Tom Ridge on Bin Laden Intel

Monday, May 09, 2011

Over two terabytes of information have been extracted from Osama bin Laden's hard drives, taken during the raid on his compound last Sunday. According to Tom Donilon, President Obama's national security adviser, the amount of information could fill a small college library. We talk with Tom Ridge, former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; former governor of Pennsylvania; and current president and CEO of Ridge Global, an international security and risk management firm based in Washington, D.C., about the impact that the new intel will have on our national security and foreign policy.


Tom Ridge

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Siger Brabant from Framingham, MA

Ridge claimed that the Iraq War did not distract from the effort to get bin Laden. I don't know why this claim wasn't challenged. Intelligence efforts were largely shifted from Afghanistan to Iraq. Ridge bizarrely claimed that some ground forces were shifted from Afghanistan to Iraq, but that wasn't true: we barely had any troops in Afghanistan for a very long time. Initially, we went into Afghanistan with about ten thousand troops, about a tenth as many as we sent into Iraq. Afghanistan never got the attention it deserved under the Bush administration.

May. 09 2011 10:36 AM

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