Senate panel moves to reduce secrecy of some spy agencies



WASHINGTON -- In a move to reduce secrecy around the nation's spy agencies, the Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a measure to make public the total amount spent on spying and to direct the Central Intelligence Agency to release an internal report examining its failure to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The bill, approved in a closed session Wednesday, also would require President Bush to provide Congress with all daily intelligence briefs concerning Iraq in the six years before the war began in March 2003. That provision, evidently part of a Democratic effort to review the decision to go to war, was opposed by the committee's Republican vice chairman, who said it might provoke a veto of the entire bill.

The panel also directed the intelligence agencies to change strategies for buying costly spy satellites at the National Reconnaissance Office, an agency dogged for years by cost overruns and technical failures. Details of the changes are classified.

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