Top Obama Intelligence Official Wasn’t Aware Of London Terror Plot

The news of a thwarted terror attack in London, that was possibly aimed at the United States, broke going on two days ago. When the news was roughly a day old, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked about the arrests in London…and he didn’t know about them.


From ABC News:

“First of all, London,” Sawyer said. “How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here? … Director [of National Intelligence] Clapper?”

“London?” James Clapper said, before Brennan entered the conversation explaining the arrests.

Later in the interview, Sawyer returned to the subject.

“I was a little surprised you didn’t know about London,” Sawyer told Clapper.

“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t,” he replied.

Well, that should inspire a warm, safe feeling for Americans heading into the holidays.

If this guy isn’t even reading the publicly-available news about terror plots, is he paying attention to all the intelligence he has access to as part of his job?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Goon

    When the he should be relieved of his position.

  • Robnpat

    this guy is exactly why every law abiding american citizen should have the right to bear arms if they cannot protect us the respnsibility is up to us obviously

  • Mountainmouth

    Big surprise – yet another glittering jewel of colossal ignorance and incompetence. If he is a tax cheat maybe he can get promoted (or Pardoned if necessary)by Barry O

  • flamemeister

    Not really his fault. If only they had used the expression “man-caused disaster” he would have been right on top of it. Terrorism? What the hell is that?

  • jimmypop

    i was probably on that one day off that gal talked about.,,,,,,

  • SigFan

    Well he was probably too busy hunting down right-wing radical Tea Party types. You know how violent they are. Or maybe net-surfing the porn sites before the FCC turns them off. /sarc

    Incompetent is not a strong enough word to describe these dweebs. If I said what I was actually thinking I would have to wash my own mouth out with soap.

  • Greg Meboe

    Having worked in a big company, it does not alarm me that the chief would not be immediately aware of such news. The head has a different role: to build and maintain an efficient organization.
    I get what ABC is implying, and it’s childish.
    Plus, that video sucked. It was chopped up and mixed like a salad. The heavy-editing technique that was so effective in the early Palin interviews is insulting to all.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Pathetic…this guy should be fired.