Starting Up

Loch K. Johnson

in The Threat on the Horizon

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199737178
Published online February 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190252458 | DOI:
Starting Up

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This chapter focuses on the selection of members of the Aspin-Brown Commission of 1995–1996. The appointees were chosen by either President Bill Clinton or Congress: two incumbent senators, two incumbent representatives, and four private citizens. Three of the members were Warren B. Rudman, Lew Allen Jr., J. James Exon, and Zöe Baird. The selection process was meant to ensure a bipartisan inquiry into the status of the nation's intelligence agencies, one that would combine the perspectives of the executive and legislative branches with those of the private sector. The chapter also looks at the staff chosen by Aspin to become part of the commission.

Keywords: members; Aspin-Brown Commission; Les Aspin; Harold Brown; Bill Clinton; Congress; senators; representatives; intelligence agencies; private sector

Chapter.  10512 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; US Politics

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