Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Next stop, Westminster: Supreme Court orders Brexit parliament vote (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Next stop, Westminster: Supreme Court orders Brexit parliament vote (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Iranian women push boundaries through sport

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Crowds, Lies & Alternative Facts

Read more

ENCORE!

Backstage at the Haute Couture show of designer Julien Fournié

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

President Trump pulls US out of TPP trade deal

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Donald Trump is rolling back the clock on diversity in the cabinet'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Did France's left inflate turnout figures in round one of the primary?

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

Dozens killed in attack on military camp in Mali

Read more

Americas

Obama names retired general Clapper as new spy chief

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-06-05

US President Barack Obama on Saturday named retired general James Clapper as director of national intelligence, a post responsible for coordinating the activities of US intelligence agencies. Clapper's appointment must be approved by the Senate.

 

REUTERS - President Barack Obama named retired general James Clapper as his new director of national intelligence on Saturday, selecting a defense veteran to coordinate action between numerous U.S. intelligence agencies.
 
Obama, who announced the appointment in the White House Rose Garden, urged the U.S. Senate to confirm Clapper swiftly.
 
Clapper, undersecretary of defense for intelligence and a retired general, would replace Dennis Blair, who stepped down from the job last month in the first major shake-up of Obama's national security team.
 
"With four decades of service to America, Jim is one of our nation's most experienced and most respected intelligence professionals," Obama said.
 
"He possesses a quality that I value in all my advisers: a willingness to tell leaders what we need to know even if it's not what we want to hear."
 
The post Clapper is taking over was created by President George W. Bush in 2004 in a reorganization of the intelligence bureaucracy to fill shortcomings in interagency collaboration exposed by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
 
Blair was ousted amid mounting domestic security concerns following a failed car bomb attempt in New York's Times Square on May 1 and the botched attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.
 

 

Date created : 2010-06-05

COMMENT(S)