Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on a lot these days, but they do agree that the U.S.’ new spy chief, John Negroponte, is “creating just another blanket of bureaucracy, muffling rather than clarifying the dangers lurking in the world,” according to the N.Y. Times.
In New Job, Spymaster Draws Bipartisan Criticism
By SCOTT SHANE
WASHINGTON, April 19—The top Republican and the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee have disagreed publicly about many things, but on one issue they have recently come together. Both are disquieted by the first-year performance of John D. Negroponte, the director of national intelligence.
The fear expressed by the two lawmakers, Representatives Peter Hoekstra, Republican of Michigan, and Jane Harman, Democrat of California, is that Mr. Negroponte, the nation’s overseer of spy agencies, is creating just another blanket of bureaucracy, muffling rather than clarifying the dangers lurking in the world.
In an April 6 report, the Intelligence Committee warned that Mr. Negroponte’s office could end up not as a streamlined coordinator but as “another layer of large, unintended and unnecessary bureaucracy.” The committee went so far as to withhold part of Mr. Negroponte’s budget request until he convinced members he had a workable plan.