Negroponte's $181 Million Welcome

The new National Intelligence Director gets a windfall

It is often said in Washington that only two things really matter: titles and real estate. And it seems that the likely new Director of National Intelligence (DNI), John Negroponte, will have a good helping of both. An "emergency" spending bill that passed the House last week includes $181 million requested by the White House for a new building to house the intelligence chief and his staff. Symbolically at least, it indicates that the DNI--who has the authority to hire 500 employees but whose role in the byzantine intelligence bureaucracy is still not entirely clear--will have a solid foothold in turf-conscious...

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