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    Shock and Yawn

    Earlier today the White House promised a “shocking” report on the intelligence failures leading up to the aborted Christmas Day bombing and an address by the President directly from the White House. Neither the report nor the President’s remarks told us much new nor anything particularly shocking. It was pretty … More

    It Isn’t the System, Mr. President

    Yesterday’s address by President Obama on the Christmas Day plot was filled with lots of “well-duh” information that Americans already knew. The fact that the government failed to do its job isn’t much of a revelation. But the one message that was clearly communicated to the American public, in both … More

    John Brennan Says There Was No Smoking Gun: Is He Right?

    According to the LA Times, John Brennan, the senior Obama counterterrorism official, declared there was “no smoking gun” in the Christmas Day Detroit bound bombing. Putting aside the frantic phone calls from the father — pardon me, Mr. Brennan, but that’s a big deal. There was no smoking gun found … More

    'Because You Told Us To'

    Last year Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) inserted language into the fiscal 2008 intelligence authorization bill forcing the National Intelligence Council to issue a report on the national security implications of climate change. This Wednesday the NIC released its report, and liberals in Congress got the all the lazy alarmist headlines … More

    House Intelligence Committee Rejects FISA Fix in Close Vote

      House Democrats continued to block passage of a terrorist surveillance bill today, rejecting a measure by Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) to add the Senate-passed FISA bill to the fiscal 2009 Intelligence authorization bill. The amendment was defeated by one vote in the House Intelligence Committee, the latest proof that … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Playing Politics With U.S. Security

    It has now been 22 days since the House of Representatives asked for a 21-day extension to pass legislation that would bring U.S. intelligence law into the 21st century. This is on top of the 15 days they asked for and were granted on Feb. 1. In total the House … More