No New Domestic Intel Agency

by Andrew C. McCarthy

Giuliani, following logically on his earlier comments, specifically
opined that separating the law enforcement and intelligence gathering
functions of the FBI by creating a new domestic intelligence agency was
not a good idea. The chance of getting the maximum amount of good intel
is a combination of the law enforcement and intel functions with all the
walls and legal information sharing barriers down — as they have been
since passage of the Patriot Act. A domestic intel agency would be
“isolated” and probably less effective than the FBI was when burdened by
obstructions to information sharing. Far more important, Rudy
reiterated, was increasing the information flow between the federal and
local law enforcement agencies.

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