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  • White House advisor briefed on 'underwear bomb' in October

    01/03/2010 10:30:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 562+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2010 | Rick Moran
    Newsweek follows up its story on Obama being informed of a Christmas terror plot with the story that White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan being briefed about the kind of bomb used during the holiday attack: White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan was briefed in October on an assassination attempt by Al Qaeda that investigators now believe used the same underwear bombing technique as the Nigerian suspect who tried to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, U.S. intelligence and administration officials tell NEWSWEEK.The briefing to Brennan was delivered at the White House by Muhammad bin Nayef, Saudi...
  • Obama Advisor Brennan On Undie Bomber: "Plea Agreements" is Something We're Gonna Pursue (Video)

    01/03/2010 2:42:38 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 15 replies · 712+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 1/3/10 | HAP
    Obama Advisor Brennan On MTP: When "Their lawyers recogize that there is advantage to talking to us in terms of 'plea agreements,' we're gonna pursue that".....(Plea agreements with terrorist)....video
  • John Brennan rails on Dick Cheney, explains 'systemic failure' (Obama = Epic Fail)

    01/03/2010 2:43:17 PM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies · 1,003+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1/3/2010 | By Mark Sappenfield
    John Brennan, President Obama’s top terrorism adviser, rallied to the defense of the administration Sunday, taking on critic-in-chief Dick Cheney and explaining the deep-seated “systemic failure” that Obama mentioned in comments last week. Mr. Obama has come under heavy criticism from Republicans since an attempt to blow up Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit failed on Christmas Day, primarily because the man charged in the incident, Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was on a US terrorism watch list. Mr. Cheney has arguably been the most pointed in his criticism of Obama, declaring last week that the president “is trying to pretend that...
  • US offering EunuchBomber a deal?

    The video below of John Brennan is Politico’s survey of his quotes on today’s morning political talk shows, but none of them address the interesting quote highlighted in the article. Critics howled when the DoJ decided to handle Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in the criminal justice system rather than by the military, arguing that Abdulmutallab should have been interrogated for intelligence. Now Brennan suggests they’ll cut a deal with the terrorist to get what they may have gotten for free otherwise.
  • 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,...
  • Ex-CIA agent: Threat from al Qaeda greater now than on 9/11

    01/03/2010 1:27:10 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies · 2,576+ views
    <p>Washington (CNN) – The man once charged with overseeing the CIA’s hunt of Osama bin Laden said Sunday that the threat posed by al Qaeda is greater now than at the time of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that bin Laden orchestrated.</p>
  • Brennan: Cheney may be 'ignorant' of terror facts

    01/03/2010 8:43:42 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 57 replies · 2,152+ views
    Brennan: Cheney may be 'ignorant' of terror facts President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, said Sunday that former Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of the Obama administration's approach to the Christmas Day terror attempt is misinformed or intentionally false. "I'm disappointed. The vice president or others are either willfully mischaracterizing President Obama's actions or are ignorant of the facts," Brennan said on "Fox News Sunday." "I'm neither Republican nor Democrat. I've worked for five previous administrations.....[Obama] says we're at war with Al Qaeda. We're going to destroy Al Qaeda."
  • Brennan: Deal 'on the table' for terror suspect

    01/03/2010 12:17:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 157 replies · 6,181+ views
    politico.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Josh Gerstein
    The U.S. Government is offering the suspect charged with attempting to bomb an aircraft on Christmas Day, Omar Abdulmutallab, some kind of incentives to share what he knows about Al Qaeda, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Sunday. Asked why Abdulmutallab should cooperate given his right, as criminal defendant, to remain silent, Brennan replied: "He doesn't have to but he knows there are certain things that are on the table... if he wants to engage with us in a productive manner, there are ways he can do that." Asked if Abdulmutallab's willingness to talk changed once he had an...
  • White House Says (Panty Bomber) Terror Clues Were Missed but Saw No 'Smoking Gun'

    01/03/2010 11:22:45 AM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies · 1,175+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2010 | Yochi J. Deazen
    The Obama administration on Sunday acknowledged that U.S. intelligence agencies missed some red flags that could have helped unravel the plot to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, but said there had been no single "smoking gun" indicating that the attack was coming. John Brennan, the White House's top counterterrorism official, used a round of appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows to defend the administration's handling of the attempted attack. A 23-year-old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had allegedly tried to set off explosives that he had smuggled underneath his clothing onto a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to...
  • Kristol Crushes

    01/03/2010 7:26:32 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 69 replies · 4,533+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In his opening remarks on Fox News Sunday this morning, Bill Kristol set forth a stinging indictment of the Obama admin's handling of the war on terror. His two-minute monologue amounted to a devastating bill of particulars: * It was a mistake to treat Abul Mutallab as a criminal defendant rather than as an enemy combatant: "Mr. Brennan [Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser who appeared earlier] said to you that we're very worried that there're other Abdul Mutallabs out there. This Abdul Mutallab was out there for four months. He might know who the others are. He might know their names....
  • Obama Adviser: No Smoking Gun in Airline Bomb Plot (Just a smoking bomb in seat 19A over Detroit)

    01/03/2010 6:23:59 AM PST · by kristinn · 116 replies · 5,085+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Sunday, January 3, 2009 | Anne Gearan
    U.S. intelligence agencies did not miss a "smoking gun" that could have prevented an alleged attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Sunday. White House aide John Brennan cited "lapses" and errors in the sharing of intelligence and clues about the Nigerian man accused in the foiled attempt. "There is no smoking gun," Brennan said. "There was no single piece of intelligence that said, 'this guy is going to get on a plane.'" Brennan is leading a White House review of the incident. Obama has said there was a systemic...
  • Newsweek : Saudis briefed top Obama official about “underwear bombers” in October

    01/02/2010 1:23:24 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 46 replies · 1,964+ views
    Hot Air ^ | JANUARY 2, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not just underwear bombers generally, either, but underwear bombers trained in Yemen. I feel about this the way I felt about Napolitano’s “the system worked” comment: It’s almost a shame that it didn’t happen under Bush, just because the fireworks from the media’s outrageous outrage afterwards would have been so spectacular. As it is, don’t expect more than a few sparklers this time.
  • White House Adviser Briefed in October on Underwear Bomb Technique

    01/02/2010 12:29:50 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 603+ views
    newsweek.com ^ | Jan. 2, 2010 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan was briefed in October on an assassination attempt by Al Qaeda that investigators now believe used the same underwear bombing technique as the Nigerian suspect who tried to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, U.S. intelligence and administration officials tell NEWSWEEK. The briefing to Brennan was delivered at the White House by Muhammad bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s chief counterterrorism official. In late August, Nayef had survived an assassination attempt by an operative dispatched by the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda who was pretending to turn himself in. The operative had tried...
  • Report: Brennan knew of underwear bombing technique

    01/02/2010 12:42:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies · 2,259+ views
    Report: Brennan knew of underwear bombing technique By Tony Romm - 01/02/10 01:24 PM ET The White House's top counter-terrorism adviser learned in October that al Qaeda operatives had researched -- and attempted -- attacks using the same underwear bombing technique employed aboard Flight 253 on Christmas Day, Newsweek reported on Saturday. According to reports, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan received the briefing from his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, who survived an assassination by al Qaeda attackers from Yemen. Reports Newsweek: "The briefing to Brennan was delivered at the White House by Muhammad bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s chief counter-terrorism...
  • Obama's Pick to Head Watch-List Review Shows Conflict of Interest, Ideological Problems

    01/01/2010 10:54:34 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 11 replies · 1,040+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | Jan. 1, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    There's a massive conflict of interest -- along with ideological problems -- in Barack Obama's questionable pick to head the review of the failing watch-list "system" that carelessly allowed terrorist Abdulmutallab to get on board the flight to Detroit to try and blow it up. The questionable pick is one John Brennan, and here are his two biggest flaws as they relate to his ability to be able to conduct a competent and ethical review of the watch-list "system."
  • George W. Bush CIA insider key to Obama plan

    08/25/2009 6:34:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 952+ views
    politico.com ^ | August 25, 2009 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    President Barack Obama has tried to distance himself in every way from Bush-era interrogation policies, stripping the lead role in questioning detainees from the CIA and banning the harshest tactics critics have decried as torture. But now, Obama has chosen a man who was at the heart of Bush’s intelligence effort to play a key role in overseeing the new administration’s own interrogation policies: John Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran who was privy to the extreme tactics Obama has declared off limits. The White House on Tuesday refused to discuss Brennan’s exact role in the new interrogation policy. But a...
  • Obama's counter-terrorism advisor denounces Bush-era policies

    08/06/2009 11:22:55 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 645+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 7, 2009 | Greg Miller
    John Brennan accuses the previous administration of promoting a 'global war' mind-set that served only to 'validate Al Qaeda's twisted worldview.'Reporting from Washington -- President Obama's counter-terrorism chief on Thursday repeatedly rebuked the Bush administration in a speech designed to make the case for a broader approach to fighting Islamic extremism. In his first public appearance as the White House counter-terrorism advisor, John O. Brennan said that President George W. Bush's policies had been an affront to American values, undermined the nation's security and fostered a "global war" mind-set that served only to "validate Al Qaeda's twisted worldview." "Rather than...
  • Obama's Battle Against Terrorism To Go Beyond Bombs and Bullets

    08/06/2009 9:06:41 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 366+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2009 | Spencer S. Hsu and Joby Warrick
    The U.S. government must fundamentally redefine the struggle against terrorism, replacing the "war on terror" with a campaign combining all facets of national power to defeat the enemy, John O. Brennan, President Obama's senior counterterrorism adviser, said Wednesday. Previewing what aides said will be the administration's most comprehensive statement to date on its long-term strategy to defeat al-Qaeda and other violent extremists worldwide, Brennan said in an interview that the United States will maintain "unrelenting" pressure on terrorist havens, including those near the Afghan-Pakistani border, in Yemen and in Somalia. However, Washington must couple the military strikes that have depleted...
  • Obama Administration Says We Are Not in a "Global War" Against "Jihadists" - Complete Video 8/6/09

    08/06/2009 11:43:41 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 16 replies · 1,012+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 6, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of John Brennan, Obama's top Homeland Security and Counterterrorism official, giving a speech today where he said the United States is not engaged in a "War on Terror," and also does not believe we are in a "global war" nor are we fighting "jihadists." He said the only acceptable term is that we are fighting "Al-Qaeda." Who does he think Al-Qaeda is? The are "Jihadists!" But political correctness will not allow Obama to say what is true, that Islamic Jihadists have declared war on the United States and we do face a Global War against those who...
  • KUDOS TO FLOYD BROWN!

    07/26/2009 9:44:14 AM PDT · by jdoug666 · 10 replies · 486+ views
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | 7/18/09 | Western Center for Journalism
    'Clearing the Smoke on Obama’s Eligibility: An Intelligence Investigator’s June 10 Report'
  • Does the birth certificate involve a cover-up of murder?

    07/26/2009 12:00:01 PM PDT · by bareford101 · 64 replies · 989+ views
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | July 18 2009 | Floyd Brown
    This article was included in the Report which was on this site today. This involves a far more sinister aspect of the birth certificate records than I had known before, thus, wanted to post it separately. http://www.westernjournalism.com/?page_id=2697 http://www.newsmax.com/timmerman/brennan_passport_breach/2009/01/12/170430.html http://www.newsmax.com/timmerman/brennan_passport_breach/2009/01/12/170430.html
  • Obama's NSA and CIA Picks (Harsh On Israel, Sympathetic To Iran And Hezbollah)

    11/18/2008 5:02:10 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1,621+ views
    littlegreenfootballs.com ^ | November 18, 2008
    Omri Ceren’s headline says it all: Obama’s Top NSA And CIA Picks: Harsh On Israel, Sympathetic To Iran And Hezbollah. Well that was totally unpredictable wasn’t it?General James L. Jones is widely rumored to be Obama’s preferred candidate to be White House National Security Adviser... Jones prepared a report on Israel’s policies in the territories... The World Tribune said it “blasted Israel’s role” for “hampering the movement of PA forces, blocking plans for weapons shipments and technology to the Palestinians and resisting coordination.” ... Obama said this about Jones: “Let me tell you who I associate with... If I’m interested...
  • Obama Intelligence Pick Torpedoed By Bloggers

    12/22/2008 5:03:59 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 21 replies · 2,881+ views
    foxnews ^ | Monday, December 22, 2008 | Jim Angle
    John Brennan, Obama's chief intelligence adviser and anticipated CIA chief, was recently forced to withdraw his name -- and the drumbeat of opposition came not from the front pages, but from left-wing bloggers.
  • Shrinks And Spooks

    11/26/2008 5:41:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 1,182+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 26, 2008
    War On Terror: Who let a group of psychologists harpoon Barack Obama's choice for CIA director? Of all the pleasant surprises in the president-elect's appointments, John Brennan might have been the best.Some 200 "psychologists and allies" on Monday sent an open letter to President-elect Obama calling on him to reject his likely appointment of quarter-century CIA veteran Brennan to head the spy agency, citing Brennan's support for what they repeatedly called "dark side" policies — specifically harsh interrogation of terrorist detainees. Brennan was ex-CIA Director George Tenet's chief of staff from 1999 to 2001, deputy executive director from 2001 to...
  • State employee pleads guilty to passport snooping (Obama)

    09/22/2008 8:25:53 PM PDT · by red flanker · 44 replies · 984+ views
    Zdnet News ^ | September 22, 2008 | Richard Koman
    Former State Dept. employee Lawrence C. Yontz, 48, pled guilty before a U.S. magistrate to illegally accessing hundreds of passport files, including those of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. He didn’t access Sarah Palin’s passport file, presumably because she obtained a passport for the first time last year. According to the Justice Dept.: In pleading guilty, Yontz admitted that between February 2005 and March 2008, he logged onto the PIERS database and viewed the passport applications of approximately 200 celebrities, athletes, actors, politicians and their immediate families, musicians, game show contestants, members of the media corps, prominent business...
  • Obama's Inner Circle

    03/31/2008 3:12:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 863+ views
    nationaljournal.com ^ | March 31, 2008 | James A. Barnes
    By James A. Barnes, National Journal © National Journal Group Inc. Monday, March 31, 2008 If potential presidents can be judged by how they run their campaigns, then how they staff those efforts may provide important clues to the kinds of talent they would recruit for their administrations. Because Democratic front-runner Barack Obama is a relative newcomer to national politics, an examination of his inner circle of political and policy advisers offers new windows into his thinking, leadership style, and sources of expertise. The Democratic front-runner's team has a relatively shallow bench, but its political achievements thus far are quite...
  • Chief of firm involved in breach is Obama adviser ( Passport Breaches By Obama Advisers Company)

    03/22/2008 7:27:36 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 67 replies · 3,389+ views
    http://www.cnn.com ^ | 3-22-08 | Kate Bolduan
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CEO of a company whose employee is accused of improperly looking at the passport files of presidential candidates is a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign, a source said Saturday. John O. Brennan, president and CEO of the Analysis Corp., advises the Illinois Democrat on foreign policy and intelligence issues, the source said. Brennan briefed the media on behalf of the campaign this month. The executive is a former senior CIA official and former interim director of the National Counterterrorism Center. He contributed $2,300 to the Obama campaign in January.
  • Passport Investigation Scrutinizes Employee of Firm With a Tie to Obama

    03/22/2008 3:19:16 PM PDT · by charles m · 41 replies · 2,191+ views
    FOX News ^ | 3/22/08
    The State Department investigation into how and why the passport files of three presidential candidates were breached is scrutinizing an employee at a Virginia-based company, which is headed by an adviser to Barack Obama’s campaign. The Washington Times, which broke the news Thursday that Obama’s files were improperly accessed, reported Saturday that the State Department inspector general’s internal probe will include polygraph tests of supervisors to determine whether there was a political motive behind the breaches. The article said a focal point of the probe will be an employee who works for The Analysis Corporation and is still with the...
  • Chief of firm involved in breach is Obama adviser

    03/22/2008 2:10:04 PM PDT · by tomnbeverly · 63 replies · 2,337+ views
    cnn ^ | 3/22/08 | WASHINGTON (CNN)
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CEO of a company whose employee is accused of improperly looking at the passport files of presidential candidates is a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign, a source said Saturday. John Brennan, president of the Analysis Corp., advises the Illinois Democrat on foreign policy and intelligence issues, the source said. Brennan briefed the media on behalf of the campaign this month. The executive is a former senior CIA official and former interim director of the National Counterterrorism Center. He contributed $2,300 to the Obama campaign in January.
  • Passports probe focuses on worker

    03/22/2008 11:25:04 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies · 899+ views
    washington Times ^ | 3-22-08 | Bill Gertz & Jon Ward
    Article published Mar 22, 2008 Passports probe focuses on worker March 22, 2008 By Bill Gertz and Jon Ward - The State Department investigation of improper computer access to passport records of three presidential candidates is focusing on one remaining employee — a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama The probe by State's inspector general will include polygraph tests for supervisors in the passport section to find out whether the three contract employees who accessed the records had a political motive or were part of a political operation to...