You would think that the annual report on terrorism is something the President and the Congress would care about. Apparently not. But I am not talking about some routine, irrelevant report. I am talking about the Annual Report on Terrorism that The United States Department of State is required by law to submit to Congress by April 30th. Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself at the Department of State website:

U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism.

I have contacted State Department’s Office of Public Affairs and asked why. Still waiting for an answer. There is no excuse for such a delay. While U.S. national security is not jeopardized by such a lapse, the failure to follow the law is becoming a theme of the Obama Administration.

Unfortunately, this one is on Secretary Clinton. She is the one ultimately responsible at the Department for ensuring this part of the law is followed. The current Ambassador for CounterTerrorism, Daniel Benjamin, ought to be fired for this failure to comply.

Then there is the Congress. I can understand the Democrat controlled Senate not doing or saying anything, but what the hell is going on with the House of Representatives?

I will provide more analysis and commentary later tonight.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.