Post’s Stein Thinks National Counterterrorism Center Director Should Resign
I didn’t get a substantive response from the National Counterterrorism Center or its director, Michael Leiter, to yesterday’s Senate report singling it out for failure in the Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab case. Instead, I got pointed to Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair’s Wheatena-flavored reply. That might reflect the comfort Leiter has felt since the chairwoman of the committee that authored the report, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and the White House counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, embraced Leiter back in January, when the near-miss attack was at its most politically potent.
Jeff Stein of The Washington Post wants to dislodge Leiter from that comfort — and, for that matter, his job.
If U.S. intelligence hasn’t completely eluded accountability — and there’s widespread doubt about that — then somebody’s got to take the fall.
Why not start with Leiter?