Perfect Timing – Intelligence Community Gets New Inspector General…

Perfect timing today as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats celebrates last Thursday’s swearing in ceremony of Michael Atkinson as Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.

Coincidentally, or not, last Thursday was the release of the IG Draft Report on the DOJ-NSD and FBI activity in the Clinton investigation; and coincidentally, or not, today DNI Dan Coats participated in planning a new investigative approach to review the Obama Intelligence Community’s engagements in political surveillance:

Via DNI – “Last Thursday, I had the honor of swearing in Michael K. Atkinson as Inspector General of the Intelligence Community after the Senate confirmed his nomination last Monday. Michael is the second official to hold this position since its creation in 2010.

Michael moved from private law practice to public service following the September 11 attacks, and he brings professional shrewdness and dedication to an oversight mission that must operate with integrity, accountability, and objectivity.

Michael joins the IC from the Department of Justice’s leadership corps, where he served as an Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division. Ten years earlier, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including as Deputy Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section until 2015 and then the Section’s Acting Chief from 2015 until 2016.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michael was a trial attorney in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice from 2002 to 2006.

I look forward to working with Michael in his new role and trust he will execute the statutory authorities of his position to the fullest to ensure there is not waste, fraud, or abuse in the IC—and to maintain the strength and integrity of our whistleblower program.”

Daniel R. Coats,
Director of National Intelligence

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253 Responses to Perfect Timing – Intelligence Community Gets New Inspector General…

  1. Isman says:

    CorwinAmber, do you have any insight on Michael Atkinson?


  2. WSB says:

    If this has been posted earlier, my apologies. I scanned the thread and did not see anything duplicative.

    There is a bit of a back storty here with Zero Dark Thirty and other oddities. Maybe something to do with Gina? Not sure…the last IG was Dan Meyer. He was fired, and Coats found himself in the middle of the replacement.

    “Journalist Marisa Taylor reported on April 2, 2014, that the Pentagon inspector general attempted to suspend Meyer and revoke his access to top secret information because of his involvement in investigating the leak of information about the Osama bin Laden raid to “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers.

    When the leak occurred, Meyer was the head of the Pentagon inspector general’s whistleblowing and transparency unit. “After he left, Meyer and other Pentagon inspector general employees were grilled about whether they leaked a draft of a report that concluded that former CIA Director Leon Panetta and the Defense Department’s top intelligence official disclosed sensitive information to the filmmakers,” according to Taylor.”

    A lot more information here.

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    • WSB says:

      Here is the last paragraph, after notes that Claire McCaskill’s name is mentioned:

      “Meyer’s firing continues to reverberate on Capitol Hill. Senators Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley placed a “hold” on President Donald Trump’s nominee for general counsel at the Office of Director of National Intelligence. They are irate over Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats’ failure (or refusal) to provide documents on what happened with Meyer, and Wyden noted Meyer was fired at a time when the “acting leadership of the OIG” showed a lack of support for the “critical whistleblower protection mission of the office.”


      Promises made, promises kept?

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  3. Ospreyzone says:

    This guy hails from the DOJ leadership corps. Did I miss something, or is that not where the problem children have been coming from? He served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division. But isn’t the NSD the black hole in the DOJ where the IG was prohibited from investigating and where “the small group” found refuge for their subterfuge? If I were picking a cavalry leader to shore up the flanks of a weakened swamp army, Mike Atkinson sounds like a pretty healthy candidate. …so where is suspicious cat at a time like this?

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  4. Kent says:

    A special request for Director Coats….

    Find out where the uranium went (U1) after entering Canada and inform the public of its current disposition and please inform the public of major and minor players in the ‘transfer’ of said uranium ore/yellowcake..

    Thank you very much.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. brh82 says:

    This is out of place, just a diversion so you know the sink hole in front of the White House is expanding, literally:


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