- Jul 11, 2003
It saddened me today to learn that Bush and Cheney left behind as big a mess in our intelligence gathering and sharing systems as they did on the economy. His DHS is a scam and has wasted billions.
President Obama on Thursday ordered a series of steps to improve the governments ability to collect, share, analyze and act on intelligence of terrorist threats, saying the findings of a government review of the attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day revealed significant shortcomings in national security.
We are at war, Mr. Obama said in remarks from the White House State Dining Room. While he promised not to succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices Americas civil liberties for security, he called for the immediate strengthening of the nations terrorism watch lists by expanding the criteria on adding people to those lists.
In the never-ending race to protect our country, we have to stay one step ahead of a nimble adversary, Mr. Obama said. Thats what these steps are designed to do.
The president said intelligence reports involving threats to the United States would be distributed more widely among agencies.