January 30, 2004
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Senator Bob Graham, the former chairman of the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence, today called for hearings on proposed reforms of the Intelligence
Community in light of findings of “obvious intelligence failures
with respect to the existence weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq.
“If 9-11 was a wake up call alerting us to the
problems in our Intelligence Community, the misinformation on Iraq’s
WMD programs gives us our first report card. The grade we have received
is an F. This makes it imperative that the Congress begin the process
of reforming our Intelligence Community immediately,” Graham,
D-Florida, wrote in a letter to current Intelligence Committee Chairman
Pat Roberts, R-Kansas.
noted that, while the Intelligence Committee has been reviewing the
on WMD, it has not yet addressed the
accountability of those responsible for the failures - or the changes
necessary to avoid problems in the future. “We can’t spend
all our time looking in the rear-view mirror at what went wrong. We
need to look through the front windshield to get our focus on what
needs to be done to avoid repeating mistakes in the future,” Graham
said. “Decision makers need reliable and credible intelligence.”
Graham is the primary sponsor of S. 1520, the 9-11
Memorial Intelligence Reform Act, which was filed on July 31, 2003. Senators
John D. Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, and Dianne Feinstein, D-California,
The bill includes 17 of the 19 recommendations from the
House-Senate Joint Inquiry into the intelligence failures surrounding
9-11. Those 17 require legislative changes to implement, including
reorganization of the management of the Intelligence Community, new
accountability standards for employees, a top-to-bottom review of classification
standards, and creation of a National Terrorist Watch-List Center.
Roberts has not yet scheduled hearings on the legislation.
Graham is planning to deliver a series of speeches on
the need for intelligence reform on the Senate floor beginning Monday,
copy of Graham’s
letter to Roberts is attached.
January 30, 2004
Senator Pat Roberts
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
211 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Roberts:
recent revelations of obvious intelligence failures with respect
existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
in Iraq are of grave concern. If 9-11 was a wake up call alerting us
to the problems in our intelligence community, the misinformation on
Iraq’s WMD programs gives us our first report card. The grade
we have received is an F. This makes it imperative that the Congress
begin the process of reforming our Intelligence Community immediately.
To this end I again urge you to hold hearings on S. 1520, the
9-11 Memorial Intelligence Reform Act of 2003.
I sent you a letter on September 3, 2003, urging you
to hold a hearings in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on
S. 1520. I introduced S. 1520 on July 31, 2003, and it was referred
to your committee. Your Vice Chairman, Senator Rockefeller, and Senator
Feinstein are original co-sponsors of this legislation. S.1520 implements
the recommendations of the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Joint Inquiry into
the September 11 attacks. These recommendations were supported near
unanimously by both the House and Senate intelligence committees.
Congress has a special responsibility to take action
to reform our intelligence agencies in a way that will reduce the chances
of future intelligence failures. As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee
on Intelligence you are uniquely positioned to lead this reform process.
Holding hearings on S. 1520 at the earliest possible date are a necessary
first step in this process.
If I can be of any assistance, please contact Dr. Bob
Filippone of my staff at 202-224-6561.