WHY THE CHRISTMAS ATTEMPTED BOMBING IS MORE FRIGHTENING THEN 9-11.
This deals with before 9-11 and before 12-25-09, the efforts and mindset of both that were present.
Not so much blame, as much as the efforts and the outcomes.
The Clinton administration did take the threat posed by Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda seriously.
Devoting resources and man power to it and suffered opposition from the Pentagon and CIA.
The President asked the Pentagon for a plan of action against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
But was told it would take a large military response involving several hundred thousand troops and a full fledge invasion. While President Clinton wanted a small surgical strike and capture.
The CIA did not want to put human assets into Afghanistan and refused to have a CIA operation similar to a military strike also saying it would take far too much manpower then was reasonable to do.
One of the problems faced by Clinton was that without human assets the reports that were received would be dated. Reports of Bin Laden’s where about would come in generally days later then where he was on the date. Cruse missiles would take over an hour for the gyros to spin up to be used.
And Bin Laden never stayed in one place long enough to use the cruse missile on.
Clinton always wanted to have a small surgical strike on Bin Laden but got objections from the military and the CIA.
The task force assigned to Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda did an advisory that was presented to the newly elected G. W. Bush in August of 2001. Warning that there were indications of a plan to attack the United States homeland. That the increased chatter was systematic of a growing threat and of it being in the near future.
It also indicated a focus on commercial aviation, though not a specific threat.
No one actually saw the happenings of 9-11 or that the focus was using planes as weapons.
They saw the likelihood use of a bomb or highjacking within the U.S.
The problem that presented itself with the Bush administration was they were cold war chicken hawks.
They just could not perceive of a serious threat to the United States smaller then the Soviet Union.
They did not take the advisory serious and actually scolded the team for focusing on the small fish and they should be focused on Saddam Hussein. Whom they came into the office wanting to depose him.
The mindset of a preoccupation on Saddam and that a small group of radical Islamic terrorists could not be a threat to the U.S. kept them for acting or preparing for a terrorist attack.
They just were not looking for a serious attack or thought it possible that it could be a serious matter.
As such the attack came as a complete surprise and there was not system set up that would have stopped it.
Or any way that would have caught them before the attack was carried out.
Of course in hindsight there were several indicators, dots if connected would have told them where to focus and what might have been in store for 9-11.
Since the idea of 19 individuals being willing to fly a jet into a building just was not in our mindset.
We were not looking for it to happen, it was the unimaginable far away from the Western comprehension.
There was a lacking of understand of the Islamic mindset, we could understand someone being willing to die in order to save another’s life but not kill themselves to kill another!
It was actually unforeseeable to us; not possible to us it was insane!
Afterward the mechanics of a system were put in place; I can tell you that different law enforcement agencies are extremely territorial. Be they a Local, county, State and Federal. There just is nothing more insulting for an agency to found out an outside agency is playing on their playground without permission.
It is true of the FBI and CIA, so even after the formation of the Homeland security department it was an up hill battle. A good example is what was happening before 9-11 and continued after that date.
The CIA knew that most of the hijackers were in the United States but had lost track of them.
The FBI had noticed the numbers of Middle Eastern men taking flying lessons and it seemed odd to them.
But did not ask the CIA for information or if these individuals were possible terrorists.
9 years later we see how it was not improved to a great detail.
In fact as the years passed these agencies slipped back into their old habit and the case may have just been that it was not tested or caused a tragic loss.
Recently a statement was made that under President Obama we had one terrorist attack and under President Bush none. That is not true by the way, even without 9-11 there were seven under Bush.
Ranging from two where the terrorist drove their car into crowds to the D.C. shooter was convicted of terrorism.
Now in 2009 we have a better understanding of the subject, any understanding would have been an improvement. We went into it so blind an example is that a reporter was following an U.S. combat team that was charged with finding and destroying car bombs. Along with a team of Iraqi soldiers, responding to a report of a location of a car bomb manufacturing operation.
The response team wandered about and did find a couple of cars that did appeal to be in the process of being modified for that purpose. The Cameraman stood there filming and going between the different military personal.
When the reporter and cameraman got back and were reviewing the tapes.
Someone who did speak the language overheard the audio and was shocked!
Right there beside the U.S. troopers were Iraqis talking about how silly this was.
That they knew where arms cashes and Car bombs were that moment.
The translator for the Americans would join in with the Iraqis and even told he knew where some were.
Whole agency that focuses on the threat that is presented by the terrorists. Systems that intercept the communications and are focused on them.
Warning sign to watch for and will indicate where the threat is coming from and when it is happening.
Lists of “Red flags” some being buying a Plane ticket with cash, no bags, one way tickets among others.
Reports and Intel comes in almost daily to any Law enforcement agency.
I have no doubt that often there is a flood coming into homeland security.
There are those who make a living off of selling information and some times it is totally made up.
Some are like what happens in a local Police department, someone sees something they either do not understand or mistake as a crime and call.
The agency must go through and evaluate each one for its value and seriousness.
Searching for a suspect is a process of elimination and if there is no direction to go in or something that points to a certain person. This process can be overwhelming you literally start out suspecting everyone living on the Earth at the time.
Then eliminate everyone not in the country at the time.
Then eliminate everyone not in the State at the time
Then eliminate everyone not in the county at the time.
And then those not in the city at the time till you have a smaller suspect list.
That is the process when you have nothing to go on.
So we have a system to detect suspects of terrorism.
We have a system that intercepts their communications to draw Intel.
A system that looks for the signs and Red flags as to actions that is indications of a terrorist.
All these systems and Red flags being aware of the threat and trying to stop another terrorist attack.
So what is at fault that on Christmas day a person could fly into Detroit with a bomb with the intent to blow up the plane?
Unlike with 9-11 it was not being unaware of the threat, we have been aware of it since 2001.
We have systems in place to be aware of plans and detect someone with the intent.
Unlike with 9-11, we had several indications of a plan to be carried out.
And a clue as to what direction to be looking, several communications referring to the “Nigerian”.
Now this could have been one of two things, either it could have been a ploy, a misdirection to keep anyone interest from looking in the right direction.
Say the one to carry out the attack is from Great Britain, they would not want the U.S. to be looking closer at anyone from Great Britain. So the indication that the bomber is from another country like Nigeria.
The second is that the bomber is from Nigeria and that is how they are referring to him.
Either way it should cause an evaluation to determine which is the case.
And it should be something to cause attention to be heightened to any information concerning Nigeria.
So now there is a direction to be looking in.
So the problem is which Nigerian?
Nigeria itself is not free from Islamic terror and has a history of such groups forming and operating there.
Like the majority of these groups their intent is solely dealing with the country they are in.
In that respect Al-Qaeda had been unique in their goal of taking on the foreign Satan.
Now Al-Qaeda in Yemen seems to be joining them in their goal, though that actually maybe separate of
“Al-Qaeda proper“. The differences can be seen in the type of attacks, the embassy bombing in Africa
and 9-11. The Cole would seem more the act of a small group with limited thought to it.
Both major death tolls and planned out to even being at the same time when the bombs went off.
A large operation with a large goal, more the acts of an organized group that takes years to plan.
The Christmas incident was not as well planned and limited in it intent to inflect casualties.
Only a little under 300 is not enough for Al-Qaeda proper ego.
So now Intel has a location where a plan is coming from and a direction as to which this threat might be.
“Yemen” and the “Nigerian” this should have cause a focus and greater scrutiny.
Then in late October early November a father in Nigeria come into the CIA and tells them that he fears his son who is in Yemen has became radicalized and maybe a threat to the United States.
Yemen and a Nigerian again, so here is a person of interest to be watching and researching.
To sum up, there is a location and a organization now a suspect and in the process of him traveling to the United States he threw several of the standard Red flags that was on the list of Red flags.
So how was it that the system set up failed?
Obama is soft on Terrorism?
No, he did not change the system in place; the same people that President Bush had in place populated it.
It was to operate in the same manner whether it is Bush or Obama.
Bush? No with the signs and the system it would be well able to have detected and stopped it.
All flags thrown and the Intelligence to have detected a threat and uncover it.
So the problem that is frightening is not the system mechanics.
So what is frightening then?
It is that even with the system mechanic there was a failure.
It was not a lacking in the system it was a lacking in the thought process.
How could this not have been stopped?
That even when there was a clear and present danger the level of blindness that missed it was so total.
You need not be a former Law enforcement officer or a security expert to see the failing in the system.
It is a simple matter to see the dots that were present and to connect them.
So how was it that they were not connected and this stopped before the plane took off?
There was enough that there would be no need to have a full body scan to have detected it.
No need for added security measures to counter it, the present mechanics of the system should have stopped it.
There was nothing unforeseen or undetected that happened.
The only way this person could have been more open as to the intent or the path he took would have been if he had went on National TV. Dropped his pants and pointed to the bomb with one hand and held up his plane ticket with the other hand.
Now the frightening thought is even if he had done that would he have been noticed and stopped?
Considering what happened there is a real concern that he may not have.
Frightening is it not?
In a clinical nature I wondered just how it would be spun?
The need for more restrictions!
It is that Obama just does not say “war on terror” enough!
It is that Republicans are not in control of the Congress!
Its we are not nuking the entire region!
It’s is that Republicans are being nothing more then noise makers at a party!
Everything to blame and no honesty in any of it as to what had happened.
A total failure of those responsible for the system and that is impossible to excuse by any means.