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Bush named Tom Ridge, who has been director of the White House Office of Homeland Security for nearly a year, as his nominee to lead the vast, new department.
"He's the right man for this new and great responsibility," Bush said of Ridge, during the signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
The president also tapped Navy Secretary Gordon England to be Ridge's deputy, and he nominated Asa Hutchinson, currently the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency, to serve as undersecretary for border and transportation security.
Originally posted by lockheed
Also, many questions remain about this terrorism czar position. Does anyone have any information on who he will answer too and what power he has... or even what he will do? Is it part of Homeland Security or something totally different? I sure don't know
Bush said the czar would be responsible for "leading the intelligence community across our government" and would be able to provide "the best, unbiased, unvarnished assessment of America's intelligence professionals."
But Bush stopped short of giving the new intelligence director full control over the budgets and personnel of the agencies, including those of the military
President George W. Bush, declaring the nation was still not safe from terrorist attack, announced Monday the creation of a national director to oversee federal intelligence gathering and the creation of a National Intelligence Center to monitor and coordinate all government counter-terrorism plans and activities.
Originally posted by Jamuhn
The amount of bureacracy in the intelligence community is mind-boggling. What is the point of the National Intelligence Center with Homeland Security set-up? We're going to have an intra-agency department in charge of various agencies/departments which are in turn by themselves in charge of other agencies/departments, etc. etc. I can't even fathom how things will work out with the amount of government management that will be involved.
[edit on 3-8-2004 by Jamuhn]
TORONTO — For the first time, the federal government's sponsorship scandal has been linked directly into the heart of former prime minister Jean Chretien's office, the Toronto Star reported Saturday. Jean Pelletier, Chretien's former chief of staff and one of his closest confidantes, made regular phone calls to the head of the sponsorship program, imposing political pressure on how millions of dollars should be handed out, says a staffer who worked in the office that administered the money.
CHANGES--WITHOUT RED PERIL, WHO'S THE ENEMY?
This situation raises anew a question that Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat of New York, asks: Without the Soviet threat, why not just abolish the C.I.A. and let the State Department take over?