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Bush may make intelligence moves without Congress

REUTERS , WASHINGTON

US President George W. Bush says he plans to begin making decisions about restructuring the US intelligence machinery within days and might enact some changes without consulting Congress, The Washington Post reported yesterday, citing White House officials.

Aides suggested for the first time that Bush was headed toward backing a variation of the Sept. 11 commission's call for a national intelligence director, the newspaper reported.

In its final report issued last Thursday, the commission investigating the 2001 attacks recommended an overhaul of how the government fights terrorism, including a national intelligence director and a national counterterrorism center to better share information and coordinate action against threats.

A White House official told the newspaper that Bush would discuss the options with his security team via videoconference yesterday from his Texas ranch.

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