From Washington Post via Yahoo: The previously undisclosed organization, called the Strategic Support Branch, arose from Rumsfeld's written order to end his "near total dependence on CIA" for what is known as human intelligence. Designed to operate without detection and under the defense secretary's direct control, the Strategic Support Branch deploys small teams of case officers, linguists, interrogators and technical specialists alongside newly empowered special operations forces.A super secret spy ring! I wanna be a spy.
From LA Times via Yahoo: Sen. John McCain said Sunday that he would look into a reported move by the Pentagon to reinterpret U.S. law to give Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld broad authority over spy operations abroad.Oh my gawd, an elected official actually taking the administration to task for "reinterpreting US law". He is probably pissed off too because he is a member of the panel and didn't even know about this until he read it in the Washington Post.
McCain, responding to a report in Sunday's Washington Post, told CBS' "Face the Nation" that he would raise the question at hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee. He is a member of the panel.