Terror Threat Picture and Counterterrorism Strategy: Transcript of Michael E. Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, addressing the Aspen Institute on June 20, 2010   [open pdf - 169KB]

From the remarks of Michael E. Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center: "The vast majority of what we do in the counterterrorism community on a daily basis on the intelligence side, on the preventative side. on the protect/defend side is utterly non-controversial. So I don't think - I think Americans should take some comfort in the fact that even though we had a change of administration and I think a change in many policies, the counterterrorism policies, some of which certainly changed - clearly, President Obama made a very powerful statement. I think. in the early days of the executive order to close Guantanamo Bay, and other practices. I hope people aren't disappointed - and I guess it depends in part on what part of the political spectrum you're on. Most of my work hasn't changed that much. Fundamentally, we are still trying to find people who are trying to hurt Americans, stop them using a variety of means, ranging from the Department of Defense overseas and the CIA to the FBI here and the Department of Homeland Security, and the nuts and bolts of that work has not changed tremendously, I think the one area that we have tried to change very, very particularly is some of the messaging and some of the counter-radicalization programs, and I think President Obama came in early on wanting to push that piece of the counterterrorism puzzle, and I think we've had some success doing that."

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