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WH: Terrorists are short and, therefore, do not deserve to be feared

It has already been clearly established that US Intelligence Agencies were more than aware of the existence (and potential threat) of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian terrorist who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day. I mean, even the kid’s father made great efforts to warn us. So, who made the decision to let this creep board a plane bound for Detroit on Christmas Day? 

Official testimony makes it clear that US intelligence agencies deliberately let Abdulmutallab board Flight 253, putting the lives of hundreds of passengers and countless on the ground at risk. It is also claimed this was allowed to happen in the course of an “as yet undisclosed intelligence operation”. An “intelligence operation”, system which Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said “worked”. She also added that there was “no suggestion” that the WannaBe Terrorist was “improperly screened.”  Sooooo,  if “the system worked”, why were all of those lives saved by a quick-thinking man from Denmark and why didn’t the proper screening reveal explosives in the man’s freaking underwear?

Side Question:

I am curious. Would the frying of the panty-bomber’s crotch have any effect on his capacity to enjoy the promised gift of his 72 virgins?

So… moving on.

In a USA Today Op-Ed, John Brennan (Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism) writes:

Immediately after the failed Christmas Day attack, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was thoroughly interrogated and provided important information. Senior counterterrorismofficials from the White House, the intelligence community and the military were all actively discussing this case before he was  Mirandized and supported the decision to charge him in criminal court.

Brennan’s assertions are, for lack of a more accurate term, screaming, in your face lies.
First – After Abdulmutallab’s failed attempt to murder hundreds of Americans by blowing up a plane bound for Detroit Agents from the FBI’s Detroit bureau were called in. The now medicated Abdulmutallab was quite chatty. He “spoke openly” and admitted he was from al Qaeda in Yemen. Still yet to be read his “rights”, the panty-bomber talked for 50 minutes. Then, to let his medications wear off, the interrogators stopped. Five hours later, the FBI in Washington said it wanted to bring in a new interrogation for a second interview. This new group of FBI interrogators is called a “clean team.” that included elements of local joint terrorism task force.  The second interrogation yielded nothing and after Abdulmutallab was Mirandized, he stopped cooperating altogether.

The AP explains:

“By bringing in a so-called ‘clean team’ of investigators to talk to the suspect, federal officials aimed to ensure that Abdulmutallab’s statements would still be admissible if the failure to give him his Miranda warning led a judge to rule out the use of his first admissions . . . . In the end, though, the ‘clean team’ of interrogators did not prod more revelations from the suspect.”
So, if the first round of interrogations were going so well and so much “valuable information” was being learned… why stop and bring in someone else? It sounds eerily like Obama’s decision to go for a second StimulousJobs Bill because the first one was so “successful”. And why did the FBI officials who interrogated Abdulmutallab not draw on the intelligence that had been collected by the US intelligence community over the previous several months during that interrogation? 
For a while, no one even knew who made the decision to treat the Nigerian born/Yemmen trained terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a US Citizen. In an effort to find out, the Senate Judiciary Committee signed and forwarded a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking who made the decision and only after much unrelenting public pressure did U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announce that it was his decision alone to go the criminal justice route with Abdulmutallab, rather than the national security route.
And no one is buying Mr. Holder’s, “it was me/I acted alone” story.
“No one here believes that,” says a Department of Justice attorney in the Criminal Division. “We all know Eric is falling on his sword for the guys up the street at the White House. Something this big doesn’t take place without input and final sign off from the Executive Office of the President.”  I too suspect that Holder is (voluntarily or not) going to be the next victim of the Obama UnderTheBus Toss. Come to think of it, perhaps this explains why Obama’s policies are failing to gain any traction. With so many crammed underneath that bus these days the wheels aren’t even touching the ground anymore.
Regarding Mr. Brennan’s second claim, that every one relevant knew what was going on, perhaps his information is based on answers given by House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs when questioned by Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”. Asked whether Obama knew about the decision to Mirandize Abdulmatallub. Gibbs said the decision was made “by the Justice Department and the FBI”. Unfortunately, for both Gibbs and Brennan, testimony before both the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees refute those claims. Across the board, FBI director Robert Mueller, National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said they were not consulted about the decision to handle Abdulmutallab in the criminal courts.
During his testimony, It was Dennis Blair’s opinion that the government “mishandled” the interrogation.
Frankly, we were thinking more of overseas people and—duh! [here Blair theatrically slaps palm to forehead]—we didn’t put it [into effect] then. That’s what we will do now. .??.??.I was not consulted; the decision was made on the scene. It seemed logical to the people there, but it should have been taken using this HIG format at a higher level.
Say what? The HIG doesn’t even exist yet?… and you were “thinking” they would be used for “overseas people” not for use in domestic acts of terrorism? Hmmm…. I’ll bet Obama and his peeps enjoyed having that little tid-bit revealed. And what about Mr. Obama? If such “actionable” intelligence was gathered during that 50 minute interview, why did he say this was an “isolated incident”? And if his administration’s efforts were continuing to go so well… why was it necessary to have FBI Agents go to Nigeria to meet with and return with members of the terrorists family (including his parents) and have THEM meet with Abdulmutallab to encourage him to talk AFTER the decision to Mirandize him had shut him up? What? You were handling the interrogation with Umar so well you had to resort to the, “Wait until your mother and father get here” tactic?
FBI officials are saying Umar has provided “valuable intelligence” since he began cooperating again with Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewers. However, I suppose in the interest of national security, they decline to give specifics on precisely what “valuable intelligence” Mr. Abdulmutallab is providing. Odd though, that a little more than 24 hours after the FBI warned senators not to disclose the sensitive information that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was (with the help of his parents) cooperating with the FBI, the White House was eager to share the information with their pals in the news media.
And another thing. We know Umar was trained by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (who has already claimed responsibility for the attempted attack) while in Yemen. Soooo, why wasn’t  Umar questioned about his admitted ties to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which Obama and his officials claim is a growing threat to the homeland?  We also know that Abdulmutallab was active in jihadist circles while living in London and that among his associates was a former Guantánamo Bay detainee,  Moazzam Begg (whos London group “Cage Prisoners” serves to demonize the U.S. military and smear America’s post-9/11 war efforts) and Anwar al-Awlaki, (the same radical Muslim cleric who was also a pen-pal of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan who killed 13 people at Ft. Hood).  This is what the Obama adminstration calls an, “isolated incident”? And, in the wake of such a stupid decision to Mirandize a terrorist (not to mention the ignorant idea to try KSM & Company in a civilian court in New York), how does the Obama administration handle the backlash and criticism…? You got it… “BUSH DID IT TOO!”… as if it wasn’t also a stupid idea when Bush did it.
A few days after Umar tried to kill the passengers on the plane and likely many more on the ground, Matthew Yglesias (a writer for the Center for American Progress, a think(less) tank founded and run by Obama insider John Podesta, wrote an article titled, “Not So Scary ‘Terror.’ ” The Detroit plot was “pretty unserious.”  I imagine the passengers (and family members of those) on that plane feel a bit differently.
Yglesias also declared of the potential murder of hundreds more Americans by terrorists:
“And even if you did manage to blow up an airplane in mid-air, that would be both a very serious crime and a great tragedy, but hardly a first-order national security threat.”
Sooo… what exactly does qualify as a “first-order national security threat” if not the attempt to kill citizens of that nation?
Glenn Greenwald, another liberal, mocked the “hysteria” felt by people over the Detroit incident and said such an uproar “inevitably happens to a citizenry that is fed a steady diet of fear and terror for years. It regresses into pure childhood.”
Yeah… shame on us. SHAME on us for regressing into the same state of childhood fear we felt as we watched thousands of our “citizenry” die in the Twin Towers as we heard of yet another attempt to kill more of us… How DARE we.
We weren’t regressing into fear, Mr. Greenwald. We got “p*ssed!
How did the president handle the event? How the our president respond to calm the “hysteria” of Americans as they regressed “into pure childhood”? Well, unlike us, he remained calm… and continued golfing on his vacation in Hawaii. But, according to Marc Ambinder (editor for The Atlantic and chief political consultant for CBS News), it was a deliberate plan.

Yeah… “There is a reason why Obama hasn’t given a public statement,” the journalist wrote the day after the attempted bombing. “It’s strategy.”

Brilliant.
So, now Mr. Brennan adds his two cents worth in continuing to insult those who are critical of how the Obama administration has handled the panty bomber. He tells us it is “naive to think that transferring Abdulmutallab to military custody would have caused an outpouring of information. There is little difference between military and civilian custody, other than an interrogator with a uniform. The suspect gets access to a lawyer, and interrogation rules are nearly identical.”  Sooo… why not just leave it to the military rather than creating all of this fuss?
As for us folks who still think terrorists who want to kill as many Americans as they can are a threat? Mr. Brennan has a few words for us too.
 “Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill.” 
Imagine that. We can rest easy America, for we know now that our fears are (and always have been) unjustified because those who are plotting right now to kill even more of us are simply not freakishly tall enough to do us any harm.