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Senators differ over Pentagon control of intelligence agencies

August 27, 2004 The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee this week offered differing proposals for how much control a new national intelligence director should have over those intelligence agencies controlled by the Defense Department. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the top Democrat on the committee, Friday proposed that during times of ...

Lawmakers question security of DOE shipment of plutonium to France

August 25, 2004 Noting concerns that terrorists may attempt to influence the U.S. November elections through an attack, Democratic lawmakers this month have raised questions concerning the security of a planned shipment of more than 100 kilograms of plutonium to France. The Energy Department is expected next month to ship 140 kilograms of ...

Intelligence reform proposal finds little outright support

August 24, 2004 A far-reaching intelligence reform proposal unveiled Sunday by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has been met this week with reactions ranging from cool to hostile from the White House, current and former administration officials and lawmakers. The most radical aspect of Roberts' proposal, which is supported ...

Senate chairman unveils intelligence reform proposal

August 23, 2004 Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Sunday unveiled a sweeping new intelligence reform proposal that would transfer sections of the CIA and intelligence agencies controlled by the Defense Department to the direct control of a new national intelligence director. As described by the senator on CBS's "Face the Nation" ...

Democrats should focus more on intelligence reform, legislator says

August 16, 2004 Senate Democrats should focus more on the broader issue of intelligence reform and less on opposing the confirmation of Representative Porter Goss, R-Fla., as the new CIA director, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel said Sunday. "I think that to get stuck in a fight about Porter Goss, ...

Intelligence officials deny lack of imagination

August 5, 2004 Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that statements in the Sept. 11 commission report regarding the government's lack of "imagination" in anticipating potential terrorist attacks fail to account for changes made in the aftermath of the 2001 strikes in New York and Washington. In its report released last month, the ...

Kerry calls for Sept. 11 commission to continue work

July 28, 2004 Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who is set to accept the Democratic nomination for the 2004 presidential election this week, said Tuesday that the Sept. 11 commission should "stay on the job" past the end of August to ensure that its recommendations are implemented. The commission is set to disband Aug. ...

Americans will recognize CIA successes, Tenet says

July 9, 2004 A day before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report harshly critical of the U.S. intelligence community's performance regarding prewar Iraq, retiring CIA Director George Tenet Thursday defended his agency's progress and seemingly rejected outside interference in its operations. In a farewell address to CIA employees, Tenet said ...

Powell: Erroneous terrorism report 'very embarrassing'

June 14, 2004 Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that he was embarrassed by a State Department terrorism report that misstated the number of terrorist incidents that occurred worldwide last year. The State Department in April released its 2003 "Patterns of Global Terrorism" report, which claimed that the number of terrorist incidents ...

NIH official touts progress on biological defenses

June 10, 2004 SAVANNAH, Ga. - The United States has made progress in developing several new treatments and vaccines against a variety of biological weapons agents, with some set to be introduced into U.S. defenses by the end of 2005, the head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told ...