[Politech] Government panel eyes possible "domestic CIA" agency [priv]

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Date: Wed Oct 15 2003 - 06:06:10 PDT

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    From: "Chuck Mauthe" <cmauthe@private>
    To: "'Politech'" <declan@private>
    Subject: Panel Eyes Homeland Spy Service
    Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 08:59:32 -0400
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    Panel Eyes Homeland Spy Service
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2003
    A former CIA director and a former deputy national security adviser on
    Tuesday advocated major changes to the U.S. intelligence establishment in
    testimony before the independent commission studying the terror attacks of
    Sept. 11, 2001.
    John M. Deutch, CIA director from 1995-1996, and James B. Steinberg, deputy
    national security adviser in the Clinton administration, endorsed two
    structural reforms: appointing a director of national intelligence separate
    from the CIA, and creating a domestic security service modeled after
    Britain's MI5.
    "Although some progress has been made," Deutch said in written remarks to
    the commission, "I doubt that it will be possible to obtain the intelligence
    capability this country and its citizens deserve without a dramatic
    realignment that creates an executive authority that places national
    security first."
    In an interview on the eve of his testimony, Steinberg said U.S.
    counterterror efforts remain hampered by decades-old walls separating by law
    the work of the FBI and CIA. The FBI operates domestically and traditionally
    focuses on catching law-breakers; the CIA works abroad and focuses on
    learning secrets.
    "The beauty of the MI5 model is it breaks down both those walls," said
    Steinberg, director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution.
    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, which
    is reviewing intelligence failures as part of its probe of Sept. 11, was
    also hearing Tuesday from a second former national intelligence director who
    cautions against dramatic realignment.
    "No one would question that management can always be improved, but major
    organizational change is not the salvation," James Schlesinger, director of
    central intelligence in 1973, said in his prepared testimony.
    He added, "I would submit that the real challenge lies in recruiting,
    fostering, and motivating people with insight  and, when necessary, bring
    about long-term change in the ethos of intelligence organizations."
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