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National Security Remains Hot Political Battleground For White House, GOP

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The Obama administration is aggressively pushing back against Republican criticism of its handling of terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, sharpening a partisan debate about national security policy, which is likely to be a major issue throughout the midterm election year.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a rare point-by-point critique of a statement by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who said Wednesday that "there was no consultation with intelligence officials before the Department of Justice unilaterally decided to treat Abdulmutallab as if he were an ordinary criminal." Gibbs released a list of senior intelligence officials involved in the decision to charge Abdulmutallab -- a Nigerian citizen who allegedly tried to bomb a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day -- in civilian court and provide him access to a lawyer.

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