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Bush: US Needs Better Human Intelligence Gathering to Fight Terror

President Bush says the United States needs better intelligence efforts to make gains in its global war on terrorism.

In an interview with CNN, the president said Tuesday that human intelligence efforts need to be improved. He said the ability to read the enemy's mail and hear its phone calls would make a difference in fighting terrorism.

Mr. Bush said a commission has been formed to determine how best to improve human intelligence gathering. During the interview, President Bush said the United States has not done as good a job in promoting American values as propagandists have in depicting America as a hateful place.

Mr. Bush also acknowledged he has made difficult decisions, including the one to invade Iraq, that have hindered American diplomacy in the Middle East. But, the president predicted that a free country will emerge in Iraq, proving the merit of his policies there.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.