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Broad New Authority. Is the Oversight Sufficient?

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Congress passed the Intelligence Reform Bill (S2845) on Dec. 9 and President Bush signed it into law a week later.…

Congress passed the Intelligence Reform Bill (S2845) on Dec. 9 and President Bush signed it into law a week later. It is the most sweeping reorganization of the nation’s intelligence community since 1947, giving a new Director of National Intelligence vast new authority over intelligence collection and sharing by 15 federal agencies. Congressional leaders assured that the bill is designed to provide as much transparency as possible when balanced against security needs, however the new law contains fewer congressional checks on that balance than initially proposed.

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