Richard Clarke Biography

Journalist(1951–)
Richard Clarke is best known for being the chief counter-terrorism advisor under George W. Bush for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Synopsis

Richard Clarke was the chief counter-terrorism advisor for the National Security Council during the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. Clarke criticized the Administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq, saying it was a costly distraction to the war on terror. He was the only member of the Bush Administration to offer an apology to the victims of 9/11 and to acknowledge the government’s failure.

Profile

Counter-terrorism expert, government official. Born Richard Alan Clarke in 1951. The son of a Boston factory worker, Richard Clarke received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. He began working for the federal government in 1973 in the Department of Defense.

Clarke has served as an advisor to the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations, eventually focusing his efforts on intelligence, counter-terrorism and cybersecurity. Most notably, he was the chief counter-terrorism advisor for the National Security Council during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

In March 2004, Clarke released a controversial memoir titled Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror--What Really Happened that was deeply critical of the Bush Administration??s stance on terrorism prior to the 9/11 attacks. Clarke also criticized the Administration??s decision to go to war in Iraq, saying it was a costly distraction to the war on terror. During the public 9/11 Commission hearings, he was the only member of the Bush Administration to offer an apology to the victims and to acknowledge the government??s failure.

Richard Clarke is currently Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting, a strategic planning and corporate risk management firm. He has published two novels, The Scorpion's Gate and Breakpoint.

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