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U.S. Embassy in London Was Terror Target (Yet top U.S. Intelligence Official Clapper Not Briefed)
ABC News ^ | 12/27/2010 | LUIS MARTINEZ

Posted on 12/28/2010 10:37:01 AM PST by Qbert

State Department Confirms American Embassy in London Was Target of British Terror Plotters

The U.S. State Department confirms that the 12 terrorism suspects arrested in the United Kingdom last week had targeted the American Embassy in London.

British authorities arrested 12 men Dec. 20 for suspicion of terrorism. Few details of a possible plot emerged until a court hearing in London today for the nine men still in custody. A British police statement released earlier in the day did not provide a list of targets but said the men had conspired to cause "explosions of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property."

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Top U.S. Intelligence Official James Clapper Not Briefed on Arrests

In an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer many hours after the arrests, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he was not aware of the arrests of terrorism suspects in London. Clapper seemed stumped by Sawyer's question of how serious the events in London might be. "London?" he replied quizzically. White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan then stepped in to answer the question, noting that British authorities had informed the United States about the arrests earlier in the day.

Later, Sawyer told Clapper she was surprised "You didn't know about London." Clapper replied, "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't. "

In a White House briefing two days later, Brennan told reporters that Clapper was unaware of the news because he was focused on other issues at the time. He said corrective steps had been taken to ensure that he is briefed on similar events in the future so "if that happens again, I'm sure that he is going to be au courant as far as a takedown overseas."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: dni; jamesclapper; statedepartment; terrorism

1 posted on 12/28/2010 10:37:08 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

This means the Brits don’t think Clapper is trustworthy.


2 posted on 12/28/2010 10:40:40 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: Qbert

“I knew, Director Brennan knew.....those who needed to know knew.” Janet Incompitano


3 posted on 12/28/2010 10:41:37 AM PST by Roccus
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To: Qbert

Probably Cameron is not releasing data back to Hussein cause he is a Muslim and has islamic moles throughout the US Govt. The SAS became more effective when Saudi stooges Bliar and Brown were gone. Why tell America anything when you have the Muslim Brotherhood moles now throught the US Govt, intel and US Military?

Most Americans have no clue cause they are brainwashed idiots watching TV.


4 posted on 12/28/2010 10:42:59 AM PST by Frantzie (American TV = owned by the Saudis and elites - keep watching & losing your freedom)
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To: Qbert
Perhaps Mr. Clapper was unaware that we have an embassy in London...
5 posted on 12/28/2010 10:43:44 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Qbert

Maybe after the next successful attack Washington could convene a commission to look into the problem with communication between agencies and figure out a way to share intelligence. Nevermind, I think INTELLIGENCE is what is unavailable in Washington. Information, data, reports, plenty of that. INTELLIGENCE, naw.


6 posted on 12/28/2010 10:44:29 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: squarebarb

The Hussein Islamic USA is no longer trustworthy with intel. If I were the Brits - I would not tell them. Too many Muslim Brotherhood moles woven into the US govt, intel, Pentagon and military now. Even the Marines are sucking up to the muslim in HI now.


7 posted on 12/28/2010 10:45:04 AM PST by Frantzie (American TV = owned by the Saudis and elites - keep watching & losing your freedom)
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To: Qbert
If Clapper and Obama were Republicans, the media howls would be deafening. Our country is very, very broken at the moment...
8 posted on 12/28/2010 10:45:45 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: squarebarb
It had been on TV all day.
and the cover up was that he didn't sit around all day watching TV - wrong answer...I mean, what are they saying, that they get their intelligence briefings from TV?
9 posted on 12/28/2010 10:47:03 AM PST by maine-iac7
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To: Roccus

Exact quote here

http://nation.foxnews.com/janet-napolitano/2010/12/26/napolitano-intel-chief-did-not-need-know-about-london-terror-plot


10 posted on 12/28/2010 10:47:17 AM PST by Roccus
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If Clapper were a standup guy, he’d resign and state publicly that the administration apparently had insufficient confidence in the DNI’s office to permit him to protect the nation as his charge requires. Because that’s the issue: “those who needed to know knew.”

But he won’t.

Colonel, USAFR


11 posted on 12/28/2010 10:50:02 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: squarebarb; Qbert; MAINE-IAC
and the cover up was that he didn't sit around all day watching TV - wrong answer...I mean, what are they saying, that they get their intelligence briefings from TV?

That was truly bizarre. But I suspect it's true that (a) the Brits don't consider Clapper or the US trustworthy and (b) his department has been told to ignore Islamic attacks and therefore nobody gets briefed on anything.

12 posted on 12/28/2010 11:14:57 AM PST by livius
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IMO when you see something like this, where a ‘head’ is left out of the loop, there are some fearsome office politicsw going on.


13 posted on 12/28/2010 4:04:12 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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