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Archive | January 7, 2010

Intelligence Expert James Lewis: Failed Attack on Flight 253 was Analytical Failure, Not Intelligence Failure

Important signs missed: Father/banker saying ‘Watch out for my son.’ Buying the ticket with cash Coming from Yemen No luggage Inclination to over-react. Not a problem that can be fixed by better sensors. James Lewis: “We need to slow down the rate of recruitment.” (of young Muslims)

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Suicide Bomber Kills 10, Injures 27 in Gardez, Afghanistan

A suicide bomber targeted pro-government militia commander Nasir Paray and detonated his suicide bomb vest in a southeastern provincial capital, Gardez of Patkia Province on Thursday, Ten people (including the commander and 4 childeren) were killed and 27 people (mostly civilians) were injured about 50 miles south Kabul. Wikipedia: Gardez | Paktia Province | Afghanistan […]

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Forward Operation Base Chapman: CIA Penetration of al Qaeda Backfired

JAN 05 2010 — US intelligence sources named the suicide bomber who killed seven CIA agents and a Jordanian intelligence officer at a secret CIA facility at Forward Operation Base Chapman in Afghanistan on Dec. 30, 2009 as Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, 36, a Jordanian medical doctor.

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Obama: ‘Ultimately the buck stops with me’ … Anti-terror shortcomings and corrective steps outlined

Outline of President Barack Obama’s address to the nation after the failed terrorist attempt on passengers and crew of Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Shortcomings explained: 1. The intelligence community learned a lot about Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula , but the intelligence community did not prioritize specific threats. 2. The lack of prioritization contributed […]

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Terror Director Ski Bum? Leitner in Charge of ‘Connecting the Dots’ Stayed on the Slopes after Christmas Airliner Bomb Attempt

Michael Leiter, the top official in charge of analyzing terror threats with the NCTC did not cut short his ski vacation after the underwear bomber nearly blew up an Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, according to a report in the New York Daily News. Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center since […]

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Disorderly Conduct Causes Hawaiian-bound Jet to Return to Portland with Fighter Jet Escort

JAN 06 2010 — A 56-year-old Salem man, and his female companion were taken off Hawaiian Airlines Flight 39 when the Hawaiian-bound jet returned to Portland International Airport around 1:20 p.m. escorted by two F-15 fighter jets. The couple was questioned by the FBI but were not arrested. SOURCE: No charges for Salem man whose […]

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