Can’t see what is being accomplished. All the intelligence heavyweights are, in essence, creature of the Executive, that is, the President. So now we have another. OK, fine. He controls the budgets of the other enterprises. Also OK. All information is to be shared with him. And he will, presumably, share it with the other responsible bodies. Essentially, the same effect of removing barriers between agencies, with the added issue of personal discretion. Presumably, he has discretion over the sharing, because, otherwise, he is nothing more than a conduit from say, CIA to FBI.
I think the committee came up with this out of fervent desire to take action, but a paralyzing fear of partisan implications. “Nothing is wrong with the current Administration, and here’s what we have to change, immediatly.”
At any rate, this appointee will be the President in another incarnation, much like the NSA. Then, the decision as to who will be that President is the only one that matters. It does offer the Prez, whomsover he may be, a vizier to sacrifice if things go wrong. He tells the Prez what everybody else knows, after telling them, and offers his opinion as well. Then he, like everybody else, waits for the President to tell him what to think.
Beyond that, they told us what we already knew: we were stupid, we got hurt, we got smarter, but we’re still pretty likely to get hurt some more.
Late breaking news says Bush is screaming “Me, too!” at the top of his lungs, and will initiate this part of the commissions findings immediatly, if not yesterday (that is under feasibility study…).
As well, he is taking action to promote port of entry security. This is both encouraging and alarming. Encouraging that it is being done, alarming because one had thought it done already.