Friday, January 08, 2010

Dot Coma

Bumbling Bunglers. That's what they are. That's what our lawyer-limited security personnel have become. All textbook, no action.

On November 5, 2009 muslim terrorist Major Malik Hasan murdered 13 members of the US Army and wounded 29 more at Fort Hood. Before firing over 100 shots at targets in the facility he chose for his killing grounds, he exchanged a series of 18 e-mails with radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the same fanatical imam who advised Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

The contact between Hasan and imam al-Awlaki went back more than a year and during that time they discussed jihad and whether God permits the murder of innocent people in suicide attacks.

About two weeks after Major Hasan committed his terrorist attack on US soil against members of the US military, the father of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab called the US embassy in Nigeria to report that his son has become radicalized in Yemen. The father is a respected Nigerian banker.

As a result, Abdulmutallab's name is entered into the National Counterterrorism Center's terrorist database.

On December 16, 2009, Abdulmutallab bought a roundtrip airline ticket to travel from Accra, Ghana to Detroit. He paid cash.

His flight departed December 25, 2009. Remarkably, he was traveling without luggage. He had paid for his ticket with cash.

Those two factors should have triggered a personal interview with security people. But that did not happen. However, after considering the additional factor of Abdulmutallab's father informing US Embassy personnel that his son had become radicalized in Yemen, an arrest should have been made at the Ghana airport.

Last week seven CIA agents were murdered when they believed they had found a muslim to work for them as a double agent. Instead, he turned the tables and detonated a bomb he carried. Why did he succeed? The CIA agents made the fatal mistake of trusting him. He had gained their confidence and exploited that confidence to commit a terrorist act of murder. Worse, he had been involved in security in Jordan, which suggests anti-American activities are underway in Jordan.

The answer to the detection problem is already available. Israel knows how to spot and deter airborne terrorists. Moreover, the US appears to have conderable expertise when it comes to finding, indentifying and arresting people with an interest in child pornography. You would think the same strategies would work when the quarry is a terrorist.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration, defined by its depraved incompetence, now wants to re-invent the wheel. When it comes to stopping terrorism, it is suffering from the Not-Invented-Here syndrome. Worse is the fact the Obama team is trying to re-invent this wheel with bad science.

Our security program is focused on spotting weapons. Hence, there must be a growing collection of knives, ice picks, knitting needles, and large bottles of shampoo accumulating at every airport. If we were smart -- like the Israelis -- we would focus on the terrorists themselves. Not the equipment they might possess. Israel profiles behavior. We should too. A passenger who pays cash is suspicious. A passenger on a transatlantic flight who flies without luggage is suspicious. A passenger whose father has called the US Embassy to report his son's Islmaic radicalization in Yemen is exactly what he appears to be -- a muslim terrorist.

In the Abdulmutallab episode, no one needed to Connect the Dots. In this episode, security people needed to step back as this bowling ball of terroristic plans landed in their offices.

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Blogger Winfred Mann said...

Unfortunately, Obama ignores the fact that we are in a war on terror, hence the mindset of the administration obfuscates reality with political correctness.

Maybe, now, after two terror attacks, these incompetents will wake up to the world as it is, rather than as they would like it to be.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Winfred Mann said...

Jordan is considered a moderate muslim country.

Amman, Jordan (CNN) -- The wife of an alleged suicide bomber who killed eight people at a U.S. base in Afghanistan last week says she is shocked by his actions but "proud" of what he did. Defne Bayrak, the Turkish wife of Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi -- a Jordanian doctor identified as the attacker -- said she doubted accusations her husband had been an intelligence agent, but was satisfied he did not die in vain.

"I am proud of my husband. My husband accomplished a very big operation in such a war," she told reporters. "If he is a martyr, may God accept his martyrdom."

2:30 PM  
Blogger no_slappz said...


I am not sure how to take Obama's simple, straightforward statement that "we are at war with al-Qaeda."

On one level he admits we are "at war", and that we are fighting a muslim organization that has been well defined by our government.

Nevertheless, it is difficult to conclude he truly accepts the meaning of his words. His words make sense only if we accept an absurd subtext -- that anyone boarding a plane might be a member of al-Qaeda.

3:38 PM  

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