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Congress to Unleash the CIA

Tuesday, 18 September 2001 12:00 AM

Congressional leaders agree that America's spy agencies, long hampered by politically correct restrictions, must be allowed to get down and dirty in the fight against terrorism. In the works are the removal of restrictions against hiring foreign agents with less-than-sterling reputations - a ban that robbed the CIA and other covert operations of the ability to employ the kind of less-than-respectable human assets who can get the job done by whatever means necessary. So determined are members of Congress who exercise oversight of the intelligence community that even the revocation of 25-year-long ban against using foreign agents to assassinate foreign targets is under consideration. "We have got to be a hell of a lot more aggressive," Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, told the New York Times. R. James Woolsey, the former director of central intelligence, told the Times that "Washington has absolutely undergone a sea change in thinking this week." At issue is the widespread belief that the intelligence community failed in its assigned task of alerting the government of coming attacks. In the years since the notorious Church Committee hearings revealed some of the darker sides of the intelligence-gathering trade, the government has continued to impose increasingly tighter rules and more intense congressional oversight of the conduct of America's spy agencies. The CIA, for example, may not mount an operation designed to result in the assassination of a terrorist leader. As

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