The joint inquiry by the
Senate and House intelligence committees has drafted a final report,
most of which is classified,
that is scheduled to go
before the panels' 37 lawmakers
for a vote
congressional aides said.
It includes more than a dozen recommendations
that are unclassified and
will be publicly released
if lawmakers on the intelligence committees
approve the report.
The CIA and FBI
have been criticized
for missing potential clues
may have led to
that sent four hijacked planes
into the World Trade Center
in New York,
the Pentagon outside Washington and a
Pennsylvania field on
Sept. 11, 2001.
More than 3,000 people died in the attacks,
a review of U.S. security vulnerabilities
to better protect against another strike
on U.S. soil,
led to the creation
of a new
Department of Homeland Security.
Secretary of State
will follow the congressional intelligence inquiry
but with a more sweeping mandate
to investigate Sept. 11 failures in intelligence,
aviation security, immigration and other areas.
The congressional inquiry's draft recommendations
the positions of
Director of Central Intelligence,
intelligence agencies +
the CIA director
the spy agency.
The report recommends instead
Director of National Intelligence
to oversee coordination
of all U.S. spy agencies,
including the CIA
and intelligence components of the
Energy Department and
other government agencies.
The proposal would
create a position
in the hierarchy
over the CIA director
separating the twin roles of the CIA chief
"How would this have prevented 9/11?"
the official said.
I just don't think it gets you anywhere.(")
CIA DIRECTOR IN CROSS-FIRE
Senate Intelligence Committee
Alabama Republican and one of
has repeatedly said
someone of greater stature was needed
to oversee all the U.S. spy agencies.
President Bush, who often
receives his daily intelligence briefing from
has expressed confidence in
the CIA director
the Sept. 11 attacks.
Some intelligence officials
to strengthen the
CIA director's oversight
over all the spy programs
to give him
control over their
About 80 percent of the intelligence budget,
which is classified
but estimated by experts at about $35 billion,
is controlled by the
which has the
National Security Agency
The budget issue has been discussed
but never advanced and
would almost certainly face resistance
from the Pentagon
which would lose control
over billions of dollars.
The congressional inquiry's report
does not recommend taking action
against the directors of the CIA and FBI
for Sept. 11 intelligence failures, but
the agencies' inspectors general
whether anyone should be held accountable,
government sources said.
"There is no recommendation about accountability of the leaders of the agencies,"
one source said.
The report contains findings,
which currently are classified,
that criticize various actions of the
related to 00.Sept.2001
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The report also recommends investigating
whether the United States should create a
domestic spy agency similar to Britain's MI5,
which has the power to collect intelligence
while leaving law enforcement
to the police.
Lawmakers have expressed concern
that the FBI has not yet demonstrated
it is fully capable of combating terrorism
inside the United States,
or readjusting its previous focus
on domestic crime
said that while the
White House was considering ways
domestic intelligence gathering,
calls for creation of a new domestic spy agency
was on the new
Department of Homeland Security,
which would include
charged with analyzing