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Sunday, November 21, 2004

Bush and the Reform on the Intell Community

Let me see if I have this straight.

Bush says he's strongly in favor of the current bill to reform the intelligence apparatus in the U.S. He intends to work for its passage.

That bill centralizes the intell budget. So the budgetary control over the intell budget that the Department of Defense currently has, will be no more.

The Secretary of Defense has publicly criticized the change in budgetary control, and the DoD has worked to change that provision of the bill.

Apparently some people in the White House have also worked against the bill.

So despite bipartisan support in the Senate, bipartisan support in the House, the support of the 9/11 Commission, and the support of the President, the bill is dead. The Congressional Republican leadership won't permit a vote.

I forget. Is it the President who appoints the Secretary of Defense, or the other way around?


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