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Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007
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Gala Dinner keynote speaker Clarke weighs in on CIA report

Richard A. Clarke, the nation’s former counterterrorism chief and the MBA’s Gala Dinner keynote speaker, has been quoted recently in ABC News reports on national security issues. 

Finding fault with CIA report

Clarke, a terrorism commentator for ABC News after serving as an advisor to the last four U.S. presidents, took issue with the 2005 CIA’s inspector general report made public Aug. 21 that claims former CIA Director George Tenet “bears ultimate responsibility” for failing to prevent Sept. 11.

The report notes there were “failures to implement and manage important processes, to follow through with operations, and to properly share and analyze critical data” and says that Tenet “did not use all his authorities in leading the (intelligence community’s) strategic effort’ against Osama bin Laden.“That’s not fair,” Clarke was quoted in ABC News reports online regarding Tenet’s actions. “Of course there was a strategic effort, and he did raise the issue at the highest levels of government.”

Clarke, who will be the keynote speaker at the MBA’s Gala Dinner on Nov. 1, is the best-selling author of Against All Enemies, in which he discusses the government’s failure to adequately address the terrorist threat. He is currently chairman of Arlington, VA-based Good Harbor Consulting LLC, which provides security risk consulting to businesses operating internationally.

Gala Dinner, Signature Events details 

The MBA’s Gala Dinner event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the new InterContinental Hotel on Boston’s waterfront. The dinner will take place in the luxury hotel’s 10,500-square-foot Rose Kennedy Ballroom.

The MBA’s three other Signature Events will be the second annual Bench-Bar Symposium, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston; the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 6, at the JFK Library Museum in Boston; and the MBA CLE Conference on Monday, April 28, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

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