Reform bill weak on privacy

Wednesday, 8 December 2004, 8:39 AM EST

The House of Representatives may vote as early as Tuesday on a newly ironed-out intelligence reform bill that puts in effect many of the suggestions of the 9/11 Commission. But civil liberties activists say Congress should slow down and not centralize surveillance powers without providing adequate safeguards.

The bill looked to have been killed by interagency turf battles over the creation of a national intelligence director with the power to set the budget and priorities for the nation's numerous intelligence agencies.

By Ryan Singel at Wired.

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