It appears the forthcoming terror report will implicate the young National Counterterrorism Center:
Without naming the agency, he put the National Counterterrorism Center, the new entity formed after 9/11 to do precisely this function, squarely in his crosshairs.
Until the report (to be released today) has been fully dissected and cross-examined, it is impossible to say whether President Obama is pointing his finger at the right culprit. Of all the parts of the complex system and of all of the post-9/11 reforms, I would have considered the NCTC to be one of the better functioning.
I wouldn’t, but Dr. Feaver (great name) will likely know more than I on the matter. The reasons I wouldn’t expect it to be one of the better functioning organizations in the IC are
- The organization is new, and was created in a relative panic;
- Its function is merely coordination–admittedly a tough job–without authority; and
- The turf-protectiveness of the IC almost guarantees that the NCTC’s analysis would be incomplete.
I harbor a great deal of respect for the many talented individuals who labor within dysfunctional, unnecessarily competitive intel organizations. Intel reform has clearly not worked–in fact, there really hasn’t been reform. Adding layers of bureaucracy, especially without real power, is not reform at all. Pointing fingers and sacking people is often the politically astute path, but it almost guarantees that we’ll have this discussion again.
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