From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI, CIA chiefs pledge intelligence sharing with proposed Homeland Security age
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 21:44:40 EDT
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 01:44:40 GMT
FBI, CIA chiefs pledge intelligence sharing with proposed Homeland
(EXCERPT) Thu Jun 27, 5:56 PM ET, by CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The CIA ( news - web sites) and FBI ( news - web sites)
directors assured U.S. lawmakers on Thursday their agencies would
share vast amounts of intelligence data with the proposed Homeland
Security ( news - external web site) Department but not raw materials
or sensitive sources and methods.
The testimony by CIA chief George Tenet and Robert Mueller of the FBI
appeared aimed to defuse efforts in Congress to bring the two
agencies, or parts of them, under the new department or to force them
to provide greater disclosure of highly classified information.
President George W. Bush ( news - web sites)'s proposal for the
Cabinet-level agency, which Congress is racing to create this year,
leaves out the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies. It also
requires presidential approval for the new department to get most raw
intelligence data. The Homeland Security agency would have its own
counterterrorism analysts but would not collect intelligence itself.
Tenet told the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee ( news - web
sites) that the new agency would become part of "an automatic flow" of
the CIA's finished reports and analyses about potential terrorist
threats gathered worldwide. This also includes information from the
eavesdropping National Security Agency, defense intelligence agencies
and other sources.
"There is a very rich body of information that flows already today,"
But if the Homeland Security secretary wanted to know the identity of
a human source or precisely how a piece of communication was
intercepted, Tenet said, "That's an instance where I would want to
talk to the president."
Mueller told the panel the Homeland Security secretary would get "99.9
percent" of the FBI's domestic intelligence through the FBI's reports.
What would not be immediately available, he said, are such things as
wiretap transcripts, bank records, names of people in an ongoing
investigation or grand jury proceedings.
"All of that I consider to be raw data," Mueller said.
Sen. Richard Shelby ( news, bio, voting record), vice chairman of the
Senate Intelligence Committee, told the committee later Thursday the
new agency should have access to most raw data or it won't be
guaranteed a full picture of potential threats.
"To agree to such limitations would, in my view, be a grave mistake,"
said Shelby, an Alabama Republican.
Both Tenet and Mueller said it was important for their agencies to
remain where they are in the U.S. government. The CIA reports directly
to the president about events worldwide; the FBI catches criminals and
is inextricably linked with the Justice Department ( news - web
sites), its legal authority and prosecutors.
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