(a very rambling post)
Obama stated the obvious last night and then went on and did nothing:
“This was not a failure to collect intelligence,” Obama said after meeting with senior national security and intelligence officials, “it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had. . . . That’s not acceptable, and I will not tolerate it.”
By not tolerating it, does he mean he’ll remove the XTRA layer of bureaucracy created to “integrate and understand” intelligence given to it by the intelligence agencies? Nope.
How about firing anyone who didn’t do their job? Nope.
Will he work on finding where the system broke down? I don’t see how if “he will not tolerate” the fingerpointing.
Here’s what he’s going to do:
including expansion of the U.S. “no-fly” list to include people with Abdulmutallab’s profile; [Nigerian man with no luggage paying cash for a one way ticket to Detroit]
Frankly I would have thought this was already part of the screening.
enhanced screening for anyone flying to the United States from an expanded list of “countries of interest”;
additional screening and security on all domestic or U.S.-bound international flights;
Because patting down my legs is going to let you know what I have in my crotch, right?
an automatic check of terrorism suspects to determine whether they possess valid U.S. visas.
This one is my favorite. Read it again. An automatic check of terrorists suspects!! Yes, that will help.
I’m thinking maybe we ought to have an automatic check of any skinny passengers taller than 6feet who’s address is a cave in Pakistan too. Just to be on the safe side.
Obama included in his speech this brand new fact concerning Guantanamo and it’s affect on terrorism:
“In fact,” he added, “that [GITMO] was an explicit rationale for the formation of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.”
Wow – and here the old facts say that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula existed by 2003.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula first came to prominence in Saudi Arabia in May 2003, when it claimed responsibility for simultaneous suicide bombing attacks on three Western housing compounds in Riyadh , which left 29 dead.
Two other things. I finally found a reasonable person quoted in the paper concerning this. Bob Ayers, former intelligence official.
Bob Ayers, a former US intelligence officer, said Obama’s announcement was an attempt to “correct the perception that he’s being soft on national security”.
“It provides him with an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s concerned and he’s tough and he’s going to do something about this problem,” Ayers told Al Jazeera.
But Ayers also warned against blaming the incident solely on the failure of the US intelligence process.
“The man still had to go through a security checkpoint. He was allowed on to an aircraft at his point of debarkation without even having a passport.
“That’s not an intelligence failure, that’s an airport security failure.”
That it is, that it is. And Mr. Obama, I don’t think you have a ton of control over airport security around the world.
You do however have control over your own agencies. That being the case, maybe you might want to rethink using them to spy for global warmist scientists. Maybe?
The nation’s top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal government’s intelligence assets — including spy satellites and other classified sensors — to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change.
Read the story….it’s not that easy to follow. Yes, of course the spy images would be helpful to collect data on changes in climate. No shit. So? Send your own satellites up then. Instead 60 scientists will have secret clearance. So does that mean they can study the images, but not publish??
Another point the story makes is that this will cost the CIA $0. Yet somehow 500 agents will be useful to science.
Scientists, Dr. Untersteiner said, “have no way to send out 500 people” across the top of the world to match the intelligence gains, adding that the new understandings might one day result in ice forecasts.
If the information is available, then make it available to everyone.
If it’s secret, then keep the damn stuff secret.
How is having intelligence agencies working with a limited number of scientists going to be free, or even fair. It’s like the public option in health care. The government gets the upper hand. Scientists with access get to do the better science because they get the information. The rest of you clowns, nyet.
I feel like I’m in the twilight zone here.
ps – Jordan is having a hard time accepting that our bomber in Afghanistan was Jordanian.
Government officials on Tuesday said there was no proof that the suicide bomber who killed eight people at a US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) base in Afghanistan was a Jordanian.
However, a senior government official acknowledged yesterday that 32-year-old Humam Khalil Abu Mulal Al Balawi, whom international media reports pointed to as the perpetrator of the attack, was a Jordanian doctor who had supplied security agencies with information about terrorists targeting Jordan’s security.
And Thomas Friedman makes sense today. That’s nice. Someone needs to today!