Wednesday, March 30, 2005

 

Life imitates Ahnuld!

I hope James Cameron gets a royalty, or at least an appointment.
Bush Views New Report on Spy Lapses With Favor

WASHINGTON, March 29 - President Bush plans to announce Thursday that the administration will accept many of the recommendations of a commission examining American intelligence failures in detecting illicit weapons abroad, a step that may roil the American intelligence agencies just as they are reorganizing under new legislation, according to senior White House officials.

Mr. Bush received a preliminary briefing on the report from his staff on Tuesday, and on Thursday will meet with the two chairmen of the commission, Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the federal Court of Appeals and Charles S. Robb, a former senator and governor of Virginia.

Among the recommendations in what is said to be a sweeping critique of the government's performance is the creation of a new interagency center on proliferation, to assess efforts by other countries, terror groups and traffickers -like the nuclear black market set up by the Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan - to assemble the components of nuclear arsenals.

Currently, several agencies examine parts of such programs, at times in isolation from one another. . In the case of Iraq and now in the assessments of the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Energy Department and the State Department's intelligence agency often disagree. The new center would encourage them to debate their differences in a less turf-conscious structure.

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The Silberman-Robb report concludes that the F.B.I. has not moved far enough to reorganize its intelligence functions, and that it should establish a virtually independent service-within-a-service to detect and deter nuclear, chemical and biological threats.
In other words - the Omega Sector!
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