Skip to comments.Obama’s Pick to Lead Counterterrorism Center Faces Accusations of Misleading Congress
Posted on 07/26/2011 4:13:37 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
The nominating process for the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, the hub for threat assessment within the U.S. government, is typically a routine affair.
But for Matthew Olsen, President Obama's pick to lead the agency, the nomination is in jeopardy amid accusations that he misled a member of Congress when he was in charge of the administration's Guantanamo task force to close the military detention camp in 2009.
Earlier this month, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.,who represents the district where the center is located, wrote to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, objecting to the nomination. Wolf said he believes Olsen, general counsel for the National Security Agency, under White House pressure downgraded the threat level of some potentially dangerous detainees to allow for their expeditious release to unstable countries like Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan as part of the administration's failed effort to shut the facility.
Wolf also wrote that Olsen misled him about the status of detainee transfers to the U.S. during an April 2009 meeting. At that meeting, Olsen chose only to discuss the process and not the decisions that he had already made, Wolf contended.
"I do not question Mr. Olsen's professional qualifications for this position, but from my observations of his recent leadership positions, I believe that he lacks the judgment to lead the NCTC," he wrote.
Against that backdrop, a Senate hearing on Tuesday turned contentious.
Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss laid out the concerns, including accusations that the White House intended to transfer detainees to the U.S. in a secretive way.
"It was to be a stealth move," he said....
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Uh oh... and just when Janet Napolitano had discovered how to clone Timothy McVeigh...
any other obama memes we can use in this thread?
Hey, just part of the LIARS Club which one has to be a member of in order to land a job with this administration.
These terrorists were released to join jihad again.
But, what is more of our soldiers dead when it comes to making Obozo look good to the lib base?
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