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?

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.

Dem Adopt Saddam’s Strategy In Massachusetts Race.

Desperate Dems try to Palinize Massachusetts Senate race | Washington Examiner

Early Monday afternoon, Sevugan sent out an email to reporters featuring a link to a story on the lefty website TPM. The headline: “Is Sarah Palin Avoiding Mass Senate Race?” The story quoted a Democratic strategist saying that “it’s interesting” that Palin is “nowhere to be found in this race.” TPM conceded that GOP sources say there has been “no talk” about Palin visiting Massachusetts. But that didn’t stop Sevugan, who is quoted declaring that Palin’s supporters “are anxious for her to weigh in.” At the top of his email to journalists, Sevugan wrote, “Come on, Sarah, why are you being so shy?”

During the 1999 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein shot Scud missiles into Israel hoping to draw them into the war and break the Coalition.

It appears that Democrats in race for the Senate seat in Massachusetts, or at least the muscle that was sent from Party Headquarters, is. Hari Sevugan, was sent from the DNC to keep the seat formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy in the family and the voters on the plantation.

His first act is to send out e-mails trying to draw Sarah Palin into the race between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown.

The theory is that if they can get Palin to take part in the campaigning that they can tie Brown into the negative campaign they have been running against Palin and bring out the Democrat vote.

If Palin and the Mass Republicans aren’t the idiots that the DNC takes them for, it could backfire. A comparison with Saddam’s “Scud Strategy” might not sit well with Independent voters, who are the majority in the state..

“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.

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.

They’re Only “Rehabbed” If They Want To Be

Picture this: Art Therapy for Terrorists – NYPOST.com

A cushy Saudi Arabian “rehab” center where terrorists are encouraged to express themselves through crayon drawings, water sports and video games is under scrutiny after one of its graduates re-emerged as a leader in the al Qaeda branch claiming responsibility for trying to blow up an airliner on Christmas.

Said Ali al Shihri — a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who now heads the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — obviously didn’t get to the bottom of his America-hating issues while undergoing the controversial rehab for jihadists.

This just brings out the illogic of the whole forced rehab thing.

The people in the program can only be ‘rehabbed’ if they want to be.

If they are not inclined to be changed and are fairly bright, or just cunning, they can game the system. Just as thousands of drunks and addicts game the rehab system they are forced into.

As for the treatment? I shudder to think what constitutes “water sports” in an Islamic society.

iowahawk: Man, Do I Hate Holiday Travel

iowahawk: Man, Do I Hate Holiday Travel

Iowahawk Special Guest Opinion
by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

Yesterday while I was lying in the burn ward getting my crotch bandages changed, I had a chance to catch the air disaster movie marathon on TCM. The lineup included “Zero Hour,” “The High and the Mighty,” “Skyjacked,” and “Airport ’75.” For all their campy fun and unintentional laughs, those corny old films really serve as a grim reminder how the whole in-flight terror experience has gone completely downhill since the jet set golden years of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. What happened to all those pretty stewardesses and polite, well dressed infidels, screaming as the plane plummeted to the ground? Time was, a suicide mission to explode an international jumbo jet was an event full of glamor and excitement; but now it seems to be a endless series of delays, hassles, pushy jerks and third-degree testicular chemical burns. And don’t even get me started on the crappy airline food.

Looks Like The Kind Of Relationship That Politicians and Lobbyists Have

Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A. – NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials.

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Several former Blackwater guards said that their involvement in the operations became so routine that the lines supposedly dividing the Central Intelligence Agency, the military and Blackwater became blurred. Instead of simply providing security for C.I.A. officers, they say, Blackwater personnel at times became partners in missions to capture or kill militants in Iraq and Afghanistan, a practice that raises questions about the use of guns for hire on the battlefield.

Is this another attempt to delegitimatize Blackwater yet again, another attempt to conjure up reasons to prosecute CIA as enemies of the State, or is it just another smokescreen to keep from reporting that ACORN has been caught with their pants down again?

Probably some of each. Blackwater staff is mostly retired U.S. Military personnel, including Special Ops people and the NYT editorial board hates military people. They often complain about the close relationship between Blackwater and the CIA on the weekend around the pool at their Hamptons estates.

They also hate the CIA. Not the Valerie Plame, Leon Panetta CIA, but the part that goes out and does the risky business of gathering info and running up covert ops. They have hated Covert Op people since the CIA exploding cigar failed to kill Castro for JFK. (That was before they discovered that Fidel was one on the great humanitarians of the century.)

And they need to come up with stories that take up space and draw attention to the fact that, not only were they caught suppressing the ACORN under-aged illegal immigrant prostitute story, but they are determinedly trying not to report that fact that ACORN illegally dumped the private financial records of thousands of people after being tipped off by the California AG that they were going to be raided the next day.

ACORN is one of the groups that seems to have the same relationship with the Democrat Party that Blackwater has with the CIA.