Report Slams Spy Agencies

Internal probe finds intelligence agencies have failed to streamline under DNI
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2009 5:46 AM CDT
Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair waits to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 10, 2009, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – America's 16 spy agencies have failed to stop infighting and fix weaknesses identified after 9/11, according to an internal report released yesterday. The report sharply criticizes the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for failing to streamline intelligence analysis and spur cooperation and information-sharing among agencies, as it was created to do, the New York Times reports.

The report—completed before President Obama took office—charges that intelligence chiefs have been spending too much time briefing the White House and Congress and not enough managing intelligence agencies. Lawmakers, dismayed by the report's findings, said its conclusions added weight to their accusations that legislation creating the DNI had merely added a bloated layer of bureaucracy to the top of the intelligence community.