Dennis Blair resigns from Director of National Intelligence post

Dennis Blair

Dennis Blair has resigned from the top intelligence post. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

After 16 months in the post, Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, has resigned from his office.  He was appointed by President Obama. Dennis Blair was a highly qualified candidate, and in his capacity, he oversaw operations of multiple agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others.  He had come under increasing scrutiny after the Christmas Day Bomber incident.

Dennis Blair resigns as third DNI

Dennis Blair was the third overall Director of National Intelligence. The post was created by then-President Bush, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.  The job is to coordinate with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and after the attempted bombing on Christmas Day and the attempted Times Square car bomb, the intelligence and security apparatus has come under fire.  According to the buzz, it has been coming for some time, and would have happened even if someone were to get a personal loan for extensive study of what he had done right.  Dennis Blair, according to the New York Times, has resigned as a result of a rocky tenure and increasing scrutiny.

Time in office marred by infighting

According to CNN, the resignation happened in the wake of a recent shellacking Dennis Blair took at the hands of Congress. The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report identifying the failures behind the thankfully failed Christmas Day bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The report made example of the lack of communication between State Department officials, law enforcement agencies and the National Counterterrorism Center, which Blair’s office is in charge of. Overall, 17 agencies were under Blair’s oversight.

Not the best year for Dennis Blair

The intelligence community is a tricky thing to get a handle on, to say the least. Over the past 10 years, the line between the Central Intelligence Agency, the FBI, the NSA, and other agencies has become more blurred than ever before.  The work that they do is vital, but at some point there has to be some accountability.  State Department authorities were notified beforehand that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had designs on these activities.  As intelligence failures go, that was a big one.

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