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That leaves Pentagon officers uneasy. Will a beefed-up CIA paramilitary force duplicate what the military's 40,000 special-ops commandos already do? Some soldiers complain that the CIA's spies in Afghanistan still don't like to share the intelligence they gather. (The agency denies the allegation.) But President Bush knows the war against terrorism must be waged covertly, so he has allowed the CIA to throw everything at it. Spann's father Johnny recalls that his son once said, "Someone's got to do the things that no one else wants to do." And sometimes, those who make that choice will pay the ultimate price for it.
--By Douglas Waller/Washington