Helen Dewar


Dewar, Helen. "Senate Names Intelligence Panel: Frist, Daschle Appoint 22 to Work on 9/11 Recommendations." Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2004, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 24 August 2004, "Senate leaders tapped 22 of the chamber's most powerful members to undertake the highly sensitive task" of reorganizing its intelligence and homeland security operations. The report of the Sept. 11 commission "described congressional oversight of intelligence and counterterrorism operations as 'dysfunctional' and said major changes are needed."

[GenPostCW/00s/CommissionReport; Oversight/00s]

Dewar, Helen. “Senate Passes Homeland Security Bill.” Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2002, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 19 November 2002, "the Senate voted 90 to 9 to fold 170,000 employees from 22 agencies into a new department charged with the responsibility of shoring up the nation's defenses against terrorism."


Dewar, Helen, and Charles Babington. "Intelligence Retooling on Agenda as Congress Returns." Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2004, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 7 September 2004, a bill to approve all the 9/11 commission's proposals was introduced in the Senate by John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT). Republican leaders in the House "dismissed the McCain-Lieberman bill as a 'rubber stamp' of the commission that leaves little room for congressional ideas. They said a 'leadership bill' will be introduced by the end of the month, probably by Speaker J. Dennis Hastert" (R-IL). See also, Philip Shenon, "Bipartisan Bill Offered on 9/11 Panel's Proposals," New York Times, 8 Sep. 2004.


Dewar, Helen, and Charles Babington. "Senate Confirms Rep. Goss as Intelligence Director." Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2004, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 22 September 2004, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Porter J. Goss as Director of Central Intelligence. See also, Douglas Jehl, "Senate Confirms Goss as Intelligence Chief," New York Times, 23 Sep. 2004.


Dewar, Helen, and Walter Pincus. "Congress Split on Pace of Intelligence Reforms: Feeling Pressure From 9/11 Commission, Lawmakers Urge Speed and Caution." Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2004, A8. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Members of Congress are sharply divided over how fast to proceed in drafting legislation to restructure the nation's intelligence services -- torn between political demands for speed and caution arising from the complexity of their task. They also appear split over some of the major recommendations that the national commission charged with investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, made in its 567-page report."


Return to Devm - Dh