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    This page contains excerpts from government reports, signed by elected officials.

04-911-17 on Mar 23, 2004

Decided Jul 22, 2004
Report: the 9/11 Commission Report
Source: The 9/11 Commission Report, p.422-23
We do not recommend the creation of a new domestic intelligence agency. It is not needed if our other recommendations are adopted—to establish a strong national intelligence center, part of the NCTC, that will oversee counterterrorism intelligence work, foreign and domestic, and to create a National Intelligence Director who can set and enforce standards for the collection, processing, and reporting of information.

The FBI’s job in the streets of the US would thus be a domestic equivalent, operating under the US Constitution and quite different laws and rules, to the job of the CIA’s operations officers abroad. Creating a new domestic intelligence agency has other drawbacks:

  • If a new domestic intelligence agency were outside of the Department of Justice, the process of legal oversight—never easy—could become even more difficult. Abuses of civil liberties could create a backlash that would impair the collection of needed intelligence.

  • Putting a new player into the mix of federal agencies with counterterrorism responsibilities would exacerbate existing information-sharing problems.

  • A new domestic intelligence agency would need to acquire assets and personnel.

  • Counterterrorism investigations in the US very quickly become matters that involve violations of criminal law and possible law enforcement action. The removal of “the wall” that existed before 9/11 between intelligence and law enforcement has opened up new opportunities for cooperative action within the FBI.

  • Counterterrorism investigations often overlap or are cued by other criminal investigations, such as money laundering or the smuggling of contraband. In the field, the close connection to criminal work has many benefits. Our recommendation to leave counterterrorism intelligence collection in the United States with the FBI still depends on an assessment that the FBI—if it makes an all-out effort to institutionalize change—can do the job.

    • Topic: Government Reform
    • Headline: No new domestic intelligence agency-use FBI

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    Democrats participating in 04-911-17

    Lee Hamilton s1sIndiana Democrat (Until 2004) 
    Bob Kerrey s1sNE Democratic Challenger (previously Senator) 
    Tim Roemer s1sIndiana Democrat 

    Republicans participating in 04-911-17

    Slade Gorton s1sWA Republican Senator (Former) 
    Thomas Kean s1sNJ Former Republican Governor (1982-1989) 
    James Thompson s1sIL Former Republican Governor (1977-1990) 

    Independents participating in 04-911-17

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 3
    Republicans: 3
    Independents: 0

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