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Profiles of intelligence commission appointees


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(CNN) -- President Bush announced Friday the first seven members of a nine-member bipartisan commission to review U.S. intelligence-gathering, focusing on apparent failures regarding Iraqi chemical, nuclear and biological weapons. Below are brief profiles of the seven people named.

Judge Laurence Silberman

Laurence Hirsch Silberman
Laurence Hirsch Silberman

Laurence Hirsch Silberman is a senior circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He was a member the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. The intelligence court, created in 1978, is charged with overseeing sensitive law enforcement surveillance by the U.S. government.

Silberman has served as undersecretary of Labor, deputy U.S. attorney general and ambassador to Yugoslavia. From 1981 to 1985, he was part of an advisory committee on disarmament and a member of the Department of Defense Policy Board. Silberman was appointed to the bench by President Reagan in 1985.

Charles S. 'Chuck' Robb

Charles S.
Charles S. "Chuck" Robb

Charles S. "Chuck" Robb, 64, is a former Virginia governor and two-term U.S. senator. Robb, a former Marine, was a practicing lawyer before he entered politics.

As a senator, Robb served on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. He also served as deputy whip and was a member of the Federal Government Service Task Force.

Sen. John McCain

Sen. John McCain of Arizona
Sen. John McCain of Arizona

Sen. John McCain of Arizona is the senior senator from his state, and has served in that chamber since 1986. He began his political career in 1982 as a U.S. congressman from Arizona. In 2000, he sought the Republican presidential nomination.

McCain serves as chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and he is a member of the Armed Services and Indian Affairs committees. In January 2004, McCain called for an independent inquiry into prewar intelligence on Iraq.

Judge Patricia Wald

Patricia Wald
Patricia Wald

Patricia Wald served from 1999 to 2001 as a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, Netherlands.

An expert in international humanitarian law, she served 20 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, including five years as chief judge. She was appointed by President Carter in 1979.

Lloyd Cutler

Lloyd Cutler
Lloyd Cutler

Lloyd Cutler, a founding partner of Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP, served as counsel to Presidents Clinton and Carter.

He was a member and former chairman of the Quadrennial Commission on Legislative, Executive and Judicial Salaries, and a member of the President's Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform in 1989.

Richard C. Levin

Richard C. Levin
Richard C. Levin

Richard C. Levin is president of Yale University, an office he has held since 1993.

Before becoming president, Levin was chairman of Yale's economics department and dean of the graduate school. He sits on the boards of the Hewlett Foundation, Lucent Technologies and Satmetrix.

Retired Adm. William O. Studeman

Retired Adm. William Studeman
Retired Adm. William Studeman

William 'Bill' Studeman was deputy director of the CIA during the first Bush administration and early in the Clinton administration. He has held several high-level intelligence positions, including a stint as director of the National Security Agency.

He is vice president and deputy general manager for intelligence and information superiority at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, a $3.5 billion global defense contractor. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1995.


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