CDT Urges Caution on New Domestic Intelligence Agency
Concerns about 9/11 intelligence failures are feeding interest in the creation of a new U.S. homeland spy agency along the lines of Britain's MI5. CDT Executive Director Jim Dempsey said, "We're not going to solve the information collection and sharing problems that still plague our counterterrorism efforts by creating a new bureaucracy. A domestic intelligence agency cut loose from the criminal justice system would not only threaten civil liberties, it might worsen gaps in information sharing. Instead, we need a virtual reorganization of intelligence to promote information sharing, subject to privacy guidelines, oversight and accountability."