Friday, May 21, 2010

Obama's Top Intelligence Official Quits

U.S. President Barack Obama

Four star Navy admiral and America's chief intelligence officer, Dennis C. Blair, has tendered his resignation to U.S. President Barack Obama. He is vacating his post as Director of National Intelligence, effective today. Blair oversaw the FBI and CIA.

Earlier in the week, a report from the Senate Intelligence Committee, outlining "points of failure" sharply criticized his handling of terror suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Blair blamed the government's failure on, "Institutional and technological barriers remain that prevent seamless sharing of information."

In the past, the Judiciary Report has written about the lack of cohesion between federal agencies such as the FBI and ATF. The FBI even stonewalls local police departments, using them when expedient, but frequently referring to them in private as "plebeians" they can keep in the dark.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Dennis C. Blair

The report also stated they are "not organized to adequately to fulfill its missions." For years the Judiciary Report written about the avoidable disorganization plaguing federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. The inability to properly embrace technology has been another trouble spot for the FBI, who still have not created and implemented a working computer system.

As it stands, terrorists have embraced technology more than these federal law enforcement agencies have, which means national security is in jeopardy and the government is playing at a significant disadvantage.