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EXCLUSIVE: Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About Terror Threats to "Homeland"
Newsweek ^ | 1/1/2010 | Mark Hosenball

Posted on 01/01/2010 6:44:00 PM PST by Saije

President Barack Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible holiday-period terrorist threats against the US, Newsweek has learned. The briefing was centered on a written report, produced by US intelligence agencies, entitled "Key Homeland Threats", a senior US official said.

The senior Administration official, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said that nowhere in this document was there any mention of Yemen, whose Al-Qaeda affiliate is now believed to have been behind the unsuccessful Christmas Day attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bring down a transatlantic airliner with a bomb hidden in his underpants. However, the official declined to disclose any other information about the substance of the briefing, including what kind of specific warnings, if any, the President was given about possibly holiday attacks and whether Yemen came up during oral discussions.

According to the senior official, the holiday threat briefing, one in a series of regularly-scheduled sessions with top counter-terrorism officials, was held in the White House Situation Room on December 22. Present were representatives of agencies involved in counter-terrorism policy and operations, including 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.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaedayemen; bhochristmas; bhogwot; briefing; epicfail; flight253; january; nationalsecurityfail; obama; terrorism; underwearczar; wot; yemen
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Getting the bad news out on Friday night again.
1 posted on 01/01/2010 6:44:03 PM PST by Saije
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To: Saije

There is to such thing as terror, war on terror, or evil. We all love each other and need to try to understand other people more


2 posted on 01/01/2010 6:47:26 PM PST by woofie
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To: Saije

There is to such thing as terror, war on terror, or evil. We all love each other and need to try to understand other people more


3 posted on 01/01/2010 6:47:30 PM PST by woofie
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To: Saije
"....nowhere in this document was there any mention of Yemen, whose Al-Qaeda affiliate is now believed to have been behind the unsuccessful Christmas Day attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bring down a transatlantic airliner with a bomb hidden in his underpants."

Of course not, the briefing probably focused on home grown threat like tea-party types, and veterans.

4 posted on 01/01/2010 6:47:31 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Saije
When do the Congressional Investigations start? /S


5 posted on 01/01/2010 6:48:04 PM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: woofie

hic-up


6 posted on 01/01/2010 6:48:45 PM PST by woofie
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To: Saije

He thumbed through it and flew to Hawaii so concerned was he.


7 posted on 01/01/2010 6:49:27 PM PST by relictele
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To: Saije
Where's Pee - Lousy asking what did he know and when did he know it? Where's Hexane Hilda C asking for a federal investigation? Oh it was a DemonRAT Pres. never mind. Nothing to see here just move along.
8 posted on 01/01/2010 6:50:25 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Saije

OBAMA KNEW!


9 posted on 01/01/2010 6:52:02 PM PST by roses of sharon (This is a feral government, broken from the civilizing constraints of the Constitution.)
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To: Saije

“. . . nowhere in this document was there any mention of Yemen . . .”

Well, there sure as heck should have been “mention of Yemen.”

When this old gal from Texas is aware of the threat, surely the National Security folks should be. And I’ve been hearing about terrorists training in Yemen for some time now.


10 posted on 01/01/2010 6:52:09 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Saije
In all honesty though, who’s to say he (or any President) doesn’t see essentially these same level of threats every week. It’s just that something happened last week.
11 posted on 01/01/2010 6:52:09 PM PST by circlecity
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To: relictele

He thumbed through it and flew to Hawaii so concerned was he.
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Guess he wasn’t “deeply concerned”, huh? /s


12 posted on 01/01/2010 6:52:23 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Nachum

Ping.


13 posted on 01/01/2010 6:53:25 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: relictele

Too busy worried about destroying our health care by getting the senate bill passed by Christmas. I don’t think the issue is the daily threat briefings that all presidents get. I am sure we would all be very nervous if we knew all the potential threats the president sees EVERY day. It’s about having the right policies and practices in place. Obama thinks if he goes out and apologizes to the world, everyone will love us and terrorism will stop. Instead these world leaders see Obama is weak, and laugh at him at every meeting. It’s almost embarrassing for us. Every world event he attends, he gets openly humiliated. Obama is the most inexperienced and worst president of modern times. Makes GW Bush look like a genius.


14 posted on 01/01/2010 6:54:41 PM PST by gswilder
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To: Saije
Present were representatives of agencies involved in counter-terrorism policy and operations, including Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

AKA the Three Stooges.

15 posted on 01/01/2010 6:55:07 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: circlecity

16 posted on 01/01/2010 6:55:08 PM PST by roses of sharon (This is a feral government, broken from the civilizing constraints of the Constitution.)
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To: Saije

OK Newsweek, now explain to me and every other American why Obozo took three days to respond to the Undi-bomber, and why it took only two hours to respond to Cheney’s criticisms of Obozo’s overall performance.


17 posted on 01/01/2010 6:56:39 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper ("Ked Tennedy would have been plowed... I mean, proud today..." - Senator Max Baucus (Drunk-MT))
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To: darkwing104
When do the Congressional Investigations start? /S

The beatings will continue until morale improves ...


18 posted on 01/01/2010 6:56:43 PM PST by Lmo56
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To: Saije
EXCLUSIVE: Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About Terror Threats to "Homeland"

"Homeland"? There's a terror threat to Kenya? Who knew?

19 posted on 01/01/2010 6:57:20 PM PST by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: SandRat

You forgot Henry Waxman. He’s charged with getting to the bottom of corruption and coverups in the White House.


20 posted on 01/01/2010 6:58:36 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper ("Ked Tennedy would have been plowed... I mean, proud today..." - Senator Max Baucus (Drunk-MT))
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To: relictele

Remember, he was totally preoccupied with pushing healthcare through the Senate before he left. He held his trip up to push healthcare through, but having been briefed on possible terrorist plots?......hey, no big deal!


21 posted on 01/01/2010 6:58:43 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: relictele

Remember, he was totally preoccupied with pushing healthcare through the Senate before he left. He held his trip up to push healthcare through, but having been briefed on possible terrorist plots?......hey, no big deal!


22 posted on 01/01/2010 6:58:50 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: roses of sharon
OBAMA KNEW!

You mean 'the One' knew and did nothing? Damn that sounds worse than slow katrina response to me! Where is the media on this??????

23 posted on 01/01/2010 6:59:17 PM PST by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: Saije

They keep calling America the Homeland. I hate that. Homeland=Hitler.


24 posted on 01/01/2010 6:59:36 PM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne(Obama=Treason))
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To: circlecity
"It’s just that something happened last week."

And when it did Obama's ass should have been on Air Force One on his way to The White House to deal with it. Hell he didn't even talk about it for almost three days. Is he still on vacation on our dime?

25 posted on 01/01/2010 7:00:39 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: USNBandit

What about Nigeria and London? Or the Netherlands?


26 posted on 01/01/2010 7:01:23 PM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed Martin Luther King Jr.)
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To: USNBandit

We KNOW there were threats about a NIGERIAN.


27 posted on 01/01/2010 7:04:14 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Saije
I don't think it is supposed to be bad news. It is meant to absolve him.

It is meant to place the blame on the failings of anyone and everyone except Obama. Obama never accepts responsibility for any of his failings. This is no different. It is someone else’s fault.

28 posted on 01/01/2010 7:04:23 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Saije
Some Freepers are way too hard on The One. At that time he got this information his mind was totally preoccupied with his upcoming vacation. What to wear? What set of golf club(s) to take? What courses to play? Would he need (ahem) sun lotion? Decisions, decisions.

And some of you are so all over the guy for his inattentiveness to our country's safety. You know who you are. Be honest! Is it racism that makes you feel this way?

29 posted on 01/01/2010 7:06:29 PM PST by Robwin
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oBama will solve it all. Either that or he'll hand it off to Rahm.

No worries.

Everyone settle down.

30 posted on 01/01/2010 7:06:45 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: Saije

Well, don’t all Presidents get briefed on this stuff, every day?


31 posted on 01/01/2010 7:06:57 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR... Monthly donors welcome!)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

“I don’t think it is supposed to be bad news. It is meant to absolve him.”

The left, and maybe others, made a very big deal about the August 2001 intelligence briefing Bush got, even though that had no specifics that would warn anyone about 9/11. So I think the Obama people are trying to get out ahead of a similar story here. If Obama gets hammered as bad as Bush did for supposedly “knowing” ahead of time, then it could be a very bad story.


32 posted on 01/01/2010 7:07:09 PM PST by Saije
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To: Carley

They are such nice people that only want to give millions of dollars to Americans.


33 posted on 01/01/2010 7:07:19 PM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

I read it that way also. It is meant to absolve him.


34 posted on 01/01/2010 7:08:02 PM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne(Obama=Treason))
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To: gswilder
Too busy worried about destroying our health care by getting the senate bill passed by Christmas.

Too busy getting his skinny butt out of the Continental United States in case the attack is successful.

35 posted on 01/01/2010 7:12:03 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: ColdOne
They keep calling America the Homeland. I hate that. Homeland=Hitler.

I do too. Didn't like it when the "Department of Homeland Security" was set up in the first place and now it's Øbama Uber Alles.

36 posted on 01/01/2010 7:14:42 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: Saije

What good will any briefings do Obama when he will discount them, ignore them or downplay them.


37 posted on 01/01/2010 7:15:25 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: Saije
"....nowhere in this document was there any mention of Yemen, whose Al-Qaeda affiliate is now believed to have been behind the unsuccessful Christmas Day attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bring down a transatlantic airliner with a bomb hidden in his underpants."

And yet... U.S. helps Yemen in attacks against suspected al-Qaeda targets on December 19th and that President Obama had called President Ali Abdullah Saleh to congratulate him on Yemen's efforts against al-Qaeda.

38 posted on 01/01/2010 7:17:25 PM PST by StandUpChuck
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To: Saije

It’s probably a misunderstanding. When they told him that the homeland was in danger he thought they were talking about Kenya.


39 posted on 01/01/2010 7:21:17 PM PST by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: woofie

Re: Yemen

Is it possible to write a competent report on “Terror Threats to the Homeland” that does not mention Yemen?


40 posted on 01/01/2010 7:23:00 PM PST by Enchante (Do we really send captured TERRORISTS off to Saudi-land and Yemen so they can be "REHABILITATED"?)
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To: Jedidah
Damn right there should of been some mention of Yemen. It's all about PC with Obama....

He's playing it even cooler than Bubba did....just ignore it like it didn't happen and it will go away....

41 posted on 01/01/2010 7:24:08 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: woofie

All you need is love.


42 posted on 01/01/2010 7:27:52 PM PST by AceMineral (Manos? Hands of Fate.)
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To: StandUpChuck
Boy....Couple that with the warning by the father of the panty bomber and the connection of alwalki...or whatever his name is....who seems to be connected to Hassan and the panty bomber.....

These dots practically connect themselves.

43 posted on 01/01/2010 7:28:05 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Saije

Just the headline makes me so angry.

Now to read the article. If you hear of another earthquake in Papua, you know that I’ve finished the article about The Great Pretender.


44 posted on 01/01/2010 7:28:19 PM PST by Jemian (I believe there's a hell, but I didn't know it was down the street with a dome on it." Abe Lincoln)
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To: Sacajaweau

Seems to me the Yemen was all over the net at the same time, because of the Ft. Hood attack and the communications with the US citizen mullah who was hiding out there. Again..maybe he should be reading FR every morning before his “intelligence” briefing. More going on here than in the briefing room.


45 posted on 01/01/2010 7:29:19 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Saije; All

Does this mean we should all drive around with bumper stickers which read “OBAMA KNEW”?????


46 posted on 01/01/2010 7:30:07 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Oldexpat

Don’t kid yourself...They’re lying through their teeth. He should be getting a security briefing every day.


47 posted on 01/01/2010 7:33:35 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Oldexpat

As a rule, conservatives are far more well-informed, well read and wekk spoken people than liberals. Conservatives usually have the facts, statistics and history to back them up. All liberals have are lies, more lies and downright filthy disgusting lies.


48 posted on 01/01/2010 7:40:21 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: Poe White Trash

:D Very Good!


49 posted on 01/01/2010 7:40:28 PM PST by ninergold3 ("Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?" -Mark Lowry)
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To: Saije

Briefings don’t matter when you refuse to recognize that we have an enemy it is Radical Islamic Extremeists and they want to Murder Americans. I always notice how the Liberals want to label AL-QAIDA as the culprit because it fits neatly into their narrative about a distinct difference in Iraq and the rest of the world. However, it is folly to think that other terror groups and radical Muslim extremeists are not linked and bent on our destruction.

So Obama Let it happen on Purpose. Thank God and God alone that the bomb was a dud. What will he say after the next attack? The question that he needs to be asked is why more Americans must die before he defines what it is that is killing us.


50 posted on 01/01/2010 7:41:57 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (Eric Holder and Obama are making a mockery of our justice system.)
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