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February 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell was sworn in as the director of national intelligence, assuming the nation's most senior intelligence position from John D. Negroponte, who is now deputy secretary of State. McConnell will be responsible for briefing President Bush daily on intelligence matters. Bush, at the swearing-in ceremony at Bolling Air Force Base, said the new intelligence director knows that Al Qaeda is "determined to strike our nation again....
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April 1, 2008 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
On the eve of a House vote on controversial wiretapping legislation last month, the nation's intelligence director, J. Michael McConnell, convened a secret weekend meeting in northern Virginia with members of the House Intelligence Committee. The two-day session was designed to promote a calmer atmosphere for discussing an array of intelligence issues, including the nation's eavesdropping laws. But participants said the event ended with a series of acrimonious exchanges.
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NATIONAL
September 19, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
The fight over the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program began anew Tuesday as the nation's top spy urged Congress to make permanent the law that gives intelligence agencies more latitude to monitor overseas phone calls and e-mails. Director of National Intelligence J.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
The fight over the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program began anew Tuesday as the nation's top spy urged Congress to make permanent the law that gives intelligence agencies more latitude to monitor overseas phone calls and e-mails. Director of National Intelligence J.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The nation's intelligence director announced broad changes at U.S. spy agencies Wednesday, including an expedited effort to improve collaboration and speed up the screening of job applicants who speak Arabic or have other crucial skills. Retired U.S. Navy Adm. J. Michael McConnell, the director of national intelligence, outlined what he described as a 100-day plan to fix problems that have persisted in the nation's spy community despite a host of reforms since the Sept. 11 attacks.
NATIONAL
January 6, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
President Bush's nominee to be the next director of national intelligence is a spy agency veteran who is a master of the intricacies of the trade, from the technology of intercepting electronic signals to the financial sleight of hand of hidden, or "black," budgets. The main question surrounding J. Michael McConnell's nomination to be the next intelligence chief is whether he is forceful enough to keep an already illdefined job from sliding into irrelevancy.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The abrupt departure of John D. Negroponte as the nation's spy chief prompted angry responses from Capitol Hill and triggered new debate Thursday over whether a position created to fix the nation's intelligence problems is itself fundamentally flawed. President Bush is expected to announce today that Negroponte will become the top deputy at the State Department. Bush also is set to nominate retired Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell to be the next director of national intelligence.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2008 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
On the eve of a House vote on controversial wiretapping legislation last month, the nation's intelligence director, J. Michael McConnell, convened a secret weekend meeting in northern Virginia with members of the House Intelligence Committee. The two-day session was designed to promote a calmer atmosphere for discussing an array of intelligence issues, including the nation's eavesdropping laws. But participants said the event ended with a series of acrimonious exchanges.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Senate confirmed without dissent retired Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell as President Bush's top intelligence advisor. McConnell will succeed John D. Negroponte as the second U.S. director of national intelligence.
OPINION
September 10, 2007
This nation is overdue for a serious conversation about how to balance liberty and security -- a conversation that must include not only the Bush administration and a heretofore compliant Congress but the public as well. Citizens shouldn't have to guess about how much privacy they are sacrificing in the war on terrorism. Congress will deal with this dilemma on several fronts in the coming months.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The nation's intelligence director announced broad changes at U.S. spy agencies Wednesday, including an expedited effort to improve collaboration and speed up the screening of job applicants who speak Arabic or have other crucial skills. Retired U.S. Navy Adm. J. Michael McConnell, the director of national intelligence, outlined what he described as a 100-day plan to fix problems that have persisted in the nation's spy community despite a host of reforms since the Sept. 11 attacks.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell was sworn in as the director of national intelligence, assuming the nation's most senior intelligence position from John D. Negroponte, who is now deputy secretary of State. McConnell will be responsible for briefing President Bush daily on intelligence matters. Bush, at the swearing-in ceremony at Bolling Air Force Base, said the new intelligence director knows that Al Qaeda is "determined to strike our nation again....
NATIONAL
January 6, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
President Bush's nominee to be the next director of national intelligence is a spy agency veteran who is a master of the intricacies of the trade, from the technology of intercepting electronic signals to the financial sleight of hand of hidden, or "black," budgets. The main question surrounding J. Michael McConnell's nomination to be the next intelligence chief is whether he is forceful enough to keep an already illdefined job from sliding into irrelevancy.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The abrupt departure of John D. Negroponte as the nation's spy chief prompted angry responses from Capitol Hill and triggered new debate Thursday over whether a position created to fix the nation's intelligence problems is itself fundamentally flawed. President Bush is expected to announce today that Negroponte will become the top deputy at the State Department. Bush also is set to nominate retired Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell to be the next director of national intelligence.
OPINION
August 3, 2007
As it shifts into overdrive before a summer recess, Congress is debating whether to oblige the Bush administration with changes in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law that the administration ignored for five years as the National Security Agency -- without court approval -- monitored the international phone calls and e-mails of U.S. residents suspected of ties with foreign terrorists. Our advice: Hurry up and wait.
NATIONAL
October 13, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
washington -- Key lawmakers criticized CIA Director Michael V. Hayden's decision to launch an investigation of the spy agency's inspector general, saying Friday that the move threatens the independence of the official who serves by statute as the agency's watchdog.
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