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Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act

On Friday, December 17, 2004, at the Andrew W. Mellon auditorium President Bush signed legislation that reforms the intelligence community and the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government. The many reforms in this act have a single goal: to ensure that the people in government responsible for defending America have the best possible information to make the best possible decisions.

I want to thank the members of Congress who have worked hard on this legislation. I particularly want to thank the leader of the Senate, Bill Frist, Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, and their counterparts in both bodies. I appreciate Senator Susan Collins from Maine and Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut for steering this legislation through the United States Senate. I appreciate Congressman Pete Hoekstra and Congresswoman Jane Harman for their leadership on this important issue. - President George W. Bush

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Nearly six decades ago, our nation and our allies faced a new -- the new world of the Cold War and the dangers of a new enemy. To defend the free world from an armed empire bent on conquest, visionary leaders created new institutions such as the NATO alliance. The NATO alliance was begun by treaty in this very room [Mellon Auditorium]. President Truman also implemented a sweeping reorganization of the federal government. He established the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council. - President George W. Bush

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A key lesson of September the 11th, 2001 is that America's intelligence agencies must work together as a single, unified enterprise. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 creates the position of Director of National Intelligence, or DNI, to be appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate. - President George W. Bush speaking at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

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I'm now pleased and honored to sign into law the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. - President George W. Bush

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Families of September 11 victims find some peace in helping prevent future catastrophic terrorist events from occurring on American soil.

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