By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 31, 2006; Page A17
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner sharply criticized the
restructuring of U.S. intelligence agencies last week, telling CIA
lawyers that the overhaul has done nothing to rectify flaws exposed by
al-Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and that the changes "in the end . .
. will amount to rather little." [...]
Posner has a book coming out on the subject, but it does not sound as
though he was trying to solicit publicity for the book when he made
that statement. His main concern is this:
In Posner's analysis, the director of national
intelligence (DNI), created by Congress to be the president's top
intelligence adviser, was given too much to do. DNI John D. Negroponte
oversees the CIA and 15 other intelligence agencies, including those at
the Pentagon. Negroponte's staff, which has grown to about 1,000, "has
become a new bureaucracy layered on top of the intelligence community,"
As I recall, that was one of the major concerns that was raised when
the reorganization was planned. It sounds as though that
concern was justified.