Skip to comments.Report: Clapper to be nominated national intelligence director
Posted on 06/04/2010 2:38:29 PM PDT by jazusamo
President Barack Obama has tapped James Clapper to be the fourth director of national intelligence, according to a report in The Washington Post.
Clapper, the Pentagons top intelligence official, succeeds former U.S. Navy Adm. Dennis Blair, who resigned under pressure in mid-May.
The White House has faced intense pressure from Congress to name a replacement in the weeks since Blairs departure. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) last week urged Obama to nominate a successor quickly and boost the powers of the positions to reduce the risk of repeated intelligence failures.
The ousting of Blair, the third director to leave in the offices five-year history, intensified debate over the roles and powers that come with the office.
Several former intelligence officials and key members of Congress have called on Obama to clearly delineate the positions authority within the intelligence community over budget and personnel matters.
In Clapper, the White House has elevated a seasoned intelligence official. The former lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force serves as the under secretary of defense for intelligence and previously held several key positions within the intelligence community including director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
His nomination could face tough partisan opposition in Congress. The prospect of his selection has been drawing fire from vocal GOP critics of the administrations national security policy, including the senior Republicans on the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and Rep. Pete Hoesktra (R-Mich.).
Hoekstra has called Clapper exactly the wrong person for the DNI job because of his resistance to keeping Congress informed.
Hoesktra also predicted that Clapper would tangle with Congress because he doesnt like providing information during testimony before committees with jurisdiction.
What Ive found is that he doesnt like Congress you cant get a straight answer from him when hes testifying. Its like pulling teeth. He would be a sharp contrast to Director Blair, he said.
Hoesktra also has accused Clapper, as well as White House officials, of actively trying to keep critical intelligence information from him.
On New Years Day just after the failed Christmas Day bombing attack of a jetliner in Michigan, Hoesktra traveled to Yemen to look into reports about renewed al Qaeda activity there as well as links to the attempted attack.
Hoesktra said Clapper and White House officials had called Yemeni embassy officials and told them not to give him any information.
The White House and I believe Clapper called over there and said, Dont tell Hoesktra anything, he recalled in an interview with The Hill. It was the first time in my nine years on the intelligence committee that something like that has happened. The ambassador and others on the ground couldnt talk to me.
Hoestra spokesman Jamal Ware reiterated his bosss criticism of Clapper on Friday, and argued opposition on Capitol Hill is overwhelmingly bipartisan.
"With due respect, this is about the legal requirement of the administration to keep Congress currently and fully informed and its repeated failure to do so, Ware said. Mr. Clapper's selection as the next DNI will not correct this problem, and his already poor relationship with Congress suggests it will get only worse."
This is horrible!
You beat me by 3 seconds.
Three must be a charm.
Eric Clapper, the geetarist?
I’m surprised that he didn’t pick OBL or the Blind Sheik.
The way Obama and Clinton handicapped the Intelligence Community.
Eric Clapper, the geetarist?
I think you mean Eric Clapner...
ner ton same thing
Yes, but I needed to make it relevant to the story.
Dandy. Just what the Regime needs is someone who will be aggressively secretive with Congress; this is exactly the kind of thing that led to 911 in the first place.
Expecting Obama to change anything in a constructive way about our national security is a joke. He is no more qualified to make those kinds of decisions than he is about anything else. All he can do is agitate, and it sounds like general Clapper will fit in perfectly with that strategery...
Reminds me of the Clapper caper with Sgt Joe Friday (Dragnet)and Johnny Carson. It was one of the funniest skits with a straight face I have ever seen done in comedic fashion.
You nailed it. Before I got to the end of your post I was thinking Clapper will fit right in with Zer0, in fact Zer0 picked him because of it.
That’s hilarious and I’ve got the link handy and show it to people who haven’t seen it.
Clapper? The guy who invented the toilet?
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