In Transition: Rep. Jane Harman

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Current job: U.S. representative from California's 36th District.

Credentials: Served eight years on the House intelligence committee, four as the ranking Democrat. Currently chairs the Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence and terrorism risk assessment.

What she offers: Harman, 63, played a key role in the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and has been a vocal critic of Bush administration policies on warrantless wiretapping and the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects. Has called on intelligence agencies to improve information-sharing.

Vetting: She initially supported domestic wiretapping.

Quote: "Since the 9/11 attacks, I have been calling on the Bush administration to articulate a clear legal framework for U.S. detention and interrogation policy -- to protect privacy and civil liberties and also to provide the intelligence community with the guidance it needs to do its job without fear of reprisal or prosecution."

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