Pryor Applauds Final Passage of Intelligence Reform Bill Commits to Filling in Remaining Security Threats
WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mark Pryor today said he was pleased the Senate moved forward and passed bi-partisan, landmark legislation to reform the nation's intelligence community.
Pryor said the legislation, which he helped craft as a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, creates a Director of National Intelligence to oversee the nation's 15 intelligence agencies and forge better communication among the various agencies in order to prevent the intelligence lapses that occurred before September 11th, 2001. He said the final legislation enacts a number of key intelligence reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission, such as improving efforts to fight terrorists and shut off their funding.
"Someone in our intelligence bureaucracy usually had the correct data but may have been used incorrectly, or not given to those who needed it," Pryor said. "This bill will help intelligence agencies work together, preventing pertinent information that could save civilian and military lives from slipping through the cracks."
Pryor said the bill is a good start in securing the United States from potential terrorism, but committed to using his seat on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee to work on additional legislation to enhance border security, improve transportation security, and reform immigration policy when the new Congress resumes in January.
"This bill demonstrates Congress' strong commitment and willingness to helping our intelligence community connect its dots, but we still owe the American public continued vigilance to address the remaining gaps in our homeland security," Pryor said.
December 8, 2004