Magazine article Security Management

9-11 Commission

Magazine article Security Management

9-11 Commission

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9-11 Commission. A bipartisan group of Senators led by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has introduced legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission. The bill, unnamed at press time, essentially puts the 9-11 report recommendations into legislative language with one exception--the head of intelligence would not be in the White House, a change the commission concurred with based on concerns about the future politicization of intelligence.

Chief among its provisions is the establishment of a new government agency, the National Intelligence Authority (NIA). The director of the NIA program would be responsible for managing and overseeing all national intelligence programs and reporting directly to the President. The director would be responsible for submitting an unclassified budget (as opposed to the current policy of classifying intelligence spending) to Congress to indicate the allocation of funds within the program.

Under the NIA would be the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). This group would oversee all of the counterterrorism operations within the U.S. government and assess and analyze national security intelligence from all governmental sources. Other intelligence centers could be established by the NIA to collect intelligence on other specific issues as needed.

The bill would also require that the President establish an information-sharing network to break down the current barriers that prevent intelligence agencies from sharing data. Under the bill, the President would be required to issue guidelines on the collection, sharing, and use of information, with the goal of both facilitating information sharing and protecting the privacy and civil liberties of individuals.

In the specifics of the bill, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would be required to produce a national transportation strategy to be updated biannually. …

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