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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Report: Special Operations Forces (SOF) and CIA Paramilitary Operations: Issues for Congress

On January 4, 2005, the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service produced its report entitled, "Special Operations Forces (SOF) and CIA Paramilitary Operations: Issues for Congress".

According to the report's summary, it is in response to a recommendation in the 9/11 Commission report. It recommended shifting the responsiblity for directing and executing paramilitary operations from the CIA to the US Special Operations Command. The report goes on to briefly describe special operations conducted by DoD and paramilitary operations conducted by the CIA and discuss the implications of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations.

The report comprises six pages and includes footnotes. Its major headings include:
- What Are Special Operations and Paramilitary Operations?
- Roles and Mission of CIA and SOF
- Brief History of CIA and SOF Paramilitary Operations
- 9/11 Commission Report Recommendations
- Potential Impacts
- Issues for Congress


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