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Technically, how and when did John Negroponte become a United States Citizen?
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Levin wants answers on intel failures at Negroponte hearing

April 12, 2005, 6:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Carl Levin says he wants answers to U.S. intelligence failures before the Iraq war.

Senators of both major parties seem likely to support President Bush's selection of John Negroponte for national intelligence director, but Levin and other Democrats said they first want to highlight intelligence mistakes made before the Iraq war.

With the Senate Intelligence Committee planning a hearing Tuesday on Negroponte's nomination to the daunting new job, Levin, of Michigan, said he wants assurances that Negroponte would be an objective and independent leader of the 15 spy agencies he would oversee.

"I am interested in mainly the massive intelligence failures of the intelligence community, and whether or not he is going to help correct and address the abysmal failures of accountability and responsibility there," said Levin.

Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said he's discussed a number of intelligence issues with Negroponte, such as the need for better analysis, improvements in traditional spying and ways to boost the quality of personnel with pay incentives and scholarships.

"There are a lot of black eyes" at the intelligence agencies, Roberts said. "The intelligence community can get blamed for things, and there are some very egregious mistakes that they have made. ... On the other hand, they have done a lot of things right."

The shortfalls are the reason Negroponte's job was created.

Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the intelligence community has come under fire for its performance leading up to the suicide hijackings and later, its prewar estimates of the threat posed by Iraq.

The Sept. 11 commission's best-selling report advocated creating a strong national intelligence director to bring the spy community together under one umbrella. About six months later, Congress went along.

Yet significant doubts remain about whether the job, as cast in law, comes with adequate authority to rein in the various agencies trained in eavesdropping, code-breaking and old-fashioned spying.

Just this month, President Bush's commission investigating intelligence shortfalls advised giving the new intelligence director powers to match his responsibilities, warning that the CIA and Defense Department agencies will try to "run around -- or over" him.

Bush has trusted Negroponte with difficult assignments in the past.

He was ambassador to the United Nations when U.S. relations with the world organization were on the decline during the approach to the Iraq invasion. Last summer, Bush sent him to Iraq as ambassador during the middle of the insurgency.

Negroponte has also held official posts in eight countries, including ambassadorships in Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines.

Human rights groups have alleged that Negroponte acquiesced in abuses by Honduran death squads funded and partly trained by the CIA. Negroponte said during his U.N. confirmation hearings that he did not believe death squads were operating there.

While the issue is of concern to some in Congress, others are moving on. "People change a lot in 20 years," Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said in a recent interview.



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... nomination to the daunting new job, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said he wants assurances that ... the abysmal failures of accountability and responsibility there ...

John Negroponte says the president needs the 'unvarnished truth' from intelligence agencies.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/04/12/intelligence.chief.ap/

BIO
FULL NAME: John Dimitri Negroponte.
BIRTH DATE: July 21, 1939, in London, England.
EDUCATION: B.A., Yale University, 1960.
EXPERIENCE: Ambassador to Iraq, June 2004-March 2005; ambassador to the United Nations, 2001-2004; executive vice president, McGraw-Hill Cos., 1997-2001; ambassador to the Philippines, 1993-96; ambassador to Mexico, 1989-93; deputy national security adviser, 1987-89; assistant secretary of state, oceans, international environmental, scientific affairs, 1985-1987; ambassador to Honduras, 1981-85; deputy assistant secretary of state, East Asian and Pacific affairs, 1980-81; deputy assistant secretary of state, oceans and fisheries, 1977-79.
FAMILY: Wife, Diana; five children adopted from Honduras.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/04/12/intelligence.chief.ap/

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, said he saw a pattern of "ducking the facts."

"We are making a call now about your judgment. It looks to me that you saw things through an administration-colored lens," Wyden said.

Senators were aware of the challenges Negroponte faces. By showing up to work on the first day, Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, said, Negroponte will be stepping on toes. Roberts said some intelligence professionals need leadership -- and "a kick in the pants" when they aren't sharing information with each other.

The intelligence community's shortfalls are the reason Negroponte's job was created.

Since the September 11 attacks, the intelligence community has come under fire for its performance leading up to the suicide hijackings and later, its prewar estimates of the threat posed by Iraq.

The September 11 commission's best-selling report advocated creating a strong national intelligence director to bring the spy community together under one umbrella. About six months later, Congress went along.

Yet significant doubts remain about whether the job, as cast in law, comes with adequate authority to rein in the various agencies trained in eavesdropping, code-breaking and old-fashioned spying.

Just this month, Bush's commission investigating intelligence shortfalls advised giving the new intelligence director powers to match his responsibilities, warning that the CIA and Defense Department agencies will try to "run around -- or over" him.

Illustrating the breadth of issues that Negroponte faces, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the committee's top Democrat, asked how he'd deal with issues of foreign detainees abused in U.S. custody. Negroponte promised that agencies would be in "full compliance" with the law and added that torture is "illegal and reprehensible."

Almost three hours into the session, a protester briefly interrupted Negroponte to object to U.S. human-rights policy. The demonstrator was quickly removed by Capitol Hill police.

Bush has entrusted Negroponte with difficult assignments in the past.

He was ambassador to the United Nations when U.S. relations with the world organization were on the decline during the approach to the Iraq invasion. Last summer, Bush sent him to Iraq as ambassador.

Negroponte speaks five languages and has held official posts in eight countries, including ambassadorships in Mexico and the Philippines.
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THE QUESTION IS:

Technically, how and when did John Negroponte become a United States Citizen?
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