In Case You Missed It: Former 9/11 Commission Co-Chairs Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean in USA Today

Jan 11, 2010, 12:31 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

Kean and Hamilton, co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group: "There is still work to be done"

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In today's USA Today, former 9/11 Commission Co-Chairs Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean write in an op-ed "there is still work to be done" to protect our country, following "the recent terrorist incidents at Fort Hood and in the skies above Detroit." Hamilton and Kean, now co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group, are "leading an effort to conduct a review of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act and the effectiveness of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)," five years after issuing their 9/11 Commission recommendations.

"National Security is too important to become a partisan issue," write Hamilton and Kean. "We believe that in matters of national security, our priority should be to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it."

"The president should order the DNI to report on any barriers to the sharing of information, but also on ways the authority of the DNI can be strengthened to ensure unity of effort," they write. "Strengthening the DNI's capacity to collect, analyze and integrate massive amounts of data to protect Americans is a multiyear process requiring sustained support from the White House and oversight from the Congress."

Read the full editorial here.

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