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9/11 Redux: U.S. Repeated 9/11 Failures in Christmas Day Bombing Plot … Update

18 May 2010 No Comment

Almost ten years after the September 11, 2001 radical Islamic terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 people on U.S. soil and the failures within the government to protect its citizens have yet to be rectified. Today the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 16-page unclassified executive summary documenting the intelligence failures that occurred on Christmas day 2009 of the failed terrorist bombing of North West Airlines Fight 253. The committee found that the same intelligence failures that led to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks also permitted 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria to board a U.S.-bound jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear.

“The Committee found there were systemic failures across the Intelligence Community (IC), which contributed to the failure to identify the threat posed by Addulmatallab. Specifically, the NCTC was not organized adequately to fulfill its mission. Following 9/11, Congress created the NCTC [National Counterterrorism Center] and charged it with serving as “the primary organization in the United States Government for analyzing and integrating all intelligence possessed or acquired by the United States Government pertaining to terrorism and counterterrorism…” In practice, however, the Committee found that no one agency saw itself as being responsible for tracking and identifying all terrorism threats…”

The Senate Committee conclusion contradicts the Obama Administration position that the failure was not in collecting and sharing intelligence but it was a failure to understand the intelligence.

Read it all here.

UPDATE: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair

ABC News has learned that President Obama will replace the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) His resignation will come as soon as tomorrow, sources tell ABC News…

On the heels of a number of intelligence failures involving the Fort Hood shooter, failed Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouq Abdulmuttalab, and questions about failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, it was no longer clear that Blair — tasked with coordinating the 16 intelligence agencies and ensuring that they cooperate and share information – still had the full and complete confidence of the president, sources say.

One official tells ABC News that President Obama sought Blair’s resignation earlier this week, but Blair pushed back, hoping to convince the president to change his mind.

That did not happen.

The official says that there were high-profile problems on Blair’s watch and those certainly didn’t help him, but the ultimate reason Blair is gone is because of the dissatisfaction President Obama and the National Security Staff had with Blair’s ability to share intelligence in a tight, coherent and timely way.

This was, the official said, the result of long pent-up dissatisfaction with Blair as the principal intelligence adviser to the president, responsible for briefing the president every day and briefing the National Security Staff. In short, officials didn’t think the briefings were relevant to what the president was focused on that day or time period. They weren’t crisp or well-presented.

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