Thursday, December 23, 2010

Clapper Not Briefed on London Terror Arrests

The cat leaped out of the bag as a journalist interviewed James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence. His staff has failed him big time.

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked about the attacks, with ABC News interviewer Diane Sawyer posing the questions: "First of all, London. How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here?"
After a long pause, Clapper replied, "London?" . . .
The 12 men were arrested Monday in a sweep in the Welsh capital Cardiff, the central English town of Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and in London.
Sawyer brought up Clapper's apparent ignorance of the developments later in the interview.
"I was a little surprised you didn't know about London," she said.
"Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't," Clapper replied.

Why wouldn't his staff brief the man on this arrest? It was kinda a big f****** deal within the international intelligence community. Not only did they embarrass the boss in a national interview but they do the country a disservice by failing to keep the man current on world events. It all does eventually work back to us here in the United States, as events have unfolded previously.

Clapper is the guy charged with the President's daily briefing. President Obama is on record as having spoken to Prime Minister Cameron about the arrests.

First the administration blamed the interviewer's question. Then the truth came out:

After initially suggesting that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s inability to answer a question from ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer about the arrests of 12 suspected terrorists in London was because her question was too “ambiguous,” the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday morning that retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Clapper had not been briefed about the arrests at the time of the interview.

“Director Clapper had not yet been briefed on the arrests in the United Kingdom at the time of this interview taping,” said ODNI spokeswoman Jamie Smith in a statement.

This was an interview with the three top people - Brennan, Napolitano, and Clapper. Brennan is a preening narcissist. He blamed the interviewer for referencing "London" without adding the word "arrest" with it. This is the team who gave us Napolitano saying how system worked during Christmas bomber attempt one year ago. This team who was put together to sift through the intelligence gathered and get a handle on everything terror related has failed again in ignorance.

What if it had been Bush's intelligence team? This would have been glaring headlines everywhere here and internationally. Great Britain is our greatest allie in this battle. How is the average American expected to remain alert and current on information while the top of the heap isn't properly briefed?

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