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Open Letter to President Obama on His Leadership Regarding the Christmas Day Plot

Dear Mr. President,As an American and former counsel to the 9/11 Commission familiar with substantial failings of our government to foil the September 11 terrorist attack, I am concerned about the tenor of your comments of January 5, 2010. You point to "substantial failings" of the intelligence community who held "sufficient information" yet "did not connect the dots," an outcome you find "unacceptable and I will not tolerate."

BBC Interviews on the Christmas Plot

Below are the full set of interviews I did with BBC 2 Radio in the last 24 hours. In all, my comments follow President Obama's statements regarding his review of the Christmas Plot.

Adventures in Myth-Busting

The Washington Post's Outlook section has a regular "5 Myths about . . . " feature, this week about "keeping America safe from terrorism." The author was Stephen Flynn, who has long been scathing in his opposition to any use of immigration-control measures to protect the nation against terrorists. Predictably, myth number three was "Getting better control over America's borders is essential to making us safer," which was itself full of myths.

Latest Terror Attempt Shows State Dept. Still Shirking Security Duties

The tale of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian terrorist who nearly blew up a Northwest Airlines plane landing in Detroit on Christmas Day, reveals an alarming number of vulnerabilities in our immigration system still in place, even eight years after 9/11. One of the most troubling is the State Department's persistent failure to pull its weight in preventing terrorist travel to the United States.

Increased U.S. Financial Support for Foreign PhD Students

Hidden within the pages of a newly released, highly regarded federal report on higher education in the U.S. are these facts: in 2008 there were more new PhDs with temporary visas than ever before, and their degree of reliance on American funding, always high, was higher than in earlier years.The report thus contradicts the claims of academia that foreign students are a boon to the U.S. economy; more on this below.

Washington Post's Take on Illegals in Health Reform

A Washington Post editorial Saturday argues that illegal aliens should be allowed to purchase health insurance through the "exchange" created in both the House and Senate health reform bills. The argument is a familiar one in health policy circles. Having more people in the insurance pool means rendering less uncompensated care that burdens hospitals and other providers.

Napolitano's Lack of Leadership on Secure Driver's License Legislation Leaves States Worse Off than Before

A key secure driver's license deadline of December 31, 2009, has now been pushed back to May 11, 2011, due to the Secretary of Homeland Security's failure to push through Congress her top priority for this Congress: repeal of a law known as REAL ID that encapsulated the intent of the 9/11 Commission recommendation pertaining to state-issued ID security. For the past year, even before former Arizona Gov.

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