FC: Bush administration considers a domestic spy agency

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sat Nov 16 2002 - 08:20:28 PST

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        Bush Aides Consider Domestic Spy Agency
        By Dana Priest and Dan Eggen
        Washington Post Staff Writers
        Saturday, November 16, 2002; Page A01
        President Bush's top national security advisers have begun discussing
        the creation of a new, domestic intelligence agency that would take
        over responsibility for counterterrorism spying and analysis from the
        FBI, according to U.S. government officials and intelligence experts.
        The high-level debate reflects a widespread concern that the FBI has
        been unable to transform itself from a law enforcement agency into an
        intelligence-gathering unit able to detect and thwart terrorist plans
        in the United States. The FBI has admitted it has not yet completed
        the cultural sea change necessary to turn its agents into spies, but
        the creation of a new agency is firmly opposed by FBI Director Robert
        S. Mueller III, who has said he believes the bureau can do the job.
        On Veterans Day, top national security officials gathered for two
        hours to discuss the issue in a meeting chaired by national security
        adviser Condoleezza Rice. White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card
        Jr., Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, CIA Director George J.
        Tenet, Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, Mueller and six others
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