Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Congressman: Bring Back 9/11 Commission

A congressman has penned a letter to President Obama asking him to reinstate the co-chairs of the 9/11 commission to evaluate how the government has implemented its recommendations.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), author of the 1998 legislation creating the National Terrorism Commission, also called for the creation of a "Team B" made up of experts who could provide the president with other perspectives on dealing with the issue.

In addition, Wolf announced that he plans to introduce legislation to provide that the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration be appointed for a 10-year term like the director of the FBI.

In a separate letter to Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan, Wolf, the lead Republican on the House committee that funds key counter terrorism programs, posed a series of questions concerning the security situation in Yemen and the circumstances surrounding the failed Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner.

In his letter to Brennan, Wolf specifically asked how the Obama administration plans to deal with the possible radicalization of Americans currently visiting, living or studying in Yemen, pointing out that all these individuals can fly back to the United States with American passports. The State Department has told Wolf that there are presently 55,000 Americans in Yemen.

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