Question: Are intelligence personnel empowered to employ their ingenuity and resourcefulness to connect the dots?
The following article and/or blog post reveals the eye-opening answer to this question-You Decide:
Morning Bell: The First Step Is Admitting You Have A Problem:
These are pertinent excerpts from this article and/or blog post:
“It may have taken President Barack Obama two weeks to deliver a speech on the failed Flight 253 bomb attack without blaming President Bush, but he should still be commended for finally owning up for the massive intelligence failure. President Obama told the American people yesterday: “The U.S. government had the information . . . to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. Rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. … Ultimately, the buck stops with me . . . and when the system fails, it is my responsibility.”
But while the President is right to admit the system failed and that it is his fault that it did, he is still clueless about why. The President promised he would direct “our intelligence community immediately begin assigning specific responsibility for investigating all leads on high-priority threats so that these leads are pursued and acted upon aggressively — not just most of the time, but all of the time.” And he added: “In addition to the corrective efforts that I’ve ordered, I’ve directed agency heads to establish internal accountability reviews, and directed my national security staff to monitor their efforts.”
But this failure of our intelligence system was not just about lack of accountability. It was about empowerment – or more specifically the lack thereof. The system simply moved too slowly because there was a lack of urgency about the war on terror. Intelligence personnel were not empowered to employ their ingenuity and resourcefulness to connect the dots. Adding layers of “internal accountability reviews” will only make the bureaucratic stupor worse. It is people’s resourcefulness and initiative that will stop the next terrorist attack, not a bureaucratic process.
And from the day he stepped into office, President Obama’s actions have done nothing but kill the initiative and morale of our intelligence employees. From day one, he made it clear that he believes the war on terror is a civilian criminal justice problem to be managed, and not a war to be won. That is why he took the responsibility for interrogating detainees from the CIA and gave it to the FBI. That is why he has failed to seek the renewal of key investigatory authorities authorized under the USA Patriot Act, instead settling for a six-month extension tacked on to the Defense appropriations bill. It is why instead of promising victory in Afghanistan, he sent fewer troops than were required and gave al Qaeda a set date for our withdrawal. It is why he has failed to approach Congress with legislation establishing a legal framework for handling terrorism detainees. It is why he is pushing for Khalid Sheik Mohammed to be prosecuted in civilian court despite his previous guilty plea in a military tribunal. And most demoralizing of all, President Obama has allowed Attorney General Eric Holder to re-investigate nearly a dozen CIA interrogators and contractors for their past efforts in the war on terror.
This is an issue of leadership. The President of the United States sets the tone and then the message filters down. Our intelligence personnel failed to follow-up on the leads that could have prevented Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from even boarding the plane because their leader had sent the message that fighting the war on terror was not a high priority. Finally, it now seems that the President is ready to start acting like protecting the American people is not just a duty: it is his first duty.”
Note: What follows are numerous articles and/or blog posts and videos that relate to and/or support this article and/or blog post-You Decide:
Video: Obama Seeks Affirmation from Our Enemies!–Posted on CNSNews.com:
Why Liberals are Wrong on Osama’s Death–Posted on The Patriot Update- by Nathaniel Davidson-On May 10, 2011:
9/11 Relative: Obama Turned His Back on Me–Posted on NewsMax.com-By Newsmax Wires-On May 5, 2011:
Condoleezza Rice Throws Down With MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnel Over…Pretty Much Everything–Posted on The Blaze-By Scott Baker-On May 6, 2011:
National Media Ignoring San Diego Report of WMDs In America–Posted on Big Journalism- Bob McCarty February 14, 2011:
US intelligence on Arab unrest draws criticism–Posted on Yahoo News-By KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer-On February 4, 2011:
Failures by FBI, Pentagon contributed to Ft. Hood massacre, report says–Posted on LA Times-By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau-On February 3, 2011:
U.S. Faces Growing Terror Threat from ‘Indigenous Muslims,’ Experts Find-Posted on CNSNews.com-By Matt Cover-On September 14, 2010:
U.S. Has ‘No Strategy’ to Confront Homegrown Terror, Security Group Warns-Posted on FoxNews.com-On September 10, 2010:
NY Times Maligns FBI on Civil Rights Cases–Posted on NewsMax.com-By Ronald Kessler-On August 26, 2010:
Jihad Denial Syndrome-Posted on TheHill.com_by Guy Rodgers, Executive Director of ACT! for America-On June 24, 2010:
Federal Agencies Still Failing to ‘Connect the Dots’ on Security Threats to U.S., Says GAO–Posted on CNSNews.com-By Edwin Mora-On June 24, 2010:
Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Sq. Plot, Holder Says-Posted on The New York Times-By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS-On May 9, 2010:
US officials: New focus on striking US, the West–Posted on Yahoo News-By KIMBERLY DOZIER and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writers-On May 8, 2010:
Lieberman: Strip Terrorists of Citizenship–Posted on NewsMax.com-By Stephen Dinan-On May 7, 2010:
Why Would Anyone Want to Blow Up Times Square?-Posted on DanielPipes.org-By Daniel Pipes National Review Online-May 5, 2010:
Boycott Comedy Central … But Not South Park!-Posted on PJTV-On May 7, 2010:
Roger L. Simon Says Sensitivity Censorship Shackles Our Security–Posted on PJTV-On May 6, 2010:
Is the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence community being brainwashed in dealing with Islam?–Posted on The RubenReports.blogspot.com-By Barry Rubin-On April 27, 2010:
Morning Bell: Another Bullet Dodged in New York–Posted on The Heritage Foundation-On May 3, 2010:
MOWBRAY: Lucky in New York, again: “Police work can’t fight poisonous ideology”–Posted on The Washington Times-By Joel Mowbray-On May 4, 2010:
The Bomb Failed, the System Failed, and DC Fails to See Our Enemy (But a Suspect Is In Custody)–Posted on PJTV-On May 4, 2010:
Reclaiming American Liberty: “Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy”–Posted on C-SpanVideo.Org-On January 13, 2010:
Biden: More Terrorist Attacks in U.S. Likely-Posted on NewsMax.Com-On February 11, 2010:
The Islamic Infiltration, Part 1: “Inside Our Government, Armed With Our Secrets”–Posted On PJTV-On January 11, 2010:
The Islamic Infiltration, Part 2: From Influence to Insurrection–Posted On PJTV-On January 12, 2010:
U.S. torn over whether some Islamists offer insight or pose threat–Posted on The DallasNews.Com-By ROOKS EGERTON / The Dallas Morning News firstname.lastname@example.org -On February 7, 2010:
How the Christmas Bomber Spent his Summer in the United States: “IPT Investigation Exposes the Radical Ideology at a Houston Institute”–Posted On IPT News-On February 5, 2010:
HOLY LAND FOUNDATION FOR RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (HLF)–Posted On DiscoverTheNetWorks.Com:
Failing at force protection: The misguided Pentagon report on the Ft. Hood massacre-Posted on DailyCaller.Com-By Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser-On February 8, 2010:
Terrorists ‘plan attack on Britain with bombs INSIDE their bodies’ to foil new airport scanners–Posted On Mail Online News-By Christopher Leake, Mail On Sunday Home Affairs Editor-On January 30, 2010:
Obama’s War on Defense and Intelligence:
Obama Administration Underestimated the Immediate Threat Posed by ‘Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’:
Obama: ‘We Are at War’:
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