Remarks and Q&A by the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Mr. Michael E. Leiter: the American Bar Association - Standing Committee on Law and National Security, Washington, DC, May 6, 2009   [open pdf - 104KB]

From the remarks of Michael E. Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center: "Rather than running through the line and block charts of counterterrorism and what I do at the National Counterterrorism Center, what I wanted to do instead was hit really four major themes for this morning. And I want to go back and try to give some context for all of this because I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that our memory in the society, political society and thinking about national security, is not always a lengthy memory. And I think it is important to have some memory of the past to understand the challenges that we face today, how we have improved upon those issues, but also how those challenges continue. So my four themes are simply to talk about the foreign-domestic divide, which was so much the center of the tragedy of 9/11 and is so much the center of how we do our work at this National Counterterrorism Center, information-sharing, perhaps the single biggest theme hit during the 9/11 Commission report and following on, the issue of counterterrorism as a war versus a struggle, and then the last piece, that I'll just leave you all waiting to tell you about when I get there."

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