Charles Babington

Babington, Charles. "Group Uses First Lady's Candidacy to Seek Spy's Release." Washington Post, 1 Sep. 1999, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

A pro-Israeli group in New York "is pressing Hillary Rodham Clinton to lobby her husband" on behalf of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard.

[SpyCases/U.S./Pollard]

Babington, Charles. "Hill Wary of Intelligence Oversight Changes: Lawmakers from Both Parties Resist Recommendations of 9/11 Commission." Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2004, A5. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

[Oversight/00s; Reform/00s/04/Debate]

Babington, Charles. "House Approves Intelligence Bill: Landmark Measure Passes by 336 to 75 Vote; Senate to Consider Legislation Today." Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 7 December 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives approved "legislation to restructure the nation's intelligence community, creating a director of national intelligence and a counterterrorism center.... [S]enators appear ready to pass the measure, send it to President Bush's desk and adjourn the 108th Congress." See also, Brian DeBose, "House OKs Intelligence Reform Bill," Washington Times, 8 Dec. 2004; and Philip Shenon, "House Overwhelmingly Approves Broad Overhaul of Intelligence," New York Times, 8 Dec. 2004.

[Reform/00s/04/Debate]

Babington, Charles. "Intelligence Bill Passed By Senate; House to Consider Differing Measure." Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The U.S. Senate voted on 6 October 2004 "to revamp the structure of the nation's intelligence community by creating a national intelligence director, a counterterrorism center and other agencies." See also, Philip Shenon, "Senate Approves 9/11 Bill at Odds With House Version," New York Times, 7 Oct. 2004.

[Reform/00s/04/Debate]

Babington, Charles. "Senate Intelligence Panel Frayed by Partisan Infighting." Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2006, A9. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The Senate intelligence committee, once a symbol of bipartisan oversight, is now so torn by partisan warfare that it can barely function in a time of sharp national debate over intelligence matters, according to several analysts, officials and past and current members."

[GenPostCW/00s/06/Gen; Oversight/00s]

Babington, Charles, and Helen Dewar. "New Intelligence Chief Backed; But Reform Package Hinges on Congressional Negotiations." Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2004, A13. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on 8 October 2004 to create the position of intelligence director and to adopt "contentious provisions that would make it easier to detain and deport illegal immigrants.... [T]he House and Senate versions of the intelligence reform legislation differ in many significant ways." The Senate bill omits many of the immigration and law enforcement provisions.

[Reform/00s/04/Debate]

Babington, Charles, and Dafna Linzer. "More Lawmakers to Be Privy to Classified Briefings." Washington Post, 17 May 2006, A7. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 16 May 2006, "the White House agreed to brief all 21 members of the House intelligence committee and all 16 of the Senate panel's members" on the administration's "antiterrorism efforts that include warrantless wiretaps of domestic phone calls and e-mails."

[NSA/00s/06; Oversight/00s]

Babington, Charles, and Walter Pincus. "Intelligence Overhaul Bill Blocked: House Conservatives Deal Blow to President, Speaker in Rejecting Compromise." Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Legislation to reshape the U.S. intelligence community "collapsed in the House" on 20 November 2004, "as conservative Republicans refused to embrace a compromise ... they said ... could reduce military control over battlefield intelligence and failed to crack down on illegal immigrants." See also, Philip Shenon and Carl Hulse, "House Leadership Blocks Vote on Intelligence Bill." New York Times, 21 Nov. 2004.

[Reform/00s/04/Debate]

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