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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/12/2010

Chair of homeland security panel blasts DHS intelligence chief

By Jeff Stein

Well, that didn’t take long.

As we reported last night, DHS intelligence chiefs were expected to take some heat Wednesday morning at a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing, chaired by Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.).

But the hearing had hardly opened before the full committee chairman, Bennie Thompson (D-Miss), big-footed into the proceedings to blast the DHS undersecretary for intelligence and analysis Caryn Wagner, in office only three months.

“Unfortunately, your I&A has still never established a specific and effective strategic plan that both describes and delivers results, measures those results, and helps course correct if or when those results are insufficient,” Thompson said, reading from a prepared statement.

“Without such a plan, I fear that I&A risks failing in its unique opportunity as an intelligence coordinator for state and local consumers, within DHS, or for the Intelligence Community,” he added.

As for the Times Square near-disaster, Thompson wondered aloud what DHS intelligence “brought to the table.”

“We have all heard of the successful contributions made by [Customs and Border Protection] to capturing Faisal Shahzad, [which], rightly, are to be congratulated," he said. "However, absent from congressional briefings has been what, if anything I&A or DHS’s Intelligence Enterprise brought to the table.”

UPDATE: A DHS spokesman declined to respond to Thompson's remarks, because it was "an opening statement. He did not ask the undersecretary a question."

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By Jeff Stein  | May 12, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
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Comments

Thompson is THUG. However, where was DHS on securing the homeland from the Time Square attack?

Posted by: johnnyapplewhite123 | May 12, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"Homeland" is a repugnant term.

It smacks of "Motherland" (USSR) and "Fatherland" (the Nazis).

We need to purge the word from our collective discourse.

Posted by: jsmith021961 | May 12, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Trizzle trazzle trizzle trone time for the money drain to get chopped out.

Place the funding with the FBI , State BI's and CIA then install a coordinator fileding it all through.

Homeland Defense is a fiasco of failures.
States are doing a better job of it than Janet.

Posted by: dottydo | May 12, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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