The Corner

Who’s Minding the Store?

Is it just me, or does the fact that our DNI didn’t know about a major terrorism-ring bust in the U.K. — that happened two days ago, by the way — really inspire dread about who’s minding the store during the holidays? Is it so commonplace in the U.K. for a dozen suspected terrorists to be arrested that no one thought to tell the very person entrusted with ensuring all of our intelligence offices are coordinated and communicating to make sure we’re connecting all the dots to prevent an attack?

The fact that he hadn’t been briefed is one thing — that he hadn’t even seen it in the news is another. You can be sure that had this happened while President Bush was in office someone on the Hill would be calling for heads to roll — but I suppose they’re so ready to get out of town that people are just putting this behind them. I’m not sure that’s a good idea. America deserves some answers and reassurances on this.

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