Spymaster Dennis Blair resigned, politically responsible for U.S. intelligence failures.
National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has resigned
US President Barack Obama’s national intelligence director has resigned after a 16-month tenure marked by a series of security failures.
Adm Dennis Blair said he had informed the president of his resignation, which goes into effect on Friday.
His term of office saw the Fort Hood shooting, the Christmas Day bomb plot and the failed Times Square bomb plot.
He drew fire for the Christmas Day plot when he said special interrogation teams promised had not yet been formed.
This was despite a decision to form the teams months earlier. In regard to interrogation techniques, another issue on the table maybe the newly approved inquiry about the way British facilities were used during US programme of extraordinary rendition. READ MORE HERE.
It had been whispered around Washington for a while that the relationship between President Obama and his head of intelligence was not all it might be.
There have been bureaucratic spats, too, between Adm Blair and the top brass at the CIA.
A succession of violent incidents – apparently conducted by extremists with the aim of spreading terror – has shaken the intelligence community.
The cases have made Americans ask once again, are the intelligence agencies with their vast resources and manpower working properly?
The final straw may have been the report from the Senate Intelligence Committee, which came out this week, citing “systemic failures” across US intelligence.
“It is with deep regret that I informed the president today that I will step down as director of national intelligence effective Friday,” a statement issued by his office said.
“Several strong candidates” were already being interviewed to replace him, officials told the BBC.
Adm Blair is a retired US Navy admiral who took over as the third director of national intelligence in January 2009. READ MORE HERE