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Ex-cybersecurity czar blasts Bush's efforts

Richard Clarke became a national celebrity in recent months for his criticisms of the Bush administration’s handling of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Now the former White House official is extending that criticism to the administration’s handling of cybersecurity. Clarke, who moved in spring 2001 from his job as White House counter-terrorism chief to head a new White House cybersecurity office created on his recommendation, said the administration has made cybersecurity too low a priority. Clarke shared his criticisms about administration anti-terrorism policy with the independent panel investigating intelligence activities before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Administration witnesses — including National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice — also testified to rebut those charges and defend administration policy, although cybersecurity issues were not a major focus of those discussions. Full Story

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