'Obama Was Warned' Headlines
by Josh Orton, Sat Jan 02, 2010 at 05:48:12 PM EST
They're all over, easy to write, and all based (essentially) on one graf:
President Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible holiday-period terrorist threats against the U.S., NEWSWEEK has learned. The briefing was centered on a written report, produced by U.S. intelligence agencies, titled "Key Homeland Threats," a senior U.S. official says.
But doesn't the president regularly receive briefings about possible threats against the U.S.? Why is this story particularly striking? Is anybody actually suggesting this information was actionable?
Does the intelligence community need reform? Of course. But is there any evidence of a Richard Clarke/"AQ Determined To Strike..." scenario? No.
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