DNI seeks to limit intel ties with Israel (WORLD TRIBUNE) WASHINGTON 06/122/12)
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has resisted efforts by
Congress to expand intelligence cooperation with Israel.
The Director of National Intelligence lobbied Congress to remove
language from legislation that would expand intelligence and military
cooperation with Israel.
DNI, which represents the 16-member U.S. intelligence community
worked with Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to
remove the words “including satellite intelligence,” from the
U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012.
“[It] was simply a matter of clarifying the intelligence aspects of
bill and being sensitive to the level of specificity in the
language,” a DNI spokesman said.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that the attempt to remove
intelligence cooperation from the legislation divided Democrats from
Republicans. The newspaper said the bill that passed the Senate
committee was significantly different from the House version.
“U.S. satellite imagery is often used as currency for intelligence
liaisons with Middle East spy agencies, which tend to have better
sources than the U.S. but less sophisticated technical capabilities,”
Congressional sources said Israel has complained over the lack of
cooperation with the U.S. intelligence community regarding Iran. The
said the complaints asserted that Israel was providing far more
that it received from the United States.
The attempt to delete the intelligence cooperation from the pro-
bill was defeated on June 19 during a markup session by the Senate
Relations Committee. At the hearing, a DNI official warned that the
could spur demands by other U.S. allies for similar cooperation.
“Nothing nefarious here, just more clear language,” the spokesman
The security cooperation bill was meant to promote U.S. security
relations with Israel to counter the threat of a nuclear Iran. The
legislation would require the president to certify that Israel was
advanced weapons, technology and intelligence for its defense.
“A nuclear-weapons capable Iran would fundamentally threaten vital
United States interests, encourage regional nuclear proliferation,
empower Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, and pose a
serious and destabilizing threat to Israel and the region,” the
which passed the House, said.
“The main reason for this bill is that Congress would have oversight
over the U.S. strategic relationship with Israel,” a congressional
said. (Copyright © 2012 East West Services, Inc. 06/22/12)
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