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Republicans blast Obama administration on December 25 attack

world Updated: Jan 21, 2010 14:08 IST

Republican Party on Thursday blasted top officials of the Obama administration as they appeared before half-a-dozen Congressional committees to explain the botched December 25 bombing by a Nigerian al-Qaeda operative.

"It’s clear the administration’s own intelligence officials think they fumbled the Christmas Day terrorist case," said Senator Kit Bond, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"That this Administration chose to shut out our top intelligence officials and forego collecting potentially life-saving intelligence is a dangerous sign," Bond alleged.

In a testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee today, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Michael Leiter, chief of National Counterterrorism Center said they were not consulted on whether the terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, should be questioned by the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) or charged in federal court.

Bind criticised the Obama administration for fumbling the case of attempted terror attack and shutting intelligence out of the vital decision on how to question the terrorist.

"Unlike the foolhardy plan to treat terrorists like common criminals, we need to recognise they are enemy combatants in a war," he said.