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January 12, 2010

First – The Overdue FMJRA acknowledgments

The Classic Liberal linked with Gold, Guns and Amber Heard

The Other McCain linked my post noting the move to the new wordpress site, as well as my Steve Dallas rule 5 submission.

Dustbury noted the disenchantment with Michael Steele

Sorry this was late. If I missed anyone let me know and I will make sure to update.

Next – The biggest story of yesterday as far as I was concerned Sarah Palin has signed on with Fox News.

The network confirmed that Ms. Palin would appear on the network’s programming on a regular basis as part of a multiyear deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ms. Palin will not have her own regular program, one person with knowledge of the deal said, though she will host a series that will run on the network from time to time.

I have mixed feelings about this move. First I really like Sarah Palin so I hope she does well – I also think this could be a good move for her. By appearing as a commentator on Fox she will be forced to deal with and answer questions on subjects that she might not have to normally. If she does well that leaves her in a stronger position if she should decide to run for office in two years. That’s the good part. The bad part is she is going to find herself a little more constrained on what she can do and say. Also if she does poorly she will completely destroy any hopes of future office.

Mixed bag. I am hoping for the best.

(h/t)

more from Newsweek.

Another Black Conservative sees this as a win-win situation

-elsewhere-

Was the underwear bomber traveling on a one way ticket? Possibly not.

published reports on Dec. 28 cited the conclusion of the Nigerian government that Abdulmutallab had a round-trip ticket to Detroit. It had been purchased in Ghana on Dec. 16 for $2,831, according to the AP, citing Civil Aviation Authority director Harold Demuren. His return date was found by the Nigerians to be Jan. 8. (A Dutch government report described by the International Herald Tribune on Dec. 31 also said Abdulmutallab had a round-trip ticket, but it’s not clear whether the Dutch were simply relying on the Nigerians’ conclusion.) A full account of Demuren’s comments can be found in the Nigerian newspaper The Nation here.

While the New York Times published a correction on Dec. 30 saying it had erroneously reported Abdulmutallab’s ticket was one-way, many outlets that have mentioned the one-way ticket haven’t run corrections.

I don’t know if I count as an outlet but I know I have mentioned the one way ticket so let me say here – It appears at this time he was not traveling on a one way ticket. That would drastically change his security profile and makes the absence of heightened scrutiny a little more understandable.

Is the Senate unconstitutional? Doubtful, but Thomas Geoghegan offers up some reasons that the 60 vote cloture rule may be.

Newsweek notes that the White House was warned multiple times about possible threats from Yemen and Al-Qaeda Arabic Peninsula –

the report refers, obliquely, to what appear to be significant information that had not previously been disclosed by the White House: U.S. intelligence analysts had “highlighted” an evolving “strategic threat” that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP (as the group in Yemen is known) “posed to the U.S. homeland.”

It also states that “some of the improvised explosive device tactics AQAP might use against U.S. interests were highlighted” in other “finished intelligence products.”

(…)

Two counterterrorism officials, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, told Declassified that U.S. spy agencies had actually issued multiple reports between late 2008 and Christmas 2009 warning that AQAP was posing a growing threat and that the group was plotting against targets in the West in general and inside the U.S. in particular.

I don’t know how particular these warnings were. If they were “Al-Qaeda hates us and wants to attack us” then they probably weren’t much help and the White House should be held responsible for failing to anticipate the attack, but if they get much more specific then yeah this is a problem and someones head should roll.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2010 5:25 pm

    “That would drastically change his security profile and makes the absence of heightened scrutiny a little more understandable.”

    I still think paying with cash and taking an international flight without any luggage should have triggered heightened scrutiny – either one alone, really (especially the no luggage bit), but especially both together – whether it was a one way ticket or not.

    Warnings, information overload, and failures of the alphabet agencies to warn anyone about him are irrelevant – information known at the ticket counter when he checked in could have stopped him. Somebody wasn’t paying attention at the airport.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      January 13, 2010 7:27 pm

      I don’t disagree if all those facts still stand as true. I don’t know that they do. I think the major tip off should have been his dad calling and saying his son was going to try and blow up some Americans but I am funny that way. My point wasn’t to try and excuse the failure but to acknowledge a change in circumstance and perhaps refocus some of the anger I still feel over this incident at the appropriate targets. From the screeners to the people who should have been checking names for one.

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