May 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On a note of concern attending the Tuesday release by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, of the declassified summary report on the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdumutallab, Congressman Frank Wolf [R VA] once more called upon the administration to consider implementing a series of recommendations - arrived at in a show of bipartisanship - designed to improve national security.
In a letter to the president, the congressman pointed out that the 14 specific "points of failure" detailed within the report might well have been prevented if a thorough outside review of the nation's counterterrorism policies had already been completed.
Towards creation of the proposed review board - "Team B" - Mr. Wolf in January made specific recommendations which included:
1. Establishment of a 10-year term for the TSA administrator.
2. Co-locating the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group at the National Counterterrorism Center so as to foster interagency cooperation and information sharing.
3. Bringing the 9/11 Commission co-chairs, Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean back to thoroughly review intelligence performance since their original report was issued.
Wolf - a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee - stressed that the purpose of such a review was to use the benefit of hindsight towards devising a more effect counter-terror posture.
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