National Counterterrorism Head Michael Leiter Resigns, Undermining Claimed Rationale for Mueller Extension

By: Friday June 10, 2011 8:55 am

National Counterterrorism Center head Michael Leiter resigned yesterday. After all, we spent most of Wednesday morning, during Robert Mueller’s confirmation hearing for an unusual two-year extension, talking about the importance of continuity

 

WH Stenographer: Obama Took Big Risk in Deciding to Go after Bin Laden

By: Saturday May 7, 2011 11:00 am

There’s not all that much in this Bob Woodward piece on the raid to get Osama bin Laden that hasn’t already been reported generally elsewhere: just some details about the surveillance leading up to the raid (which I’ll discuss below) and a cute anecdote about how they measured bin Laden’s corpse to make sure it was taller than six feet.

Politics of Fear: Leiter Calls Failure to Renew Patriot Act Provisions “Problematic”

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 7:00 am

It was naive of anyone to think that any executive branch would willingly give up their own power. Congress, thanks to Republican doddering, made the effort to put the slightest of brakes on that power temporarily. But they were promptly told that they endangered America, so that will be that.

In First Act as DNI, James Clapper Adds to Redundancy Competitive Analysis

By: Friday August 20, 2010 3:15 pm

When James Clapper testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he rejected one of the central criticisms in the WaPo’s Top Secret America series–that the redundancy in the Intelligence Community contributed to waste and intelligence failures.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that his first act as DNI is to add to the redundancy.

The Inexplicable Timing of Dennis Blair’s Ouster

By: Friday May 21, 2010 6:00 am

I’m thoroughly unsurprised by the news of Dennis Blair’s ouster. After all, it’s an impossible job that appears to serve one purpose: to provide a deck chair you can rearrange every two years as a scapegoat for our continuing inability to detect terrorists even with all the surveillance toys we’ve got.

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