More Evidence that the U.S. is Not Up to the Terrorism Challenge
I came across a fascinating update from Newsweek over the ongoing security saga otherwise known by the U.S. Press Corps as the “underpants bomber.”
“Two intelligence agencies and the Department of Homeland Security circulated a paper within the government last fall which examined in some detail the threats which bombs secreted in clothing — or inside someone’s body cavities — might pose to aviation security. According to the national security officials, the body-bomb paper was circulated within the government approximately two months ago.”
Yet another piece of the puzzle to the main story: either the CIA, DHS, and NCTC are incompetent when it comes to circulating and sharing valuable pieces of intelligence, or the Obama administration does not take the terror threat seriously. The second scenario is by far the most devastating, if indeed it is true. A lax Obama administration not only jeopardizes American intelligence and American security, but also gives Islamic terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia a symbolic victory against the world’s last superpower. As is becoming increasingly obvious to many Americans today, Al’Qaeda will use the Christmas airline plot- even though it was technically a failure- as a P.R. campaign for future recruitment.
This is why terrorism is such a complicated issue; its effects resonate throughout the world is a relatively quick period of time.
Thankfully, I do not believe that the second scenario is accurate. President Obama has shown his determination and resolve in fighting the Al’Qaeda network by deploying an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. He has also declared the terror threat America’s number one international concern, prompting him to increase surveillance and drone-attacks on Pakistani territory.
Obama is not the problem. But this does not mean that his advisers- a.k.a. John Brennan, Janet Napolitano, and some members of the National Security Council- are safe. While this is speculation, some very valuable information concerning American national-security may not be reaching the President’s desk.
Could this be a possibility?
-Daniel R. DePetris