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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bush Nominates John Negroponte as the First National Intelligence Director

Yesterday, President Bush nominated Iraq Amabassador John Negroponte to serve as the first Director of National Intelligence, a position created by the Intelligence Reform Bill.  If confirmed, Negroponte will work coordinate the work of all 15 U.S. intelligence agencies, serve as Bush's primary briefer, and hold a position above the CIA director.  According to MSNBC.com's report, "a leading congressional Democrat with insight into intelligence matters told NBC (on the condition of anonymity) that Negroponte will have strong support for confirmation...(but) Negroponte's biggest problem in the new post will be preserving his intelligence prerogatives from Pentagon encroachments.  Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had initially opposed creating the intelligence post and only endorsed it after it was clear that it was going to happen."  The full report from MSNBC.com is here. [Mark Godsey]

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