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Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Shays on Clarke

By Steven Taylor @ 8:56 pm

Betsy Newark points to a letter (dated today) to the 911 commission by Representative Chris Shays (R-CT), Chair of the Committee on Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Nataional Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations. And, yes, Shays is a Republican, but not the most conservative in the lot, and no firebrand.

The letter is in PDF and for some reason I am having trouble capturing text. However, the letter and the attachments are worth a read. Clearly, Shays is none too impressed with Mr. Clarke, noting, among other things that “Mr. Clarke said it would be ’silly’ to articulate a national strategy” to fight terrorism and that “In lieu of a threat assessent or stratgey, he offered a laundry list of terrorist groups, as if the fight against global terrorism were nothing more than a hunt for common criminals.” Shays asserts that “Clarke was part of the problem before September 11 because he took too narrow a view of the terrorism threat.”

He does note that Clarke was obsessed with al Qaeda, but not with their support mechanisms (i.e., states and terror networks in general).

Indeed, Shays notes that he wrote a letter to Condoleeza Rice on January 22, 2001 to “express our concerns about Mr. Clarke’s narrow view of the terrorist threat and the urgency of mounting a strategic response.” The PDF linked above contains that letter (and some other materials). In that letter Shays outlines his concerns concering what he saw was Clarke’s lack of interest in a comprehensive approach to the terrorist question.

Filed under: War on Terror
  • Signifying Nothing linked with Dick Clarke's Rockin' March 24th
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3 Comments

  1. Why you can’t cut & paste the text: this PDF file is a scanned image of a paper letter, not a text document generated by Distiller or some other tool. You’d need to OCR it to get the text.

    Comment by Chris Lawrence — Wednesday, March 24, 2004 @ 9:50 pm

  2. Of course! A day of writing has simply fried my brain.

    Comment by Steven — Wednesday, March 24, 2004 @ 9:59 pm

  3. Computer security recourse: [Secure Root]

    Comment by Sampson — Friday, May 21, 2004 @ 4:41 pm

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