The Intelligence Wars

In a move that seems to have flown under the radar, President Bush issued an Executive Order on Friday, February 29, that transformed the Clinton-era President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board into the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. The White House maintained that the board maintains its independence under the new order, but as a general rule, it’s a safe bet to be skeptical of Executive Orders issued on a Friday. Most of the changes made to the board’s function remove the teeth from the board’s oversight capacity, thereby consolidating the White House’s control over intelligence oversight. One example is this clause, […]

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