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President Bush to Sign Intelligence Reform Bill

President Bush is due to sign into law Friday landmark legislation that will bring sweeping changes to the U.S. intelligence community.

Congress passed the legislation last week, clearing the way for Mr. Bush's signature and the largest overhaul of U.S intelligence gathering in the past 50 years.

The bill is designed to strengthen U.S. intelligence gathering in the fight against terrorism.

It will help the country's 15 intelligence agencies work together to share information. It will also create a national counterterroism center and a new intelligence director, appointed by President Bush.

The bill was the result of recommendations by the independent commission that investigated the deadly September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The commission said a lack of communication between intelligence agencies and a cold war era approach to intelligence gathering contributed to the failure to prevent the attack.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP, AFP.