Brennan glad DNI not watching "breathless" media
December 22nd, 2010
10:39 AM ET

Brennan glad DNI not watching "breathless" media

John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, responds to criticism of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper unaware of UK terror plot during television interview

"Jim Clapper, is I think, the consummate DNI. He was working on developments on the Korean peninsula in terms of political and military developments. He was focused on trying to provide support to the Congress as far as the START treaty deliberations were concerned. He was engaged in a variety of classified matters.

Should he have been briefed by his staff on those arrests? Yes. And I know there was breathless attention by the media about these arrests and it was constantly on the news networks. I am glad that Jim Clapper is not sitting in front of the TV 24 hours a day and monitoring what is coming out of the media. What he is doing is focusing on those intelligence issues that the president expects him to focus on and to make sure that we don't have conflict in different parts of the world. He continues to focus on those and his not being briefed yesterday afternoon – this is something they've acknowledged that he should have been briefed on. They have taken steps to correct that now and if that happens again I am sure that he is going to be au courant as far as a takedown overseas."

Topics: James Clapper • John Brennan • The Buzz

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  1. kevin

    this is a joke! The head of DNI doesnt know basic details of a major terror arrest 12 hours earlier?

    December 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  2. Fozzie

    @Kevin: Scoff. The DNI isn't the guy you should worry about. He's a CEO equivalent who's responsible for the details of how the agencies work together. The organizations that actually perform the security work are at lower levels. BTW, the Director of National Intelligence is the office, what you said is kinda like saying the head of the President of the United States...

    December 25, 2010 at 9:19 pm |