Saturday, January 2, 2010

U.S. Intelligence Agencies in Epic Failure Mode

Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing Failed To Mention Threats from Yemen Based Al-Qaeda

Newsweek January 1st, 2010

In a Friday night newsdump by the lamestream media, it was disclosed by Newsweek that Obama received a high-level briefing on terrorist threats against the United States three days before Christmas.

The report titled “Key Homeland Threats” produced by several U.S. intelligence agencies failed to mention the threats coming from Yemen, including the unsuccessful attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bring down Northwest Airlines flight 253.  You may recall that Mutallab’s own father turned him into the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria after receiving a call from his terrorist son that he would never hear from him again.

Those present during the “high level security briefing” included Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FBI Director Robert Mueller. The CIA and National Intelligence Directors Office were represented by deputy agency heads: CIA deputy director Steven Kappes, and David Gompert, the principal deputy to National Intelligence Czar Dennis Blair. Also present was Michael Leiter, director of the National Counter-terrorism Center a unit of the Intelligence Czar's office which was created after 9/11 to ensure that intelligence reporting about possible terrorist plots was shared quickly among all US agencies who might have some capability to do something about it.

What we have here is an EPIC FAILURE of the Obama Administration and its appointed Security “Czars” to “connect the dots” on critical information to stop terrorist attacks on United States soil.

While Obama prefers to continue to blame former President Bush for these failures in intelligence, the fact remains that Obama has done nothing to rectify the gaping holes in our national security assessment frameworks.  The key question to ask here is: if the frameworks that Bush left behind were so bad, how is it that they prevented any terrorist attacks on U.S. soil post 9-11, and why didn’t Obama order a top down review of them upon assuming office? 

The fact is the Democrats and specifically Obama are extremely weak on National security, preferring to extend an “olive branch” to those who would attack and kill us.  The “blame Bush” excuses are no longer valid, and Obama owns two terrorist attacks on U.S. soil – both Fort Hood and Northwest Airlines flight 253.

As Obama and his security “czars” continue to drop the ball on National Security, one can only expect the number of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil to increase in the coming year.


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