9/11 ten years later: they’re still trying to kill us

September 10, 2011

With the tenth anniversary of the September 11th atrocities coming tomorrow, there’s reasonable fear that Al Qaeda could attempt an attack in New York or elsewhere in the US for their own “celebrations.”

But don’t think they or other jihadist groups have been quiet in the meantime, just waiting for an anniversary to strike us. Far from it, for they see it as their religious duty to attack us. As this chart from the Heritage Foundation shows, there have been at least 40 domestic terror plotsan average of four per year— foiled since September 11th, 2001:

(Click the image  for a larger vesion.)

Never forget, and always be on guard. They’re still trying to kill us.

via The Jawa Report

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Al Qaeda #2 sent to meet his virgins, courtesy of the USA? Update: He’s not dead yet?

August 28, 2011

BOOM:

Atiyah Abd al Rahman, a top al Qaeda leader who long served Osama bin Laden, was reportedly killed on Aug. 22 in Waziristan, Pakistan, according to multiple press reports. Both the Associated Press and Reuters cite US officials as saying that Rahman has been killed. Matt Apuzzo of the AP reports that a US official would not confirm how Atiyah had been killed, but the AP story notes that on same day, the CIA launched a drone strike in Waziristan.

US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal would neither confirm nor deny Atiyah’s reported death. One senior US intelligence official observed that verifying the deaths of top terrorists is difficult and the US has gotten it wrong in the past. Atiyah himself, the official pointed out, was reportedly killed in 2010. Still, this official said, it is certainly possible that the new reports of Atiyah’s demise are accurate.

(…)

Atiyah has been described as al Qaeda’s “operations chief” in some press reports, and his role in plotting terrorist attacks has been repeatedly noted. But according to one senior US intelligence official contacted by The Long War Journal, Atiyah was al Qaeda’s “general manager” and also served as Osama bin Laden’s “chief of staff.”

While Atiyah was involved in plotting attacks, the official said, he was not really the “operational commander.” In the nascent plot to attack the US on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, for example, Atiyah would pass messages back and forth between Osama bin Laden and operatives elsewhere, but the tactical details of the plot were left to other al Qaeda commanders.

Atiyah was also given a senior role in managing al Qaeda’s finances, the official said. Only the most loyal and trustworthy terrorists would be given such a role.

You can read more about this thankfully dead medieval lunatic glorious martyr to Allah’s cause at The Long War Journal.

As TLWJ points out, this surely hurts Al Qaeda by killing another senior leader, disrupting operations and spreading fear and mistrust — did a traitor give Atiyah’s location away? Are there spies in their midst?

But we should keep in mind that Al Qaeda is a deliberately decentralized organization, with branches (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) and franchises (Al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb) that are fully capable of planning and carrying out operations on their own. Indeed, the attempted Christmas bombing over Detroit and the jihad attack at Ft. Hood were both planned or supported by AQAP, while AQIM has been linked to plots to launch a Mumbai-style attack in Europe. Striking a blow at Al Qaeda-central, while important, shouldn’t be and I’m sure isn’t our sole focus. (See also and also.)

Coming back to the probably-late Mr. Atiyah, if he is dead, it’s almost certain that this is one fruit of the intelligence haul we made when we looted bin Laden’s compound after killing him last May. You can bet there have been and will be others, as we exploit that trove of information for all it’s worth. And one has to wonder about the reaction of the next guy to be promoted to second-in-command: give thanks to Allah or run shrieking in terror? It doesn’t seem to be a job with much future in it…

UPDATE: From TLWJ’s blog, Threat Matrix, doubts are being cast on reports that Atiyah is really dead. This is a reminder that many such reports of prominent AQ and Taliban casualties have turned out to be premature. Perhaps Al Qaeda’s number two isn’t quite ready to go on the cart, yet.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Seal Team 6, you have your next target

May 20, 2011

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the refugee from a medieval lunatic asylum al Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri has been named the jihad-terror group’s leader:

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that it has read classified documents from the Dutch secret intelligence organization (AIVD).

According to the documents, Al-Zawahiri was appointed as Al Qaeda’s new leader during a meeting on May 9, a week after the death of OBL.

“On May 9, the leadership of Al Qaeda elected Al-Zawahiri during a meeting in the tribal areas, between Afghanistan and Pakistan”, an intelligence source told the newspaper.

And that’s not all: according to Dutch intelligence, the monster from Maadi (Egypt) himself proposed to elect Sa’ad bin Laden, one of Bin Laden’s sons. He refused, however. Al Qaeda’s leaders then proceeded to appoint Al-Zawahiri.

All those present swore an oath of allegiance to the Egyptian terrorist (bayat).

Apparently bin Laden’s spawn, Sa’ad bin Laden, was named to al Qaeda’s governing council, perhaps as an eventual successor to Zawahiri.

While this report hasn’t been confirmed yet (earlier information named Saif al-Adel as al Qaeda’s interim head), Public Secrets would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the good doctor on his promotion to admiral:

SEAL Team 6 should be by with the Welcome Wagon, shortly.


Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hizbullah: the boys in Brazil

April 6, 2011

It’s been noted before by myself and others that our porous southern border poses not only a problem of illegal immigration, but an avenue of opportunity for terrorists trying to get into the United States.  Hamas has been trying to set up operations in Mexico, Hizbullah has become involved in the Colombian drug trade, and an Iranian book celebrating suicide bombers was found in the Arizona desert, probably not dropped by a Mexican looking for day-work in Phoenix.

Now comes word via a Brazilian periodical that al Qaeda operatives are in Brazil, plotting and organizing:

Al Qaeda operatives are in Brazil planning attacks, raising money and recruiting followers, a leading news magazine reported Saturday, renewing concerns about the nation serving as a hide-out for Islamic militants.

Veja magazine, in its online edition, reported that at least 20 people affiliated with al Qaeda as well as the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the Palestinian group Hamas and two other organizations have been hiding out in the South American country.

The magazine said these operatives have been raising money and working to incite attacks abroad. The magazine cited Brazilian police and U.S. government reports, but did not give details on specific targets or operations.

This isn’t the first word we’ve had of Islamic jihadists in South America, of course. As the article mentions, the United States has long believed that the lawless area where the Brazilian, Paraguayan, and Argentine borders meet harbored terrorists and Iranian agents. But this latest news from Brazil is a salutary reminder that our enemies are not just in the Hindu Kush: they are much closer, they are making plans, and we are a very likely target. (Though not the only one…)

via Fausta, who provides links to articles about the activities of Hamas and Hizbullah in the land of the samba, too.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Libya: the art of war, Smart Power-style

April 1, 2011

If anything illustrates the half-baked manner in which the administration took us into war kinetic military action in Libya, it’s this quote from Politico’s Roger Simon:

We are currently doing everything we can to bomb, strafe and use missiles to carry the rebels into power in Libya. We want them to win. We just don’t know who they are.

This is not merely my opinion. It is the statement of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, our point person in meeting with the rebels.

Emphases added.

But, don’t  worry; we’ve finally –weeks after the Libyan revolt began and days after we went to war on the rebels’ behalf– told the CIA “Hey, maybe it’s a good idea we find out who these guys are!

The Obama administration has sent teams of CIA operatives into Libya in a rush to gather intelligence on the identities and capabilities of rebel forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, according to U.S. officials.

The information has become more crucial as the administration and its coalition partners move closer to providing direct military aid or guidance to the disorganized and beleaguered rebel army.

Although the administration has pledged that no U.S. ground troops will be deployed to Libya, officials said Wednesday that President Obama has issued a secret finding that would authorize the CIA to carry out a clandestine effort to provide arms and other support to Libyan opposition groups.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, insisted that no decision has been made.

Because, Lord knows, there’s no way you need this information before taking sides in a civil war, deciding to drop (so far!) a billion dollars  of ordnance on a country, and putting our pilots at risk. I wonder how our flyboys like knowing they weren’t worth the effort of a little advance work?

Maybe I’m overreacting. We do know some things about our new Libyan BFFs. For example, apparently some of them are al Qaeda. That shouldn’t be surprising since eastern Libya provides, per our Secretary of State, a large number of al Qaeda’s recruits. But, are they are a serious threat, or a minor nuisance? We just don’t know, since we’ve only started looking into it.

In other words, does this mean we’re fighting for al Qaeda in Libya and fighting against them around the rest of the world? Now that’s flexible, smart power!

Oh, one other thing Secretary “I know nothing! Nothing!” Clinton and her boss, the Smartest President with the Best Judgment Ever, might liked to have known or at least had a good estimate of before starting this little adventure: there are only around 1,000 of these rebels. No wonder they can’t hold any territory unless we bomb the tar out of Qaddafi’s army — this isn’t a revolution: it’s a tribal uprising!

If there’s any bitter satisfaction to be taken from this, it’s that the Democrats and the Left (but I repeat myself) are stumbling and rushing blindly into war in just the way they falsely accused George W. Bush of doing in Iraq.

It’s not that they were wrong so much as they were predicting their own future.

RELATED: If Secretary Clinton would like to know more about these people for whom we’ve gone to war, she couldn’t do much better than starting with Michael Totten: Who are the Libyan Rebels? If, as Totten’s colleague suggests, the majority of rebels are “…mainly young, educated, middle class, urban people with a powerful wish for democracy…”, then maybe we should be taking steps to make sure they come out on top in a post-Qaddafi government, rather than the aggressive, experienced al Qaeda cadres. I’d like to think that’s what we’re doing, but with this bunch in charge… .

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Al Qaeda plotting to kill French First Lady?

November 9, 2010

Not surprising. The last thing the Religion of Misogyny can tolerate is a self-confident, independent woman who doesn’t dress like a shapeless lump:

Why France banned the burqa

 

From Daily News and Analysis:

Security services believe President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife is now “high up” on al-Qaeda’s hitlist of potential VIP victims in France, it was revealed.

Fears for Bruni’s safety come after Osama bin Laden issued a chilling personal threat to kill French citizens in revenge for France backing the war in Afghanistan and their new law banning the burqa.

The al-Qaeda terror chief released an audio tape last week warning, “It is a simple equation, if you kill, you will be killed.”

(…)

“Security has always been high around the First couple, but we have learned that it has now been heavily increased around Ms Bruni herself,” the Daily Mail quoted the website as saying.

“There is no question of her ever going out without an armed escort and details of all her movements are being kept secret until the very last moment.

It’s still a war, folks, and they’re still trying to kill us.

LINKS: My earlier posts on Islamic misogyny. And here’s a good book on the topic.

Via The Jawa Report.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Should America have an assassination list?

October 6, 2010

Anwar al-Awlaki is an American citizen. He is also a high-ranking al Qaeda propagandist and spiritual leader who counseled the Fort Hood shooter on his murderous mission. He inspired Feisal Shahzad, the Muslim jihadist who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square. He approved the Christmas Day attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit. He has called for jihad against his own country.

Not surprisingly, the American government wants him dead.

This troubles Jonah Goldberg, one of my favorite authors. Not because of the orders against Awlaki, himself: Jonah agrees this medieval sociopath needs to be reduced to his component parts as quickly as possible. But  other questions trouble him:

There’s ample precedent — and common sense — to support the claim that the executive branch can kill American citizens when they are sworn members of enemy forces and avowed traitors working with the enemy.

But those precedents start to fray at the edges when the whole world is the war zone and the war doesn’t end until a diffuse, committed, and often camouflaged army of suicidal religious fanatics defy their god and agree to leave the Dark Ages. And the common sense starts to drain away like water through your fingers when you contemplate that we may be facing these kinds of problems for half a century. So while it strikes me as a no-brainer that al-Awlaki should go, what about the next guy? Or the next?

Goldberg’s problem comes not with the targeted-killing policy, per se, but with its secret, ad hoc nature in a society based on democracy and the rule of law. Rather than having this question fought out in the courts (not surprisingly, the ACLU has sued the Obama administration in court to have the order to kill Awlaki blocked), the policy should be debated openly and settled democratically by the elected political branches in a way that meets our traditions: voted on in Congress in agreement with the President. Not the specific targets, mind you, but a set policy on what happens when a citizen joins a non-state actor to wage war against his own country.

I agree, both with Goldberg and with the Obama administration: Anwar al-Awlaki has sided with our deadly enemy and thus needs to die himself, citizen or not. But  we need clear rules for for future cases.

Because we know there will be more.

This is the kind of genuine national issue Congress should be dealing with, the very kind of question for which the federal government was created. Not regulating the air we breathe or the kinds of light bulbs we can buy.

Very frustrating.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Finally, the Obama Administration tells the truth

May 9, 2010

About the Times Square bomber, that is.

The investigation into the Times Square bomb plot has revealed that the Pakistani Taliban were behind the failed attack, top Obama administration officials said Sunday.

Despite conflicting claims over the past week from military and law enforcement officials, as well as Taliban leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said that authorities now believe suspect Faisal Shahzad acted at the direction of the Taliban in Pakistan and was probably funded by them.

Brennan told “Fox News Sunday” that Shahzad had “extensive interaction” with the group, which he described as virtually “indistinguishable” from Al Qaeda. He said investigators believe the suspect was trained by the militant network.

“It looks as though he was operating on behalf of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan,” he said. “This is a group that is closely aligned with Al Qaeda. It has a murderous agenda similar to Al Qaeda, they train together, they plan together, they plot together. They’re almost indistinguishable.”

I wouldn’t be so miffed if, in the immediate aftermath, they our political “leadership” had issued a straightforward statement that said “no comment while the investigation is under way,” instead of belching up stupid and inane statements to make people believe this was anything, anything but a jihadist plot. We’re not idiots. We can see the world around us, we remember what happened on a rotten day in September, 2001, and we know very well that they are trying to kill more of us.

We know this is a war.

You don’t have to come out of the gate screaming “Oh my God! It’s the Taliban!!”, but don’t treat us like simpleminded children who need a pat on the head, either.

(via Threat Matrix)

UPDATE: Good God. The President’s chief counterterrorism adviser has said, with regard to the Times Square attack, “We’re not lucky. We’re good.” We’ve had three major attacks in six months. One was a success for the other side (Ft. Hood), and the other two, Detroit and Times Square, failed only because of dumb luck and alert civilians. How stupid does John Brennan think we are? Here’s a clue, Johnny: it was luck, and you guys are worse than useless.


They’re still trying to kill us, a continuing series

May 4, 2010

I haven’t commented yet on the attempted car-bombing of Times Square over the weekend, partly because plenty of people already were, and I didn’t have much to add, but also because I wanted to wait and see what developed over the investigation. My first suspicion was that this was a terrorist operation by jihadists bent on sacrificing innocent people for the glory of Allah, but there was no firm evidence before the public, yet.  It could, after all, have been a lone, home-grown psycho acting out for reasons that had nothing to do with Islam. The bomber might have been one of those crazed, hate-filled Tea-Partiers, or maybe someone upset over health-care reform. So, I waited.

Turns out my suspicions were correct.

The FBI has detained a Pakistani-American suspect who was wanted for his involvement in the failed May 2 car bomb attack at Times Square in New York City.

Authorities arrested Shahzad Faisal on Long Island on Monday night after discovering he was behind the purchase of the SUV used in the Times Square attack. Shahzad and two other men, who have not been identified, were detained at JFK Airport while attempting to leave the US, the Associated Press reported. The men were on board a flight bound for Dubai that had just left the gate. The two othe rmen questioned by the FBI were released from custody, The New York Times reported.

Faisal has since claimed he acted alone, but Pakistani intelligence sources told Fox News that a suspect who was involved with the failed bombing was detained in Karachi.

Faisal is a naturalized American citizen who is originally from Pakistan. He recently returned from Pakistan after spending five months there. While the exact movements of Faisal are not yet known, US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe he spent time in al Qaeda or Taliban training camps in North Waziristan.

Waziristan is the heart of Taliban-controlled territory in Pakistan, and the Taliban and al Qaeda maintain numerous training camps there and elsewhere in the region. And now the would-be mujaheddin has admitted he trained at a camp in Waziristan. And, contra Senator Schumer, it turns out the brave, brave jihadi who was trying to blow up children had accomplices: up to eight were arrested within the last day in Pakistan.

This wasn’t a lone psycho. It wasn’t someone upset over domestic policy or the color of our President’s skin. This was an act of war by people who have declared war on us and who have a far different concept of innocent bystanders than we.

It’s been nearly nine years since 9/11, and they’re still trying to kill us. We’d do well to remember that.

RELATED: Sadly, some in the mainstream media were disappointed that the real enemy wasn’t behind this plot. Idiot.


Ft. Hood shooter’s imam on assassination list

April 11, 2010

Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, the “spiritual adviser” of the Ft. Hood jihadi and a suspected facilitator of the 9-11 hijackers, has the first American citizen to be targeted for assassination by the CIA:

A Muslim cleric tied to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner has become the first U.S. citizen added to a list of suspected terrorists the CIA is authorized to kill, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Anwar al-Aulaqi, who resides in Yemen, was previously placed on a target list maintained by the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command and has survived at least one strike carried out by Yemeni forces with U.S. assistance against a gathering of suspected al-Qaeda operatives.

Because he is a U.S. citizen, adding Aulaqi to the CIA list required special approval from the White House, officials said. The move means that Aulaqi would be considered a legitimate target not only for a military strike carried out by U.S. and Yemeni forces, but also for lethal CIA operations.

“He’s in everybody’s sights,” said the U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the topic’s sensitivity.

Good. Awlaki may have US citizenship, but he’s sided with America’s enemies and provided aid and comfort to them. He’s a traitor who’s made his choice, so he can pay the price.

And while I’ve been heavy in my criticism of President Obama, he earns praise for this. Guys like al-Awlaki deserve to be treated as enemies in wartime, not as suspected criminals to be investigated and brought to trial. He should take the opportunity this presents to rectify his mistake in approving civilian trials for Khaild Sheikh Muhammad and other al-Qaeda plotters and instead return them to the military justice system, where captured enemies belong.

LINKS: More at Hot Air.


Forget the shoe-bomber and the pantybomber

January 31, 2010

The next attack by al Qaeda may come via the boob-bomber:

Terrorists ‘plan attack on Britain with bombs INSIDE their bodies’ to foil new airport scanners

Britain is facing a new Al Qaeda terror threat from suicide ‘body bombers’ with explosives surgically inserted inside them.

Until now, terrorists have attacked airlines, Underground trains and buses by secreting bombs in bags, shoes or underwear to avoid detection.

But an operation by MI5 has uncovered evidence that Al Qaeda is planning a new stage in its terror campaign by inserting ‘surgical bombs’ inside people for the first time.

Security services believe the move has been prompted by the recent introduction at airports of body scanners, which are designed to catch terrorists before they board flights.

It is understood MI5 became aware of the threat after observing increasingly vocal internet ‘chatter’ on Arab websites this year.

The warning comes in the wake of the failed attempt by London-educated Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up an airliner approaching Detroit on Christmas Day.

One security source said: ‘If the terrorists are talking about this, we need to be ready and do all we can to counter the threat.’

A leading source added that male bombers would have the explosive secreted near their appendix or in their buttocks, while females would have the material placed inside their breasts in the same way as figure-enhancing implants.

When you’re done laughing, bear in mind, as the article points out, it only takes a few ounces of PETN to blow a fatal whole in an airplane. And this is being planned to circumvent body scanners, which would find explosives hidden where the sun doesn’t shine.

This goes to show that a sole focus on the tactic or the device is wrong, because the enemy will always find a new (and bizarre) way to try to kill us. Until we target the jihadi himself, via profiling, we are exposing innocent people to grave risks.

(hat tip: Fausta)

RELATED: Maybe the boob-bombers will be entering the swimsuit competition?


I feel so secure, now

January 7, 2010

With guys like this watching out for us, how could I not?

NCTC director Michael Leiter remained on ski slopes after Christmas Day airline bombing attempt

The top official in charge of analyzing terror threats did not cut short his ski vacation after the underwear bomber nearly blew up an airliner on Christmas Day, the Daily News has learned.

Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center since 2007, decided not to return to his agency’s “bat cave” nerve center in McLean, Va., until several days after Christmas, two U.S. officials said.

“People have been grumbling that he didn’t let a little terrorism interrupt his vacation,” said one of the sources.

Oh, come on, now. Did you really expect him to give up his place in the ski-lift line just because a jihadi tried to blow up a plane full of people over a major American city? Besides, he was just following his boss’ example. Jeez, there are priorities, you know.

So, let’s see. We have a  President who takes three days to make a statement so bloodless and perfunctory that it was obvious he wanted to get back to his golf game. Then there’s his Homeland  Security Secretary, who beclowned herself on national TV the weekend after the attack by telling us the system worked – and then that it didn’t. And don’t forget the chief counterterrorism adviser to the President, who assured us there are no downsides to treating the Pantybomber as a criminal suspect; after all, we can offer him a plea-bargain.

Who knew that, in November, 2008, we stepped into a time machine and traveled back to September 10thDoh

LINKS: More disgusted reactions at Hot Air.


Epic National Security Fail in the making

January 3, 2010

So, you barely avoided a devastating terror attack in the skies over Detroit and you learned the plan had a strong connection to Yemen and al Qaeda. An earlier terrorist attack that you didn’t avoid, the Ft. Hood Massacre, also had a strong connection to Yemen and al Qaeda. Yemen is widely regarded as a haven for Islamic terrorism, and the al Qaeda branch there is considered a rising star in that salafist organization. The Yemeni government, while claiming to be an ally, plays a double game and cooperates with al Qaeda. Yemenis released from Guantanamo have been known to rejoin the jihad in Yemen. Things have become so dangerous there that you and the British have closed your embassies.

So, what do you, President Barack Obama, do in the face of this and other evidence?

Why, what else but insist you will carry out your plans to close Gitmo and return even more Yemenis to Yemen?

Genius!

White House: No matter what, we’re sending Gitmo prisoners back to Yemen

As Susan notes below, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Obama White House not to go forward with plans to send a number of Yemeni terrorists now being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their home country. But the Obama White House insists it will continue to send those Gitmo inmates to Yemen — a country now recognized as a hotbed of terrorism so dangerous that the U.S. has decided to close its embassy there.

On Fox News Sunday, top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration “absolutely” intends to keep sending Guantanamo prisoners to Yemen. The administration has sent seven detainees to the country, Brennan said, with six of those sent in December. “Several of those detainees were put into Yemeni custody right away,” Brennan said. He did not elaborate on how many is “several” or where the other Guantanamo inmates sent to Yemen might be today. But he said the U.S. has faith in Yemen to handle the situation. “We’ve had close dialogue with the Yemeni government about the expectations that we have as far as what they’re supposed to do when these detainees go back,” Brennan said.

You mean like all the other al Qaeda prisoners they’ve kept under lock and key, Mr. Brennan? Past performance does not inspire confidence, regardless of your reassurances.

It’s Smart Power the Hundred Acre Wood foreign policy in action.

LINKS: More from Fausta.


Good news! Pantybomber promises more will follow!

December 28, 2009

I linked to this earlier, but I really think this video needs emphasis. Flight 253’s would-be mass-murderer, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, has promised that more like him will  follow. And where are they learning the skills need to wage jihad fi sabil Allah? Meet the next al Qaeda staging grounds: Yemen.

Note also that the British had the sense to place him on a no-fly list. Why we didn’t, I have no idea. Must be that system working, again.

They’re still trying to kill us, in case you didn’t know.

RELATED: Acting as a President should, Barack Obama has already been hitting al Qaeda in Yemen. Let’s keep it up and step it up. (via Legal Insurrection)


He got on with no passport??

December 27, 2009

If this is true, then several executions are in order for gross stupidity:

A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport.

Kurt Haskell of Newport, Mich., who posted an earlier comment about his experience, talked exclusively with MLive.com and confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday.

Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man.

(…)

While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.’”

Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.

All I can say is that al Qaeda apparently knows how to play our society’s multiculturalist, PC guilt-trip like a Stradivarius: “Oh, you poor victim! It would be racist of me to demand a passport of you (forget that passports are regularly issued to stateless refugees), and there is no way I should ever ask the well-dressed gentleman for proof that what he says is true. No, if I take what he says at face value (or push it off on my manager who will do likewise), then I will prove myself wise, sophisticated, and tolerant. And get to go home on time.”

My God. We are all Thanksgiving turkeys waiting for the farmer’s ax.


Can we all agree that Janet Napolitano is an idiot?

December 27, 2009

Regarding the attempted Christmas Day bombing of NWA Flight 253 by a Nigerian jihadi, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that “the system worked.”

I suppose that’s true, if your “system” involves a brave Dutch passenger and an improperly constructed bomb. Worked like a charm, Madame Secretary. Indeed, the design shows a Wile E. Coyote level of genius!

Of course, this is the same Secretary Napolitano who issued the infamous right-wing extremists report that was such a  shoddy piece of work it wouldn’t have even passed a freshman remedial research course, so perhaps we should have expected such a boneheaded statement.

Oh, and I suppose the system was working today when another Nigerian went nuts and had to be pulled off the same flight? (UPDATE: He may have been legit … or it may have been another dry run.)

I feel so secure about flying. Don’t you? Nailbiting

(via QandO)

RELATED: Michelle Malkin adds another item to the myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist. ABC News explores the Yemen connection. (It’s kind of hard to be working alone when al Qaeda builds the bomb for you…) In fact, he may have links to the imam who was the spiritual mentor to Major Hasan, the jihadi behind the Ft. Hood massacre. He was certainly on a list, but why not the no-fly list? By the way, the bomber’s father tried to warn us. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is looking into a possible UK connection. Richard Fernandez looks at the plane’s schematics to determine just what Abdul Mudallad had in mind. Fausta calls it the Flying Dutchman Security System. Finally, via The Jawa Report we get a link to a video about binary explosives and how little is needed to cause a lot of damage.

Let’s all say it together, now:  They’re still trying to kill us.

UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg wants this “patently unqualified hack” fired.


Mumbai on the Thames?

December 20, 2009

The news that terrorists may be planning to replicate the Mumbai massacre in a Western city shouldn’t surprise us; one of the goals of the jihad is to bring Western civilization to its knees with divinely sanctioned terror (See number 220). What better way than to attack one of the West’s financial centers?

Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London

Scotland Yard has warned businesses in London to expect a Mumbai-style attack on the capital.

In a briefing in the City of London 12 days ago, a senior detective from SO15, the Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command, said: “Mumbai is coming to London.”

The detective said companies should anticipate a shooting and hostage-taking raid “involving a small number of gunmen with handguns and improvised explosive devices”.

The warning — the bluntest issued by police — has underlined an assessment that a terrorist cell may be preparing an attack on London early next year.

It was issued by the Met through its network of “security forums”, which provide business leaders, local government and the emergency services with counter-terrorism advice.

During a “commando-style” raid by 10 gunmen on hotels and cafes in Mumbai in November 2008, 174 people were killed and more than 300 injured over three days.

Officials now report an increase in “intelligence chatter” — communications captured by electronic eavesdropping agencies. One senior security adviser said the police warnings had intensified and become much more specific in the past fortnight.

“Before, there has been speculation. Now we are getting what appears to be a definite plot to carry out a firearms attack on London,” he said.

Earlier this year, police, military and intelligence services held an exercise in Kent to see whether they could defeat a commando raid in London by terrorists.

“The exercise brought out to those taking part that the capability doesn’t exist to deal with that situation should it arise,” said a military source.

That last has be quite a comforting to people who live and work in the City: “Well, yes, it may well happen, but, don’t worry! We have no idea what to do! Carry on!”

Of course, defending against just such an attack is difficult, especially when the jihadis have accepted the inevitability of their own deaths and thus thrown caution to the winds. A small band that strikes quickly at targets that had been scouted in advance will have plenty of time to take hostages and do damage before the police or military can react. And if, as in the case of the Jewish center in Mumbai, the attackers don’t plan to take hostages, you can expect many dead before there’s ever a chance of rescuing them.

While the “chatter” may be just that and nothing more, it’s a given that al Qaeda and allied Salafist groups want to strike at important Western targets. And not just London: Washington, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles all present their own tempting targets, to name but a few. And it will happen: the FBI and local police have foiled over a score of serious threats in the continental United States since 9/11, most recently in New York and Denver.

Let’s not forget, they’re still trying to kill us.

Jihad fi sabil Allah.


Al Qaeda can watch our military video feeds?

December 17, 2009

This is a mind-boggling breach of security:

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations.

Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes’ systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber — available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet — to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.

U.S. officials say there is no evidence that militants were able to take control of the drones or otherwise interfere with their flights. Still, the intercepts could give America’s enemies battlefield advantages by removing the element of surprise from certain missions and making it easier for insurgents to determine which roads and buildings are under U.S. surveillance.

And it’s not as if this is some new, unexpected development; the Pentagon has known of this problem since the 1990s, but did nothing about it because they didn’t think the local yo-yos were smart enough to find out about it.

Pardon me, but, um… WTF??

Maybe Abdul in a cave wouldn’t figure it out, but what about their patrons in Iran (who’ve shown themselves to be pretty creative), or their patrons in Moscow and Beijing? Do we really have such stupid and arrogant schmucks in military who thought that no rival could discover this and then pass on the information? Really?

Excuse me while I go find the nearest brick wall to bang my head against.

Threat Matrix gives us the cheery news that the problem isn’t just affecting Iraq, but Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well. And not just our drone feeds, but all air-to-ground transmissions. They outline a worst-case scenario:

…our rivals such as Russia and China, our adversaries such as Iran, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, etc., and our erstwhile allies such as Pakistan have been monitoring our feeds for years, and thus have learned plenty about how the US plans and conducts attacks, as well as the capabilities and limitations of the weapons and observation platforms. The DoD officials downplayed the leaked information and said no US troops were harmed due to the breach. That may be true today, but may not be the case in future conflicts.

The following is purely speculation on my part. Don’t be surprised if you read a story in the next few days or weeks that elements within Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency has been monitoring US Predator and Reaper feeds, and relaying targeting information to al Qaeda and Taliban leaders. I have heard far too many stories about how senior al Qaeda and Taliban leaders miraculously avoided attacks and left the target sites just minutes before the strikes. The officials repeatedly told me that they believed the anti-US elements in the ISI would tip off the terrorist commanders before the strikes.

This news isn’t just disturbing: that we knew about it for years and did nothing to fix it tells of a nauseating level of incompetence. Several heads need to roll, and then whatever money it takes to fix the problem needs to be spent now. This is just as bad as having a mole in the planning rooms; the repercussions of what our potential and actual enemies may have learned about how we operate could be felt for years from now.

Seriously, why weren’t these transmissions encrypted? Surely there weren’t insuperable obstacles to that.

I’ve often said that no one can beat us if we don’t beat ourselves, and it’s at moments like this I think we’re trying to prove it.

LINKS: More at Hot Air.


Latest al Qaeda recruiting video

December 4, 2009

And it has a catchy beat!

Satire, because you know laughing at them drives them nuts. Laughing

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)


A screw-up of colossal proportions

November 9, 2009

Why was this man still in the Army?

Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.

It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) said the CIA had, so far, refused to brief the intelligence committees on what, if any, knowledge they had about Hasan’s efforts.

This is infuriating. If indeed no one in intelligence told the Army they had a potential jihadi in their midst, then this is the same kind of boneheaded, mindboggling, stupid lack of communication that lead to 9-11. The one major lesson that should have been learned from that atrocity was the need for constant communication and information-sharing between the security services. Instead, we got a new and unnecessary cabinet department in Homeland Security, a reshuffled bureaucracy, and crucial information that sits in some desk-jockey’s inbox gathering dust.

And 12 people are dead because of it; twelve families have had gaping holes ripped in their lives that will never close.

Congressman Hoekstra has every reason to be angry at CIA Director Panetta and DNI Blair for refusing to provide a briefing on what their agencies  knew. I should hope Congressman Reyes, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, is angry, too. It’s time for subpoenas to start flying. If this report is true, or if Intelligence passed on the information and the Army did nothing, then heads should roll and careers be ended.

My God. Will we ever learn? And how many more have to die before we do?

(hat tip: Exurban League)

LINKS: Hot Air, Sister Toldjah.