Friday, April 2, 2010

Increased Intelligence Checks In Answer To Christmas Bomber, Only Did Anyone Tell Obama It Was Intelligence Who Purposefully Didn't Revoke His Visa?

An article in the New York Times explains how new security protocols for people flying to the United States, establishes "a system that uses intelligence information and assessment of threats to identify passengers who could have links to terrorism, a senior administration official said Thursday. The new approach will replace a broader layer of extra scrutiny that had been imposed recently on all passengers from 14 countries, most of which are Muslim. The change, which will be announced Friday by the Department of Homeland Security, is the result of a review of security at international airports ordered by Mr. Obama after the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit."

Ok, so no more extra scrutiny for those from muslim countries, and now we are back to everyone is a suspect and more intelligence "assessment of threats."

But there is one important bit of information here being completely overlooked. An unnamed U.S. intelligence agency KNEW about the Christmas Bomber and asked the State Department NOT to revoke his visa when they wanted to after being warned by the bomber's father.
I covered that months ago in this post.

So more intelligence, or more screening would have done nothing, as one of our intelligence agencies purposefully wanted the suspect to have his visa to travel to the U.S.

Of course the New York Times would probably just call that a 'conspiracy theory'. Another article in the newspaper seems to link the new film by Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer, about a Prime Minister linked with CIA torture and War on Terror corruption, with other conspiracy movies as " crude and heavy-handed, their formulations absurd, even outrageous." But the New York Times article is much more itself an outrageous piece of heavy-handed rebuking of anyone who challenges the 'official stories' its writer Sam Tanenhaus seems to find so comforting and without doubt.

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