May 13th, 2010
09:21 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP senator: 'Not convinced' of Times Square suspect-Taliban link

Washington (CNN) - The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee says he doesn't yet see the evidence to support Obama administration claims that the Times Square bombing suspect was working on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban.

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, also is criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder for launching what he calls a "hostile takeover" of the intelligence community.

In a written statement released on Wednesday, Bond accused the Justice Department of violating the National Security Act by not allowing intelligence agencies to provide congressional oversight committees information the agencies had gathered about alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.

"Instead of complying with the law and getting timely information to Congress, the Attorney General and Administration officials were busy spinning the Times Square story in the press," Bond in the statement.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Gordon Shumway

    Seems like the administration's total focus since day one has been getting Obama reelected and not one bit fulfilling his campaign promises. Talk about open government, transparency in congress, and the rest – all lies. Obama makes Bush look better day after day; event after event; decision after decision. Apparently Jimmy Carter is Obama's top advisor...........

    May 13, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. Florida Joe

    Where was Sen bond's outrage that the Bush Administration LIED to Congress and the American people and took us into a needless was and had over 4000 of our troops KILLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Laverne

    If it wasn't mentioned, he would say that this administration was in denial and that it was linked to the taliban. The republicans are so sickening. They wish something worse would have happened just so they could blame President Obama. This is really getting old!

    May 13, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's time for this old man to go, using words like "hostile takeover". I guess the terrorist threat wasn't hostile at all. Bond, don't try to play politics with security threats, go home and stay.

    May 13, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. sneaux

    Maybe he just dreamed this, since he was seen sleeping for 10-15 minutes during the intelligence briefing.

    May 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Bill

    Okay, Kit. If a republican had been in the White House, the GOP would be touting how they shut down a Taliban terror attack. Try again. These GOP's malcontrents are laughable.

    May 13, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Ferret out the BS

    Sounds like Mr Bond's "Nose is out of Joint."

    May 13, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Pa Santigie

    Oh, now there is no link......I recall once there was a warmongering Idiot called Bush who claimed that Sadam was linked to 911, so we invaded.....had him killed for a lie. If my memory serves me well, I recall Kit Bond votedfor the resolution to attack a foreign country on false pretext, do you recall your vote "Mr. I -do -not -believe -it"? You must think we are all idiots like the "Mushrooms" you are pandering to. Good thing we have people with some sense calling the shots now.

    May 13, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    But I bet this idiot saw EVERY connection Bush and his henchmen claimed between Iraq and WMD and 9/11....

    May 13, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Top republican? I've heard his name half dozen times in a few years.

    He's one of those old career "lay low and yell NO on cue" politicians. Get rid of the idiot.

    VOTE HIM OUT – he's obviously one of McConnel's sheep.

    May 13, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Kitchen Police

    This lizard brain needs to get out of the way and let the government investigators do their job.

    May 13, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. kate

    Senator, you need to get with the program and work with our President on terriorism instead of finding fault with what the Obama administration does.
    No matter what stand Obama takes, you as a republican will take just the opposite because you are a stubborn republican.

    May 13, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. j

    Just another example of whatever Obama says, they automatically take the opposite view. They`ll later trot out the ole " Soft on terrorism accusation" and bemoan how America is headed in the wrong direction.--– Bush / Repub Congress lead us off the financial cliff prior to Obama. I suppose that was the right direction they were alluding too????

    May 13, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Dano

    So now GOP Senator Bond is concerned that the Justice Department may be violating the National Security Act by not allowing intelligence agencies to provide congressional oversight committees information. Where was this alleged concern from 2003 – 2008?

    May 13, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. andrew

    HA. You mean like the link between Saddam and 9/11? Or how bout The Department of Homeland Security? Wasn't that taking over the intelligence community?

    When people ask me why i vote democrat even though i have some republican ideals, these are the reasons why.... How can anyone support this constant hypocricy? Everyday it's something new. I'm not saying the Dems are clean or anything, but it is hardly on this level.

    May 13, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. once upon a horse

    Kit Bond was a MORON when he was in office and still is. Does it really make any difference WHAT terrorist link this suspect has? He was anti-American and to me THAT is what matters. The GOP needs to get off it's high horse and try to work with this president instead of against him all the time.

    May 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Bond is right. Don't trust an administration that lied about the stimulus bill, the health care bill and actually lies about everything the speak to. Of course even when presented with the truth, the libertards still lie about it. This administration has no morals or ethics and is totally corrupt reflecting its leader.

    May 13, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. Chris~Albany, NY

    But yet you probably saw the link between Iraq and 9/11 or Sadam and Al-Qaeda...what about WMD's?

    May 13, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. RH

    "Instead of complying with the law and getting timely information to Congress, the Attorney General and Administration officials were busy spinning the Times Square story in the press."


    Sounds awfully familiar to me.

    May 13, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Jack

    Bond–let the DOJ do its job. There will be plenty of time to wast taxpayers money on hearings etc. so you can grandstand with the rest of your ilk. It's very early in the investigation. Go play a couple rounds of golf. Or even better–come to NYC and see how real, patriotic, tough, unparanoid Americans live.

    May 13, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Jim

    This is pretty rich, considering the source. The same Senator NEVER questioned the presence of WMD's in Iraq, or the Bush Administration's outing of a CIA agent to the public. But now all of a sudden he questions this because it was discovered on Obama's watch? Riiiiight.

    May 13, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. John in Brooklyn

    Gee...and when the Bush Administration refused transparency or released half-truths regarding Iraq and writetapping, Kit Bond seemed to have no criticism whatsoever. Seems like he is just one more GOP hack.

    May 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Dave

    The disrespect to Congress continues from this start-up administration of lawyers!

    May 13, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Geoz

    Sure GOP... once upon a time EVERYONE was a terrorist. We need to listen to EVERYONE's telephone. But now, a guy can get training in Pakistan and his terrorist credentials are called into question because Obama is President?

    Get a hobby.

    May 13, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |