CIA Chief Pooh-Poohs Recommendation For New Intelligence Post
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Acting CIA Director John McLaughlin says he doesn't think the country needs a new cabinet-level post to oversee the nation's 15 intelligence agencies.
The commission investigating the September 11th terror attacks is expected to recommend the new position when it releases its report Thursday.
Sources tell the Associated Press that the report will make a case for the new intelligence "czar" by describing CIA and FBI failures leading up to the attacks.
In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, McLaughlin said a new position is unnecessary.
"The idea of a czar to oversee the entire intelligence community — a good argument can be made for that, [but] it doesn't relate particularly to the world I live in. I see the director of Central Intelligence as someone who's able to do that and is empowered to do so under the National Security Act of 1947. So I think with some modest changes in the way the CIA is set up, the director of Central Intelligence could carry out that function well and appropriately."
Critics say a new cabinet-level position would ultimately take power away from the CIA, FBI, the National Security Council and the Pentagon.
NY1 will have live reports from Washington throughout the day Thursday as the panel releases its report. In addition, New York Tonight will air special in-depth reports on the investigation throughout the week.