February 3, 2010
Statement by the Director of Communications
The article published by Politico today regarding testimony of the Director of National Intelligence before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is inaccurate and irresponsible. The DNI did not criticize the Administration in any way – the assertion that he did is simply wrong.
The DNI stated that the combination of reality and politics regarding the December 25 attempted terrorist attack is surprising and that the Intelligence Community is trying to bring intelligence and law enforcement to bear on those who threaten our country. To suggest that his statement is a “blast” at the White House distorts words clearly spoken and seeks to create a conflict where none exits.
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This is a perfect example of what is wrong with this administration. Why does it think it needs to even respond to a blog article? When a government agency weighs in on something like this, it just gives credence to the article itself. Believe me, I have seen how this works first hand.
As I was recently reminded, the better part of valor is discretion, why Mr. House felt that he needed to “respond” to an article on Politico.com is beyond me. Instead of worrying about the public’s perception of their agency, especially when it comes to the blogosphere, this administration, needs to focus on their jobs, which in this case is protecting our country from bad guys.