The man who would keep you safe: the case file on Matthew Olsen
September 14th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

The man who would keep you safe: the case file on Matthew Olsen

By Senior National Security Producers Suzanne Kelly and Pam Benson

Editor's note: This is the first 'Case File,' a new Security Clearance series. CNN national security producers Suzanne Kelly and Pam Benson profile the key members of the intelligence community.

His predecessor joked about being compared to "Jack Bauer," but while the new head of the National Counterterrorism Center may not be running and gunning like the fictional '24' character, Matthew Olsen is tasked with keeping the country safe from attack.

Just weeks into the job, the former Justice Department lawyer was faced with the serious 9/11 anniversary threat that emerged last Wednesday. In real life, the clock doesn't stop ticking after 24 hours.  Olsen's job may sound like a fictional hero's, but a big part of his day is spent managing, which is certainly less glamorous but its just as critical, according to Michael Leiter, the man who held the job for four years before retiring earlier this year.

Leiter had some words of advice for Olsen as he was about to take the helm of the agency tasked with making sure the mistakes of failed intelligence sharing - made evident in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 - never happen again.

"The first thing was that the greatest asset of the center was the work force and to really pay close attention to the care and feeding of the work force," Olsen recalled. "The second was to be really mindful of the team effort and that we work largely as part of a broader team, as part of the counterterrorism community, and spend some part of every day thinking about collaborating."

Olsen, who had known Leiter for about five years before taking the job, seems to have taken the advice to heart. He said he incorporates the collaborative effort into his everyday routine.

As Olsen reaches to turn off the alarm clock at 5:30 every morning, senior analysts at NCTC are putting the final touches on the threat briefings he will receive. By the time many Americans are just rolling out of bed, Olsen already knows what threats loom.

The briefings are often followed by the more mundane management-related meetings. But on any given day, he could be summoned to the White House to brief the president. On other days, he meets with key counterparts at the FBI or the Department of Justice.

The days can last well into the night, and often do. When he does finally go home he takes his secure BlackBerry and phone with him, in the event the terrorists' schedule doesn't line up with his own.

Olsen is likely a lot more charismatic and diplomatic than Jack Bauer. Leiter says he needs to be.

"As director of NCTC you are charged with coordinating communications between organizations you don't control," Leiter explained," so you have to be able to use the power of persuasion."

Persuasion is a skill Olsen has had 20 years to polish. A government lawyer by trade, he served as general counsel at the National Security Agency and before that held various legal positions within the Department of Justice, including a stint working closely with FBI Director Robert Mueller.

He was eventually appointed executive director of the Guantanamo Review Task Force, charged with helping the Obama administration meet its promise to close the Guantanamo facility within a year.

Though that clearly didn't happen, Olsen was key in making decisions about which detainees could be brought to trial and which should be sent to countries outside the United States, not knowing whether those countries would take appropriate measures to counter any security risk those detainees might pose in the future.

And then there are those detainees who even the smartest government lawyers just didn't know what to do with. Not enough evidence to try and deemed too dangerous to transfer elsewhere.

Having tackled many of those tough decisions and the thought process behind them might come in handy as Olsen works to mitigate new risks.

His number one mission? "Doing everything we can to prevent an attack. That is my overriding mission here.

"Beyond that, it is to continue to place the center on a footing where we can be the place where all threat and terrorism information is available for analysis," he said.

And that part of the job isn't easy either.Ten years after 9/11, there are still gaps in communication between agencies and local law enforcement across the country. There is still analysis that isn't finding it's way into the hands of people who need to see it. Olsen acknowledges the challenges ahead. "That is still a work in progress. I think its gonna take time, some of the big strides were some of the easier ones to make."

Olsen says right now his biggest concern is the threat that emerged last week. Despite the fact that there was no attack over the weekend, "the threat remains at the top of everyone's list of concerns right now," he said.

The other thing that concerns him most? Finding that "lone wolf" terrorist before he strikes. It's a distinct challenge because intelligence officials often cannot rely on the intercepted interational communications that often help detect more elaborate plots.

It's been a busy first six weeks on the job. Olsen pauses to reflect on where he is and where he's going, even if it's a place he never would have imagined for himself just a few years ago.

"I definitely don't miss just being a lawyer," says Olsen. "I totally have embraced this role."

It's a good thing, because given the most recent threat, there is plenty for him to worry about.

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  4. DINO

    LETS TALK ABOUT TERRORISM FOR A CHANGE...

    September 17, 2011 at 3:03 am | Reply
  5. Specter

    The guy was a lawyer 2 months ago...... Not a security expert, not former military, not cia or fbi. A paper pushing lawyer... Great I feel safer now thanks obama.

    September 15, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
  6. TRH

    A dedicated "lone-wolf" terrorist who is especially willing to die for his/her cause is nearly impossible to catch. The last two (underpants bomber and the car in Time Square) only failed because they were incompetent. They weren't "caught". It's only a matter of time.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  7. TRH

    This guy's a dead ringer for Kevin Costner.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  8. Mickey

    True that!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  9. Jackie

    Sound like lots of cloak and dagger to me.

    Work for a life and pay for a living.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  10. sharky

    Great. Another overpaid bureaucrat to waste our tax dollars protecting us from invisible boogeymen.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Rydell

      Even if there were boogeymen, you wouldn't know they existed. Agencies like this paint you a pretty picture and allow you to live your "American Dream". Instead of being counter-productive with mindless criticism, why not do something to actually benefit your country?

      September 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • gen81465

        Perhaps sharky would volunteer to be a human shield; I'd consider that "useful".

        September 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  11. KCostner

    I could make a much better movie about it than him.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  12. Mahmoud El-Darwish

    RE"...was faced with the serious 9/11 anniversary threat that emerged last Wednesday."
    ...and that turned out to be yet another 'false alarm', no doubt one of many that will keep this department and the DHS well funded for at least the next decade. So forget collecting on Social Security, education reform or paying down the national deficit. Bunk like this will keep sucking America's life-blood right out of it.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  13. joejoe b.

    Costner on a bad hair day.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • gen81465

      More like a "receding hairline" day.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  14. Meat Puppet

    great another bureaucrat who is going to use the PC approach to protect me and my family using steel doors and cardboard walls
    give him a 007 license and take out whoever is a threat to America – and don't have Geraldo embedded with our troops so he can give aid and comfort to the enemy
    stop playing by the "rules" and actually do something that is going to protect this nation

    September 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • ready

      keep playing with your meat puppet, might save us from ignorant opinions.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  15. al'Lan Mandragoran

    In order to "keep you safe" from terrorists, the government wants to touch your children in inapropriate ways, expose you to ungodly amounts of x-ray radiation, limit your travel, take your guns, etc. But, they also want to let anyone and everyone walk across the borders and gain entry into this country with noone the wiser. Just WHO is it they're trying to protect, again?

    September 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      I have a cat with the same name as you

      September 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  16. Harman

    Kevin Costner any one???

    September 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Tudazwoman

      DEFNITELY Kevin Costner in NO WAY OUT.....I did a double-take!!

      September 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • PKPalmieri

      Yes!

      September 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • cruzr800

      Costner in...The Bodyguard !!

      September 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Reply
      • Mayorcuss

        I think those were the mullet years for him. ACtually, my first glance was Matthew McConno(hays!) brother but I completely agree with Costner.

        September 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  17. digbadgang

    u r more likely get get hurt or kill by a big bad street again like me

    September 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  18. iwatchu

    and wtf cnn...."Publicar"? It's "Publish".

    September 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Jason K

      They must have gotten Navarrette to do the scripting for the buttons...

      September 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • gen81465

      Oh, come on now! You can't really expect all those illegals flooding across the border to understand "English" can you? ¿Qué estás pensando?

      September 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  19. iwatchu

    aaah....I don't think so. I'm fine thanks.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  20. Lonewolfwarning

    OH My God ! Does KEVIN KOSTNER have a brother he does not know about lol !

    September 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      I was thinking the same thing.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  21. Jack Bauer

    Ryan Chappelle!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  22. i don't see it

    we don't feel very safe. look at all of the men in power. can't escape that overwhelming patriarchy thing. they just make more weapons to kill us. and they already kill enough of us. plus, they aren't even very good at understanding their own oppression by patriarchy. so...i think its going to take a while. it would take worldwide training to drop patriarchy. it's not good for men or women. it teaches that men are over women and children and even other men if they are different than themselves, and that *good* men are soldiers (they watch the flag folding and 21 gun salutes at funerals and are told that's bringing honor to their family...mostly it brings sadness. and men have to dissociate to even go to a lot of this stuff.) it's a lie. one big fat lie. and should be stopped. they know that boys have trouble earlier in life and that they are often lonely later in life trying to live up to the lies they are taught before they even have a language. its a crock.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • Sud

      It's all men's fault? Last time I checked women have the right to vote and are over 50% of the population. Luckily, the pioneers of the women's rights movement are all dead – they thought war would surely end once women could vote. Unfortunately, when given a stake in power, women are nearly as blood-thirsty as men.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  23. LAN

    "There is still analysis that isn't finding it's way into the hands of people who need to see it." This article apparently was written and edited without regard to grammar. What a sad state of journalism.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • PZ

      Way to identify the obvious...now how about you say somethnig that matters.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  24. David

    That's Kevin Costner. I always knew he would be a good Security Chief.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • K.C

      Thats what I said too ! Or maybe its his twin.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  25. bucky cramer

    Did Kevin Costner get a new job?

    September 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  26. CIA guy

    If we hadn't been facilitating the towers and promoting street taco stands since the cold war, we could blame the whole thing on Kruschev. Remember when he was trying to pound nails with his shoe because he wanted to go to Disneyland? That guy was peeved. So instead, Kennedy gave him some silly putty.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  27. The Dude

    Olsen is 29 years old.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  28. Guest

    He reminds me of Jason Bourne

    September 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  29. POD

    There is only one man that has any reasonable chance of keeping me safe....and that's me. Remember, the cops only show up after you been robbed or killed.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • Rotating Ratchets

      That's for damn sure. Arm your bears with mad arms.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Jason K

      Most americans are sheep, mentally, physically, emotionally. Our government is a sleeping shepherd. The "terrorists" are the thieves who come in the night and kill the sheep. The rest of us...have left the pen

      September 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  30. wallyh

    Another lawyer not a counter terrorism specialist although lawyers are scary -–

    September 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  31. Ben James

    Never before, or after 9-11-2001 in the history of the planet has a steel frame high-rise building collapsed as the result of fire and yet it is supposed to have happened 3 times in 1 day on 911.
    WTC Tower 7: Height 642 ft (160 m), 44 Floors, collapsed symmetrically into its own footprint by demolition after a countdown can be clearly heard over 2 way radios to clear emergency personnel from the area of the building. WTC Billionaire owner Larry Silverstein quoted directly on national TV describing what happened to WTC Tower 7 said: "I said maybe the smartest thing to do is to PULL IT. And then they made the decision to PULL, and we watched the building collapse." Clearly the decision to "PULL" refers to controlled demolition. In point of fact unexplained explosions were reported in WTC Tower 7 even before the collapse Tower 1. No aircraft hit Tower 7 on 911 and when the building was demolished it had only 2 small areas of fire secondary to the collapse of Tower 1 which was more than 400 feet away to the south west.
    Flight 77: All of the hundreds of Pentagon security videos have been withheld from the public except one 15 second clip which clearly DOES NOT show a commercial aircraft, but something much more like a drone or cruise missile passing along the courtyard and into the Pentagon. The original hole made by the impact in the Pentagon parameter wall was approximately 19 feet wide and penetrated the outer wall of the Pentagon's E Ring and the damage extended all the way through the inner wall of the C Ring, through the heavily reinforced walls. The aircraft used for Flight 77 that supposedly hit the Pentagon was a Boeing 757-223 which has a fuselage 37 feet in diameter and 2 large wing mounted engines. The hole in the Pentagon wall was only 19 feet wide, and yet the entire aircraft is supposed to have compressed itself, gone into a 19 foot hole and disappeared leaving virtually no trace of engines, wings, tail , passengers, luggage, and seats. It is very, very simple: Why doesn't the Pentagon release the videos being withheld and end the controversy once and for all, unless they are hiding something?
    Flight 93: At the "official" crash site the coroner's examination showed no evidence of human blood or tissue whatsoever. In addition no aircraft engines, luggage, seats, wings, or tail were found at the crash site. In the history of air travel this has never happened before or since. Even when a plane few at full speed into the face of a mountain in Brazil the crash debris contained all the evidence conspicuously missing at the site of Flight 93. The largest fragments at the 93 site were measured in centimeters. Never in the history of aviation has a cash yielded this type of results except on 911.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Phil

      Get a job man. You got too much time on your hands to think...

      September 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
      • Jason K

        That the problem with Americans like you Phil. You either don't have the time to think...or more likely, can't be bothered to.

        September 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Anne

      to Bel James:

      I have one word for you: Idiot

      September 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
      • Mickey

        I have four words for you. You are the idiot.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • Jason K

        It's "Ben James" moron. Someone questions the physics of two mid sized commercial aircraft making two 110 story buildings designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane made said buildings freefall rather than topple over, and your only response is calling them an idiot?

        Look in the mirror you tw@t.

        September 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby

      ... drool ...

      September 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Jen Bames

      So tell us, Mr James, what the motive was behind allegedly destroying WTC 7? Two massive skyscrapers already collapsed in a horrific scene of destruction. What dark conspiracy would be helped by demolishing one more and further increasing the chances of exposing the "conspiracy"?

      September 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • Myles

        well one would only have to ask what was in that building! it happen to have 20 floors leased by the FBI and IRS. Along with the cities emergency operation center that for some reason no one was in even before the first tower fell except a few stragerlers. not all conspiracies are theories. One might ask why the states secret privlage was enacted 21 times against the 911 commision. i dont know what happen but history shows that the govt will lie to its people.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
      • john

        The motive you ask for was that WTC 7 was the site of documents belonging to the CIA, FBI, and NSA. Any documents that were in this building are now destroyed, including those documents that would have had to be released to the public through the Freedom of Information act. I don't know what was contained in those documents but it is ignorant to think that it is impossible for an attack of this magnitude to have been solely foreign. How does a building 400 feet away collapse when there is no "jet fuel" to melt the steel yet they found multiple puddles of thermate, a controlled substance used in demolitions. Look at the result of these attacks, we got to barge into Afghanistan and Iraq. Lockheed martin's stock has tripled since the beginning of the war as well as other private corporations and investment brokers who profit from war. I don't disagree with the war I just think it's sad we needed a travesty to make the general public realize there are people who want us (civilians) dead for things that we (civilians) have not done.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • heh?

        Or maybe they could just shred the documents and delete hard drives. Nah....lets just blow up the whole building.

        September 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • Myles

        @ heh? – its difficult to explain to a group of auditers that you misplaced 10 floors worth of documents! not that congress wouldnt say, happens to us all the time.

        September 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Paul

      what part of this is an urban legend and what is actual fact.
      I don't know and can't find out .. that's what is bothering. The idea that someone was so well organized to be able to fake the crash of the two WTC tower is mind blowing ... too many people involved, not to mention the amount of explosive required to make it work. I can't believe this could be possible without anyone of the people involved saying anything about it.
      However, the video of the pentagon is not evidence of anything ... not to mention the fact that flying an airliners 3 feet from the ground at 600 miles per hours isn't exactly that simple and that was supposedly done by a guy who trained himself on Microsoft Flight simulator. I will never believe that. Why preventing access to the crash location to the public? Ok .. it's the Pentagon .. fine, then why releasing only 15 seconds of videos?? what so secret about it? But, given you the benefit of doubt ... fine, keep the secret because there might be whatever national security issue at the Pentagon.
      Flight 93: why hiding access to the accident location? What so secret about a crash site .. that was just an airliner that crashed ... why was everything taken away quickly ... what's the big deal?

      I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but the lack of transparency and secrecy is absolutely unjustified and very much so is the very cause of the existence of conspiracy theories

      September 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      It takes weeks and a lot of people on board to set up a controlled demolition. You mean to tell me that, all of those individuals that set up the demo are keeping their mouth shut. Not one person has mentioned being a part of it. Also, you can easily explain how the building would fall in on itself. The outer walls of a building are the strongest points. When they collapse they are forced inward causing that effect. Also you mention fire has never brought down a high rise. Your right. Add the force of an airliner flying into it at over 500mph and the explosion that caused and you get what was shown. I am so sick of you people like you and your therories. If you think it was our government, then please by all means, leave.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        actually, your demolition theory is wrong, if that was true, how do you explain the firefighter who was at the 4th floor of the 2nd tower, who survived the building crashing down on him ? The explanation is simple, the building crashed down falling outside of the external walls, which is how the firefighter inside the building during the collapse found himself unhurt with clear sky above is head, despite being at the 4th floor of the building during the entire collapse.
        If anything, this proves there was no explosive or controlled demolition ... if such a case, the firefighter would be dead

        September 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
      • Jess

        The 4th floor of the 2nd tower is part of the "shoe box" section of the Merriot that was reinforced after the '93 bombing so that's why it didn't collapse.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • Jess

        It also wasn't just a simple fire. It was a fire brought on by jet fuel and burns at crazy high temps.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • Paul

        100 floors of material did fall down... there is no reinforcement that can hold that up ... , the fact is, ... nothing fell on the head the firefighter.. he said, after the dust settled, he could see the sky!! ... no reinforcement on him ... simple sky ... think about it ...

        September 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
      • Jess

        Oh please. Continue sipping your crazy-ale and I suppose I'll keep drinking my government approved kool-aide. There was no conspiracy. A terrible terrible thing happened. It happened because 19 hi-jackers swooped in and made it happen. It wasn't the US government, it wasn't businessmen, it was 19 men with a skewed sense of their religion.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Of course they did

      Nice try but the sheeple will not listen, they have already been "told" what happened. Tower 7 evidence is enough for me though, its clearly a controlled implosion and if they had a planned demolotion of tower 7 (which takes months of prep) that tells you right away the twin towers was an inside job too...no reasonable person could deny that. Controlled demolition is the key and I'm sure they didn't expect anyone to notice after the two towers were hit with airplanes.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • Of course they did

        To be clear, I do not believe the twin towers falling was a controlled demo, the 2 planes where probably enough to take them down but tower 7...nothing hit tower 7...why did it fall and why the loud explosions before it fell in on itself? Itt was a controlled explosion without a doubt and therefore it has to be by the same masterminds who flew the airplanes into the towers. Catching on now people? Do you not know that our government uses propaganda on on as well as on our enemies....jeesh its not hard to see.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • Jason K

        There is also no reason to deny that those 19 individuals didn't painstakingly plan this attack in great detail. But to think that those two planes, moving at fairly slow speeds made 3 building free free fall, with one of them no where near being hit or damaged in anyway, to look at what our government did as a "response", and to NOT think "something doesn't add up here" You must be brain damaged.

        Did 19 terrorist from multiple nations come together with a plot to destroy America? Yes.
        Could their attack have made two of those buildings topple over sideways or fall on a slant? You betcha.

        Could a almost 40 foot wide plane make a not even 20 foot hole in a wall of what should be most heavily guarded military installation in the world, by flying almost vertically at such low altitude it would have taken our street lights and phone poles (yet didn't)? No, that seems to fly in the face of proven science.

        Could it be that certain officials thinking the terrorists might not be able to bring the building down with planes alone, ensured to finish the job with explosives that made the buildings collapse almost 30 mintues after they crashed? Its definately a maybe, I mean they didn't exactly go to great lengths to keep the investigation transparent to the public. Even most Congressional leaders found the 911 investigation to be a joke.

        I'm sure building 7 was demolished because anything pertaining to even the possibilty of such plans were housed there.

        The fact is physics can't explain what happened that day with what information is presently available. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote that "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth"

        All that's left is speculation.

        September 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Scratch

      Just for fun, let me pick one point. You are claiming that after two passenger jets were flown into landmark skyscrapers, leading to the collapse of the buildings and the deaths of nearly 3000 people, including hundreds of firefighters, that the next step was to demolish another nearby building...and a COUNTDOWN was given OVER THE RADIO to clear out emergency personnel?

      September 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      So what DID happen to the passengers on the plane that didn't crash in Pa., and didn't hit the Pentagon? Did they ever exist at all?

      September 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        Good question ... but then why not allowing access to the crash site? what's the big deal? I frankly don't believe in any conspiracy but I don't buy the national security BS either. There no secrets a the location of the Flight 93 crash... where is the airplane? don't tell me it disintegrated .. that BS. These kind of secrecy and the crass disregards of people common sense by giving out absolutely non nonsensical explanation is what fuel conspiracy. So, yes the very first conspiracy theory is the one that the gov gave out as theory of what happened ... just allow access to the actual evidence

        September 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
      • Jess

        Did they exist? Here's a link, and several of them were prominant business people, I am sure that you can find proof of their lives. You people coming up with these crazy theories because you don't want to believe that we were attacked by outside forces, let's blame it on the republicans/Democrats! It's big business behind it! It was all for the oil! All of this nonsense that you're spouting is an insult to those people, the nearly 3,000 people, that were killed that day and all of their loved ones that lost them. http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/flight_93/a/passengers.htm

        September 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
      • Jason K

        I remember reading of a story where everyone was forcefully removed from of an airport in Ohio by military personnel and police. I cannot remember the specifics but there was stories of people who were leaving that saw a single plane land there. What happened to the survivors...who knows?

        September 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • MB

      How do you explain what happened to all those people on the planes, 4 different planes full of people and they are just gone? Your analogy is ridiculous!

      September 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • Myles

        Well i hate to say it cause i dont think it is true but could it be "they" just took care of them. If the whole thing was planned is it so outragous to think hey could just take out a few more in themidst of the chaos? not so far fetched.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • David

      The towers didnt fall as a "result of fire". They fell as a result of impact and blast exposure. Fire was a contributor.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Reply
      • Myles

        i would tend to agree. i think the focous is tower 7. Which did not get hit by a plane had a much larger footprint for its hight and was the only bldg near by to fall and recivied less visible damage from the falling towers than other near by bldg's.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Rodeoguy

      When will the government (i.e. Dick Chaney) release our friends and loved ones. I think the passengers from flights 93 & 77 are being held somewhere in northern Alaska. As far as the actual planes themselves, they must be hidden in Area 51. . . . Sir, you are an idiot!

      September 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • ShellyTea

      I live in No. VA and was on my way to work, on Washington Blvd when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. For those unfamiliar with this area, Washinton Blvd. runs paralle and very close to one side of the Pentagon. The othe side is comprised of Arlington National Cemetery and Henderson Hall Marine Corp. base. Traffic was dreadful that day (and days previous, as school had started and everyone was back at work) and was at a virtual stand-still. We would inch along, then stop, a few more inches, then stop. The radio was on in my car and I had been listening to the horrible reports out of New York, thinking they could have chosen Washington instead. From out of the blue, I heard this horrific noise that got louder by the second. I turned to my left to see the plane desending – there was the plane, cockpit in full view, and below it, green grass and white headstones. In the few seconds that followed, I remember thinking the plane was flying too low to recover – it was going to crash on top off all of us in our cars. I tried to judge where it would hit when I realized that it was headed for the Pentagon – terror stuck!. I could either put my head down to avoid watching, or watch – there were no other options. Sounds like a long thought process but it all happened within two seconds. In shock, I looked back at the plane and in stunning disbelief, followed it to its impact. It flew 100-150 yards in front of me only feet above the cars. The wing hit a street light which flew and landed a couple of traffic lanes to my left. There were no passengers to be seen because they had been herded to the back of the plane (according to Ted Olsen, whose wife Barbara was on the plane and called him before it crashed). The plane was hurling at enormous and deafening speed and crashed at the very bottom of the building; it did not hit the ground and skid in as was reported by some in the media, though it was so low I can see how someone would think that. The sound of the impact was further deafening, simply incredible. The plane appeared to disintegrate upon impact, like a paper airplane. One second this enormous airplane was there, and the next it was simply gone, broken into small pieces or swallowed by the building. I know that parts of the plane, the nose, wheel well and wheel, engine parts, passenger seats, were found inside the Pentagon. There did not appear to be much debris that remained on the grass in front of where it hit – no wings, nothing, the plane was simply gone. The impact created a very narrow black opening. I don't recall how many floors this opening stretched, but it did not originally extend to the top of the building. The opening was so narrow that it defied logic. How could this enormous plane fit into this small hole? But it did, I saw it as did a couple or few hundred others, and within a second of impact, there was an incredible explosion and huge fireball that extended at least 4 stories above the Pentagon. A second explosion quickly followed. Between the explosions and the sirens, it truly was deafening. Horrified and terrified (thinking another plane must surely be on its way, I put my car in park and along with many others, ran towards Henderson Hall. I stopped to assist a cab driver that appeared to be pinned under the street light (though at the time, I didn't know what it was). He extracated himself and I continued running. Unfortunately, there is a for-military-only gas station that sits in the open space between the Pentagon and Henderson Hall. Employees from the gas station saw us running toward it and they directed us away. They kept yelling, "This is a GAS station!". Everyone shifted direction without stopping. Finallly, I ended up beside the rod iron gates of Arlington National Cemetery. I remember wanting to climb over the fence and sit among the graves, thinking I'd find peace and be safer there if another plane hit. Finally, I approached an Arlington County police officer and he told me to go back to my car and get the heck out of there. I thought he was sending me on a suicide mission – he wanted me to go back? Realizing I had no other prospects of getting out of there, I ran back to my car. By that time, the road had emptied out of civilian cars and was replaced by emergency vehicles with more sirens. No one said anything as I climbed over the concrete guard rails to get back to my car. As I drove away, I drove over small pieces of metal – nothing bigger than 12 inches or so. I guess that was all that was left of the plane. I would imagine that the Pentagon does have more images of the crash, and I too cannot understand why they would not share them. There seems to be nothing secret about this crash and it was witnessed by a couple hundred people who like me, were stuck right in front of it.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • Ed

        Thank you for your post. I was in NYC that day, blocks from ground zero, saw it all, and have no doubts whatever of the authenticity of the attacks. These conspiracy theorists are never eye witnesses, always youtube video experts who have arrived with a bias that the gov't is evil. It's too bad because it clouds any serious conversation.

        September 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Ed

      I stood and watched tower 7 burn and fall on 9/11. your conspiracy is completely wrong. watch this video. if you still only believe yourself, nobody can help you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kSq663m0G8&feature=related

      September 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Ed

      No, clearly 'PULL' means PULL all the firemen fighting the tower 7 fire out of the tower so that none would die should the already damaged building collapse. The structural integrity of the building was already compromised. The interview you reference even talks about making this decision after seeing some much loss of life that day already. Do you even spend any time at all checking to see how full of bull you are?

      September 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • chincycoot

      So, what's your point?

      September 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  32. Pistoya

    The objective is not to make anyone hate us. Rather .... The object is to make the terrorists aware of the repercussions of their treachary. The objective is to teach them that we can be ever more violent than they are if necessary. The message we will continue to send is IF You come here and kill our civilians, we will not stop at just killing You. We will kill your whole family including Your parents, aunts and uncles and children and cousins. That is the only thing that will make them stop and think. It is a deterrent. It also serves a dual purpose in keeping our military ready to take action and even provides the younger kids that enjoy the violence aspect of it a nice release to utilize their skills. My son loves to kill Muslim radicals and there is nothing he really enjoys better. Hiis missions overseas have really given him a huge sense of accomplishment with more than 20 kills with some avenging his buddies who have maliciously maimed by roadside bombs.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      well. starting by not killing them just to get access to their oil might be a goo idea ... not that this would justify anything in their side .. but clearly we are no better than they are ... ask the 300'000 whop died in Iraq, just so Bush's buddies could put their hands on the Iraqi oil resources. You are very naive ... and have no clue what motivates terrorism.
      Threat or retaliation makes no sense to terrorists.. because they are already retaliating

      September 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  33. me

    Looks like Kevin Costner

    September 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • pdizzle

      thought so too. i was hoping for dances with wolves part deux lol

      September 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  34. martin2176

    he may be sleeping early if he is waking up by 5:30

    September 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      Agreed. I get up for work at 4:20AM.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  35. Pistoya

    Our security as defended by the Patriot Act has nothing to with restricting freedoms. It is about the business of being proactive to defeat terror at home. It isnt even about explicitly catching the criminals either, but that is a side benefit for all the tools our Homeland security Agency has at its disposal. They just pass on the information when law enforcement might need to crack down on the criminal filth and rot in society. These tools also make sure that the guilty are caught as they now will have more better information than before that dont rely as much on an officer hunch. Unlike before this is a much better approach and the proliferation and use of drones will truly amount to much better intelligence on the streets. It is making a huge difference for example in the city of Houston. Arrests are up nearly 11% from last year and convictions are up more than 23% since 2006. No, I say we need these tools to ensure better safety for all concerned. Implementation of these security protocals hasnt affected my freedom one bit. I just feel more secure knowing that we are taking it to the bad guys. If You are an innocent civilian, You have absolutely nothing to worry about. If You are a terrorist or a criminal, I guess You may have something to worry about.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • Bill

      You have nothing to worry about, until you are defined as a criminal or a terrorist. Who's deciding? When the authorities start telling us what books we can read, what movies we can watch, what words we can say, etc., then it will be TOO LATE! Don't think it can't happen...it's just a matter of time.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
      • ron

        I completely agree Bill. See my comment below.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  36. ron

    If we let them, our government will make us SO safe, we will be like a communist Russian proletariat. Unable to move without the governments approval. Unable to voice opinions like this. I don't want to be that safe. Life is not safe. Neither is freedom.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • ron

      PS This not paranoia. And it is not specifically the Democrats that will do it. I believe it is primarily the facist military/industrial Republicans that are guiding us in this direction. We live in a world aof gradualism. They will make a case for why, if we just give up this or that right or priviledge, we will be saafer. Being human, we rapidly get used to it, until in a generation that is the way it always was. Then they will ask us again, to give up another freedom. All with perfectly logical reasons, mind you. Then another. They are doing that now. Do the older among you remember when you used to have the freedom to do a number of things that you cannot do now?

      September 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  37. Pam

    Ha,ha... When I first saw the photo I thought to myself that he looks like Paul Newman morphing into Kevin Costner.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Nancy

      HA – I thought the same thing.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • NeedZ

      lol....agreed

      September 14, 2011 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • tcp

      SPOT ON!

      September 14, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
  38. mark

    whatever... lets stop giving people reasons to hate us and we can feel safer knowing less people want to kill us

    September 14, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Pistoya

      The objective is not to make anyone hate us. The object is to make the terrorists aware of the repercussions of their treachary. The objective is to teach them that we can be ever more violent than they are if necessary. The message we will continue to send is IF You come here and kill our civilians, we will not stop at just killing You. We will kill your whole family including Your parents, aunts and uncles and children and cousins. That is the only thing that will make them stop and think. It is a deterrent. It also serves a dual purpose in keeping our military ready to take action and even provides the younger kids that enjoy the violence aspect of it a nice release to utilize their skills. My son loves to kill Muslim radicals and there is nothing he really enjoys better. Hiis missions overseas have really given him a huge sense of accomplishment with more than 20 kills with some avenging his buddies who have maliciously maimed by roadside bombs.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Myles

      I agree, we need to change the way we intervine in the world and i mean both before and after 911

      September 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  39. bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

    Will someone please milk me ?

    September 14, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • WiscBadger

      Don't you have homework to do?

      September 14, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply
      • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby

        *** poot ***

        September 14, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  40. Chad Gibson

    So he is going to protect us from the CIA created Al Queda, let me interpret, I'm going to use the Patriot Act to listen to citizens who are not going along with this globalist strategy of regime change. Then I'm going to start making arrests base on false accusations due to their political affiliations.
    We the people should fear our gov. more than anything else, the boogey man in the cave is no more of a threat than the homeless.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • bob

      perfectly put Chad!

      September 14, 2011 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • WiscBadger

      Really? Why don't you go pay a visit to that cave?

      September 14, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply
  41. snarks

    This is cnn, and liberalism at its best. No one will keep me safe but me, period. Stop relying on other people to do your bidding, to work for you so that you sad souls don't have to, only to mooch off free healthcare and government checks. This is what they want you to be, just a number without a voice, without a say. Stop mooching off of me and other taxpayers, you liberals, and stop believing somebody will keep you safe, because when you are in the streets at night and some thug comes after you, who are you going to call? You people disgust me.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • SGT

      I'm less worried about terrorists and "thugs" and more worried about general stupidity. Which you exemplify.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Anne

      To Snarks:

      Wow, what a narrow-minded comment. So the only person keeping you safe is you??? Try that on for size if the government doesn't have people doing it and you come face to face with a terrorist with a dirty bomb willing to die for what he believes in.

      I'm Canadian and proud of it and I have a career that enables me to provide for me and my family very well. I don't associate with "moochers" as you call them but I don't mind paying taxes so that if something happens to them, they can go to the hospital and be treated, not die like dogs in the streets because the almighty dollar is more important than anything else.

      You know, you talk about patriotism and all that BS but isn't patriotism taking care of your country and your own? Great way of doing that... (I hope you recognize the sarcasm in that last sentence)

      September 14, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
      • ThaGerm

        I am a US citizen and proud of it; additionally, I would like to thank you Anne

        September 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
      • Jess

        Well put Anne

        September 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Chris Christie

      You, too, are a poussy. I'd love to meet you in a dark alley, and no, I don't mean the one outside your mom's basement.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Mark

      You are an idiot. So somehow you were going to stop a plane full of hijackers from taking over the plane and killing everyone in it .... All by yourself .... Without any intelligence .... Without any weapons .... Just you and you alone. Go live in your hut on the mountain and leave the rest of us to keep civilization going.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  42. Byrd

    The man who "would" keep us safe? Kinda leaves that assertion open-ended...

    September 14, 2011 at 10:52 am | Reply
  43. Carl

    Anyone else find it completely retarded that a LAWYER has been tasked with running an agency based on using intelligence personnel and practices? Hmmmm, let me see, we need someone to do the utmost important work in counterterrorism. I guess we should select someone from the ranks of the CIA or other various intelligence groups who has worked his way up through the intelligence world starting from an operative – someone who has real-world field experience and hands-on skills so he knows how the opposition might think and work. Nah, that makes too much sense! Lets get a paper-pushing lawyer who's never gotten his hands dirty out in the real world. The military picks it’s Generals from soldiers that have worked their way up through the ranks; people with proven field skills and experience who know first hand what goes on and how to get things done. The military doesn’t hire lawyers to manage the troops because they are good at “persuasion” or “communication”, because that would make absolutely zero sense.

    September 14, 2011 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • Bob Harris

      Carl, If memory serves, "Wild" Bill Donovan built the OSS for FDR in WWII. Did pretty well by most accounts. He was a Wall Street Lawyer. OSS later became the CIA of course.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:59 am | Reply
      • wallyh

        Wild Bill might have been a lawyer but he won the Medal of Honor in WW 1

        September 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • JB

      I agree that it's baffling a lawyer would be chosen to run something like this. It should be someone with a background in the field and/or some combination of working with or for the CIA, military or FBI. The people who work in the field truly understand what is going on. Nothing can beat experience in the field.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:13 am | Reply
      • Josh

        The people in the field have a miopic view of only their area. They do not know what happens in the office. Did you work as one? I did. They are not suited to work in this environment.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Josh

      Carl, I think you may not have any idea what this guys job is.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:38 am | Reply
    • LM

      I am not sure why this would be a surprise. He's not in a position to gather intelligence. He's in an oversight and management position and consequently brings another perspective to the position for one, for two he understands the legalities of any situation and can quickly evaluate the potential political, legal, and potentially diplomatic repercussions. Besides just that, it appears that he's been knee deep in the legalities of terrorism via the Guantanamo Bay situation already. Overall, he appears well qualified.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • ThaGerm

      OR, since his primary job is really getting people to collaborate, maybe a person who has a lean toward one agency or another, or worse IS from one agency or another, maybe he is JUST the person for the job.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  44. steveo

    Safety is a personal issue. I keep myself safe, and do not need this man at all.

    September 14, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • ledreade

      safety is not personal. if you meant sexual safety then you are right. but wake up dummy. this about national security
      aka terrorists.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Colin

      Safety is a personal issue but threat is a matter of resource. When enough resource is placed towards realizing a threat then the individual or in this case group of individuals (US Citizens) are at a marked disadvantage in being able to combat that threat. On top of that terrorists don't go for hard target but prefer soft ones ie: like a school or something. Its not reasonable to expect children or even teachers to be personally able to combat it.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:41 am | Reply
  45. kingsman64

    Alright girls, settle down now, I agree he's a nice looking guy, but let's get back to the issue of his job. I like the way this guys sounds. I believe he's got a good grasp on the mission of his organization and I believe that one of his most important missions is, as he pointed out, to act as a database of information on terrorism. We have seen too many times in the past that with all of our intelligence gathering capabilities at the various agencies (CIA, FBI, DEA, NCIS, etc., etc.), there is very little to no communication between them and they may be duplicating efforts or not making links that could be made if someone had all the cards in front of them. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to have a central office where all the data can be dumped for someone to put it together and make sense of it; and further, to be able to report it accurately to the President and other decision makers.

    September 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Reply
    • RichP

      That was the purpose of that over blown homeland security.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • MI06(Ret)

      Well written b one to appears to have been around the block. While we all like to pick on attorneys, the fact is that they are trained in the art of persuasion and fact checking. [Not all use the training after being admitted to the bar]. As one who has played in the arena, I can assure you that, in the past, one agency's interest (budget) over another's budget would drive the keeping of information in house before being willing to share with others. Bad sandbox manners. This was true in the military where the full circle of the services didn't share with one another, It was also true of all of the alphabetical agencies. I sincerely hope that it is better now as the safety and security of this country depends on it whether some of the earlier commentators recognize that.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • LM

      Very true...Although with all of that data, I hope they have good system redundancy. Otherwise, it wouldn't be prudent to centralize all data in just one location. I would think all of the minds whom have experienced terrorisms' many faces understand that and safeguard the data in multiple locales.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
  46. islandmom2001

    He can keep me safe anytime! 🙂

    September 14, 2011 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • Anne

      islandmom2001:

      I completely agree with you 🙂

      September 14, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
  47. Kate

    ..."but its just as critical..." Shame on the CNN punctuation editors. It should be "but it's just as critical." The apostrophe indicates the word is a contraction of "it is." "Its" without the apostrophe is the possessive form.

    And yes, I am a member of the grammar police. English is our native language, so let's take some pride in using it correctly.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • Velda7Spillane

      So true...this happened more than once in this article. Also, why is it that CNN can't find an American to write an article about American security? I mean, China makes everything for us and now the British are writing for us? Just wondering! Otherwise, good article.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
  48. kathy

    It's Paul Newman's doppelganger.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:34 am | Reply
  49. Justine

    II clicked because he resembles Paul Newman 🙂

    All right, maybe not so much, but this one photo made me think of Paul Newman.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:32 am | Reply
  50. Justine

    II clicked because he resembles Paul Newman 🙂

    September 14, 2011 at 9:28 am | Reply
  51. Ann

    Wow...he is way too handsome for politics! He does look like a cuter version of Kevin Costner.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • tom

      Can't believe you just said 'exactly' the same sentence that I did to myself when I opened this story to read...including the Kevin Costner bit.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • islandmom2001

      I was thinkng the same thing! Super cute!!!

      September 14, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
      • pfauenauge

        OK folks lets get real. Nobody can guarantee my safty or yours. If you or I walk down Fifth Avenue we can get shot , mugged or blown to pieces by a surcide bomber. Nobody can prevent that fromm happening. I think the chancves of dying on one of our HWY's is far greater than getting hurt by AlQuida. Listen, this guy is an Administrater and all he can do is try to get something done in the Government System. We are never safe, that is a relative term anyway, safe compared to what? America is not a safe country by far. We cannot even let a child walk in teh neighborhood without supervision . A country which is very safe but not 100% is Switzerland.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Busted

      Exactly, when I read the link on the home page I thought it was an article about national security, but when I saw the picture above the article once it opened on my screen I thought it was going to be about the movie "The Bodyguard". I'm so confused.....

      September 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Reply
    • Sean

      FGS, enough already with his appearance. His job is way too important for these ludicrous sexist comments! If men respond this way to an attractive female, they're relegated to sleeping on he couch. Or worse! I'm so tired of dealing with these asinine double standards. Maybe change husbands or boyfriends, if you're so fascinated with superficial appearances of someone trying to hold the safety our lives in check. If he was confronted with it, he'd be embarrassed and not feel complimented by it! I absolutely loath it in the workplace. It's usually middle age lonely woman, that gossip this chit chat!

      September 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  52. AGeek

    Our elected leaders can get us killed, but they cannot protect us.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:19 am | Reply
  53. NReptilian

    9/11 brought fresh memory of atrocity to people. Think about who did it. Who are the real criminals? If you know the real 9/11, you can laugh at this CNN security news. Thanks CNN. Nice JOKES!

    September 14, 2011 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • ???

      How do we know they aren't trying to make money on security stuff? A company that makes this security stuff could do all kinds of things to make us buy their stuff especially if they could get the government to buy it. i know a lot of people like it. kids (chicago kids) have told me that they are scared. and they wanted gun detectors at the doors. but...who is scaring these kids?

      September 14, 2011 at 9:36 am | Reply
  54. Bill

    Whatever happened to that "credible threat"? Why did we hear so much about it? Couldn't they have handled it on the down low without scaring people? Unless that was their intention. Wouldn't want anybody using the tenth anniversary of 9/11 to discuss repealing the Patriot Act now would we??

    September 14, 2011 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • Pistoya

      The patriot act is unfortunately a necessary evil, but keep in mind they are looking specifically for terrorists although intelligence is passed down to the appropriate authorities whenever criminal activities are apparent, but concerning emails and telephone calls, noone has anything to worry about unless one is a terrorist or a criminal. I mean if You are sending erotic photos of Yourself to Your wife or girlfriend, agents might get a chuckle or so out of that, but nothing more.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:21 am | Reply
      • what's your freedom worth?

        And you’re okay with the gov’t listening to your private conversations. So many people are willing to give up their freedom for a false sense of security. Our freedoms leave us vulnerable to the barbarian style attacks of 9/11, but I’d (an American citizen) rather be free then spied on and vetted by the gov’t. Americans didn’t attack us on Sept 11th.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:12 am |
      • DV

        Are you kidding? They'll start using whatever data they can get even though it is supposedly for some other purpose. Already, you can't even take a long break in the bathroom on a plane with getting an F-16 escort.

        September 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Pistoya

      Our security as defended by the Patriot Act has nothing to with restricting freedoms. It is about the business of being proactive to defeat terror at home. It isnt even about explicitly catching the criminals either, but that is a side benefit for all the tools our Homeland security Agency has at its disposal. They just pass on the information when law enforcement might need to crack down on the criminal filth and rot in society. These tools also make sure that the guilty are caught as they now will have more better information than before that dont rely as much on an officer hunch. Unlike before this is a much better approach and the proliferation and use of drones will truly amount to much better intelligence on the streets. It is making a huge difference for example in the city of Houston. Arrests are up nearly 11% from last year and convictions are up more than 23% since 2006. No, I say we need these tools to ensure better safety for all concerned. Implementation of these security protocals hasnt affected my freedom one bit. I just feel more secure knowing that we are taking it to the bad guys. If You are an innocent civilian, You have absolutely nothing to worry about. If You are a terrorist or a criminal, I guess You may have something to worry about.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Sean

      Truer words have never been spoken! Spot on!

      September 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  55. Shawn

    He looks like a serious Kevin Costner who can whip some Ash

    September 14, 2011 at 9:12 am | Reply
  56. TBird

    OMG he's hot. Meowrrr.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:08 am | Reply
  57. Eliot

    Terrorist are not charismatic or diplomatic, they should all be shot in the head and hung in the street, to show others what happens when you kill innocent people.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • gmualum08

      Sounds like a typical supervicial retort from a female. This guy is trying to coordinate multiple agencies to work together to prevent terrorist threats and all you can think about is he is hot? Maybe us as a society deserve these attacks since a vast majority of us care about what's on the surface and pop culture instead of learning how to use our brains..

      September 14, 2011 at 10:48 am | Reply
      • gmualum08

        That reply was meant for TBird, sorry Eliot, stupid blog didn't put my reply in the right spot lol

        September 14, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  58. Evan

    This gentleman looks a bit creepy. And no, I have no security clearance so I can say that.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:02 am | Reply
  59. Pistoya

    The intelligence community has been making great strides in making us more secure. With the new development of high technology drones, it is fast becoming possible to put a real spearhead against crime together. My brother in law works in Federal law enforcement and he tells me that within 3 years, we will have the technology to deploy a tactical response within 60 to 90 seconds to any criminal scene using drones. Imagine that ! 60 to 90 seconds where in the past, it could take up to 15 minutes for first responders to arrive by automobile ! No longer will conveniece stores and banks be easy prey as perpetrators could be shot from a distance using smart munitions while the crime is still in progress. Not only that, but this drone technology willl be a great tool in tracking suspects during criminal investigations. Using infrared scanning, they are alreay cleaning up many of the concealed pot fields in California. Its going to be great when we can live in a crime free society in the years to come.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • FauxNews

      Sounds like Skynet.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • George

      A crime free society? That won't happen. Crime finds a way.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:04 am | Reply
    • Ape Lincoln

      That sounds like the scariest thing I have ever heard

      September 14, 2011 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Wow! Imagine that! 60 to 90 seconds for an unmanned drone to reach an area where the operators have no clue what is going on in the area before they open up.

      Based on how fast that legislation appeared after September 11, 2001, there is absolutely no way that the PATRIOT Act could have been cobbled together as a reaction to that attack. That piece of legislation was too detailed to be a rush job. It was obviously something that Bush's masters (Cheney, Gonzalez and Rumsfeld) had planned and been working on since the day they got the Supreme Court to elect him President. They had already planned on trampling on our Civil Liberties before Osama bin Laden handed them the opportunity on a silver platter.

      Now is the time to repeal this police state legislation that has had us all living in fear for the past 10 years. Now is the time after learning what works and what doesn't to completely rebuild our national security apparatus to provide us the security we need without giving the appearance of a cross between a police state ala 1984 and a Keystone Kops 2-reeler.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • Jimmer

      curious as to how the drone is going stop a 7-11 robbery.......drop a bomb?

      September 14, 2011 at 9:34 am | Reply
      • FauxNews

        The drone will wait outside the 7-11 until someone opens the door, it will move in, hover silently, scanning for the robber with infrared vision, dispatch him with small munitions, and then activate the store paging system, "Clean up on aisle 4."

        September 14, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  60. wendy5

    your a fool if you think that government is capable of keeping you safe; pearl harbor; 9/11; katrina; ect floods hurricanes ect ect where was the gobment; case closed; mean while they have borders wide open anybody can come in from a country that i think is right up there with any terrorists countrys; and people; its all BS so they can keep spending our money to kill people that live 3000 miles away; so no i would never look to government to save me in fact their policies and wars make me less safe because everybody hates america more than ever; thanks

    September 14, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
    • SAELarry1987

      First off, it's etcetera or etc. Secondly, try using punctuation. I can barely stand to look at that babbling nonsense, but maybe if I knew where a thought started and ended, I may be able to try to read it. A great man once said, "it is better to let others think you are an idiot, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." You may want to think of that next time you have a thought.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:20 am | Reply
      • Steven

        You are a d**k Larry. Every one is entitled to their own opinions. Why do you think yours matters or the fact that you think every one should use proper pronunciation. Get a life.

        September 14, 2011 at 9:48 am |
      • Imdad

        ringrazio ma non sono giornalista (e smiarucente non di riviste tecnologiche, ch non ne capisco una mazza).amo i videogiochi e mi piace condividerne la passione (passo pi tempo sui forum che a giocare); ho scritto qualche recensione in passato ma per piccoli siti gestiti da amici.al momento i miei due lavori (purtroppo come praticante legale, qui al sud, non si vede un centesimo, diventa necessario un altro impiego part time per sopravvivere) non mi consentono di dedicarmi alle recensioni come vorrei.in ogni cao, sto giusto scrivendo uno speciale su questi primi anni di vita del wii (ma da un punto di vista sociologico, pi che videoludico) partendo dai commenti e dalle osservazioni della comunit di wiitalia.vi far sapere se lo pubblicano.

        May 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Unknown

      If you hate our government so much, go live in another country. Try one that doesn't have an "oppressive" government and I guarantee you you'll be back here in a matter of days. Many Americans don't realize the true luxury we live in here. I've had the blessing of traveling to countries on all realms of development and even countries in Europe cannot match what our government guarantees us here. You are shrouded by the veil of security that you don't even realize is protecting you. Where was the government for Pearl Harbor, 9/11, Katrina, etc? Pearl Harbor they were busy fighting a World War and had many threats to handle, of all ranges of credibility. 9/11 was a failure of communication, but can be blamed on an overall sense of complacency in the US from back in the 80s. And Katrina? Well, if our government can prevent a natural distaster, then I'm ready to call them gods. I'm not saying our government is 100% perfect, but if you hate it so much, then protest, and vote, and GET INVOLVED! That's the amazing part about being a democracy, even those who have no knowledge of the true situation or how to use punctuation properly can have a say. If you won't take action, then shut up. You have no right to complain if you don't use it properly. Stop expecting the government to make your life perfect. Have a nice day!

      September 14, 2011 at 9:46 am | Reply
      • slight correction

        "Pearl Harbor they were busy fighting a World War ". We weren't involved in that World War until Pearl Harbor – so no, the reason that we couldn't prevent Pearl Harbor IS NOT because 'they were busy fighting a World War'

        September 14, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • travis

        Government =/= country, you dick – if you hate that we dislike our govt. as it is, how its doing now, etc, and expressing that dislike well within our constitutional rights, YOU move, you ****ing donkey.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  61. Hi

    I only clicked this because he's attractive.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • Guest

      I'm sure that's only because we can't hear what kind of nonsense he's talking

      September 14, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
    • KinNYC

      Looks like Kevin Costner

      September 14, 2011 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • katrinanyc

      Those eyes. Hot. Wow.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  62. OfReason

    "... the clock doesn't stop ticking after 24 hours" umm, pretty sure it goes back to 0000 at that point. Who writes this crap?

    September 14, 2011 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • DirtRoad

      But I'm pretty sure it still keeps ticking...

      September 14, 2011 at 11:13 am | Reply
  63. Knightsix

    What threat exactly, Girly man??? The one you and your buddies made up? Just a thougth. Knightsix

    September 14, 2011 at 8:32 am | Reply
  64. Pete

    That guy on the left in the background certainly finds it amusing.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:31 am | Reply
  65. FauxNews

    I rely on 2 people to keep me safe, Smith & Wesson.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:21 am | Reply
    • Common Sense

      oh that is so cool, wow really imaginative, I mean that kind of thinking you could have made America(god bless) the greatest country in the world, solved the middle east problem, ended world hunger and suffering and cured cancer and the common cold AND won a REAL war after 1945. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

      September 14, 2011 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • Busted

      Hahahaha, only as long as people like this exist, once you lose this security your little pee gun ain't goin' a do nothin for you when a car your standing next to blows up. The truth is rednecks like yourself find so much comfort in carrying a big because it compensates for a very small and never used tinkler.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:20 am | Reply
  66. Rick

    Geez, did somebody gene splice Kevin Costner and Matthew McConaughey?

    September 14, 2011 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • Chris

      Hahaha, I was thinking the exact same thing, the resemblance is uncanny

      September 14, 2011 at 8:32 am | Reply
      • disjustin

        O ooh..that guy is So handsome..he gives me goosebumps...don't tell my wife....Signed.....Marcus Bauchman..:0)

        September 14, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • tom

      to disjustin....you just made me spit my coffee out laughing...that was too freakin funny...and probably true.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • Stef

      I was thinking he was pretty hot till I clicked on the link and saw he was very very thin on top. Nothing against bald men by the way.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
      • snarks

        Hopefully you, as a woman don't start losing your hair. You wouldn't have a chance for even the most grotesque of men.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:16 am |
      • Chris Christie

        What snarks is saying, Stef, is that he won't date-rape you if you don't have all of your hair.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  67. Steve

    Robert Mueller is the current, not the former, director of the FBI.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:07 am | Reply

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