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  • OBAMA KNEW! Terror Attack Foretold Three Months Before Times Square Bombing

    05/13/2010 8:03:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 155 replies · 7,462+ views
    Thursday, May 13, 2010 | Kristinn
    Three months before the Times Square terror bombing by a Pakistani-American with ties to terrorists in Pakistan, the Obama administration knew the style of attack, the type of explosives to be used and when the attack would come, yet when the attack happened the administration played dumb with its initial reaction being to downplay the attack as an unsophisticated "one-off" that was a "potential" terror attack.On February 10, I wrote an article at FR based on Vice President Joe Biden's comments about coming terror attacks on the U.S. that were broadcast later that day on CNN's Larry King Live.King mentioned...
  • Two taken into custody as FBI conducts searches in Times Square probe

    05/13/2010 8:30:01 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies · 430+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/13/10 | Laura Crimaldi, Laurel J. Sweet and O’Ryan Johnson
    Two people have been taken into custody on possible immigration violations following a sweep today in Watertown and at other locations across the Northeast in connection with the investigation into the attempted May 1 Times Square bombing, federal officials tell the Herald. FBI agents were also seen at two gas stations in Brookline - one on Harvard Street and another on Cypress Street. The agents were seen carefully examining a silver Honda at the Harvard Street station, but it is unclear whether the activity is related to the Times Square probe. FBI agents have also been seen at a home...
  • Luck Is Not A Strategy

    05/10/2010 11:28:10 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies · 249+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Rich Trzupek
    There’s no better way to summarize president Obama’s approach to fighting the war against jihad than this: For the next three years, we’re betting our safety on the proposition that Islamic thugs and terrorists will prove to be more incompetent than the Obama administration. In the aftermath of the Times Square bombing attempt, is there another way to consider it? How many “isolated incidents” have to pile up before the president wakes up to the fact that there’s a pattern, one that just might have something to do with a particular fundamentalist religious outlook, and that the politically correct bunker...
  • Rise of the mini Qaedas: What the Times Square bomber taught us

    05/09/2010 3:59:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 427+ views
    NY Post ^ | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    For all the confusion about who Faisal Shahzad is and how he got that way, there is one sure thing the failed Times Square bomber has shown us: The future of terrorism. “Our threat picture in the US just got a lot more complicated,” says Ben Venzke, CEO of IntelCenter, a private group specializing in counter-terrorism that works with American and European military and intelligence agencies. In short, it’s no longer just al Qaeda aiming to strike within the United States: “Now we have half-a-dozen or more very skilled groups looking to execute attacks,” he says. “Even getting close is...
  • The Failure of Surveillance Cameras

    05/06/2010 5:28:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 348+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2010 | Steve Chapman
    New York City has thousands of police surveillance cameras, which really come in handy when a terrorist strikes. After the car bomb attempt last weekend, they captured an image of the vehicle driving through Times Square and one of a guy taking off his shirt who looked nothing like the guy arrested Monday. Which raises the question: What good are cameras? The debate over them is often framed as hardheaded law enforcement types versus wimpy civil libertarians. Whether the cameras actually work in practice to help solve and prevent crime generally gets ignored. It shouldn't. Leave aside those airy privacy...
  • Analysts: Times Square Plot May Signify Terrorist Tactical Shift

    05/05/2010 10:49:26 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 379+ views
    VOA News ^ | May 5, 2010 | Gary Thomas
    The stunning events of September 11, 2001, were a potential template for future terrorist attacks. But since then, al-Qaida and its affiliates have been unable to mount a similar encore in the United States. The foiled Times Square attack may be a sign that these groups have been forced to shift tactics to smaller operations that are less spectacular, but are also harder to detect. Former CIA counterterrorism chief Robert Grenier says the failed Times Square bombing last Saturday may indicate that al-Qaida and its allies have abandoned more grandiose plans for the United States and are emphasizing smaller but...
  • Troubles at TSA

    04/03/2010 10:05:44 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies · 803+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 3, 2010 | Editorial
    Another Obama administration nominee, Robert Harding for director of the Transportation Security Administration, has bitten the dust after investigators discovered his defense-contracting company collected millions more federal money than it was entitled to. Mr. Harding blamed the overcharge on his accountants. His company also got a federal contract under a "set-aside" program for service-disabled veterans. His service-related disability? Sleep apnea. Mr. Harding slinks away two months after Erroll Southers, a former counterterrorism supervisor for the Los Angeles airport police and a favorite of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., took himself out of the running for the TSA top job after admitting...
  • INTERVIEW-Ties between al Qaeda, organised crime limited

    03/28/2010 10:25:01 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 238+ views
    (REUTERS) via ALERTNET.org ^ | 24 Mar 2010 11:44:33 GMT | By Luke Baker
    SNIPPET: "BRUSSELS, March 24 (Reuters) - SNIPPET: "There is a Venn diagram that you could draw with overlap between al Qaeda and organised crime," said Matthew Levitt, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute and a former deputy assistant secretary for intelligence at the U.S. Treasury. "But in the real world, as opposed to the Jack Bauer world, you don't have the Sicilian mafia and Osama bin Laden's guys meeting at the hip," he told Reuters in an interview, referring to the fictional counter-terrorism agent in the TV series 24. Levitt, a former terrorism analyst with the FBI and a...
  • The reinvention of Al Qaeda: NYPD terror-fighters say the enemy has evolved and we must adapt, too

    03/06/2010 6:56:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies · 277+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/03/10 | David Cohen and Richard Falkenrath
    The reinvention of Al Qaeda: NYPD terror-fighters say the enemy has evolved and we must adapt, tooBy David Cohen and Richard Falkenrath Wednesday, March 3rd 2010, 11:58 AM As we learn more about the maturity of their plans and the capability of their weaponry, the Najibullah Zazi terrorist plot against our subway system is a stark reminder that Al Qaeda is a resilient organization - one that has maintained an ability to recruit and plan operations while its objective to strike New York City remains unabated. Despite the best efforts of the U.S. government and its allies to destroy Al...
  • Ten more U.S. airports get scanners

    03/05/2010 4:37:00 PM PST · by LouAvul · 4 replies · 273+ views
    Ten more U.S. airports are getting new scanners capable of detecting explosives like those carried by the alleged Christmas Day bomber, an administration official said Friday. The new machines at airports including Boston’s Logan, Chicago’s O’Hare and Charlotte’s Douglas will take full body scans of airline passengers and can detect explosives hidden under clothing. LAX airport in Los Angeles, which already has one of the advanced scanners operating in its international terminal, will receive eight additional scanners, a Democratic member of Congress said. The Transportation Security Administration bought 150 of the advanced imaging technology machines in September with $25 million...
  • Pirates 'smuggling al-Qaeda fighters' into Somalia

    07/07/2009 10:18:11 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 984+ views
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | Published: 8:00AM BST 05 Jul 2009 | By Colin Freeman
    "Pirates 'smuggling al-Qaeda fighters' into Somalia Somali Islamists bent on turning their land into an international haven for Al Qaeda are using pirate gangs to offer foreign militants safe passage into the country, The Sunday Telegraph has been told." SNIPPET: "The Taliban-style Shabab group , which has already siezed control of much of the lawless nation, has enlisted the pirates' services to smuggle in al-Qaeda fighters from across the Middle East, according to Somali government ministers. They claim that up to 1,000 have arrived in recent months, swelling the ranks of the Shabab in its bid to topple the fragile...
  • Obama Signs Patriot Act Extension: MSM and the Left Silent

    02/28/2010 6:52:47 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 42 replies · 914+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 02-28-10 | SusanAnne Hiller
    President Obama signed the renewal of the Patriot Act in the quiet of a slow-news Saturday–the Act was set to expire Sunday, February 28–as reported by The Hill. Photo Credit: AP Photo The reauthorization did NOT include any reforms to the current Patriot Act–an odd display of agreement and submission to Bush-era policy–even though the Democrats had the numbers to reform the Act. The continuance of the current Patriot Act signals that Democrats are fearful of further controversary in light of American’s distrust and poor approval ratings of the Democrat-controlled Congress. From the Hill: The House approved the bill 315-97...
  • Obama Signs One-Year Extension of Patriot Act -- on a Saturday Night Of Course

    02/28/2010 7:36:12 AM PST · by 198ml · 7 replies · 578+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 02/27/10 | Anthony Kang
    With virtually zero debate - or media attention - President Barack Obama has signed a one-year extension for what many considered the most crucial and controversial aspects of the USA PATRIOT Act. The provisions, set to expire Sunday without the signature of Obama, include extensions to allow: -1) "roving" wiretaps, permitting surveillance on multiple phones and e-mail addresses. -2) court-approved seizures of records and property in anti-terrorism operations.
  • House Renews Patriot Act

    02/26/2010 7:30:38 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 52 replies · 2,784+ views
    FOX News ^ | February 26, 2010 | Staff
    WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives reauthorized the Patriot Act for one year Thursday. The vote was 315-97 . Many liberals in the House opposed the controversial act, saying it tramps Constitutional protections and civil liberties. *snip* The Senate ok'd the package earlier this week. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.
  • Senate Dems look to one-year extension of key provisions in the Patriot Act

    02/25/2010 1:08:59 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 6 replies · 423+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 23, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    Senate Democrats are pushing for a short-term extension of key provisions in the Patriot Act as part of a package of must-pass measures. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning to ask for unanimous consent to pass an extension for a host of measures set to expire February 28, according to Senate sources. The request could be made as early as Tuesday night. The large package of bills includes a year-long extension of three provisions of the anti-terrorism law known a the Patriot Act, as well as extensions for expiring tax provisions, including unemployment insurance, COBRA, flood insurance, the...
  • My Gift to the Obama Presidency

    02/23/2010 5:51:23 PM PST · by NCjim · 8 replies · 538+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 24, 2010 | John Yoo
    Though the White House won't want to admit it, Bush lawyers were protecting the executive's power to fight a vigorous war on terror. Barack Obama may not realize it, but I may have just helped save his presidency. How? By winning a drawn-out fight to protect his powers as commander in chief to wage war and keep Americans safe. He sure didn't make it easy. When Mr. Obama took office a year ago, receiving help from one of the lawyers involved in the development of George W. Bush's counterterrorism policies was the furthest thing from his mind. Having won a...
  • To kill or not to kill terrorists: that’s the question

    02/21/2010 5:12:44 PM PST · by ricks_place · 33 replies · 644+ views
    The Times UK ^ | February 22, 2010 | William Rees-Mogg
    The international law on assassination is clear enough; assassination is murder and can be an act of aggression. The Dubai authorities are entitled to arrest and try the assassins of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh if they can catch them. They would be entitled to try to sentence them under Dubai law, though they would have a duty to provide a fair trial.That is the ruling in law, but there is a separate issue of morality. Many Israelis undoubtedly feel that Mr Mabhouh was a dangerous terrorist and that Mossad—if it was responsible—was acting legitimately in self-defence. Yet there are interesting differences between...
  • Experts call Austin plane crash a 'cathartic outburst,' not terrorism

    02/21/2010 10:09:55 AM PST · by LA Woman3 · 17 replies · 603+ views
    The Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 2/20/2010 | TIM MADIGAN
    Joseph Stack's flight into the side of an Austin office building Thursday was a crime of vengeance by a man clearly angry at the Internal Revenue Service. But should it be called terrorism? Judging from the rambling manifesto he left online, academics and terrorism experts said Friday that they doubt that Stack's attack was more than a "cathartic outburst of violence." The plane crash echoed other attacks over the years by lone criminals with a violent anti-government bent, which one expert called a distinctly American phenomenon. To be an act of terrorism, "there has to be some political motive and...
  • White House Rewrites The History of the War on Terror and Jose' Padilla

    02/12/2010 7:01:06 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 295+ views
    The Lid/Weekly Standard ^ | 2/12/2010 | The Lid
    Churchill was right, history is written by the victors, and no one believes that more than than President Obama, which is ironic as one of the president's first moves was insulting our ally Great Britain, by refusing their gift of bust of Winston Churchill. The other night, our SCHMOTUS, Joe Biden, stunned audiences by claiming Iraq will go down as Obama's greatest achievements. Obama's opposed almost everything the the previous administration did to win the war including the Surge. Obama's only achievement in Iraq, is keeping with the plans left by the Bush administration, including the withdrawal plan. The same...
  • Can the FBI Secretly Track Your Cell Phone?

    02/11/2010 11:08:16 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 115 replies · 1,694+ views
    newsweek.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2010 | Michael Isikoff
    The Justice Department is poised this week to publicly defend a little-known law-enforcement practice that critics say may be the "sleeper" privacy issue of the 21st century: the collection of cell-phone "tracking" records that identify the physical locations where the phones have been. It may come as a surprise to most of the owners of the country's 277 million cell phones, but their cell-phone company retains records of where their device has been at all times—either because the phones have tiny GPS devices embedded inside or because each phone call is routed through towers that can be used to pinpoint...
  • VP Joe Biden Tells Larry King that Another Massive Terrorist Attack Like 9/11 "Unlikely" - Video

    02/11/2010 5:19:50 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 18 replies · 433+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 11, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Vice-President Joe Biden telling Larry King that "the idea of there being a massive attack on the United States like 9-11 is unlikely in my view." King had asked Biden about reports that intelligence officials believe the U.S. will face another terrorist attack for certain in the next few months. Biden said Al-Qaeda has turned its attention to smaller-scale attacks, and it is very possible we will see such attempts in the months ahead. (VIDEO)
  • Another 9/11 Unlikely, Biden Says

    02/11/2010 2:41:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 779+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    Vice President Joe Biden said it is unlikely the United States will see another terrorist attack of the proportions of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, but that the nation could still be the target of more "small bore" attacks. "The idea of there being a massive attack in the United States like 9/11 is unlikely, in my view," Biden said Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live." "But if you see what's happening, particularly with al Qaeda and the Arabian Peninsula, they have decided to move in the direction of much more small bore but devastatingly frightening attacks." The...
  • How Abdulmutallab was questioned

    01/24/2010 10:24:57 PM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 36 replies · 2,434+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | Jan. 24, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON - For hours after allegedly trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to blow up a Christmas Day flight to Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab talked and talked — to U.S. Customs officers, medical personnel, and FBI agents. He spoke openly about what he'd done and why, and provided valuable intelligence, U.S. officials told The Associated Press in a series of interviews that spell out for the first time the details of Abdulmutallab's arrest and questioning on Dec. 25. Badly burned and bleeding, the suspect tried one last gambit as he was taken from the plane: He claimed...
  • Officials Describe Arrest of Christmas Day Bomber for First Time

    01/24/2010 5:59:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies · 818+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 24, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Badly burned and bleeding, the suspect in the Christmas Day flight to Detroit tried one last gambit as he was led away: He claimed there was another bomb hidden on the plane he'd just tried to destroy, officials said. There was no second bomb, federal agents learned after a tense search. But the Nigerian suspect's threat began hours of conversations that are now the subject of a fierce political debate over the right way to handle terrorism suspects. In interviews with The Associated Press, U.S. officials described for the first time the details of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's arrest...
  • The Nigerian Lawyers Up (Blackwater was onto panty bomber)

    01/18/2010 7:47:05 AM PST · by AAABEST · 7 replies · 662+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 30, 2009 | Michael Goldfarb
    Buried three paragraphs from the end of the report in today's Washington Post comes what ought to be the lede: Abdulmutallab remains in a Detroit area prison and, after initial debriefings by the FBI, has restricted his cooperation since securing a defense attorney, according to federal officials. It sounds like he was singing when they first got him, and of course we now know that the government already had enough information on him to justify sending a Blackwater hit team after him, but now that the people with all that information are finally in a position to ask the questions...
  • What the US knew about Al-Qaeda plot

    01/10/2010 11:38:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 739+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/10/10 | Dan De Luce
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US spy agencies in recent months picked up clues pointing to an Al-Qaeda attack out of Yemen and were moving to disrupt it, but a crucial piece of information fell through the cracks. Intelligence officials describe a trail of warning signs for the botched Christmas Day attack on a US-bound airliner dating back to August, when the National Security Agency reportedly intercepted chatter among Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The NSA, which runs an elaborate global eavesdropping operation, heard conversations from Al-Qaeda figures describing a plot to recruit a Nigerian man for a terrorist attack, the New York...
  • Brennan steps out of the shadows

    01/09/2010 4:23:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 569+ views
    Politico ^ | January 9, 2010 | Josh Gerstein
    Nearly every public statement by President Barack Obama these days contains a reference or two to "my counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, John Brennan." Once a rare TV guest, he did four Sunday shows back-to-back. White House briefings and releases are peppered with mentions of the newly ubiquitous adviser – sometimes referred to simply as "John" by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Some of Brennan’s associates even think the White House is maneuvering him to become Director of National Intelligence or CIA director in time. Taken together, it's an abrupt step into the public eye by an intelligence veteran who has...
  • But We’re Still Gonna Kill You

    01/09/2010 10:19:30 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 51 replies · 2,236+ views
    National Review ^ | 1-9-2010 | Mark Steyn
    January 09, 2010, 7:00 a.m. But We’re Still Gonna Kill YouIsolated extremists? This “war” is about the intersection of Islam and the West. By Mark Steyn Not long after the Ayatollah Khomeini announced his fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the British novelist suddenly turned up on a Muslim radio station in West London late one night and told his interviewer he’d converted to Islam. Marvelous religion, couldn’t be happier, Allahu Akbar and all that. And the Ayatollah said hey, that’s terrific news, glad to hear it. But we’re still gonna kill you. Well, even a leftie novelist wises up under...
  • Counterterrorism chief: Officials 'didn't understand' intel

    01/09/2010 2:32:27 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 12 replies · 560+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/9/10 | By Joseph Curl POLITICAL THEATER
    The Obama administration has repeatedly said the failure to connect intelligence reports that might have prevented the Christmas Day bombing attempt was not because spy agencies failed to share information. Instead, John Brennan, assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security, said top intel officials simply didn't understand all the intelligence pointing to a possible terrorist attack, which came true when a Nigerian national tried to blow up a U.S. airliner with a bomb in his underwear.
  • Anti-Terror Official Stayed on Ski Trip After Learning of Failed Bomb Plot

    01/07/2010 4:05:44 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 52 replies · 2,858+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 1/7/2010 | Staff
    National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter didn't cut his holiday ski trip short upon learning of the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner Christmas Day, the New York Daily News reports. Leiter, who is in charge of analyzing terror threats, reportedly didn't return to his office post in McLean, Va., until several days after the holiday, and his decision to do so has been looked down upon by intelligence officials. "People have been grumbling that he didn't let a little terrorism interrupt his vacation," a source told the Daily News.
  • OBAMA Has Domestic Counter-Terrorism Budget Slated For Major Cuts

    01/05/2010 4:45:33 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 10 replies · 621+ views
    the Lid/The Atlantic ^ | 1/5/10 | The Lid
    In a big speech today, the POTUS cited "unacceptable" failures in the American intelligence system that allowed an accused terrorist to board a U.S.-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day, and promised changes to avert future plots. He also said that officials in some unnamed federal agencies have taken "responsibility for what went wrong" in their operations while avoiding blame for any one individual or department in particular. He said of the slip-ups "That's not acceptable, and I will not tolerate it," Obama said. "We have to do better, and we will do better. And we have to do it...
  • US Reopens Yemen Embassy, Commends Counter-Terror Efforts

    01/05/2010 7:02:18 AM PST · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 235+ views
    VOA News ^ | January 5, 2010
    The U.S. Embassy in Yemen says it has reopened after Yemeni forces successfully dealt with a security threat that prompted its closure for two days. The U.S. mission in Sana'a said Yemen had addressed a "specific area of concern" by conducting a counter-terrorism operation Monday north of Sana'a. It also warned that the threat of terrorism against American interests in Yemen remains high. The British Embassy in Sanna'a also reopened Tuesday but kept its public services suspended. The United States and Britain closed their embassies in Sana'a Sunday due to warnings of a possible al-Qaida attack. Yemen says its forces...
  • Inside Obama’s War on Terrorism

    01/04/2010 5:03:35 PM PST · by granite · 15 replies · 995+ views
    New York Times Magazine ^ | Published: January 4, 2010 | By PETER BAKER
    The evening before he was sworn into office, Barack Obama stepped out of Blair House, the government residence where he was staying across from the White House, and climbed into an armored limousine for the ride to a bipartisan dinner. Joining him in the back seat were John Brennan, his new counterterrorism adviser, and two foreign-policy advisers, Denis McDonough and Mark Lippert. The three men with the president-elect were out of breath, having rushed more than a mile from transition headquarters on foot after failing to find a taxi in Washington’s preinaugural madness. As the motorcade moved out, they updated...
  • Brennan: system worked 'every other day' in '09

    01/03/2010 8:11:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 1,329+ views
    Brennan: system worked 'every other day' in '09 - POLITICO Live: Brennan: system worked 'every other day' in '09 January 03, 2010 Categories: * Homeland Security Brennan: system worked 'every other day' in '09 White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan is maintaining the system to protect the U.S. against attack worked successfully this year apart from the Christmas Day bombing attempt -a claim that seems to downplay the notion that deadly attacks at Fort Hood in Texas and a military recruiting center in Arkansas represented a failure of intelligence gathering. Asked Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press" about the lead-up...
  • Brennan: U.S. intel better than Facebook

    01/03/2010 1:26:15 PM PST · by Justaham · 11 replies · 479+ views
    The U.S. government's counterterrorism system is using top-flight technology and, despite the apparent failure to predict the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner, isn't lagging behind innovators in Silicon Valley, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "In the era of Google, why does the U.S. intelligence community not have the sophistication and power of Facebook?" ABC host Terry Moran asked Brennan. "Well, in fact, we do have the sophistication and power of Facebook, and well beyond that. That's why we were able to stop Mr. Najibullah Zazi, David Headley,...
  • US Official: Extremists Seek New Ways to Attack US

    01/02/2010 6:35:24 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 31 replies · 1,584+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 2, 2010
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top counterterrorism official is warning that al-Qaida and other extremists are working to test U.S. defenses and launch an attack on American soil.</p> <p>National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter says the failed Christmas Day attempt to bring down a U.S. airliner is the starkest reminder of that threat.</p>
  • Shadow of 9/11 Is Cast Again [Fingerpointing begins]

    12/31/2009 9:59:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 994+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 30, 2009 | Scott Shane
    The finger-pointing began in earnest on Wednesday over who in the alphabet soup of American security agencies knew what and when about the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an airliner. But the harshest spotlight fell on the very agency created to make sure intelligence dots were always connected: the National Counterterrorism Center. The crown jewel of intelligence reform after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the center was the hub whose mission was to unite every scrap of data on threats and suspects, to make sure an extremist like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be bomber, would never penetrate...
  • Flight 253 passenger Kurt Haskell: 'I was visited by the FBI' (fears coverup)

    Flight 253 passenger Kurt Haskell: 'I was visited by the FBI' December 31, 2009, 9:41AM Following up on a visit from FBI officials about an eyewitness account first described to MLive.com, Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell described the visit in comment sections across MLive on Wednesday. Haskell and his wife, Lori, were aboard Flight 253 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to destroy the plane. They say another man tried to help Abdulmutallab board the plane in Amsterdam. Haskell had two detailed posts in two different stories. Here is Part One, originally posted here: "Today is the second worst day of...
  • Extra Security in Times Square for New Year’s Eve

    12/30/2009 11:14:10 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 5 replies · 351+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 30, 2009 | AL BAKER
    For two hours on Wednesday, Times Square morphed into a militarized zone as the police swarmed an unoccupied van with blacked out windows and no license plates parked in an area set aside for Thursday’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Officials said that nothing harmful was found in the van. But the scare illustrated the challenges for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as they confront an array of security concerns when revelers flood the streets Thursday to ring in 2010. To prepare for the festivities, thousands of police officers, including 250 rookies, will descend on Times Square , said...
  • Flight 253: The Failure of Counterterrorism

    12/29/2009 5:54:28 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 7 replies · 379+ views
    Human Events ^ | Dec. 29, 2009 | Robert Spencer
    The chief lesson of the attempted jihad attack on Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day is that our entire anti-terror strategy is a huge and abject failure. Of course, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would beg to differ, as she has said that the stopping of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempt to set off an explosive on the airplane showed that “the system worked” and “everything happened that should have.” The “system worked”? So the “system” now involves hoping that other passengers will tackle the jihadist? After all, a passenger on Flight 253, Jasper Schuringa, subdued Abdulmutallab. The...
  • President Obama pledges to scour world for terror cells

    12/29/2009 3:32:27 AM PST · by myknowledge · 91 replies · 2,119+ views
    Times Online ^ | December 29, 2009 | Nico Hines
    President Obama vowed to track down and destroy terror cells all over the world last night as he finally ended his silence over a failed Christmas Day plot to blow up an American passenger jet. The White House said Mr Obama’s reticence to speak out was designed to reduce the attention focused on an extremist group based in Yemen calling itself al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The Islamist organisation led by a former personal secretary to Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the botched attack in a statement yesterday. The President took a few minutes out of his holiday in...
  • Debate: C.A.I.R. VS. (Former) SECURITY CHIEF FOR EL-AL AIRLINES (Re: "Profiling) My Challenge

    12/28/2009 12:30:33 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 22 replies · 1,432+ views
    AmericanInTokyo proposal ^ | 28 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    VS. WHO: Yeffet Isaac, Former Director of El-Al Airlines Security -VS.- Ibrahim Hooper Executive Director of C.A.I.R.WHAT: A Well Overdue DEBATEWHEN: As Soon As PossibleWHERE: LIVE NATIONWIDE on American TV, CNN, FOX, Major Networks, Radio Stations, NPR, etc., With Studio Audience Able to Ask QuestionsWHY: America dodged a major bullet on Christmas Day in Detroit. Reports are that additional terrorist acts involving US airliners are probably on the way. El-Al has a clean record of never being attacked by Islamist Extremists. C.A.I.R. has stated that the US should not, at all costs, racially and religiously profile passengers in the...
  • Not enough data to put suspect on no-fly list: official

    12/26/2009 4:48:53 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies · 1,923+ views
    Not enough data to put suspect on no-fly list: official Photo 7:33pm EST KAILUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - The government created a record on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in November 2009 in the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, the intelligence community's central repository of information on known and suspected international terrorists, but there was not enough negative information to put him on a no-fly list, a U.S. administration official said on Saturday. "There was insufficient derogatory information available on the subject
  • Alleged jet attacker on one 'no fly' list, but not 2nd (should have looked at the "one")

    12/26/2009 7:24:04 AM PST · by tobyhill · 31 replies · 892+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/26/2009 | staff
    The man law enforcement officials identified as the suspect in Friday's attempted attack on a overseas flight as it approached Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, is a Nigerian who was reportedly on a U.S. government terror watch list but did not appear on a "no-fly" list. Mutallab, 23, reportedly told investigators he had links to al-Qaida. The Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam carried 278 passengers and a crew of 11. An U.S. intelligence official said Mutallab tried unsuccessfully to detonate an explosive mix of powder and liquid. He was quickly subdued by other passengers. NBC News, citing anti-terrorism officials, said...
  • Cops Hunt For UK Link After US 'Jet Bomb' Plot

    12/26/2009 5:11:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies · 963+ views
    Sky News ^ | 12/26/09 | Jon di Paolo
    The Metropolitan Police are carrying out searches in the UK after a suspected al Qaeda operative allegedly attempted to blow up a US passenger jet. The man, said to be a student at a British university, is accused of trying to blow up a transatlantic aeroplane with explosives strapped to his leg on Christmas Day. The Nigerian man caused panic as the jet was about to land at Detroit with 278 people aboard when he apparently tried to detonate some sort of bomb. He was overpowered by passengers and crew after the device failed to ignite properly. Sources have since...
  • Terrorism Defendants Sentenced in Atlanta

    12/15/2009 1:14:34 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 770+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/December/09-nsd-1338.html FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 14, 2009 Terrorism Defendants Sentenced in Atlanta Ehsanul Islam Sadequee Receives 17 Years in Prison; Co-defendant Syed Haris Ahmed Receives 13 Years Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, 23, of Roswell, Ga., and Syed Haris Ahmed, 25, of Atlanta, were sentenced today in federal court following their convictions earlier this year in separate but related criminal trials, the Justice Department announced. "With their words and their actions, these defendants supported the wrongheaded but very dangerous idea that armed violence aimed at American interests will force our Government and our people...
  • Battling the Homegrown Jihad Threat

    12/12/2009 5:12:21 PM PST · by Baladas · 5 replies · 418+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/12/09 | STEPHANIE SY
    From the shootings at Fort Hood to the civil war battlegrounds of Somalia, 2009 revealed more jihadist activities involving Americans than almost any year since the 9/11 attacks, say experts. There were at least 12 incidents in total, not including the recent arrests of five Virginia men in Pakistan on suspicion of trying to join jihadist militants. With the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq fueling anger among some Muslim Americans, experts say jihadist propaganda is gaining a foothold in the United States, with hundreds of English-language Web sites. Radical English-speaking clerics such as Anwar al-Awlaki, who corresponded with Major...
  • Arrests Raise Fears of American Jihad

    12/12/2009 5:43:09 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies · 1,324+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2009 | Evan Perez
    U.S. counterterrorism officials say 2009 has turned into the year of homegrown jihad, with the unmasking of the most serious suspected terror plots involving Americans in about five years. U.S. investigators are still trying to determine what drew five young Americans to travel last month to Pakistan, where local authorities allege they had sought to join extremist groups that have attacked U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. U.S. investigators have interviewed some of the men, but haven't verified the information Pakistani officials have released on the case. The surge in alleged terror cases has raised concerns among counterterrorism officials. Some officials say...
  • U.S. sees homegrown Muslim extremism as rising threat

    12/07/2009 5:54:44 PM PST · by Flavius · 30 replies · 1,745+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/7/09 | By Sebastian Rotella
    Reporting from Washington - The Obama administration, grappling with a spate of recent Islamic terrorism cases on U.S. soil, has concluded that the country confronts a rising threat from homegrown extremism. Anti-terrorism officials and experts see signs of accelerated radicalization among American Muslims, driven by a wave of English-language online propaganda and reflected in aspiring fighters' trips to hot spots such as Pakistan and Somalia.
  • Homegrown Jihad is Creating The Most Dangerous Time in U.S. Since 9/11

    12/07/2009 7:55:06 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 396+ views
    LA Times/The Lid ^ | 12/7/09 | The Lid
    When the history of the War on Terror is written, 2009 may be seen as the year the enemy began to shift from Islamist terrorists outside the US to homegrown Jihadists. Despite the fact that it was predicted two years ago, many are still surprised (or unwilling to recognize), the Islamist threat from within. Back in 2007 the Council on Foreign Relations reported: Experts say it is quite likely the next terrorist attack in the United States will not be the work of well-trained al-Qaeda operatives sent from abroad, but rather that of an American citizen. As al-Qaeda leaders focus...