No Duh!

Michael V. Hayden – Obama admnistration takes several wrong paths in dealing with terrorism – washingtonpost.com

We got it wrong in Detroit on Christmas Day. We allowed an enemy combatant the protections of our Constitution before we had adequately interrogated him. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is not “an isolated extremist.” He is the tip of the spear of a complex al-Qaeda plot to kill Americans in our homeland.

In the 50 minutes the FBI had to question him, agents reportedly got actionable intelligence. Good. But were there any experts on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the room (other than Abdulmutallab)? Was there anyone intimately familiar with any National Security Agency raw traffic to, from or about the captured terrorist? Did they have a list or photos of suspected recruits?

When questioning its detainees, the CIA routinely turns the information provided over to its experts for verification and recommendations for follow-up. The responses of these experts — “Press him more on this, he knows the details” or “First time we’ve heard that” — helps set up more detailed questioning.

None of that happened in Detroit. In fact, we ensured that it wouldn’t. After the first session, the FBI Mirandized Abdulmutallab and — to preserve a potential prosecution — sent in a “clean team” of agents who could have no knowledge of what Abdulmutallab had provided before he was given his constitutional warnings. As has been widely reported, Abdulmutallab then exercised his right to remain silent.

And why did we get it wrong?

Because our government thinks that al-Qaeda are criminals along the lines of street gangs or the Mafia. They are not.

They are loosely connected Muslim fanatics that actually think that Allah commands them to kill unbelievers. They believe this with the same certainty that Keith Olbermann has that Bill O’Reilly is the devil. Maybe even stronger than that.

They do not consider death or imprisonment a deterrence, it is the will of Allah and not punishment.

This sets us up for a tiger ride. Do we continue to handle them with legalistic kid gloves and learn to live with the attacks? If so, they will certainly try to make them more and more horrible. Or do we squeeze them and hunt them, which will lead to them attempting more and more horrible attacks. But succeeding less.

It’s a war. And wars are nasty things that result in the death and maiming of thousands of innocent (or not so innocent) people. But not fighting a war results in the death and maiming of thousands of innocent (or not so innocent) people you know. It’s a Tiger tail situation. Do we hang on and hope we aren’t eaten, or do we let go and hope we can kill the tiger before it eats us?

America’s Softer Foreign Policy Pays Off

China’s strident tone raises concerns among Western governments, analysts – washingtonpost.com

China’s indignant reaction to the announcement of U.S. plans to sell weapons to Taiwan appears to be in keeping with a new triumphalist attitude from Beijing that is worrying governments and analysts across the globe.

China has found that there’s no down side to ignoring America.

Obama’s new, less bellicose foreign policy has let China and others know that the worst they can expect from the United States when they misbehave is a diplomatic protest backed up by…another diplomatic protest.

The world is like Kindergarten, without the teacher. The bigger kids grab what they want and if other big kids don’t stop them, they grab more.

The U.S. has announced that they will no longer try to be the biggest kid in the playpen. But there’s always got to be someone that is dominant, and the Chinese think that it should be them.

Who’s going to tell them different? Hillary?

You Knew This Was Coming. Didn’t You?

CNSNews.com – Charges Against Gitmo Terror Suspect Should Be Thrown Out, Lawyer Argues

New York (AP) – A lawyer asked a judge Monday to toss out charges against the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be brought to civilian courts, saying he was tortured for 14 hours over five days and denied trial for nearly five years.

Attorney Peter Enrique Quijano told U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani’s right to a speedy trial was violated when he was sent after his July 2004 arrest to a secret CIA-run interrogation camp abroad rather than to the U.S. for a civilian trial.

Glad To See It. But How Influential Is The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada?

Top Muslim clerics issue Fatwa denouncing terror attacks on Canada and U.S | VANCOUVERITE

CALGARY – Top Imams affiliated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada have issued a fatwa calling those terrorists who attack the United States and Canada “evil.”The Fatwa is the most important condemnation of terrorists who try to hurt people living in Canada. Extremists have been told that any attack on the U.S. or on Canada will be construed as an attack on 10 million Muslims who live in these two countries.

“This is the first Fatwa by the Muslim clergy declaring attacks on Canada and the United States as attack on Muslims. Following is the text of the Fatwa. A Fatwa is a religious edict.

Now. will someone have guts enough to ask Islamic groups such as CAIR if they will support this fatwa?

“Clueless” Describes Our Entire Intelligence Apparatus.

RealClearPolitics – Video – Napolitano Most Surprised By “Determination Of al-Qaeda”

Question: What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of the review? And, Secretary, to you, as well.SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence.

You mean that the tactic of the “suicide bomber” surprised them?

I guess that’s not too surpising when you consider that our inteeligence agencies were taken by surprise by the the Iranian Revolution, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of Hugo Chavez, pretty much anything the North Koreans do, the first WTC bombing, the embassy bombings, the USS Cole, Khobar Towers, 9/11, the lack of WMD in Iraq, the Iraqi resistance,…..pretty much any important development in the world in the past 50 years.

So, they didn’t see this coming? It probably would have been more surprising if they had.

Ohhhh, That’s Too Bad.

Nigeria says U.S. air rule threatens bilateral ties | Reuters

“Nigeria expresses its disappointment and concern of the undeserved placement of Nigeria on the countries of interest list and views this action as having the potential of undermining longstanding and established U.S.-Nigeria bilateral ties,” said Information Minister Dora Akunyili.

What’re they going to do? Cut off the number of e-mails requesting help in getting $238 (two hundred and thirty eight) million dollars out of the bank account of a deceased uncle?

Okay. I guess we can live with that.

The Terrorists Win!

Publishers dumbfounded by airplane book ban – The Globe and Mail

Canadian publishers are dumbfounded by new airport security measures that seem to forbid passengers from bringing books and magazines purchased pre-flight onto airplanes bound for the U.S.The measures, announced Dec. 28 by Transport Canada, permit Canadian passengers en route to the U.S. to carry on board “one or more” of 13 specified items. They include canes, cameras, laptop computers, musical instruments and “medical devices.”

However, books and magazines are not included among the permitted items. The situation has left Carolyn Wood, executive director of the Association of Canadian Publishers, “speechless, really. We’re used to governments fearing books for their content. But what is it here? Is it their explosive capability?”

The goal of the terrorist is do something that causes a panicked, ill-considered reaction that alienates the people.

I’d say this counts as a victory for the terrorists.

More Butt Covering?

Flight 253 passenger Kurt Haskell: ‘I was visited by the FBI’ | Detroit News – – MLive.com

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.

Hindsight’s Always 20/20

Hot Air » Newsweek: Saudis briefed top Obama official about “underwear bombers” in October; Update: MI5 knew of bomber three years ago

You can always spot things after the fact that should have given the whole thing away.

But so many, eight years after 9/11?

Even if you’re inclined to blame Bush, the election was over a year ago and Obama has been in office for almost a year.

Yeah, I know about the economy, the bailouts and unemployment. But all administrations have to be able to walk and chew gum. In fact, that was one of the selling points with Obama.

That’s the reason you have Cabinet Members and Under-secretaries, to insure that the bureaucrat drones are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Wasn’t that the whole point of the DHS and the National Director of Intelligence? Or was that just a butt-covering excuse to hire more bureaucratic drones to beef up the Public Employees Unions>

Geez Obama, it is part of your job to pick subordinates that insure follow through on your policies. Another part, which you obviously knew during the campaign, was to appear to be paying attention and assuring the public. That was a lesson that GWB and his staff never got. Reagan and Clinton did. They both knew when to bite a lip, shed a tear or stand up and ask for one for the Gipper.

Shit like this is gonna happen. What you gotta do is make sure that the failures are few and not the result of poor priorities.

Right now it’s 9/11 all over again. Same old failures, same old excuses and same old answers.

Just wait, there’s going to be another commission, another investigation and it will be discovered that there needs to be more bureaucracy, more lines, more restrictions on the public, but no matter what, no “profiling”.

It’s deja vue all over again.