The FBI has been given an expanded role in coordinating the domestic intelligence-gathering activities of the CIA and other agencies under a plan enacted this year by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., officials said.
The move, endorsed by CIA Director David Petraeus, was meant to enhance the FBI’s ability to lead efforts by federal, state and local authorities in confronting security threats. Concerns have surfaced in some regional offices that the FBI is exploiting its new clout and creating new friction with the CIA.
If there is one consensus on the United States’ failure to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it exists on the failure of the intelligence agencies to properly cooperate and share information.
“This is a connecting bridge between intelligence and law enforcement,” Flynn said in an interview. He added that the DNI designation does not give regional FBI officials power over other agencies’ operations or personnel.