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On Director of National Intelligence's Resignation

Posted By James Carafano On May 20, 2010 @ 7:54 pm In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled

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It is being widely reported that the Director of National Intelligence has resigned [2].

Much of the speculation over the resignation revolves around his role in directing counterterrorism operations. Regardless, of this speculation the conduct of global counterterrorism operations by the Obama administration is a legitimate concern. Thirty-one terrorist plots have been foiled since 9/11—two out of the last three in this administration have been by shear luck [3].

The White House continues to deemphasize the threat of Islamist terrorism and the Long War against al Qaeda. It has also failed to craft a responsible long-term detention and interrogation policy [4], even suggesting that Miranda rights of all US citizens should be weakened [5]. The administration is not alone to blame. Congress remains dysfunctional on homeland security with 108 committees, sub-committees, and commissions claiming jurisdiction over the department.

It is long past time this administration started treating keeping the nation safe, free, and prosperous as job #1 and focus on battling the terrorist 24-7-365.


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[2] the Director of National Intelligence has resigned: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/05/exclusive-president-obama-to-replace-director-of-national-intelligence-dennis-blair.html

[3] Thirty-one terrorist plots have been foiled since 9/11—two out of the last three in this administration have been by shear luck: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/05/Times-Square-Terror-Plot-The-Right-Formula-for-Stopping-Terrorism-Has-Not-Changed

[4] failed to craft a responsible long-term detention and interrogation policy: http://www.foundry.org/2010/01/04/a-constitutional-national-security-crisis-of-obamas-own-creation/

[5] even suggesting that Miranda rights of all US citizens should be weakened: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/05/Treating-Terrorism-Solely-as-a-Law-Enforcement-Matter-Not-Miranda-Is-the-Problem

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