Skip to comments.Obama Is Told of Signs That Should Have Grounded Plot (NY Times: Obama admin blew it big time)
Posted on 12/29/2009 7:28:18 PM PST by kristinn
HONOLULU President Obama declared Tuesday that there had been a systemic failure of the nations security apparatus after being told about more missed signals and uncorrelated intelligence that should have prevented a would-be bomber from boarding a flight for the United States.
The president was told during a private briefing on Tuesday morning while vacationing here in Hawaii that the government had a variety of information in its possession before the thwarted bombing that would have been a clear warning sign had it been shared among agencies, a senior official said.
Two officials said the government had intelligence from Yemen before Friday that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about a Nigerian being prepared for a terrorist attack. While the information did not include a name, officials said it would have been evident had it been compared to information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit on Christmas Day.
The government also had more information about where Mr. Abdulmutallab had been and what some of his plans were.
Some of the information at the time was partial or incomplete, and it was not obvious that it was connected, the official said, but in retrospect it now appears clear that had it all been examined together it would have pointed to the pending attack. The official said the administration was increasingly confident that Al Qaeda had a role in the attack, as the groups Yemeni branch has publicly claimed.
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They are leaking this stuff to the NY Times so they can try to get ahead of the tsunami coming their way. Surf's up, Obama.
The official said the administration was increasingly confident that Al Qaeda had a role in the attack.”
I thought this was an “isolated extremist”?!
THE MOOSELIMB LIES!
Four days later that assclown is just now being briefed on this? Please tell me I read that wrong!
That must be why he’s still on vacation in Hawaii.
BO is a systemic failure.
Excellent explanation! I couldn't figure out why the NY Times would say anything bad about this administration. For a fleeting moment, I harbored the thought that the reason might be because the administration is totally inept and the Times was just doing its Fourth Estate duty. Thanks for helping me to sober up.
Smart! Obomba is stepping ahead of the parade!
Bye bye Secretary Incompentano. For whatever reason, good or bad, I am grateful.
It was shared
Living in the area near DTW, there is a whole lot of local reporting here. Been on broadcast (aerial) for over 3 days now.
The Democrats have the certificate of ownership on this. It’s solidly theirs.
Wondering if Gorelick is the least bit concerned?
How else can you figure?
Holder and his God’s decision to try terrorists in civilian courts in NYC is, likewise, a major screw up that will backfire big time.
Very interesting. The press covered for Obama on the Fort Hood shootings. The whole country knew that the killer shouted “Allahu Akbar!” Yet they still pretty well managed to handle that, with the press’s assiduous help.
I suspect that one difference here is that the CIA is really, really angry with Obama for giving them so much grief over the waterboarding and all the rest of it. And the CIA has some close connections with reporters at the Times that they have leaked to over the years.
Now it’s turning into a blame game. The White House is saying that the CIA is at fault. So the CIA is going to say, no, it’s Obama who is at fault. Or Napolitano. Or both.
Obama got away with his cold and limpid reactions before. After deploring the murder of George Tiller, he completely ignored the murder at a recruitment station that took place at almost the same time. And no one thought anything of it.
This time, though, he has the CIA to contend with.
People with the Obama mindset view common everyday people doing things like getting on planes in coach class, visiting family and celebrating Christmas with family as the enemy. They view people such as 23 year old Yemeni, angry radicalized banker's kids who have been educated in several countries and travel through 15 countries in five weeks as something to be celebrated and revered. That is the crux of the issue. To summarize, self loathing communists like Obama value the Yemeni bomber more than they value a dad from flyover.
I wonder when he’s going to throw Janet under the bus? You just know SOMEONE has to be the fall guy.
“No way to blame this on Bush”
I’m afraid they’ve begun the process of doing just that. Earlier today I heard a report that one of the men involved was released from Gitmo in 2007.
The NYT is finally figuring out that the Kenyan Klod would need teleprompter help to compete in a tic-tac-toe game.
Folks, the kid is stupid.
Likely they’ve been conducting polls and have discovered the American people are hopping mad about this.
Here is another PR opportunity the Republicans are missing. Every Republican politician should be saying the obvious — the #1 priority of government is to protect its citizens. The Detroit attempted bombing and the Fort Hood shooting demonstrate the government is not able to perform its most basic function. Until the administration can get its act together, we should defer all major new programs including health care.
Is anyone at RNC headquarters awake?
I miss the Cowboy.
1) this happened because of Bush; and,
2) Zero is taking charge and will fix everything just right.
The press will all print stories (and I do mean stories) on how BO is now engaged on this and will soon tell us his plan that will make air travel safe again for everyone.
Doesn’t matter. It’s still and always will be Bush’s fault.
Let’s not forget the way the left acted regarding Katrina..
Yemen minister: We have 300 al Qaeda militants planning attacks...
This is the Iranians. It’s so easy for these dirtbags to fire up the terrorist base and sit back and watch them work. Everything happens for a reason when it comes to ME aggression towards the west. These are foot soldiers for regimes such as the terror regime in Tehran. They are trying to intimidate the US into backing down on the end of year nuke deadline. Lets see, in the last month Tehran instigated the takeover of a an Iraqi oil well and accidently lost track of one of Bin Laden’s daughters. Now the shaman in Yemen which coincidentally is in the middle of an Iranian instigated Shia uprising, is contacting all his sleeper buddies with the go sign.
We showed no survival instinct with respect to our ovespending so why should we expect to dodge the coming nuclear bullet.
That argument will blow up in their faces! (pun intended)
Either they want to close down GITMO and send all the terrorists home or are they going to hold onto these terrorists indefinitely.
They can't very well blame Bush for doing what they themselves are wanting to do now can they?
Obama and cohorts are incompetent. They do not understand the threat nor how to deal with it. An attack is coming. When it comes, he is finished.
I believe they are referring to the Tuesday BEFORE Christmas Day (Friday)
Bump for later reading
Maybe he should offer GWB a job in this White House to teach him how a real President does the job of keeping America safe?
So 0bamateur can run the country using training wheels until he grows up.
BTW - I wonder how long his high minded idealism will last regarding waterbaording if the Muslim Assassins have a SECOND successful strike but the bomb detonates and kills hundreds?
You can’t be PC and defend this nation. The only way to effective protect this country is to deal with the world as it is rather than the PC fantasy world.
Certainly not this clown:
There are only two or three DC Republicans who have read this:
The names on this failure aren’t Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, or even good ole Brownie. They are Napolitano, Axlerod, Emanuel, Holder, and most of all, Obama.
The 3 day late response by beach-bum Obama has given added momentum to a story that probably would have stood on its own, but now it seems clear that Napolitano is going to have to go under the Obamamobile. She might have dodged the bullet this time had it not been for her asinine comment about how “the system worked”. She may as well have said “Mission Accomplished”....
I don’t think they can spin this one. Blood sacrifice will be needed.
How come he is just learning things we have been hearing a bazillion times, since the gitgo?
All he needed to do was turn on a tv or radio. Are they aliens..him and his family? What kid doesnt turn on a tv or radio? What adult doesnt hear, watch or surf for at least some news each day?
This man needs to crawl out from under his rock and get with the program.
I think its all BS excuses anyway. We didnt even hear from him for days.
Janet would already be under the bus if that fellow hadn’t vaulted the seats and grabbed the devise from AbdulMutilate.
There would have been almost 300 dead in the air if the plane had blown up. No telling the fatalities on the ground.
God heard the prayers of the Christians on board and God inspired that man who stopped the minion of Satan.
Yep, Janet would be toast already if that plane had gone down.
A lot of trees are going into the recycling bin here.
"The president was told during a private briefing on Tuesday morning while vacationing here in Hawaii"
Can't be last week, because he stayed in D.C. until Christmas Eve for the Senate health care bill vote.
Obama is a shill, a dumbass, idealistic fool.
No racism here, just plain old scorn and disdain.
“No way to blame this on Bush-Cheney-Halliburton.”
Ha! That is where you are wrong. The zero has already blamed Bush.
I think soon I shall take the plunge and become an independent.
I doubt it.
The media would have just labeled it "an accident" or "mechanical problems," and no one would have known about the terrorist plot (if all on board had been killed).
Thanks to that brave guy who tackled the perpetrator, 300 people are still alive today, and we have hard EVIDENCE that it was a terrorist act (although the Obama administration is loathe to call it one).
“a lone wolf” per Juan Williams on Fox the other night.
wowww... the US Air Force has golf carts???.. they never gave me one to use while I was in !
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