9/11 Commission head presses Obama on anti-terrorism efforts


Susan Crabtree
The Hill
January 27, 2010

[efoods]President Barack Obama did not devote enough attention to fighting terrorism last year because he was distracted by legislative battles over healthcare and climate change, the former chairman of the 9/11 Commission said Tuesday.

Thomas Kean, a former GOP governor of New Jersey who led the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States after Sept. 11, 2001, urged Obama to step in more quickly to resolve turf battles between intelligence agencies.

“In a way, this Christmas Day bomber did us a favor because everyone talking about healthcare, cap-and-trade … and I think everyone from the president on down got a little distracted and things got a little off track,” Kean said Tuesday in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

“Now I think we got a wakeup call,” he added.

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