Thursday, October 13, 2005

CIA director to manage all human spying (coming to a neighborhood near you)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration has approved a plan to name CIA Director Porter Goss as the manager of all U.S. human intelligence-gathering, John D. Negroponte, director of national intelligence, announced Thursday.

Negroponte also announced the formation of a new National Clandestine Services group within the CIA to coordinate and evaluate intelligence. The move came in response to recommendations made in March by President Bush's Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.

"I am confident that with the creation of the NCS, the U.S. government will have a more cohesive and truly national human intelligence capability," Negroponte said.

The plan aims to restore to the battered CIA some of the prestige it lost when Congress created the post of director of national intelligence, as recommended by the 9/11 commission.

Under the plan, sources told CNN, Goss will set the common standards for spying operations, whether they are conducted by the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency or one of the 13 additional intelligence agencies in the federal government.

"This is another positive step in building an intelligence community that is more unified, coordinated and effective, and is better positioned to meet the increasingly complex intelligence challenges of the future," Negroponte said.

CNN's David Ensor contributed to this report.


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