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Repub Sen. Pat Roberts — White House is hampering intelligence reform

Well, this is probably not being well-received in the White House. Guess Roberts doesn’t mind getting on Chimpy’s sh*t list. (AP) :

The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee blamed the White House and Pentagon on Sunday for resisting intelligence reform and gave the U.S. Congress a failing grade for not passing legislation.

Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas also cited turf battles and unwarranted concerns that proposed changes would somehow harm military operations during a time of war.

“There’s been a lot of opposition to this from the first,” Roberts said on the “Fox News Sunday” program. “Some of it is from the Pentagon. Some of it, quite frankly, is from the White House, despite what the president has said.”

…One sticking point involved the power to be given a newly created national intelligence director over the estimated $40 billion intelligence budget, 80 percent of which is currently controlled by the Pentagon.

Concern that intelligence reform would endanger military efforts during wartime was “a false claim,” Roberts said.

“I don’t think it was only House Republicans. I think some of us who have been working for reform perhaps underestimated the strong undertow of opposition to this and support for status quo,” he said.

“And so you put all those factors together, and unfortunately intelligence reform went down. And as far as I’m concerned, Congress gets a big fat ‘F’ in regards to that effort,” Roberts said.

The public’s safety will always take a back seat to the bureaucracy’s reflexive desire to protect itself.

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