Reading a CNN article discussing the resignation of Dennis C. Blair and a Senate Intelligence Commitee report, you probably would believe a lack of intelligence sharing caused the Christmas Bomber intelligence failure. However, in reality, beyond the smokescreen of manipulation, it was the intelligence sharing itself which caused the incident. The State Department was on course to revoke the visa of Abdulmutallab until an unnamed intelligence agency requested that the State Department NOT do so. This goes unmentioned by CNN and other near useless media organizations.
It was originally reported in The Detroit News and elsewhere, but still survives here and here.
Congressional hearing reveals US intelligence agencies shielded Flight 253 bomber
By Alex Lantier
3 February 2010
A January 27 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security established that US intelligence agencies stopped the State Department from revoking the US visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The Nigerian student, whom US officials suspected of being affiliated with the Yemeni terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, attempted to set off a bomb on Northwest Flight 253 into Detroit on Christmas Day. Revocation of Abdulmutallab’s visa would have prevented him from boarding the airplane.
The hearing was reported in a brief article posted January 27 on the web site of the Detroit News, headlined, “Terror Suspect Kept Visa to Avoid Tipping Off Larger Investigation.”
The revelation that US intelligence agencies made a deliberate decision to allow Abdulmutallab to board the commercial flight, without any special airport screening, has been buried in the media. As of this writing, nearly a week after the hearing, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times have published no articles on the subject. Nor have the broadcast or cable media reported on it...
This is not just negligence of course. This mirage has a purpose. Corrupt elements within the establishment want, like any good mafia, more centralization and more "sharing" since it allows for more central control and thus more corruption.