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"Duh!": The nationís top intelligence official speaks.
Weekly Standard ^ | February 1, 2010 | Stephen F. Hayes

Posted on 01/23/2010 2:51:19 PM PST by reaganaut1

In congressional testimony on January 20, the nation’s top intelligence official, Dennis Blair, acknowledged that the U.S. government mishandled the interrogation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian terrorist who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day. Specifically, Blair was not happy that Abdulmutallab was charged as a common criminal and read his rights, rather than being questioned by the elite interrogation unit announced by President Obama as a replacement for the CIA teams used by the Bush administration.

“I’d been a part of the deliberations which established this high-value interrogation unit [HIG],” Blair explained at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “That unit was created exactly for this purpose​—to make a decision on whether a certain person who’s detained should be treated as a case for federal prosecution or for some of the other means. We did not invoke the HIG in this case. We should have.”

The candor is admirable. Blair did not make excuses, but he did offer an explanation.

Frankly, we were thinking more of overseas people and—duh! [here Blair theatrically slaps palm to forehead]—we didn’t put it [into effect] then. That’s what we will do now. .  .  .I was not consulted; the decision was made on the scene. It seemed logical to the people there, but it should have been taken using this HIG format at a higher level.

It turns out Blair was just one of several top counterterrorism officials who were not consulted on the very important decision as to how to question Abdulmutallab. Also on the list: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter, and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Obama administration officials were not happy with Blair’s sudden outbreak of transparency.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
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1 posted on 01/23/2010 2:51:20 PM PST by reaganaut1
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I had to look to see if this was satire....Boy...this goes right to the top...right to the born and raised Muslim dude who thinks the sweetest sound is .......

I can't believe he was elected. This must be a dream.

Do you realize how lucky we were on December 25th.

2 posted on 01/23/2010 3:01:00 PM PST by Sacajaweau (What)
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This is a major scandal if I understand this right. Admiral Dennis Blair, the U.S. Government's top intelligence official, is "misinformed", "wrong on on almost every count" and ordered to "correct" his testimony to a Senate Committee about the U.S. intelligence structure! (perjury?)

The message: Don't be transparent in this Administration or you will be hung out to dry.

3 posted on 01/23/2010 3:06:12 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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Is he saying that the monkeys are now running the zoo?
4 posted on 01/23/2010 3:17:01 PM PST by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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OMG!!!!


5 posted on 01/23/2010 3:38:27 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
This is a major scandal if I understand this right.

You understand it right.

There are even more questions that will have scandalous answers:

1. Who specifically authorized the Mirandizing of the bomber. The odds on favorite is Eric Holder. What did the President know about this decision...and when did he know it?

2. Why, after almost a year, is the so-called High-Value Interrogation Group "not operational"? Was it not a priority?

3. Just how important is national security to this administration...???

6 posted on 01/23/2010 4:16:19 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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And another question:

Since Obama shut down the CIA Terrorist Interrogation unit without having its replacement - and still doesn’t have its replacement, how are they prepared for the next terrorists?


7 posted on 01/23/2010 7:51:25 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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...how are they prepared for the next terrorists?

Here's a wild-assed guess: Not at all.

8 posted on 01/23/2010 7:54:47 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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Obama Fails the '24' Test


9 posted on 01/23/2010 8:02:52 PM PST by McGruff (Love ya Sarah but I will support and contribute to JD Hayworth.)
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By early evening, the al Qaeda operative had been read his Miranda rights. Having been told that he had the right to remain silent, he did just that.

And there is the real scandal. In an interview with 60 Minutes last spring, President Obama discussed the handling of captured terrorists. “Do these folks deserve Miranda rights? Do they deserve to be treated like a shoplifter​—down the block? Of course not.”

I thought Clinton was the most dishonest President in my lifetime, but obama has taken his place. The obama/Holder/Napolitano anti-terror plan appears to be more crisis creation than terror avoidance. The people on that plane and underneath it were the luckiest people of 2009.

10 posted on 01/24/2010 5:07:51 AM PST by GBA
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