FNS: What Homeland Security Doesn't Know


The White House sent Homeland Security's Fran Townsend on Fox News Sunday (obviously, she's a much more telegenic face than Chertoff) to discuss the Bin Laden tape. When Chris Wallace asks if DHS has analyzed the tape, Townsend knew exactly the things to say to keep the fear mongering up: could this tape be a trigger for an attack? However--maybe it's just me--but her answer to Chris's follow up seemed unintentionally honest:

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TOWNSEND: Chris, these are all the sorts of things that the intelligence community will do a technical analysis to evaluate. Obviously, we're still going through that now. But looking for...looking at issues related to his health, his whereabouts, and frankly, the content of the tape to make sure that this is not a trigger for an attack, these are all things the intelligence community is completely devoted to as we speak.

WALLACE: And do you have any answers?

TOWNSEND: No. We will obviously "action" any information that we find from that, but as you can understand, the particulars of the technical analysis are not something we're going to reveal.


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