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9/11 Commission Members Call For Sweeping Intelligence Changes - 2004-08-04


Members of the commission that investigated the September 11th terror attacks have repeated their calls for sweeping changes in the U.S. intelligence system.

Speaking before a House committee on Tuesday, commission member John Lehman said the recommendations should be adopted in their entirety to ensure the reforms' success.

The recommendations include creating a post of Director of National Intelligence with extensive authority over the nation's intelligence policy -- and creating a National Counterterrorist Center, to coordinate the anti-terrorist efforts of the nation's 15 intelligence agencies.

On Monday, President Bush accepted the recommendation to create the post, but rejected calls to let the director control all intelligence budgets.

Commission members told the congressional hearings creating a post of Director of National Intelligence would make little sense if the post did not carry real authority.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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