Intelligence Bills Become Law, Congress Increases Involvement

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed into law a
bill designed to strengthen oversight of sensitive spy operations.

Top intelligence officials in the Bush administration had been faulted for not fully informing Congress about highly classified programs, such as a secret plan to target terrorist leaders that CIA Director Leon Panetta ended last year.

The bill signed Thursday also attempts to satisfy lawmakers' desire for more intelligence information by ensuring that all members of the House and Senate intelligence committees receive a "general description" of intelligence briefings.

The White House insisted that only eight key congressional leaders continue to receive briefings on the most sensitive matters, however.

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