Intelligence Chief Dennis Blair Resigning

Move comes after criticism of Christmas Day bomb plot

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 20, 2010 4:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama's national intelligence director, Dennis Blair, says he is resigning after 16 months in the job. In a message to his work force, Blair says his last day will be May 28. Blair's tenure was marked by intelligence failures—he took criticism over the Christmas Day bomb plot, in particular—and turf wars among the country's spy agencies. Blair, a retired Navy admiral, is the third director of national intelligence, a position created in response public outrage after 9/11.

A 2009 file photo of National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair.
A 2009 file photo of National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair.   (Susan Walsh)
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