Subplots to Watch at Obama's Terror Meeting

How tough will the president be on himself and his staff?
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 10:33 AM CST
President Barack Obama speaks to staff members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force Headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – President Obama meets with his security chiefs today to dissect the failed Christmas terror plot—and deflect criticism over his initial, tepid response. Politico breaks down the burning questions:

  • Do heads roll? Janet Napolitano and Michael Leiter have both been mentioned as possible sacrifices, but insiders increasingly doubt that Obama’s handing out pink slips.
  • Will Obama cooperate with Congressional investigations? Obama doesn’t disdain Congressional oversight to the degree Bush did, but the White House has had its share of run-ins with the Hill and hasn’t been clear on which advisers might testify.

  • Will Leon Panetta and Dennis Bair lock horns? The CIA chief and director of national intelligence have been at odds all year over who really controls the nation’s spies.
  • Where does Obama stand on profiling? As a senator, Obama sponsored anti-racial profiling legislation. But the TSA’s new policy to require extra screenings for citizens of 14 countries—13 of them predominantly Muslim—sounds a lot like profiling. Will Obama try to justify the rules?

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