National Counterterrorism Center Will Now Be Under Close Congressional Scrutiny

Jun 21, 2005
Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), which was officially created in the landmark Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, is still not fully operational, and now Congress will keep close tabs on its progress. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Christopher Shays (CT-3) today offered and successfully attached an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization bill that requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on the status of the NCTC every 30 days.  

“As important as the Intelligence Reform bill was, it will mean little if the provisions are not implemented and deadlines are not met,” said Maloney. “Already, a number of deadlines laid out in the bill have been missed, and that is worrisome. The president took an important step toward making the NCTC fully operational last week by nominating its first director, but we still need to closely monitor the steps that remain. I thank Chairman Hoekstra and Ranking Member Harman for their support and for their leadership.”

“Every day without a confirmed permanent director and a functioning NCTC puts America at risk and at a disadvantage in preventing additional terrorist attacks,” Shays said. “We need to be better prepared to prevent future acts of terrorism and the functioning of the NCTC is a crucial part of that mission.”

Last week, a day after the Maloney-Shays amendment was submitted, President Bush nominated Admiral John Redd to be the NCTC’s first director. Admiral Redd must still be confirmed by the Senate.

One of the most important aspects of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (PL108-458) was the creation of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The NCTC was created to be the central organization for analyzing and integrating all foreign and domestic intelligence on terrorism. It also is to conduct "strategic operational planning" for counterterrorism operations at home and abroad "integrating all elements of national power." The deadline for the NCTC to be fully implemented and operational was June 17, 2005 (last Friday).