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Obama Admin Debated Whether to Tell Public 'System Failed' in Christmas Terror Attack
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Kristinn

Posted on 12/29/2009 9:02:40 AM PST by kristinn

File this under: Yes, they really think we're that dumb.

The Obama administration spent Christmas weekend in an internal debate over whether to tell the American people the government failed to protect airline passengers in the wake of the terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253, according to the Wall Street Journal.

That explains the stupifying message by Obama spokespeople on Sunday that the 'system worked'.

The statement followed three days in which the White House had delegated public responses to subordinates. Officials debated over the weekend whether to state publicly that the security system had failed, according to a senior counterterrorism official.

The dilemma was on display Monday when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared to backpedal from televised comments over the weekend in which she declared that, once the attack happened, "the system worked." Ms. Napolitano conceded Monday that the system didn't work in allowing a terrorist onboard the plane. She said her earlier comments were taken out of context.

Also on Sunday, White House Press Secretary repeated the initial administration line on CBS News' Face the Nation:

I do think, though, that, in many ways, this system has worked. We just have to continue to keep refining it and stay ahead of what terrorists are trying to do.

Yes, Mr. and Mrs. America, they really think we're that dumb. Yet, it is the best and the brightest populating the Obama administration who are dumb enough to think that they could tell the American people "the system worked" and get away with it.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: bhochristmas; flight253; nationalsecurityfail; obama
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To: N. Theknow

He lies like a prayer rug.

Stay off of airplanes until they cavity search his Muslim friends before boarding the plane. They are now planning attacks, and insinuate they will hit us soon.

Even our army is not safe from the presidents Muslim friends. We are screwed.

If you must travel, be prepared ... have the will made out. TSA is not going to search his Muslim friends.

61 posted on 12/29/2009 10:36:07 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: kristinn

Better to die Ignorant rather than Informed.

62 posted on 12/29/2009 10:37:33 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Election 2010. No RATS, No RINOS...)
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To: kristinn

The system that worked were the people on the plane who subdued the nut.

63 posted on 12/29/2009 10:38:37 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (doctrine matters)
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To: Bernard Marx; Chances Are

The Marxist motto is: “By any means necessary.”
* * * * * * * *

So is it for the mooselimbs as well. They promote lying to infidels to advance thei religion of submit. And both groups are our enemies.

The narrartive IS important, to try to get the truth out there, over the noisy lies and deceptions.

64 posted on 12/29/2009 10:43:04 AM PST by Canedawg (FUBO)
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To: kristinn

when I close my eyes I have this awful vision of Robert Gibbs in the Baghdad Bob uniform, standing in front of a smoking Ground Zero and trying to spin the fact that they haven’t decided what to tell us yet

65 posted on 12/29/2009 11:23:16 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: kristinn


66 posted on 12/29/2009 1:06:58 PM PST by Matchett-PI ("The Role of Government is to Secure Our Liberty, Not to Seize It" ~ Rush 6/26/09)
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To: kristinn

Does this mean the comment “The system worked” came straight from the top (i.e., 0bama)?

67 posted on 12/29/2009 1:59:07 PM PST by matt1234
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To: nutmeg
Thanks for bringing this to my attention, nutmeg. [And, of course, kristinn.]

Not only is Obama weakening us overseas with his constant apologizing for America [until very recently], he is now jeopardizing our domestic security by trying to spin terrorist attacks as the acts of a “lone wolf.” His utter disregard for the American public is a sad, but typical, commentary on the left wing elitists. Further, we need to focus all of our efforts on the enemy and not be distracted by the CYA behavior emanating from the White House. That kind of thinking has a way of embedding itself throughout the system!

Most of all, I am personally incensed at his constant use of legal jargon and implications that these are judicial matters and not military matters.

The bomber should not be “alleged” to have attempted to blow up the plane, he was caught in the act. Nor should he be a “suspect”. He is, in fact, a terrorist, part of an international conspiracy of militant Islamists out to destroy us. It is not a court case, it is a war!

Despite being on TV almost every day of the year, often for the most inane reasons, our President was no where to be found for three days after what would have been, if successful, the worst terrorist attack on the US since 9-11. Need I remind anyone here of the criticism that Pres. Bush took for taking just a minute or two to compose himself and his thoughts after being notified [in public view, no less] of the 9-11 attack. Where are the naysayers to hold Obama’s feet to the fire? Conveniently, many in the White House press corps are in Hawaii. Now who would want to jeopardize a wonderful junket such as that by printing bad things about Obama. Sounds like the White House cleverly used taxpayer money to influence [I prefer bribe] another possible critic.

68 posted on 12/29/2009 2:05:00 PM PST by FOXFANVOX (God Bless America)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

69 posted on 12/29/2009 2:21:31 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at
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To: keats5
The Obama administration cannot comprehend that the truth stands independently of their creation. They really think they are gods.

You, keats5 ARE NOT hypnotized...

70 posted on 12/29/2009 2:28:59 PM PST by GOPJ (Rick Santelli for Man of the Year! - Freeper mewzilla)
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To: All; kristinn; nutmeg


If only Freeper kristinn &’s CLARITY had been around to combat WALTER CRONKITE’s 1968 TV lie to the American People that they had lost a TET Offensive they had in fact won,

...a then Free South Vietnam might still be Free today..!!!


Instead, sadly came for many poor Southeast Asian souls:

Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education Camp


And now in this new time of war,

...what about US..???


71 posted on 12/29/2009 3:40:06 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965
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72 posted on 12/29/2009 4:49:26 PM PST by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: Chances Are
Anyway, one of the central tenets of the book was this question of “truth”. He stated if a statement furthered the communist movement, it could not possibly be a lie, as it was known to them to be the “Marxist-Leninist truth”. Therefore, the could say with a reasonably straight face that they were telling the “truth”.

That is exactly what I learned in dealing with average leftists. Truth = what furthers their agenda, thus anything contrary to their goals/worldview is a lie.

They create their own reality and then pride themselves in their tolerance - that is, they will put up with the non-believers until the non-believers either believe, or prove themselves too stubborn to convert. That way the Marxists can in good conscience justify and perpetrate evils upon those who knowingly reject the "truth".

This I learned from listening very carefully to a pompous in-law. She wasn't even speaking of politics, just explaining her abject disgust/anger/mistreatment of somebody or other. At whatever point this Marxist decided that other person was unreasonable and beyond hope (i.e. would not submit)... all civility was off. Creepy.

After that casual conversation I understood the mechanism behind man's inhumanity to man. It reduces to a lust for power and control at the individual level. Explains why the government does what it does, and why its supporters approve. Supporting a corrupt lying politician is perfectly acceptable if that congressman is "working for them". Tribalism.

73 posted on 12/29/2009 5:30:10 PM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: kristinn

Dumnmies or liars?

74 posted on 12/29/2009 7:19:58 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: kristinn

Officials debated over the weekend whether to state publicly that the security system had failed, according to a senior counterterrorism official.”

As if we didn’t know. Idiots.

75 posted on 12/29/2009 8:59:19 PM PST by Kimberly GG (Join Me In BOYCOTTING all ObamaTV!! (Change the channel or do so and then turn tv off!!))
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!

76 posted on 12/29/2009 9:13:58 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alex Kida
>>Just shut up peasant and and do what we tell you to do.
It is incumbent upon the honorable craftsman
to be aware of whether or not his services are being used
as a means to accomplish evil ends -
and to act accordingly.
The only problem with "going Galt" is that removing yourself from the system reduces your ability to debug it from within - to restore it to functioning within spec - "TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men".
"stay with the chase as long as you may; follow the dreamer the fool and the sage; back to the days of the innocent age..."
--Dan Fogelberg
Veritas Honor!

77 posted on 01/02/2010 9:28:06 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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