Jun 15 2016
Most people probably believe that to perform national security against terrorist attacks on US soil, it would entail some form of “connecting the dots”. Another way of saying this is: one would need to pull together independent pieces of information to build a picture that could be a warning of a threat that could be acted upon to save lives.
But first you have to have the dots that make up the picture of the threat. Finding the right dots to identify a threat is hard enough. It is like looking for a light gray dot in a sea of slightly gray dots. And the the picture takes time to put together, so the dots don’t connect all at once but over time.
You would think that.
But the Obama administration tends to fly in the face of common sense, and it spent a lot of its energy erasing dots before they could be connected. From Feb of this year:
Amid the chaos of the 2009 holiday travel season, jihadists planned to slaughter 290 innocent travelers on a Christmas Day flight from the Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan. Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to detonate Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but the explosives in his underwear malfunctioned and brave passengers subdued him until he could be arrested. The graphic and traumatic defeat they planned for the United States failed, that time.
Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to “connect the dots.” He said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.”
President Obama is a slick deflector of responsibility, because at the time he was saying this his orders to erase “the dots” was being carried out:
Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). These types of records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.” Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.
Now apparently this was all done based on the individual’s religion!
So let me get this straight. Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily block immigration from certain hotbeds of Radical Islam (which is no different from banning immigration of Radical Koreans – from North Korea) is unethical and biased.
But Obama’s order to delete terror threat data based on religion is not biased?
Only in DC could this sound sane! Only in America would the news media be so clueless. Of course, a modern news media career relies on access to people in power. So the people in power ensure the media is clueless – or buys their “dots” only from official channels so as ensure the brain-washed masses don’t connect dots on their own.
On a separate note: How about we ban gun sales to Muslims – wouldn’t that make a few liberal heads implode? How could Hillary talk herself out of that logic-bomb?