Friday, July 1, 2011

Obama to Nominate Matthew Olsen as New Counterterrorism Chief

NewsCore) - President Barack Obama will nominate Matthew Olsen to fill the post of director of the National Counterterrorism Center, the White House announced Friday.

If confirmed, Olsen will replace Michael Leiter, whose intention to step down from the post was reported June 9. Leiter, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, came under fire for going on vacation shortly after the 2009 Christmas Day attempted plane bombing.

Obama said in a statement that Olsen "has a distinguished record of service in our intelligence community and I'm confident he will continue to build on our strong counterterrorism efforts."

"Matt will be a critical part of my national security team as we work tirelessly to thwart attacks against our nation and do everything in our power to protect the American people," the statement said.
Olsen currently serves as the general counsel for the National Security Agency (NSA) and principal legal adviser to the NSA director.

The National Counterterrorism Center was created in 2004 to coordinate efforts between US intelligence agencies, whose failure to share information was criticized by the 9/11 commission, according to FOX News.

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