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June 30, 2005

The new National Security Service, America's secret police 

FBI overhaul

And in a move which could prove controversial, the FBI is to be reorganised.

Within it there will be another new intelligence body called the National Security Service. It will assume responsibility for intelligence work within the US.

Americans have long resisted the growth of domestic intelligence agencies like those in Europe, believing they pose a threat to civil liberties.
BBC

The Silverman-Robb Commission handed its report to President George W Bush in March.

Famously, the commission found that US intelligence on Iraq's WMD had been wrong, and it recommended to the president 74 ways in which the US intelligence effort could be improved.

Mr Bush has now accepted 70 of those recommendations.

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