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U.S. counterterrorism chief Michael Leiter resigns

WASHINGTON — Michael Leiter, the head of the US National Counterterrorism Center across two administrations, is resigning, officials said Thursday as President Barack Obama paid a warm tribute. Leiter heads the prime government clearing house and analytical point for terrorism threat information set up after intelligence failures contributed to the…

Former CIA agent: Bush made intelligence problems worse

A former CIA field officer says the Bush administration’s reforms of the intelligence community have made it more difficult to prevent terrorist operations. Speaking to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, Jack Rice, now an on-air personality at Air America radio, said the creation of the National Counterterrorism Center and the office of…

Obama’s top counterterror official kept skiing after Christmas bomb attempt

UPDATE: The White House is strongly disputing claims that the head of the National Counterterrorism Center stayed on the ski slopes for “several days” after the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Contrary to a report at the New York Daily News Thursday, counter-terror chief Michael Leiter “was — throughout the events…

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