Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today defended the president’s intelligence chief saying, “He didn’t have to know about the London terror plot.” Obama Intelligence Chief James Clapper was surprised in an interview this week to hear that several terror suspects had been arrested in Britain in an anti-terror sweep – the largest counterterrorism raid in nearly two years.
James Clapper is the principal adviser to President Obama, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to national security.
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I knew. [Chief Counterterrorism Advisor] John Brennan knew. We also knew there was no connect that had been perceived to anything going on in the homeland and that we were in perfect connectivity with our colleagues in Britain. So one of the things I think that should be very clear to the American people is that those of us in homeland security who needed to know, we knew.
It’s good to know that this guy is the principal advisor to the president, huh?