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Headlines US intelligence reform hampered by lack of vision

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bush administration efforts to reform U.S. intelligence are being hampered by a lack of strategic vision and deficiencies in the FBI and the new National Counterterrorism Center, experts said on Monday.

At a forum sponsored by the former Sept. 11 commission, experts said the NCTC was not fully operational, the FBI had yet to make adequate investments in intelligence, and the Homeland Security Department had seen its operations sidelined by older agencies.

Meanwhile, the CIA has been stretched by the demands of U.S. military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, inhibiting the spy agency on other priorities including the potential threat from European-based Islamist militants.

"One of the things that I'm hearing ... is the desperate need for clarity among these various institutions," said former commissioner Jamie Gorelick, who moderated a panel discussion on the changes at the FBI and CIA.

"There is no clear strategic vision how all of this is supposed to work in one large piece," said John Gannon, a former CIA official who once chaired the National Intelligence Council.

Experts said the problems were likely to complicate matters for the newly installed national intelligence czar, John Negroponte, despite marked success at boosting information sharing between intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

Monday's forum was the first of eight planned by the five Republicans and five Democrats who presided over a bipartisan investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Their scathing report on intelligence and law enforcement failures rocked the U.S. national security establishment when it appeared last July.
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Lack of vision?, more like no vision.

When you take a bunch of small piles of crap, and throw them together, you only end up with a HUGE pile of crap.

Look who's at the helm...
 
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We should go back to the days of espionage. that way we at least know what's going down in the world.
 

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dull_bullet said:
We should go back to the days of espionage. that way we at least know what's going down in the world.
Yeah, and in your own house. Don't forget about the patriot act.

I don't think it's too far-fetched to think that we still actively spy on some countries, though.