Thursday, May 13, 2010

GOP Senator: 'Not Convinced' Of Times Square Suspect-Taliban Link; Feinstein Won't Debate It In Public; Official: Time Needed To Put Meat On Bone

From CNN.

The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee says he doesn't yet see the evidence to support Obama administration claims that the Times Square bombing suspect was working on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban.
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, also is criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder for launching what he calls a "hostile takeover" of the intelligence community....

"We hear there's lots of strong suspicions and lots of trails they are following," said the senator. "I'm not convinced by the information I've seen so far that there was adequate, confirmable intelligence to collaborate the statements that were made on Sunday television shows," he added.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-California, disagreed with Bond's contention, but said she would not debate it in public. Feinstein did say that based on the intelligence she had seen "there is a high likelihood that he (Shahzad) did have training in Pakistan..from the Taliban."
And Justice Department spokesman Boyd said the administration stands by the statements made by Holder and Brennan on Sunday.
A U.S. counterterrorism official said there is "no doubt" of a connection between the Pakistan Taliban and Shahzad, but the extent of that linkage is still not clear. "More time is needed to put meat on the bone," said the official.


  1. IRAQ
    Feinstein supported the Iraq war resolution in the vote of October 11, 2002; she has claimed that she was misled by President Bush on the reasons for going to war. However, former UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq Scott Ritter has stated that Feinstein in summer 2002 acknowledged to him that she knew the Bush administration had not provided any convincing intelligence to back up its claims about the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.[17]

    In February 2007, Feinstein warned Republicans not to block consideration of a measure opposing President Bush's troop increase in Iraq, saying it would be a "terrible mistake" to prevent debate on the top issue in America.[18]

    In May 2007, Feinstein voted for an Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, which continued to fund the Iraq occupation without a firm timetable for withdrawal. The Senator said "I am deeply disappointed that this bill fails to hold the President accountable for his Administration’s flawed Iraq War policy. The American people have made their voices clear that there must be an exit strategy for Iraq. Yet this President continues to stubbornly adhere to more of the same."[19]

    In August 2007, Feinstein joined Republicans in the Senate in voting to modify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by narrowing the scope of its protections to sharply reduce the legal limits on the government's ability to monitor phone calls and email messages of American citizens.[20] Feinstein voted to give the attorney general and the director of national intelligence the power to approve international surveillance of the communications of Americans entirely within the executive branch, rather than through the special intelligence court established by FISA. Many privacy advocates have decried this law and Senator Feinstein's vote in favor of it.[21] In February 2008, Feinstein joined Republicans in the Senate in voting "Nay" to strike the provisions providing immunity from civil liability to electronic communication service providers for certain assistance provided to the Government.[22]

    Feinstein was the original Democratic cosponsor of a bill to extend the USA PATRIOT Act. In a December 2005 statement, Senator Feinstein stated, "I believe the Patriot Act is vital to the protection of the American people."[23] She was the main Democratic sponsor of the failed 2006 constitutional Flag Desecration Amendment.[24]

  2. these people are so absurd. they think they must do this and that, and we are just dumb children who should know their place.

    im a little confused about your second paragraph there in your comment.

    "Feinstein warned Republicans not to block consideration of a measure opposing President Bush's troop increase in Iraq,"

    that sounds like that would be a good measure if it was blockiing a troop increase....should it be written different?

  3. Kit Bond has voted for every oppressive/police state measure that has ever crossed his path.His scepticism here is just more false left/right bullshit.If a republican were president now he would be calling for military action in response to the evidence he now claims to be wary of.Hypocrite,Bush family bootlicker,Whore,Israeli stooge.I should know I live in Missouri.

  4. as for kit bond, probably true. still he is saying what we are all thinking right?

    i mean i really find all this taliban al-qaeda b.s. really hard to swallow anymore.