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Topic - John F. Lehman
The U.S. is safer from terrorism than it was before Sept. 11, 2001, but gaps remain, particularly in aviation security, intelligence reform and congressional oversight, according to the 9/11 Commission.
"Bush turned our recommendation for the DNI upside-down," he said, noting that the commission had wanted a powerful leader for the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies with control of personnel and budgets.
As for aviation security, the "current system is not efficient, there is no cost-benefit analysis and the screening technology can be defeated" to get explosives and firearms onto planes, said Mr. Lehman, who served as Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan.