Rand Beers Heading Obama’s Homeland Security Transition

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Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 11:56 am

Good news for people who don’t like their airliners hijacked or their chemical plants blown up. Rand Beers, longtime counterterrorism aide to presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, is heading Barack Obama’s transition team for the beleaguered Dept. of Homeland Security.

Mark Hosenball at Newsweek reports:

Obama’s transition team for Homeland Security will only meet for the first time later this week, according to a Democrat close to the Obama campaign who would speak about the decision-making only on condition of anonymity. The person reportedly heading the team is Rand Beers…

I can advance the story maybe a millimeter! Beers definitely is heading the transition team. My understanding is he’s got about 15 people on that team, although he himself isn’t directly in charge of personnel.

And all to the good. Few people know more about homeland security than Beers, who, as Hosenball notes, was part of former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke’s brain trust that spent the mid to late 1990s obsessed with Al Qaeda. He resigned from the Bush administration in protest of the invasion of Iraq, became Sen. John Kerry’s national security adviser for the 2004 campaign, and then founded the National Security Network, a liberal group that mentors Democrats on security issues.

Beers was iffy on the creation of the mega-department, and, judging from, say, Katrina, his skepticism has been well founded. It’ll be interesting to see what issues he targets for the transition to stop the department’s laughing-stock-caliber dysfunction.

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rosewren02
Comment posted November 15, 2008 @ 8:25 pm

Perhaps the reason Obama did not make any recommendations about Lieberman's position on Homeland Security chair is the they plan to split the agency up. In light of the way it has worked it would be a good idea. Lieberman never did any proper oversight of the agency so if this is what happens he shouldn't be surprised.


rosewren02
Comment posted November 16, 2008 @ 4:25 am

Perhaps the reason Obama did not make any recommendations about Lieberman's position on Homeland Security chair is that they plan to split the agency up. In light of the way it has worked, it would be a good idea. Lieberman never did any proper oversight of the agency, so if this is what happens, he shouldn't be surprised.


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