Call it the terrorism tutorial.
Almost every week, often on a Tuesday, Obama heads into the White House Situation Room for a meeting that explores terrorism-related subjects in depth. Rarely discussed in public, the hour-long briefings have become one of the most significant gatherings in the West Wing, bringing together Cabinet-level intelligence and security officials “to make sure everybody hears the same information and is updated on the threats,” one participant said.
I think that’s just awesome.
One thing though…have his tutors gotten to the importance of monitoring suspected terrorists, yet? Because that would seem to be one of the keys to stopping terrorist attacks.
Shutting down terrorist investigations + opportunistic enemies = a bad outcome.
AJ Strata, again connecting the dots finds More Evidence Team Obama Stopped Shahzad Monitoring Begun Under Bush-Clinton:
JTTF’s (Joint Terrorism Task Force) typically surveillance an individual – especially a US Citizen – under the FIS Court authorization. These authorizations have to be renewed every 90 days or so by the US Attorney General. As has been noted before (see here, here and here for details) the Obama administration began shutting down Bush-era terrorists investigations last year as they debated how to reduce our nation’s surveillance of terrorists threats. The person who killed 14 people at Ft Hood last fall was one such suspect whose JTTF investigation was suspiciously shut down around this time last year.
There is more evidence which seems to point at changes made by the Obama administration in terms of their monitoring Mr. Shahzad. For example, after being on the terrorist watch list for almost a decade, Shahzad was removed from that list sometime after 2008, according to CBS News:
Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments.
It looks like the Times Square car bomber was dropped from the terrorist watch list shortly before he got his citizenship in 2009–at just about the same time that surveillance of the Fort Hood shooter and the Christmas Day bomber also stopped.
Ann Coulter, in the meantime, notes: OBAMA NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY: HOPE THEIR BOMBS DON’T WORK:
If our only defense to terrorism is counting on alert civilians, how about not bothering them before they board airplanes, instead of harassing them with useless airport “security” procedures?
Both of the attempted bombers who sailed through airport security, I note, were young males of the Islamic faith. I wonder if we could develop a security plan based on that information?
Could they maybe increase the tutorials to twice a week…?