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Director Mueller Testifies Before the Senate


Photograph of Director MuellerThis month the U.S. Congress has been weighing the report and recommendations of the 9-11 Commission, considering how best to protect Americans from national security threats today and in the future.

To that end, on September 8, Director Mueller appeared with Acting Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs to discuss their agency's views on intelligence reform and to respond to issues under consideration by the Committee.

First the big picture.

All efforts for reform, Director Mueller says, must be driven by the goal of building a national intelligence capability that is specifically postured for success against the adversaries of the 21st Century.

The key to building such a capability?

Integrating intelligence and operations. In Director Mueller's words: our Office of Intelligence [now migrating into a "service within a service" Directorate of Intelligence] manages intelligence production, apportions resources, and sets standards...the actual production of intelligence occurs within our 56 field offices, 400 resident agencies, our four operational headquarters divisions, and perhaps most importantly, by our 800,000 partners in state, local and tribal law enforcement.

Some of the core principles to guide reform?

1. The role of the National Intelligence Director across the 15 Intelligence Community components.

2. The relationship of intelligence analysts to sources who provide intelligence information.

3. The operational relationships and chain of command between the field offices that collect and analyze information and the counterterrorism and counterintelligence divisions that oversee and coordinate counterterrorism and counterintelligence programs.

4. The protection of civil liberties in the course of investigations that seek intelligence on the streets of America.

What about an update on FBI intelligence initiatives?

They're spelled out in the testimony too.

We urge you: Please take the time to read the whole document. The stakes are high: the safety and protection of Americans everywhere.