Annual Threat Assessment Hearing: Hearing before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, Hearing held in Washington, DC, February 25, 2009   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of Silvestre Reyes: "This is the third Annual Threat Assessment that I have presided over as chairman of this committee, and we are in a unique position this year. Although the new administration is just over a month old, we have seen some major changes to some of the most controversial issues which impact the Intelligence Community. President Obama's Executive orders on detention and interrogation policies and on Guantanamo Bay represent a significant departure from the previous administration's policies. I know that many of us have strong opinions on what should be done in these critical areas. My intention, though, is to give the President and his new appointees some space to work through these issues as they propose a way forward. However, I think we all recognize that we don't have an unlimited amount of time. So I hope that the executive branch will move quickly on these critical issues. Director Blair, I am also hopeful that you and the new administration will bring about an improved interaction between the executive and legislative branches on intelligence matters. Too often in the past we have been left in the dark, or simply told things too late, or told only part of the story."

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