Allen, Mike. "Bush Names Commission on Iraq Data." Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 6 February 2004, President Bush signed an executive order creating a seven-member panel, the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, to investigate U.S. intelligence operations.
The executive order said the commission "will 'examine the Intelligence Community's intelligence prior to the initiation of Operation Iraqi Freedom and compare it with the findings of the Iraq Survey Group and other relevant agencies or organizations concerning the capabilities, intentions, and activities of Iraq relating to the design, development, manufacture, acquisition, possession, proliferation, transfer, testing, potential or threatened use, or use of Weapons of Mass Destruction and related means of delivery.'"
The co-chairmen of the commission "will be former U.S. senator and Virginia governor Charles S. Robb,... and Laurence H. Silberman, a federal appeals court judge ... who was deputy attorney general under presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford." They "will be joined by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); Lloyd N. Cutler, White House counsel to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton; Yale University President Richard C. Levin; Patricia M. Wald, former chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; and retired Adm. William O. Studeman, former deputy director of the CIA and director of the National Security Agency." A report and recommendations is due by March 31, 2005.
The President "said the commission will look into the weapons programs of North Korea and Iran ... [and] examine intelligence on past threats posed by Libya and Afghanistan." See also, Douglas Jehl, "Bush Sets Panel on Intelligence Before Iraq War," New York Times, 7 Feb. 2004.
Allen, Mike. "Bush Seeks to Restrict Hill Probes of Sept. 11." Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2002, A4.
Allen, Mike. "Gilmore Panel Backs New Terrorism Agency." Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2002, A2. [http//:www.washingtonpost.com]
The fourth annual report by the federal terrorism commission headed by former Virginia governor James S. Gilmore III warns against "transforming the FBI into 'a kind of secret police' focused only on preventing attacks." The report, issued on 16 December 2002, "recommends that the government dedicate the FBI to law enforcement and create an independent intelligence fusion agency that would coordinate information about potential attacks and report to President Bush. The commission suggests that the new agency, the National Counter Terrorism Center, should be staffed by intelligence analysts transferred from the FBI, CIA and other agencies."
Allen, Mike, and Timothy J. Burger. "The Next Head of the CIA?" Time, 5 May 2006. [http://www.time.com]
On 5 May 2006, President Bush accepted the resignation of CIA Director Porter J. Goss "Republican sources told TIME that the White House plans to name his replacement on [8 May 2006]: Air Force General Michael V. Hayden."
Allen, Mike, and Dan Eggen. "Extension of 9/11 Probe Backed; Bush Reverses Stand, Wants July 26 Deadline." Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 4 February 2004, President Bush "agreed to support a two-month extension of the deadline for completion of an independent investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.... [T]he White House set a schedule that calls for release of the unclassified version of the report by July 26." An extension must be approved by Congress.
Allen, Mike, and Juliet Eilperin. "Cheney Blames Leaks on Congress." Washington Post, 21 Jun. 2002, p. A12.
Allen, Mike, and John Mintz. "Ex-NYPD Official to Succeed Ridge: Nominee Was Commissioner on 9/11." Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
Administration officials said on 2 December 2004 that President Bush has chosen Bernard B. Kerik, former New York police commissioner, to take over the DHS.
Allen, Mike, and Walter Pincus. "Bush Backs Creation of Intelligence Director; President Also Supports Counterterrorism Center Proposed by 9/11 Panel." Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 2 August 2004, "President Bush called on Congress ... to create a national intelligence director and announced that he would build a national counterterrorism center.... Bush's statement embraced the two most significant of the 37 recommendations by the commission that investigated the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but with significant limitations. Under his plan, the new intelligence chief would lack the authority over budgets, hiring and firing that the commission had envisioned." See also, Elisabeth Bumiller, "Intelligence Chief Without Power? Support Leaves Questions," New York Times, 3 Aug. 2004.
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