President Barack Obama apparently received a "high-level" briefing three days before Christmas, with information taken from a report by US intelligence agencies issuing a warning about a "holiday period" attack. Update: Another thought is former
CIA, Michael Schueur's warning that an event, just like this one, may
be used to "clog" the intelligence pipeline. See links to that discussion below.
An administration "senior" official speaking anonymously said Yemen was not mentioned in the report, and then declined to disclose the substance of the briefing!!!
According to the senior official, the holiday threat briefing, one in a series of regularly-scheduled sessions with top counter-terrorism officials, was held in the White House Situation Room on December 22. Present were representatives of agencies involved in counter-terrorism policy and operations, including Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FBI Director Robert Mueller. The CIA and National Intelligence Directors Office were represented by deputy agency heads: CIA deputy director Steven Kappes, and David Gompert, the principal deputy to National Intelligence Czar Dennis Blair. Also present was Michael Leiter, director of the National Counter-terrorism Center, a unit of the Intelligence Czar's office which was created after 9/11 to ensure that intelligence reporting about possible terrorist plots was shared quickly among all US agencies who might have some capability to do something about it.Read about Leiter, and how his agency dropped the ball, and is likely the enabler in the Christmas Day attack on Northwest Flight 253, here.
The "senior" official said in early December there was information on a possible holiday-period attack originating from Pakistan. He reiterated that there was no intelligence implicating an attack from Yemen, but...
...a US intelligence official, who also asked for anonymity, explained: "As everybody knows, terrorists often speak in coded language, especially when they think their communications might be intercepted. There was no clear discussion of an attack, on Christmas or any other time, in the Middle East or anywhere else. But as veiled as the message was, it was spotted, processed, analyzed, and presented to senior policymakers as a warning sign-however vague-of a holiday attack. While this was handled properly, there were, to put it mildly, virtually no details at all. That happens."The solution is simple. Profile in addition to whatever intelligence agencies are doing behind the scenes. Then, do not lie to the citizenry! You have asked us to watch, to be alert. Then you try to discredit our information without a thorough investigation. The Christmas Day attack is surrounded by lies from the government.
After denying the account of other NW 253 passengers - three to be exact, after deplaning, that a second man's carry-on baggage had a hit by a bomb-and-or-drug-sniffing dog, and then that passenger was taken away in handcuffs, today authorities have admitted it happened - a second man was detained - although they offer no explanation.
We have a witness, pre-boarding Flt. 253, saying an Indian man accompanied the bomber at the flight desk and tried to get the bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, on the flight with no passport - yet the Dutch says he had a valid Nigerian passport. Dutch authorities say they have reviewed the video at the flight desk, but will not release it, and will not reveal what the video showed. The passenger who overheard the conversation between the desk attendant and the Indian man, asks why the video is not being released? As he points out, if the video showed he is lying, and there was no Indian man with the bomber, Abdulmutallab, the video would be viral by now.
We, the inconsequential citizens out here, need to be relentless about the circumstances surrounding Abdulmutallab's bomb attempt. It is likely he did not work alone, and had assistance other than al-Qaeda in Yemen. It is clearly possible that al-Qaeda assisted him at the flight gate. Read passenger Kurt Haskell's account of what he saw and heard here.
Clogging the Intelligence Pipeline
Is this what America is facing? Will there be lawsuits filed against numerous airlines for taking disruptive Muslims off of flights? As Larwyn (with some of my thoughts woven in) says: "Pregnant/and/or/Pious Females in Burkas...Religious Conferences couched as vacations, transgendered Arabs looking for a way to 72 virgins through their underpants...is this the new normal?
Other recent airline "events:"
Muhammad Abu Tahir is AirTran Flight 39 Passenger Threw Shoes
AirTran Flight 297 - Muslim Men Disrupt - Disturbing Ride for Passengers lawsuit alert
AirTran Flight 175 Muslim Family Removed - lawsuit alert
Mansor Mohammad Asad - Delta Disrupter. Son Blames it on other passengers
Related and Background:
Noteworthy News on Abdulmutallab: Eric Holder's Federal not Military Court
Gloria Borger grills John Brennan (video)
John Brennan Briefed about Yemen Bombs in Briefs last October
Travel Blog says Terrorists Plant Explosives Up their Anus!
Michael Leiter Sidesteps Christmas Day Bomb Attempt: Dennis blair's DNI CIA Turf War
Obama's Pre-Christmas Security Briefing: Authorities Lie About Second Man Detained
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attended Islamic school in Houston
Michael Leiter NW Flt 253: CIA sent Abdulmutallab info to Leiter's Counterterrorism Center
Abdulmutallab and al-Qaeda in Saudia Arabia: Claims Christmas Day Attack
Jaspar Schuringa is Flight 253 hero: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab - son of prominent Nigerian banker
Amsterdam and the al-Qaeda threat is a Homeland Security Failure
Abdul Mudallad is Nigerian NW Flt. 253 Bomber - al-Qaeda failed in airline bomb attempt
Other Airline Terrorists:
Shoe Bomber Richard Reid Wins: Terrorism and Jihad wins