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In its recent report, the 9/11 Commission adverts to the possibility
of establishing a new "Open Source Agency" within the U.S.
intelligence community (see the chart on page 413). But the
Commission does not otherwise discuss the role or function of the
The barest mention of such a new agency has already prompted some
debate and conflict, beginning with a dispute over where the
hypothetical agency should be housed, inside or outside of the CIA.
Robert Steele of the private Open Source Solutions, who has been
advocating increased appreciation of open source intelligence for
over a decade, takes the position that the new agency should be
completely independent of the existing U.S. intelligence community.
See his assessment here: