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11/16/02

White House Wants Improved Domestic Intelligence Gathering

The White House wants improved domestic intelligence gathering. But a senior administration official says there's no thought now about a new domestic spy agency to fight terrorism.

Officials do confirm high-level discussions are under way on how creation of a Homeland Security Department could enhance domestic intelligence. They also say they're still working on making the FBI a better component of the domestic intelligence effort.

But Democratic Senator John Edwards says that's not the way to go. He says the law enforcement impulses of the FBI "consistently trump" intelligence needs. What's needed instead, he says, is a new domestic intelligence agency aimed at the terrorist threat at home.

Meanwhile the New York Times is reporting the Bush administration is checking activities of Iraqis inside the U.S. to identify possible threats posed by sympathizers of the Baghdad regime.

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