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  • Krauthammer: Napolitano's Record 'Was the Underwear Didn't Explode'

    07/12/2013 5:48:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 12, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) - Political commentator Charles Krauthammer said the record of outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was that "the underwear didn't explode." When discussing the announcement of Napolitano’s resignation on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News on Friday, political analyst for Fox News Juan Williams offered a defense for her tenure: “Can I just offer one contrary note, which is under her tenure we've had no attacks, we've been safe as Americans— "Fort Hood," Bret Baier interrupted. "We've had no attacks--I mean she has managed this, to me, very well,” Williams said. “They're now looking at...
  • DOJ: Department Of Jihad?

    02/24/2010 4:26:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 595+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War On Terror: The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees. This is a colossal conflict of interest. Just whose side are they on? From the dropping of a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed in a civilian court within blocks of where the World Trade Center once stood, the actions and attitudes of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder toward the thugs and terrorists who threaten us has grown curiouser and curiouser. We may now have a clue as...
  • IRS Plane Attacker Part of 'Right Wing,' Christmas Bomber Just a 'Lone Wolf'

    02/22/2010 10:05:02 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies · 452+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 02/22/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    No clearer difference can be seen in how the Old Media and its left-wing compatriots treat mass killers, terrorists and nutjobs than the way Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab and Joe Stack have been portrayed by the Old Media and the left. Abdulmutallab, the jihadi Christmas Bomber, was treated as an aberration unconnected with any larger group -- despite that he trained with al Qaeda -- and Joe Stack, who flew a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, has been held up as the epitome of the “teabaggers” and the “anti-government right” despite that not a single tie to those...
  • Al Qaeda's New Strategy, You Are Bombing America---SPEAK ENGLISH!

    02/14/2010 10:46:38 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 385+ views
    The Lid/Washington Times ^ | 2/15/2010 | The Lid
    Like it or not, one of the advantages that al Qaeda does have is an ability to change strategy without their leaders mulling it over for four months, the way President Obama did when he was trying to figure out Afghanistan. The Washington Times is reporting that during the underwear bombers second wave of talking he admitted meeting some other English Speakers at terrorism school in Yemen. Thank goodness his parents talking him into speaking, because this was all well after he shut up upon being read his Miranda rights.
  • Obama stuck with terror-stupid; including Biden saying waterboarding ‘didn’t work’

    02/15/2010 4:16:54 AM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 5 replies · 495+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | February 14, 2010 | Tim Sumner
    Obama says he has not made a final decision to move the 9/11 trial out of New York City but he indicates the trial and security costing a mere billion dollars from “his stash,” i.e. taxpayer dollars, will not be the deciding factor. Wherever it is held, Attorney General Eric Holder wants transparency. Apparently, Obama has finally found something he is willing to see C-SPAN conduct non-stop coverage of: the 9/11 trial. Do they still prefer a federal show trial? You betcha! Meanwhile, Obama’s “intelligence” choir is singing the praises about a Bush 43 intelligence failure: Richard Reid being allowed...
  • Cheney: Waterboarding Should Have Been Option with Underwear Bomber (video)

    02/14/2010 9:22:33 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies · 274+ views
    This Week ^ | Feb. 14, 2010
    “Now, President Obama has taken them off the table. He announced when he came in last year that they would never use anything other than the U.S. Army Manual which doesn’t include those techniques. I think that’s a mistake.”
  • What Would Bush Do? (with Abdulmuttalab)

    02/11/2010 3:34:25 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 11 replies · 499+ views
    NRO Corner ^ | February 11, 2010 | Bill Burck & Dana Perino
    First, [he] would have gathered [his] entire national-security team, not just the Justice Department ... Second, assuming Abdulmutallab had been designated as an enemy combatant, the interrogators would have thoroughly interrogated him to learn if he had information that could prevent a future attack. ... Third, once they were satisfied that he had no additional intelligence to provide, he would have been transferred for prosecution to either the civilian or the military system. ... But don’t take our word for it. Let’s briefly review what the Bush administration actually did after 9/11. (Warning to all leftist drones: Do not click...
  • Richard Reid 'A Mistake, Not a Precedent' ... I disagree somewhat: Eric Holder set the precedent)

    02/11/2010 2:59:14 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 3 replies · 272+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | February 11, 2010 | Andy McCarthy / Tim Sumner
    McCarthy points out Reid was just one of many attacks we saw. Allowing Richard Reid to remain silent did nothing to prevent Flight 253. Instead of making that same mistake, President Bush had thousands of terrorists interrogated and dozens of attacks were prevented; not affording Constitutional rights to terrorists (besides Reid) prevented those attacks. Initially repeating a past mistake with Abdulmuttalab is not mitigated by the fact President Bush "did it" eight years earlier. McCarthy went on to write: That brings us to a third point Democrats would prefer to forget: “The Wall,” the internal regulations adopted by the Clinton...
  • MSNBC host accuses Republicans of political posturing on Underpants Bomber

    02/09/2010 1:29:53 PM PST · by IndePundit · 14 replies · 366+ views
    OfficialWire ^ | Indepundit
    Liberal host Ed Schultz tried to paint the entire Republican argument as “political posturing” and challenged Rivkin, saying he was pitting his credibility against the word of Brennan. But Rivkin remained adamant that officials would not have simply assumed Miranda rights were being given automatically. Rivkin also pointed out that there should be less blame cast by both sides and more attention to the underlying failures in common sense procedure. “We’re talking about somebody who is interrogated for 50 minutes, that interrogation was interrupted and he is Mirandized. I don’t know of any serious interrogator who does not believe that...
  • Obama's Doubletalk on Abdulmuttallab

    02/09/2010 6:48:47 AM PST · by Neoavatara · 1 replies · 162+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | February 9, 2010 | Neoavatara
    This past week gave us an interesting insight in how the Obama Administration is politicizing terror; ironically, something they accused the Bush Administration of regularly during the campaign. This week, the intelligence services told the White House and Congress that Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmuttallab is now speaking to interrogators...a full 5 weeks after his initial arrest. The information was given to Congress in closed door meetings. However, the White House, primarily their political and communication wings (led by Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod), immediately went on the attack in public forums, exclaiming how well their strategy worked in obtaining...
  • Miranda wrongs: White House playing politics with terror

    02/09/2010 3:12:09 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies · 415+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 9, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    In a breathtakingly cynical example of playing politics, the White House just accused Republicans of playing politics over its Miranda-rights Christmas gift to the crotch bomber. With fumbling terrorism czar John Brennan walking point, administration spokesmen attacked those who believe that treating would-be suicide-bomber Umar Abdulmutallab the way we handle shoplifters harms our national security. The White House position is a PR blend of lies, half-truths and ignorance. Let's strip out the politics and lay out the facts from an intelligence professional's perspective:
  • Obama administration misleads and repeats intelligence failures of the past

    02/08/2010 5:32:33 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 3 replies · 195+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | February 8, 2010 | Tim Sumner
    The Obama administration apparently never made or discovered a mistake not worth repeating....Stupid is as stupid does, that Richard Reid was read "his" rights was a poor example to follow; that too was an intelligence failure. Reid was arrested not three months into our invasion of Afghanistan, while the hunt was still under way in Tora Bora, and several months before Jose Padilla, Binyam Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah, and Ramzi Binalshibh were captured. Bush 43 could have ordered Reid turned over for military detention as his November 13, 2001 Military Order proscribed and yet he at least seemed to learn from...
  • Loose Lips

    02/05/2010 5:23:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,122+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Holder's decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber was bad enough. Telling the world he was talking again waseven worse Security: The administration says the Christmas bomber is now cooperating with authorities. We thought they got all the information he had in a 50-minute chat. So just why are we letting our enemies know he's talking? In any war, it's vitally important that you know what your enemy is planning and doing, just as it's important that your actions and plans remain secret. And when you know about your enemy's plans it's important they don't know that you know. We were...
  • Politicizing Intelligence (Obama administration only leaked Abdulmuttalab secret on background)

    02/05/2010 11:28:21 AM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 10 replies · 652+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 5, 2010 | Stephen Hayes
    At the White House briefing Thursday afternoon, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs attacked Bond for politicizing intelligence and haughtily demanded an apology: “No briefing is done here or anywhere in this administration where classified information is used in a place where it shouldn’t be,” Gibbs said. “And I would suggest that somebody that alleges that, when they know it doesn’t happen, owe[s] people an apology.” The White House contends that the sensitive information about cooperation from Abdulmutallab was unintentionally disclosed during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday. At the hearing, Mueller responded to concern from Senator Olympia Snowe that the...
  • Abdulmutallab: Cleric Told Me to Bomb Jet

    02/04/2010 7:54:06 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 381+ views
    CBS/AP ^ | Feb. 4, 2010
    The suspect in a failed Christmas Day airliner bombing attempt told federal investigators that radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki directed him to carry out the attack, CBS News has learned. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who faces terrorism charges in the Christmas bombing, has been cooperating with the FBI for about a week, providing information about his contacts in Yemen and the al Qaeda affiliate that operates there. Abdulmutallab has turned against the cleric who claims to be his teacher, al-Awlaki, and has helped the U.S. hunt for him in Yemen, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
  • Eric Holder should resign; AG admits he ordered Abdulmuttalab tried in civilian court

    02/03/2010 2:48:36 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 23 replies · 601+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | February 3, 2010 | Tim Sumner
    AG Eric Holder said he knows we are at war during his November 18, 2009 testimony before the Senate Judicary Committee concerning his decision to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other four 9/11 conspirators in federal court. Unfortunately, Mr. Holder does not walk that talk. (See video of Fox News report here.) Attorney General Eric Holder says he made the decision to charge the Christmas Day terror suspect in the civilian system with no objection from all the other relevant departments of the government. In a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the attorney general says that the...
  • Holder: I made decision to charge terror suspect (Christmas Day underwear bomber)

    02/03/2010 2:07:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | February 3, 2010 | Pete Yost
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he made the decision to charge the Christmas Day terror suspect in civilian court rather than the military system, with no objection from all the other relevant departments of the government. In a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the attorney general wrote that the FBI told its partners in the intelligence community on Christmas Day and again the next day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab would be charged criminally. Holder's letter was the latest volley in a vigorous counterattack by the Obama administration to Republican charges that the arrest and FBI interrogation of...
  • Holder: It was my decision to charge crotch bomber as civilian

    02/03/2010 12:09:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 992+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 3, 2010
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he made the decision to charge the Christmas Day terror suspect in the civilian system with no objection from all the other relevant departments of the government. In a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the attorney general wrote that the FBI told its partners in the intelligence community on Christmas Day and again the next day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab would be charged criminally.
  • Official Says Terrorism Suspect Is Cooperating (See? Mirandizing him worked!)

    02/03/2010 11:30:06 AM PST · by pabianice · 16 replies · 380+ views
    New York Times Fishwrap ^ | 2/3/10 | Zeleny et al
    WASHINGTON — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Dec. 25, started talking to investigators after two of his family members arrived in the United States and helped earn his cooperation, a senior administration official said Tuesday evening. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Mr. Abdulmutallab, 23, began speaking to F.B.I. agents last week in Detroit and has not stopped, two government officials said. The officials declined to disclose what information was obtained from him, but said it was aiding in the investigation of the attempted terrorist attack. “With the family, the...
  • White House Confirms Attempted Terrorist Attack on Northwest Airlines Flight - Video 12/25/09

    12/25/2009 9:46:35 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 912+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 25, 2009 | Brian
    Here is a video report on what the White House has confirmed as an attempted "terrorist attack" aboard a Northwest Airlines flight that was about to land in Detroit. A Nigerian national sought to ignite an explosive device aboard the plane, and was burned in the attempt: A male passenger on an international flight bound for Detroit Friday tried to blow up the plane with an explosive device in an incident that the White House is labeling an attempted act of terrorism. Several people were hurt on the plane, which had Delta markings, but was listed as Northwest Flight 253....
  • Holder: I Made Decision To Charge Botched Bomber

    02/03/2010 10:29:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies · 2,432+ views
    Holder: I Made Decision To Charge Botched Bomber WASHINGTON (CBS) ― Attorney General Eric Holder said that he made the decision to charge the Christmas Day terror suspect in the U.S. civilian system. The Obama administration has come under recent attack by Republicans that the Nigerian man who attempted to blow up a Northwest airliner on U.S. soil on Christmas Day should have been tried as a terrorist instead of having the same rights as a U.S. citizen in court. Republicans have said the move to try Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in civilian court gives him the right to withhold information,...
  • More CYA From The Obama White House…Christmas Day Bomber Now Talking Because Of Family

    02/03/2010 9:07:14 AM PST · by Starman417 · 23 replies · 479+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-03-10 | Curt
    It only took a public thrashing to get Obama and pals to figure out that hey, maybe we want to get this Christmas Day Bomber to cooperate after all: The Nigerian man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day has been cooperating with investigators since last week, discussing his contacts in Yemen and providing intelligence in multiple terrorism investigations, officials said Tuesday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s cooperation could prove to be a national security victory and a political vindication for President Barack Obama, who has been under fire...
  • WH claims to use family to crack EunuchBomber ( Christmas Day Bomber )

    02/03/2010 10:16:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 418+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 10:55 am on February 3, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    After being embarrassed by a report on the breakdown of counterterrorism efforts before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a Northwest flight in Amsterdam for Detroit and a series of Congressional appearances that demonstrated a lack of communication in the decision to treat the terrorist as a criminal rather than an enemy at war, the White House has begun to push back.  Citing unnamed “officials,” the AP reports that the FBI and the CIA have begun to get information from Abdulmutallab despite having clammed up after getting Mirandized.  The key, they claim, was to get his family involved in breaking his resistance:...
  • Officials: FBI Cracked Bomb Suspect Through Family (Obama Betrays Abdulmutallabs With Leaks)

    02/02/2010 5:47:08 PM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies · 1,719+ views
    AP via The Houston Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, February 2, 2010 | Matt Apuzzo and Pete Yost
    The Nigerian man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day has been cooperating with investigators since last week and has provided fresh intelligence in multiple terrorism investigations, officials said Tuesday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's cooperation could prove to be a national security victory and a political vindication for President Barack Obama, who has been under fire from lawmakers who contend the administration botched the case by giving Abdulmutallab the right to remain silent, rather than interrogating him as a military prisoner. In the days following the failed bombing,...
  • Abdulmutallab Resumes Talking to Federal Agents (A Month Later And After A Plea Deal)

    02/03/2010 5:11:00 AM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies · 440+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/2/2010 | EVAN PEREZ
    Family members of Christmas Day airline bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab traveled to the U.S. in recent weeks and persuaded him to start talking again to federal agents, Obama administration officials said Tuesday. The officials provided some of the first behind-the-scenes details of how they handled Mr. Abdulmutallab's case, following criticism from Republicans and others that the government should have done more to extract intelligence from him. The Nigerian man was charged in December with attempting to detonate a bomb aboard a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit from Amsterdam. Federal law-enforcement officials said Mr. Abdulmutallab has provided "valuable intelligence" in...
  • Is anyone else concerned the gov't is advertising the Christmas bomber is talking?

    02/03/2010 5:07:50 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 51 replies · 590+ views
    Me | 2/3/10 | GeorgiaDawg32
    It might just be me, but in my humble opinion, you simply DON'T advertise what is, or isn't, being said by an enemy of the state since that info can and will be used by the enemy to adjust strategy. Since it's being advertised he's talking and there is "actionable intelligence" being gathered, it seems to me that any information he's providing is totally useless since adjustments have already been made. Let people complain that nothing is being done, but you needn't advertise the success, if any. I wonder how much success the WOT under Bush had that we never...
  • Christmas Day bomb suspect Abdulmutallab providing intelligence, sources say

    02/02/2010 7:09:46 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 482+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Feb. 2, 2010 | Carrie Johnson
    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man accused of trying to blow up a jet airplane on Christmas Day, has been providing FBI interrogators with useful intelligence about his training and contacts since last week, Obama administration sources said Tuesday. Separately, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told senators at an intelligence committee hearing that Abdulmutallab was giving information to investigators. Mueller did not elaborate. The disclosures that the Nigerian student is cooperating with criminal investigators come amid a fierce debate in Congress over the Obama administration's handling of the case and, more broadly, its approach to national security. Dennis C. Blair,...
  • Miranda Rights For Christmas Day Day bomber - Why? - And Who Authorized It?

    02/01/2010 9:22:15 PM PST · by JLWORK · 2 replies · 320+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog.com ^ | February 1, 2010 | John L Work
    Any cop, prosecutor, or defense lawyer will tell you that the quickest way to get a suspect to stop talking to you is to read him his Miranda Rights and get him a lawyer. The Obama Department of Justice, under Attorney General Eric Holder, has now begun dancing, two-stepping, ducking and dodging about, in earnest, as to who actually made the Christmas Day decision to Mirandize Muslim Underwear Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – and why. It was a terrible mistake, whether he was to be sent to a Civilian Court or handed over for a Military Tribunal. I tell you...
  • Terror suspects linked to Nigeria bomber

    01/27/2010 11:26:39 PM PST · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 722+ views
    Nine News ^ | January 28, 2010
    Terrorism suspects from Jordan, Nigeria, Syria and Yemen have been detained in Malaysia, activists say as a report linked them to the Nigerian behind the botched Christmas plane bombing. Malaysia announced on Wednesday it had arrested 10 people for "acts of terrorism" and said they were members of an international terror outfit tracked down in cooperation with foreign intelligence groups. The government-linked New Straits Times said the 10 were believed to be associated with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian student accused of trying to detonate explosives on a Northwest Airlines plane approaching Detroit. "It was learnt that foreign anti-terrorism agencies...
  • The Abdulmutallab Travesty

    01/26/2010 11:40:22 AM PST · by ColdOne · 10 replies · 494+ views
    NRO ^ | January 26,2010 | Rich Lowry
    Intending to die in the act of destroying a jetliner, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab instead landed alive in Detroit as a kind of message in a bottle from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He knew more about its recruiting, training, and operations than anyone who is ever likely to fall into our arms babbling like a scared 23-year-old. But the Obama administration shut him down. It didn’t go so far as to tell the Customs and Border Protection officers to cover their ears and try not to listen when Abdulmutallab made incriminating statements on the initial ride to the hospital, but...
  • Obama’s Inept Handling Of The Christmas Day Bomber

    01/25/2010 5:08:58 PM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies · 315+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-25-10 | Curt
    Even the Washington Post has come out in opposition to the Obama administration’s decision to treat the crotch-bomber (Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab) as nothing more than a common street criminal: Whether to charge terrorism suspects or hold and interrogate them is a judgment call. We originally supported the administration's decision in the Abdulmutallab case, assuming that it had been made after due consideration. But the decision to try Mr. Abdulmutallab turns out to have resulted not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model. ~~~ ...Some intelligence officials, including personnel from the Office of the Director...
  • Abdulmutallab in 50 Minutes

    01/25/2010 5:45:03 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 11 replies · 566+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-26-10 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    The more we learn about his 'interrogation,' the worse White House policy looks. The attempted Christmas Day destruction over Detroit of Northwest Flight 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is fading from public memory as a fortunate near-miss. This incident should not fade from view. As more information emerges, the picture it paints about the antiterror mindset of the current U.S. government is—there is no other word—scary. Last week in these columns, we discussed Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair's Congressional testimony on the Abdulmutallab case. This was Mr. Blair's famous "duh" remark about the government's failure to invoke the new...
  • Lieberman rips FBI on Miranda rights

    01/25/2010 2:11:46 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies · 559+ views
    Lieberman rips FBI on Miranda rights By: Kasie Hunt January 25, 2010 04:05 PM EST Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is joining Republicans in ripping the FBI for reading Miranda rights to the would-be airline bomber, saying the administration made a mistake and should transfer Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab to military custody. “We write to urge the administration to immediately transfer Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a foreign terrorist, to the Department of Defense to be held as an unprivileged enemy belligerent (UEB) and questioned and charged accordingly,” said Lieberman, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, in a letter to...
  • Abdulmutallab interrogated for less than an hour; White House defends handling of terrorist case

    01/24/2010 8:58:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 527+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/24/10 | Byron York
    The White House is not disputing a report that FBI agents questioned accused Northwest Airlines bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for just 50 minutes before deciding to grant him the right to remain silent and provide him with a court-appointed lawyer -- a decision that led Abdulmutallab to stop talking and provide no more information. The news came in an Associated Press reconstruction of Abdulmutallab's first hours in custody. The AP reported that Abdulmutallab "repeatedly made incriminating statements" to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who originally took him into custody. Then Abdulmutallab made more statements to doctors who were treating...
  • 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...
  • Christmas Day Bomber Only Talked to FBI for 50 Minutes!

    01/24/2010 10:03:57 PM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 631+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-24-10 | Mike's America
    Don't tell me we learned all he knew about the plotters in Yemen in one sitting!In August of last year, the Washington Post ran a fascinating article titled "How a Detainee Became An Asset: Sept. 11 Plotter Cooperated After Waterboarding." The article describes the lengthy process that CIA agents went through to extract the intelligence from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that was vital to stopping future plots and rounding up Al Queda terrorists. Former CIA Director George Tenet declared that this program saved countless lives and was "worth more than the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency...
  • WaPo retracts support for Obama's treatment of Christmas Bomber as a criminal case

    01/24/2010 7:47:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies · 3,414+ views
    Powerline ^ | 01/24/2010 | Scott Johnson
    The Washington Post supported the Obama administration's treatment of Christmas day bomber Umar Abdulmuttalab as a criminal rather than as an enemy combatant. In an editorial published yesterday, It has nevertheless retracted its support. The Post writes that it "originally supported the administration's decision in the Abdulmutallab case, assuming that it had been made after due consideration. But the decision to try Mr. Abdulmutallab turns out to have resulted not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model." The Obama administration's treatment of Abdulmutallab as a criminal accorded the constitutional rights of an American citizen...
  • 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...
  • Christmas Bomber Babysat by CBP Police, Whisked Away to Hospital for Treatment After Terror Attempt

    01/24/2010 5:21:44 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 910+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | January 24, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    The principle of Universal Jurisdiction has been, and continues to be, an important tool in the legal practitioner’s tool box and an essential means of achieving justice for international crimes. Unfortunately, the principle has also become a political device employed for far more cynical means and far less noble purposes. In the early 1960’s, Israel was one of the first states to invoke the principle of universal jurisdiction in its groundbreaking trial against Adolf Eichmann, the “architect of the Holocaust”.
  • Gibbs: 'Right decision' to read underwear bomber his rights

    01/24/2010 8:21:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies · 1,454+ views
    Gibbs: 'Right decision' to read underwear bomber his rights White House press secretary Robert Gibbs Sunday defended the decision to read so-called alleged underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights after just 50 minutes of interrogation, saying that ”FBI interrogators believe they got valuable intelligence and were able to get all that they could out of him.” “That decision was made by the Justice Department and the FBI by experienced FBI interrogators, Gibbs said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But make no mistake Abdulmutallab was interrogated and valuable information was gotten by those experienced interrogators.” After he was read his...
  • Bin Laden Takes Credit for Christmas Day Bomb Attempt

    01/24/2010 10:38:33 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies · 546+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 24,2010 | Catherine Herridge & AP
    Usama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the failed attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day, releasing a new audio message Sunday threatening more attacks on the United States. A senior U.S. intelligence official in Washington called the latest message "curious," commenting that the tape is uncharacteristically brief it and shows efforts by bin Laden to attach himself to Palestine's cause. The official also said there is no evidence that bin Laden had any involvement on the Christmas Day attack — or even knew about it beforehand — but that perhap
  • Feds detail Christmas Day attack

    01/24/2010 10:56:49 AM PST · by NCjim · 14 replies · 762+ views
    WRAL ^ | January 24, 2010
    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 Customs officers, medical personnel and FBI agents. ... The bomb had severely burned Abdulmutallab, but he was still conscious. As he was taken from the scene, federal agents repeatedly interviewed him or heard him speak to others. When they read him his legal rights nearly 10 hours after the incident, he went silent. ... Here is what officials say happened:
  • Can't confirm bin Laden tape authentic: White House

    01/24/2010 12:29:41 PM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies · 753+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 24,2010 | Vicky Allen
    I can't confirm that (al Qaeda's responsibility for the attack) nor can we confirm the authenticity of the tape, but assuming that it is him, his message contains the same hollow justifications for the mass slaughter of innocents that we've heard before," David Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union" program. The audiotape that aired on Al Jazeera television on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day bombing of the Detroit-bound plane. A Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, has been
  • 'Bin Laden tape' says al-Qaeda behind Christmas plot

    01/24/2010 4:32:40 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 37 replies · 1,894+ views
    BBC News ^ | January 24, 2010 | Staff
    A tape said to be from Osama Bin Laden says al-Qaeda was responsible for a Christmas plot to blow up a plane. In the newly released audio tape aired on al-Jazeera, Bin Laden also warns the US there will be more attacks if it continues to support Israel. "If it was possible to carry our messages to you by words we wouldn't have carried them to you by planes," the tape says. The authenticity of the tape has not been verified. It says: "The message sent to you with the attempt by the hero Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a...
  • Bin Laden takes credit for Christmas Day attempt

    01/24/2010 1:25:48 AM PST · by maggief · 29 replies · 1,000+ views
    AP ^ | January 24, 2010
    CAIRO -- Al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden has issued a new audio message claiming responsibility for the Christmas day bombing attempt and vowed further attacks. In a message carried by the Al-Jazeera Arabic news channel Sunday, Bin Laden addressed President Barak Obama saying there would be no peace for America unless there was security for Palestinians. He described the attempt by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate a bomb on plane on Christmas day as a "confirmation" of previous attacks, including Sept. 11.
  • Bin Laden claims U.S. plane bombing attempt

    01/24/2010 3:36:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies · 1,163+ views
    Bin Laden claims U.S. plane bombing attempt 9 mins ago DUBAI (Reuters) – A purported audio tape of Osama bin Laden aired on Al Jazeera television claimed responsibility for a December 25 attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound plane, and the al Qaeda leader vowed to continue attacks on the United States. "The message sent to you with the attempt by the hero Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a confirmation of our previous message conveyed by the heroes of September 11," bin Laden said on the tape, aired on Sunday. "If it was possible to carry our messages to you by...
  • Officials Reveal Handling NWA Bomber After Arrest

    01/23/2010 3:19:22 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies · 463+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/23/10 | CBS
    Investigators Say They Gained Valuable Information From Suspected Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. 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 a second bomb hidden on the plane he'd just tried to destroy, officials said. There was no second bomb, federal agents learned after a intense 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.
  • "Duh!": The nation’s top intelligence official speaks.

    01/23/2010 2:51:19 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 609+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 1, 2010 | Stephen F. Hayes
    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...
  • AP Exclusive: The Christmas Attack Interrogation

    01/23/2010 2:08:18 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies · 675+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | January 23, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Federal agents repeatedly interviewed him or heard him speak to others. But when they read him his legal rights nearly 10 hours after the incident, he went silent.
  • Did the Obama administration blow an opportunity in the Flight 253 case? (Yes)

    01/23/2010 11:48:06 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 866+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2010
    UMAR FAROUK Abdulmutallab was nabbed in Detroit on board Northwest Flight 253 after trying unsuccessfully to ignite explosives sewn into his underwear. The Obama administration had three options: It could charge him in federal court. It could detain him as an enemy belligerent. Or it could hold him for prolonged questioning and later indict him, ensuring that nothing Mr. Abdulmutallab said during questioning was used against him in court. It is now clear that the administration did not give serious thought to anything but Door No. 1. This was myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous. Whether to charge terrorism suspects or...