDT · by OESY · 316+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2005 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Judge Richard A. Posner was in town for a public appearance the other night, and as he is a leading candidate for the title World's Foremost Authority, I thought I would stop by the famous old Willard Hotel to see what he had to say about the 9/11 Commission Report and its legislative by-product, the Intelligence Report Act. Supposedly the legislation improves the capacity of our intelligence community in this time of terror attacks worldwide. Posner, a federal judge and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, writes on a broad range of public matters. He...
  • Hayden intelligence role hailed

    02/21/2005 12:30:48 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 193+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, February 21, 2005 | By Shaun Waterman
    UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL The chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday welcomed the nomination of John D. Negroponte as the nation's intelligence chief and highlighted the critical role that his deputy is expected to play. "Both Jay and I think that the appointment of Ambassador John Negroponte and, more especially, the appointment of his deputy, Lieutenant General Michael Hayden ... represent an excellent team," said Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican and committee chairman, who appeared on "Fox News Sunday" with Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat.
  • President's Remarks On John Negroponte (National Intelligence Director Nominee)

    02/17/2005 1:24:32 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 4 replies · 485+ views
    10:00 A.M. ESTTHE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I appreciate you're here -- coming here. I'm pleased to announce my decision to nominate Ambassador John Negroponte as Director of National Intelligence. The Director's responsibility is straightforward and demanding. John will make sure that those whose duty it is to defend America have the information we need to make the right decisions. John understands America's global intelligence needs because he spent the better part of his life in our foreign service, and is now serving with distinction in the sensitive post of our nation's first Ambassador to a free Iraq.John's...
  • Director of Analysis Branch at the C.I.A. Is Being Removed

    12/28/2004 8:10:58 PM PST · by Pikamax · 35 replies · 1,329+ views
    Nytimes ^ | 12/29/04 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    c By DOUGLAS JEHL ASHINGTON, Dec. 28 - The head of the Central Intelligence Agency's analytical branch is being forced to step down, former intelligence officials say, opening a major new chapter in a shakeup under Porter J. Goss, the agency's chief. The official, Jami Miscik, the agency's deputy director for intelligence, told her subordinates on Tuesday afternoon of her plan to step down on Feb. 4. A former intelligence official said that Ms. Miscik was told before Christmas that Mr. Goss wanted to make a change and that "the decision to depart was not hers." Ms. Miscik has headed...
  • Iraq leads to MI6 overhaul

    12/26/2004 3:12:14 PM PST · by LaserLock · 4 replies · 635+ views
    United Press International ^ | December 26, 2004 | United Press International
    LONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- MI6 chief John Scarlett unveiled the biggest shake-up of the British intelligence service in 20 years in the wake of its performance before the Iraq war. The changes are meant to prevent a repeat of the government's withdrawal of the report on Iraq used to justify the 2003 invasion. The Times of London said Sunday the shake-up is a "tacit admission" the intelligence agency's credibility had been damaged. Scarlett plans to reinstate procedures used in the cold war when senior intelligence officers vetted information before it was passed on.
  • 9/11 Panel Members to Lobby for a Restructured Congress [NY Times]

    12/21/2004 6:27:43 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 1,813+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 21, 2004 | PHILIP SHENON and ERIC LIPTON
    Fresh from their role in overhauling the nation's intelligence agencies, members of the independent Sept. 11 commission say they will now lobby to restructure Congress and what the commission described in its final report as the lawmakers' "dysfunctional" oversight of the C.I.A., other spy agencies and the Department of Homeland Security. The commissioners, who have formed a private group known as the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, say their lobbying effort will begin in earnest next month, when Congress returns from its holiday recess. The lobbying campaign appears to have the support of the White House, which has called for the...
  • Global Intelligence Domination [NY Times Editorial]

    12/20/2004 7:20:06 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 282+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 21, 2004
    Of all the bad ideas we heard during what passed for a Congressional debate over intelligence reform, none were as awful as a new plan being drawn up by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's staff to actually expand the Pentagon's authority over intelligence. Apparently Mr. Rumsfeld is not satisfied with controlling 80 percent of the intelligence budget, an absurd situation that would have been remedied in the intelligence bill if Congress had not caved in to the Pentagon's lobbying. In this latest power grab, the Defense Department wants to elbow its way into more traditional intelligence gathering, which has been and...
  • Driver's License Rules in Intel Law Spark Outrage

    12/20/2004 7:41:58 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 32 replies · 906+ views
    CNSNews ^ | Dec 20, 2004 | Jeff Johnson
    A bipartisan group of senators, representatives, and members of the 9/11 Commission flanked President Bush Friday at his signing of sweeping intelligence reform legislation. But an equally diverse collection of citizens' groups criticized what they saw as the potential for government oppression and invasions of privacy codified in the new law. President Bush called the new law, "the most dramatic reform of our nation's intelligence capabilities since President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947. "Under this new law, our vast intelligence enterprise will become more unified, coordinated and effective," Bush said. "It will enable us to...
  • The Death of Intelligence

    12/20/2004 6:08:57 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 10 replies · 566+ views
    NRO ^ | Dec 20, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Be honest. Do you think this intel "reform" bill will reform intel in any meaningful way — i.e., by reforming what's the near 100 percent failure rate of recent years down to, oh, 93, maybe 86 percent? I don't, and I don't know anyone from the sharper end of the "intelligence community" who does, either. But who cares? The Democrats are in favor of it, because reshuffling the bureaucracy is their preferred way of demonstrating that they're not soft on national security. And that means the media are in favor of it, and so, as we're constantly told, are "the...
  • Our borderline security

    12/19/2004 10:40:02 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 10 replies · 345+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 27, 2004 Issue | Lou Dobbs
    It remains to be seen whether intelligence reform legislation will produce substantive improvements in our national security. Republicans and Democrats alike certainly hope so, as do we all. But Congress and the White House failed to approve other reforms passed by the House of Representatives that would have ensured heightened border security and the ability to control immigrant documentation and identification, which the 9/11 commission recommended. The debate over intelligence legislation, thanks to Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner and Duncan Hunter, did succeed in raising the level of a critical political and public dialogue on the importance of securing our borders and...
  • Bush Signs Bill to Overhaul Intelligence

    12/18/2004 2:29:29 PM PST · by zzen01 · 3 replies · 210+ views
    NewsMax.com Wires ^ | Friday, Dec. 17, 2004 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – President Bush on Friday signed into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence gathering in 50 years, hoping to improve the spy network that failed to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary December 17, 2004

    12/17/2004 7:27:38 PM PST · by OPS4 · 253+ views
    The White House | 11/17/04 | The White House
    For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary December 17, 2004 Press Briefing by Scott McClellan The James S. Brady Press Briefing Room Press Briefing 12:47 P.M. EST MR. McCLELLAN: Good afternoon, everybody. The President was pleased to be joined this morning by congressional leaders, September 11th Commission members, and some families of victims of the September 11th attacks as he signed into law the most far-reaching intelligence reforms in nearly 60 years. The President's most solemn responsibility is the safety and security of the American people. And the reforms he signed into law today build upon the significant steps...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos): 12/17/04

    12/17/2004 4:47:51 PM PST · by MJY1288 · 205 replies · 2,682+ views
    White House, Yahoo
    This morning President Bush signed into law The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The Bill creates a new center for counter terrorism and a Cabinet level Intelligence Director with budget authority, the President also signed an executive order on the establishment of the Committee on Ocean Policy ENJOY YOUR VISIT TO SANITY ISLAND!
  • Intel-Overhaul Foe Not Afraid to Hold Out

    12/17/2004 8:03:11 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 141+ views
    Team Amber ^ | Dec 17, 2004
    Americas Amber Alert News Center(WASHINGTON D.C.USA)AP--Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who almost succeeded in scuttling the intelligence overhaul bill, is not one to aim for a partial victory. "If you hold out for half a loaf, you probably end up getting a fifth of a loaf," the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with The Associated Press. "If you hold out for a full loaf, you end up getting a lot more." The more in this case is a promise from House and Senate leaders to arrange votes in early 2005 on Sensenbrenner's idea to help fight terrorism: barring illegal immigrants from...
  • Bush Signs Intelligence Overhaul Bill

    12/17/2004 7:29:07 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 48 replies · 1,231+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 17, 2004 | Nedra Pickler
    President Bush (news - web sites) on Friday signed into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence gathering in 50 years, hoping to improve the spy network that failed to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks. "Our vast intelligence enterprise will become more unified, coordinated and effective," Bush said. "It will enable us to better do our duty, which is to protect the American people." The 563-page bill, which endured a thorny path to congressional passage, also aims to tighten borders and aviation security. It creates a federal counterterrorism center and a new intelligence director, but Bush did not announce a...
  • Bush to sign intelligence reform bill (Signing 10:05 AM EST)

    12/17/2004 5:30:52 AM PST · by roaddog727 · 28 replies · 465+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 17 December 2004 | Staff Reporter
    Legislation overhauls U.S. intelligence-gathering, tightens security. WASHINGTON - President Bush is signing into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence gathering in 50 years, hoping to improve the spy network that failed to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • Intelligence bill also an anti-terror catchall

    12/16/2004 4:14:25 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 146+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 16, 2004 | Mimi Hall
    A new director of national intelligence and a counterterrorism center are the central elements of the intelligence bill President Bush (news - web sites) will sign Friday. But the measure includes provisions intended to shore up security at airports, seaports and borders; halt terrorist financing and travel; help law enforcement officials; protect civil liberties; and promote U.S. values overseas. A look at key elements of the bill: Border security. Aiming to strengthen security along the nation's notoriously porous borders, Congress authorized the Homeland Security Department to hire 2,000 more border agents and 800 more Customs and immigration agents each year...
  • Illegalize illegals: Time for showdown in open frontier

    12/16/2004 1:17:16 PM PST · by atomic_dog · 39 replies · 1,720+ views
    HoustonChronicle.com ^ | Dec 15, 2004 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    Illegalize illegals: Time for showdown in open frontier By WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR. The new intelligence law, courtesy of 9/11, is mystifying because it does not face directly what is the most prominent threat to homeland security. It is: inimical action by non-Americans. All the people who participated in 9/11 were foreigners, here under various auspices. And yet the bill that has evolved from the findings of the 9/11 commission reads like an elocutionary exercise by a national committee to avoid saying anything unpleasant about unpleasant people born abroad. Specifically, the threat at this moment is from foreign terrorism. The...
  • President Gets to Fill Ranks of New Intelligence Superstructure

    12/16/2004 7:47:32 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 222+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 16, 2004 | Walter Pincus
    President Bush (news - web sites) is searching not only for a new director of national intelligence to become his chief adviser on intelligence but also for three other senior officials who will work atop the new organization created by the intelligence reform act he is scheduled to sign into law tomorrow. Along with the job of the intelligence director, or DNI, there is to be a principal deputy DNI, a director of a new national counterterrorism center, and a general counsel to the DNI, all of whom must be presidential appointees subject to Senate confirmation. In addition, the new...
  • Many 9/11 Families Opposed to Collins' Bill

    12/14/2004 5:14:37 PM PST · by Fatalis · 7 replies · 641+ views
    Magic City Morning Star - (Maine) ^ | 12/13/04 | Peter Gadiel
    Many 9/11 Families Opposed to Collins' Bill By Peter Gadiel Dec 13, 2004, 08:57 Editor, Sen. Collins persists in claiming that her intelligence reform bill passed because of "the overwhelming support of family members of 9-11 victims." Our organization, 9/11 Families for a Secure America wants to tell the people of Maine that her claim is false. The members of 9/11 FSA, all of whom are relatives of 9/11 victims, represent the families of 300 of those victims. We vociferously opposed the Collins bill in numerous Capitol Hill press conferences, a fact which cannot have escaped Sen. Collins notice. To...
  • Leak of Secret U.S. Spy Program to Be Investigated

    12/14/2004 6:28:36 PM PST · by I_saw_the_light · 23 replies · 967+ views
    Reuters via Yahooooooooo ^ | 12/14/04 | Tabassum Zakaria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department (news - web sites) has been asked to investigate the leak of details of a secret spy program which media reports say would involve spending $9.5 billion to build stealth spy satellites, government sources said on Tuesday. The sources said a U.S. intelligence agency had referred the issue to the department, but did not identify the agency. The National Reconnaissance Office, which builds spy satellites, declined to comment. The Washington Post said on Saturday the classified program was for a new generation of spy satellites designed to orbit undetected. It cited U.S. officials as...
  • Buying Intelligence Blind

    12/13/2004 7:34:18 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 220+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 14, 2004
    It is good to see four Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee taking the rare step of publicly objecting to a major program in the secret intelligence budget, believed to be about $40 billion. Under the current excessive rules, they are not able to identify the program specifically, but they describe it as being wasteful, unnecessary and dangerous. Outside experts believe that they are probably referring to a stealth satellite system whose ballooning costs have made it perhaps the single largest item in the intelligence budget, while its justification has grown increasingly dubious. For two successive years, according to the...
  • Intel reform law just the beginning

    12/13/2004 8:56:43 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 209+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Dec 13, 2004
    It's not words on paper which will better protect this nation from a terrorist attack. We're not at all convinced that a culture of collaboration can be legislated. Or that a new counterterrorism center solves the bottom line lesson of the missing WMD in Iraq - threat assessments are only as reliable as the intelligence being analyzed. Indeed, we will be no safer if the first appointee to the new post of National Intelligence director simply has access to the same junk intel which led former CIA Director George Tenet to declare the case for war in Iraq a ``slam...
  • The 9/11 reform bill: Pro position ( Orange county Representatives speak out on their votes )

    12/13/2004 10:53:44 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 349+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Sunday, December 12, 2004 | CHRIS COX Republican Congresman from Newport Beach
    If there's any truth in the adage "you can't fight City Hall," then it is triply difficult to take on the U.S. Senate, the White House, and the national media. Yet that is what my California colleague, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, did in fighting for an intelligence reform bill that gives military commanders and troops in the field direct authority to access real-time satellite and signals intelligence.
  • 9/11 reform bill: Con position ( Orange county Representatives speak out on their votes )

    12/13/2004 10:50:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 373+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Sunday, December 12, 2004 | Dana Rohrabacher Republican congressman from Huntington Beach
    Along with 74 of my House colleagues, I voted against the so-called intelligence reform legislation passed by Congress last week. First and foremost, the changes brought about by this bill will not prevent another catastrophic terrorist attack on the United States like the one we suffered on 9-11. This legislative effort was designed to make people feel safer because they perceive something is being done. Unfortunately, any sense of security as a result of this bill is illusionary.
  • Top Staff Drain Hurting FBI

    12/13/2004 9:22:57 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 441+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Dec 13, 2004 | Limbacher
    A revolving-door turnover among the FBI's top staffers and highly-trained specialists is causing the FBI problems in meeting its intelligence and counter-terrorism responsibilities. Among those leaving the Bureau are dozens of intelligence analysts responsible for preventing new terrorist attacks along with members of the top management team, according to the Los Angeles Times which reported that: All four members of the top management team named by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks have left their jobs. Moreover every one of those named to replace them has also left the Bureau. Some other officials have...
  • Hastert to Make Driver's License Bill Top Priority

    12/12/2004 9:23:59 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 111 replies · 1,394+ views
    House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.) has promised disgruntled conservatives that the House's top priority in the 109th Congress is passing legislation that bars illegal aliens from obtaining driver's licenses, language the Senate stripped from the just-passed intelligence bill. House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R.-Wis.), a strong proponent of the driver's license provision, secured Hastert's assurance once House leaders agreed to vote on the intelligence bill last week. Sensenbrenner helped thwart a November 20 vote on the legislation because the provision was removed. Hastert's spokesman, John Feehery, said the speaker wouldn't hesitate about attaching the language to an Iraq supplemental bill,...
  • Twelve years of CIA discontent

    12/11/2004 8:49:56 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 7 replies · 1,172+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 12.11.04 | Tomas Jones and Marc Erikson
    Twelve years of CIA discontent By Tomas Jones and Marc Erikson For a dozen years or more, things have been going from bad to worse at the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Some, of course, may welcome this. They should note the following, however: for better or for worse, the United States - militarily and economically - is the world's most powerful nation. When its foreign-intelligence service stumbles from intelligence failure to intelligence failure, mis-assessment to mis-assessment, and, finally, a near-collapse of its discipline, integrity and morale, more than just US national security is put at risk. Avoidable, globally destabilizing...

    12/11/2004 12:47:59 PM PST · by JustAnotherSavage · 85 replies · 1,390+ views
    INHOFE SAYS INTELLIGENCE REFORM BILL OVERLOOKS MAJOR ISSUES Wednesday, December 8, 2004 WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the final passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (S.2845), which was eventually approved by the Senate (89-2). "Today I joined the majority of our Oklahoma delegation in voting against the final passage of this bill," Inhofe said. "While there where many provisions I agreed with, unfortunately there were also glaring omissions that where impossible to overlook and caused me to oppose final passage. "Stripped from the final version of this bill were five provisions...
  • Jim Inhofe, Courage from the 100 club.

    12/08/2004 2:23:27 PM PST · by AuntB · 46 replies · 838+ views
    Cspan.org, self | 12/08/04 | Billie Nix
    Today in the Senate, the Intelligence reform bill, S2845, passed with a vote of 89 to 2 . Senator James Inhofe (R) Oklahoma stated on the floor his reasons for not supporting the bill, which left out effective immigration/border control provisions passed by the House of Representatives in their HB 10. I first became familiar with Mr. Inhofe around 1993, when he was a member of the House of Representatives. One very late night, during special orders of the house, Inhofe gave a speech about something known as “The Discharge Petition”. This practice had been in the house for about...
  • Intelligence and Civil Rights

    12/10/2004 8:01:34 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 10 replies · 240+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 11, 2004
    As much as the nation needed to overhaul its badly flawed intelligence system, it hardly needed more surveillance and detention powers to invite federal agencies to abuse civil rights even further in the name of tracking terrorism suspects. But, alas, the new powers, which make it easier for judges and law enforcement officers to deny bail and get surveillance warrants for such suspects, survived the horse-trading that created a powerful new national director of intelligence, as recommended by the independent 9/11 commission. Based on the Bush administration's record of trampling on individual rights, Americans can have little faith that the...
  • New Police Powers Flow from 9/11 Law

    12/10/2004 2:37:56 PM PST · by LouAvul · 3 replies · 294+ views
    newsmax ^ | 12-10-04
    New details of federal police powers are emerging regarding the intelligence reform bill passed by Congress this week. The bill, which seeks to combine and coordinate the intelligence-gathering efforts of 15 separate agencies and will most likely be signed by President Bush next week, contain new provisions that allow the FBI to obtain surveillance warrants more easily, the Justice Department to detain some suspects without bail, and expands the government's counterterrorism powers. The Washington Post reported Friday the bill also widens "criteria that constitute 'material support' to terrorist groups and the ability to share U.S. grand jury information with foreign...
  • Congress Expands Use of Terrorist Lists

    12/10/2004 2:33:05 PM PST · by rocksblues · 6 replies · 421+ views
    My Way ^ | 12/10/05 5:02pm | LESLIE MILLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Anyone who works at an airport or aboard a cruise ship will have his identity checked against government watch lists, just like commercial airline passengers. The change, included in the intelligence bill passed by Congress this week, means hundreds of thousands of additional names will be compared with those on two lists - one for people suspected of terrorism, the other for people the government says require additional scrutiny for some other reason. Cruise passengers, but not crews, already are checked against the lists within 15 minutes of a ship's departure. Once President Bush signs the bill...
  • U.S. to Specify Documents Needed for Driver's Licenses

    12/09/2004 7:53:47 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 36 replies · 952+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 9, 2004 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    The intelligence agency overhaul given final approval on Wednesday by the Senate also reorganizes the way the states grant driver's licenses, a change that civil liberties advocates and some security experts say could have far-reaching consequences. Issuing driver's licenses has always been mostly a state function, but the new law requires the federal Department of Homeland Security to issue regulations on what documentation a state must require before it can grant a license. It also requires that the licenses be "machine readable," which will probably be accomplished through a magnetic stripe or a bar code or both. The printed format...
  • RNC: No Further Comment Needed

    12/10/2004 1:11:43 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 434+ views
    NO FURTHER COMMENT NEEDED________________________________________________________President Bush, November 4, 2004: “I've earned capital in this election -- and I'm going to spend it for what I told the people I'd spend it on, which is -- you've heard the agenda: Social Security and tax reform, moving this economy forward, education, fighting and winning the war on terror.” (President George W. Bush, Press Conference, 11/4/04)The House (336-75) And The Senate (89-2) Have Now Both Passed The Conference Report For The Intelligence Reorganization Bill By Large Margins. (S. 2845, Roll Call Vote #544: Adopted 336-75, 12/7/04; S. 2845, Roll Call Vote #216: Adopted 89-2,...
  • Measure Expands Police Powers - Intelligence Bill Includes Disputed Anti-Terror Moves

    12/10/2004 4:04:36 AM PST · by kattracks · 3 replies · 229+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/10/04 | Dan Eggen
    The intelligence package that Congress approved this week includes a series of little-noticed measures that would broaden the government's power to conduct terrorism investigations, including provisions to loosen standards for FBI surveillance warrants and allow the Justice Department to more easily detain suspects without bail. Other law-enforcement-related measures in the bill -- expected to be signed by President Bush next week -- include an expansion of the criteria that constitute "material support" to terrorist groups and the ability to share U.S. grand jury information with foreign governments in urgent terrorism cases. These and other changes designed to strengthen federal...
  • The Best Spies Didn't Wear Suits

    12/09/2004 10:22:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 409+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 10, 2004 | CHARLES T. PINCK and DAN PINCK
    GUEST OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS McLean, Va. FOR those who have been around long enough, the debate over the reorganization of the United States intelligence community has a familiar air. The issues and arguments are similar to those hashed out in 1942 during the creation of America's first "central intelligence" agency: the Office of Strategic Services, or the O.S.S. As policy makers move ahead with reforms, they should consider the lessons that can be drawn from the past. Before America entered World War II, the intelligence being given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt was incomplete and poorly analyzed by several independent agencies....
  • Lawmaker: Spy Project Threatens Security

    12/09/2004 5:38:55 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 11 replies · 331+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 8, 2004 | Ted Bridis
    Congress' new blueprint for U.S. intelligence spending includes a mysterious and expensive spy program that drew extraordinary criticism from leading Democrats, with one saying the highly classified project is a threat to national security. In an unusual rebuke, Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, complained Wednesday that the spy project was "totally unjustified and very, very wasteful and dangerous to the national security." He called the program "stunningly expensive." Rockefeller and three other Democratic senators — Richard Durbin of Illinois, Carl Levin of Michigan and Ron Wyden of Oregon — refused to sign...
  • Exploiting Tragedy

    12/09/2004 4:08:04 PM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 7 replies · 303+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 09 December 2004 | Shawn Macomber
    The simple existence of a connection to an event may be a personally tragic and heartrending thing, but it does not bestow carte blanche moral authority upon one's beliefs. My grandfather, for example, was shot several times during the course of the Korean War, but that does not suddenly make any opinion I have about that war sacrosanct. Likewise, if my father were to die in a hot air balloon accident, I might criticize the company that made the basket or the sandbags or whatever failed, but I would not instantly become a qualified expert on how to reform the...
  • Mysterious New Spy Program Called 'National Threat'

    12/09/2004 7:26:11 AM PST · by crushelits · 19 replies · 771+ views
    netscape.cnn.com ^ | Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Posted: 9:45 PM EST | netscape.cnn.com
    Mystery surrounds costly spy programWASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' new blueprint for U.S. intelligence spending includes a mysterious and expensive spy program that drew extraordinary criticism from leading Democrats, with one saying the highly classified project is a threat to national security.In an unusual rebuke, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, complained Wednesday that the spy project was "totally unjustified and very, very wasteful and dangerous to the national security." He called the program "stunningly expensive."Rockefeller and three other Democratic senators -- Richard Durbin, Carl Levin and Ron Wyden -- refused to sign the congressional compromise...
  • WSJ: Meet the Nidniks -- Washington gets another intelligence bureaucracy. Great.

    12/09/2004 5:55:11 AM PST · by OESY · 20 replies · 438+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 9, 2004 | Editorial
    ...Crowning all of this will be the office of the National Intelligence Director. In theory, the job of the NID... will... oversee and coordinate the work of the CIA, FBI, NSA and DIA. In practice, it probably means one of the following two things: 1) NID becomes another layer of the permanent Washington bureaucracy.... Eventually it is co-opted by one of them, probably the CIA, which provides the NID with most of his personnel. Or (2) NID becomes another layer of the permanent Washington bureaucracy. The office accretes staff and influence. It interposes itself between the President and his intelligence-gatherers....
  • WINNING THE BORDER BATTLE (Immigration Reform)

    12/09/2004 4:24:39 AM PST · by beckaz · 44 replies · 604+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 9, 2004 | Tamar Jacoby
    December 9, 2004 -- THE immigration wars have started again in Washington, with this round, like the last, pitting mainly Republicans against Republicans: conservative Republicans in the House vs. President George W. Bush. The charge from the right: that when it comes to immigration, the president is soft on enforcement. The only trouble is it isn't true. The president's plan for a guest-worker program — first proposed in January and, according to the White House, one of its priorities for the coming year — is in no way antithetical to enhanced enforcement. On the contrary, better enforcement is the heart...
  • Intelligence: No Reform is Better Than Bad Reform

    12/08/2004 8:33:59 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 24 replies · 391+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | December.6,2004 | Doug Patton
    During President George W. Bush's first term, I was among his greatest cheerleaders and his toughest critics. I praised his execution of the war on terror while criticizing his education reform package, which was nothing more than a capitulation to Ted Kennedy, and which produced the legislation now known as "No Child Left Behind," an intrusive bit of federal education expansion despised by Republicans and Democrats alike. I commended the president's signing of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, but excoriated him for compromising on the issue of stem cell research. I applauded his courage for defending traditional...
  • Mystery surrounds costly spy program

    12/08/2004 7:42:06 PM PST · by Kornev · 10 replies · 662+ views
    CNN/AP ^ | 12/08/04 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' new blueprint for U.S. intelligence spending includes a mysterious and expensive spy program that drew extraordinary criticism from leading Democrats, with one saying the highly classified project is a threat to national security. In an unusual rebuke, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, complained Wednesday that the spy project was "totally unjustified and very, very wasteful and dangerous to the national security." He called the program "stunningly expensive."
  • Congress bans lighters from airliners

    12/08/2004 2:40:01 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 181 replies · 2,762+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | Dec 8, 2004 | Leslie Miller
    Passengers already are barred from smoking on commercial flights. Now they won't be allowed to bring their butane lighters on board either. As part of the intelligence reform bill passed Wednesday, Congress added the lighters to the long list of banned items, including scissors, pen knives and box cutters. Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota had pushed for the change for more than a year after learning the Transportation Security Administration allowed them on planes. "When I found out that they had explicitly, in their rule, said you could take two butane lighters and...
  • Compromises Curb Spy Chief's Power

    12/08/2004 4:54:13 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 8 replies · 276+ views
    LA Times ^ | Dec 8, 2004 | Greg Miller
    The scattered agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community are about to get a new leader. The question is: Will that person have enough authority to make them follow?... Several officials voiced concern that having the president referee such disputes is likely to favor powerful players in the administration, particularly Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, whom Bush asked last week to serve a second term. Many of the provisions in the bill amount to "throwing the ball back in the president's camp," Turner said. "And I'm very worried because it appears this president won't buck Rumsfeld."...
  • US Senate Vote for Intelligence Reform Act

    12/08/2004 5:39:41 PM PST · by Whataday · 6 replies · 499+ views
    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 108th Congress - 2nd Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the SenateVote Summary Question: On the Conference Report (S. 2845 Conference Report ) Vote Number: 216 Vote Date: December 8, 2004, 03:13 PM Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Conference Report Agreed to Measure Number: S. 2845 (National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 ) Measure Title: A bill to reform the intelligence community and the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, and for other purposes. Vote Counts: YEAs 89...