Obama Unlikely To Radically Overhaul Controversial Intelligence Policies

12/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • SIOBHAN GORMAN Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama is unlikely to radically overhaul controversial Bush administration intelligence policies, advisers say, an approach that is almost certain to create tension within the Democratic Party.

Civil-liberties groups were among those outraged that the White House sanctioned the use of harsh intelligence techniques -- which some consider torture -- by the Central Intelligence Agency, and expanded domestic spy powers. These groups are demanding quick action to reverse these policies.

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