Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings that killed 191-- and exactly seven and a half years since 9/11. To limit the chance that this happens again, we ask what the most important steps are that we can take today, at home and abroad, to keep ourselves safe from terrorism.
Yesterday, the new Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, warned that “the primary near-term security concern of the United States is the global economic crisis and its geopolitical implications.” While Al Qaeda remains the most direct threat to the physical security of the United States, the geopolitical ramifications of the global economic crisis are truly startling. The interconnected nature of the global economy has meant that the current crisis has affected all regions of the world.
This week the Bush administration made a number of important reforms to the Intelligence Community (IC) that have long been supported and encouraged by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, intelligence experts, and Congress. However, these reforms come too late to reverse the Bush administration’s intelligence legacy of neglect, mismanagement and politicization. It is a legacy that has done great damage to our nation’s IC and made America less secure.
Yesterday, four former senior level intelligence officials, all of whom have worked with Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell in the past, sent a letter to McConnell seeking clarification on statements both he and President Bush have made during the recent debate over FISA and telecom immunity.