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Bush calls for
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush is urging Congress to create a
strong national intelligence director to
control the nonmilitary portions of the
nation's intelligence community, a posi-
tion similar to what was envisioned by
the Sept. 11 commission.
Bush said yesterday that his plan
"strengthens the intelligence services"
and would address the commission's
criticism that the nation's 15 intelligence
agencies failed to work properly togeth-
er to stop the 2001 terrorist attacks on
New York City and Washington.
The president said he also wanted to
give a new national intelligence direc-
tor power to decide how to spend money
Congress earmarks for nonmilitary intel-
ligence work, a key portion of the Sept.
11 commission's recommendations.
"We believe that there ought to be a
national intelligence director who has
full budgetary authority," the president
said before leaving to tour hurricane-
damaged areas in Florida.
Bush, however, would leave the
Defense Department in charge of the
military intelligence agencies and
would not give the intelligence director
unilateral hiring and firing power, as the
commission and some lawmakers have
Yet Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.),
who has co-authored intelligence over-
haul legislation with Sen. John McCain
(R-Ariz.), called the president's announce-
ment a "turning point" that may help push
legislation through Congress.
The White House had not previously
endorsed giving the national intelli-
gence director budgetary authority, but
many senators have echoed the Sept. 11
commission's call for enabling a national
intelligence director to hire and fire lead-
ers of the intelligence agencies and con-
trol the money Congress provides the
While Bush readies his proposal, the
Senate plans on proceeding with bipar-
tisan legislation it has been working on
since the beginning of August.
The Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee has scheduled a vote on that
legislation in two weeks. The panel's
chairwoman, Sen. Susan Collins (R-
Maine), said yesterday that Bush's "rec-
ommendations today will be useful as
Senator Lieberman and I continue work
in drafting our legislation."
Other senators, such as Intelligence
Committee Chairman Pat Roberts
(R-Kan.) as well as Lieberman and
McCain, have their own legislation to
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
(R-Texas) said the House would have its
own bill. "We're going to do something
really novel," DeLay said. "Rather than
taking the 9/11 commission (report),
passing it and beating our chest and
ng intel. director
saying we're for national security, we'll that the new director should "have a role
actually read it." in the appointment of any individual to
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R- a position that heads an organization or
Tenn.) said input from all areas will be element within the intelligence commu-
considered in the final product. nity."
"I suspect the House and Senate Intelligence leaders, meanwhile,
will have a legislative vehicle at the "must receive the concurrence" of the
end of the month1
the 9/11 rec-
that have been
able as well as
that will incorporate
"We believe that
there ought to be a
director who has full
- President Bush
"shall be accom-
panied by the rec-
director, the White
control of the
plan, a new national intelligence direc-
tor would be appointed by the president,
confirmed by the Senate and serve as
the head of the intelligence community.
The director would be assisted by a new
Cabinet-level Joint Intelligence Com-
munity Council, but the director would
not sit in the Cabinet or be located in the
president's executive office.
The new director could allocate and
shift funds within the intelligence com-
munity. But on the matter of hiring and
firing people, the White House said only
rity Agency, the
Agency and the National Recon-
naissance Office, "thereby avoiding
the disruption of the war effort that
a more far-reaching restructuring
could create," the White House said.
Several senators are pushing other
plans. Roberts wants to break up the
CIA and rearrange the Pentagon's
spy agencies under a single national
intelligence director, a more radical
plan than what the commission rec-
NEWS IN BRIEF
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada
Hurricane Ivan terronzes Caribbean
Hurricane Ivan made a direct hit on Grenada with ferocious winds, causing
"incalculable damage" and killing at least nine people as it turned concrete
homes into rubble and hurled hundreds of the island's landmark red zinc roofs
through the air, officials said yesterday.
The most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean in 14 years reportedly devas-
tated Grenada's capital, St. George's, and damaged homes in Barbados, St. Lucia
and St. Vincent. Thousands were without water, electricity and telephone service
just days after Hurricane Frances rampaged through.
"We are terribly devastated here in Grenada," Prime Minister Keith Mitchell said in
comments broadcast yesterday by radio stations in Barbados. "It's beyond any imagina-
The prime minister, whose own home was destroyed, spoke from aboard the British
naval patrol vessel HMS Richmond, apparently by satellite telephone.
Ivan strengthened even as it was over Grenada on Tuesday, becoming a Category
4 storm. It got even stronger as it headed across the Caribbean Sea, passing north of
the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
Greenspan says economy is picking up
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress yesterday that the
economy has "regained some traction" after a lull in late spring, reinforcing expecta-
tions of higher interest rates during the final stretch of the presidential campaign.
Greenspan said the economic pickup follows a "soft patch" caused in large part
by soaring energy prices. "The most recent data suggest that, on the whole, the
expansion has regained some traction," said the Fed chief, who offered his latest
thoughts on the economy in an appearance before the House Budget Committee.
The modestly upbeat assessment two months before Election Day comes as
President Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry clash over the
economy and jobs.
A Federal Reserve survey of the economic climate said activity expanded in
July and August. Many Fed regions reported modest growth. The St. Louis region,
however, said business conditions were improving slowly; San Francisco reported
solid gains. Consumer spending, the lifeblood of the economy, showed mixed
results across the Fed's 12 regions.
Sharon moves barrier back closer to Israel
The separation barrier in the West Bank will move closer to Israel in one area to
minimize hardship to Palestinians, leaving three small Jewish settlements on the
Palestinian side, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided yesterday.
However, the system of concrete slabs, fences and trenches will also swing around at
least two large Jewish settlement blocs so they can be included on the Israeli side.
Sharon's decision came during a meeting with defense officials, who presented a
revised route for parts of the barrier, in line with an Israeli Supreme Court directive
that planners must try harder not to disrupt the lives of Palestinians.
Meanwhile, a lengthy Palestinian leadership crisis flared again when Prime
Minister Ahmed Qureia sent a letter of resignation to Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat, but Arafat refused to accept it.
DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah
Space capsule crashes after six-year mission
The Genesis space capsule, which had orbited the sun for more than three years
in an attempt to find clues to the origin of the solar system, crashed to Earth yester-
day after its parachute failed to deploy.
It wasn't immediately known whether cosmic samples it was carrying back
as part of a six-year, $260 million project had been destroyed. NASA officials
believed the fragile disks that held the atoms would shatter even if the capsule hit
the ground with a parachute.
"There was a big pit in my stomach," said physicist Roger Wiens of Los Alamos
National Laboratory, which designed the atom collector plates. "This jst4aan't
supposed to happen. We're going to have a lot of work picking up the pieces."
--Compiled from Daily wire reports
Fallluj*ah battle continues for second day
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. jets
pounded insurgent positions in Fallu-
jah for a second straight day yesterday,
raising plumes of smoke but leaving no
extensive damage or signs of weakening
the Sunni militants who have steadily
expanded their control of this city about
30 miles west of Baghdad.
After the attacks, bands of fighters,
many wearing loose black pants and T-
shirts, lounged outside abandoned build-
ings facing the American lines, seeking
to escape the intense sunlight of a day
when temperatures topped 114 degrees.
Most hid their faces with Arab head
scarves or ski masks. Some quenched
their thirst with water from coolers
beside them. Most appeared to be in
their late teens or early 20s and 30s, but
a few looked as old as 50.
Elsewhere in this city of 300,000,
fighters patrolled the streets in new
American pickups. One resident, 33-
year-old Abu Rihab, said they were part
of a 16-vehicle fleet commandeered
between Jordan and Baghdad.
The Fallujah Brigade, which the Amer-
icans organized in May to maintain secu-
Masked Sunni militants brandish guns as part of a two-day standoff
against U.S. Marines in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
rity after the Marines lifted a three-week
siege, has all but disappeared, along with
virtually all signs of Iraqi state authority.
Members of the Iraqi national guard,
which was supposed to back up the Fal-
lujah Brigade, fled the city after one
of their commanders was executed by
insurgents for allegedly spying for the
Americans. Local police operate under
the tacit control of the militants.
The airstrikes, in the eastern and
southern parts of this city, targeted a
militant "command and control head-
quarters" that has been coordinating
attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces, the
U.S. military said in a statement.
"Initial assessments indicate there
are no noncombatant casualties," the
U.S. statement added. "Enemy casualty
figures cannot be confirmed."
Hospital officials said two people were
killed in the attack but did not say whether
they were insurgents. Late Tuesday, U.S.
jets dropped several bombs and tank and
artillery units fired rounds into Fallujah in
retaliation for militant attacks on Marine
positions outside the city, said Marine
spokesman Lt. Col. T.V. Johnson.
Despite the formal end of the U.S.
occupation on June 28, the interim Iraqi
government has lost control over key
Sunni Muslim cities such as Fallujah,
Ramadi and Samarra. The commander
of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division said
his troops and their Iraqi allies would
regain control of Samarra before Iraq's
general election expected in January.
Maj. Gen. John Batiste said he was
confident that a combination of diplo-
macy, U.S. aid and Army intimidation
would persuade the city's 500 insur-
gents to give up. Otherwise, he said,
the Americans would use force.
However, Gen. Richard Myers,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
acknowledged that it could be months
before U.S. and Iraqi authorities are pre-
pared to take those cities back.
"Part of that strategy is that Iraqi secu-
rity forces must be properly equipped,
trained and led to participate in these secu-
rity operations, and then once it's over, can
sustain the peace in a given city," Myers
told Pentagon reporters Tuesday.
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