From: Otis Willie
Subject: Congress to Delay Overhaul of CIA, FBI - Report
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 17:32:04 EDT
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 21:32:04 GMT
Congress to Delay Overhaul of CIA, FBI - Report
(EXCERPT) Tue Jul 2, 1:10 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress has decided to put off an
overhaul of the FBI ( news - web sites) and CIA ( news - web sites)
until after it establishes a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland
Security, the Washington Post reported in Tuesday editions.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee ( news - web sites), which will produce the legislation
establishing a Homeland Security Department, has agreed to put off
tackling any changes to the CIA and FBI, the newspaper said.
Citing Bush administration and congressional sources, the report said
Lieberman, a Connecticut Democrat, had White House backing in the
decision to establish the new Cabinet department before addressing
changes at the FBI and CIA.
The decision will delay a major revamping of the U.S. intelligence
system until at least next year, the newspaper said.
"I think that it's so controversial that it might delay and obstruct
the passage and creation of the new department," Lieberman said at a
hearing last week.
CIA Director George Tenet and FBI Director Robert Mueller are opposed
to any major intelligence overhaul. Sitting side-by-side at a Senate
hearing on June 27, Tenet and Mueller said they were determined to
prevent a repeat of the communications failures between their agencies
exposed by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
Reorganization of the intelligence agencies has been under discussion
for more than a year, but since Sept. 11 it has focused primarily on
changes to carry out the Bush administration's war on terrorism, the
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