Frances Townsend Stops Terrorist Attack
Frances Townsend has a long and impressive resume. Currently, she serves as Activision Blizzard’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. Previously, she spent ten years at MacAndrews & Forbes. While there, Townsend’s focus was on business development and internal problems. She served under President W. Bush from 2004 to 2008 as the chair of the Homeland Security Council. Townsend also served 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 2006, al-Qaida was planning a massive terrorist attack. Townsend received credit for being a crucial player in stopping the attack. President George H. Bush requested that Townsend oversees the White House communications with the intelligence agencies from the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and the United States. Her task was to track the terrorist threat by al-Qaida.
At the time, Townsend was living out of her office to focus on this task. Though it was the British intelligence agency who had the terrorist cell under surveillance, it was Townsend who took charge. She wanted to know how many people were in the cell, who they were in contact with, and if they had any contacts within the airline or transportation industries. British observed the cell turning unopen soda bottles into bombs. The concern was unopened bottles would be easy to get through TSA and onto airplanes. Though the British were not happy with Townsend, she knew the plan was to get the bombs on planes going to the United States. President Bush made it clear to Townsend that their job was to stop the next terrorist attack. Frances Townsend did just that.
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