Office of the Press Secretary
Today announce President Obama his intention, Matthew Olsen as Director of national counterterrorism of the National Counterterrorism Center (Center) to nominate. Mr. Olsen play a key role to the President for national security team - brings a strong voice and critical knowledge to integrate intelligence to Americans across the nation and to protect around the world.
"I am pleased to nominate Matthew Olsen next Director of the National Counterterrorism Center." "Matt has a defined record of service in our intelligence services and I am confident that he further build strong fight against terrorism on our efforts," said President Obama. "Matt is an important part of my national security team as we tirelessly to thwart attacks on our nation and do everything in our power to protect the American people."
If confirmed, Mr. Olsen will build on the important work of dedicated intelligence professionals at the National Counterterrorism Center, working every day to keep our nation safe and secure. Mr. Olsen still National Counterterrorism Center's mission, intelligence in connection with the fight against terrorism to integrate and to share this information across agencies and departments. In addition, Mr. Olsen still National Counterterrorism Center to the implementation of the strategic operational planning for counter-terrorism activities of the Federal Government take critical efforts to ensure that we bring the full weight of our diplomatic, financial, military, intelligence, homeland security, and law enforcement agencies and functions will thwart to the terrorist plans. The Director of national intelligence (ODNI) NCTC is organizationally in the Office.
Mr. Olsen currently serves as General Counsel for the National Security Agency (NSA) and principal legal advisor to the Director of NSA.
Olsen previously served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department and was responsible for the surveillance and coordination of national security and criminal matters. From 2009 to 2010, he was Special Adviser to the Attorney General and Executive Director of the Guantánamo review task force. In this capacity he managed inter-departmental efforts for a comprehensive review of intelligence information on which result in Guantanamo detainees. Olsen was also as Acting Assistant Attorney General for national security during the presidential elections 2009-transition, monitoring the daily operations of the Department of Justice National Security Division.
From 2006 to 2009 he was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division and was responsible for the administration of the Department of intelligence operations and supervision. In this position Olsen monitored the implementation of the foreign intelligence helped Surveillance Act, craft landmark changes in the law, the supervision laws and Government officials in intelligence activities and advised national security.
From 1994 to 2006, Olsen Attorney was Office for the District of Columbia in the U.S. Attorney. From 2005-2006 he was the head of the national security section of the Office, where he the investigation and prosecution of terrorism, espionage and export violation Affairs monitors. Olsen worked as a special counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau of investigation from 2004 to 2005, where he devoted the fight against terrorism and intelligence studies. As as Assistant US Attorney Olsen followed a violent drug trafficking organization in the longest criminal proceedings successfully ever in the District of Columbia.
Olsen graduated from Harvard Law School (JD) and the University of Virginia (b.a..). He is Associate Professor of law at Georgetown University.
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