Abdulmutallab Is Now Singing Like A Canary
It seems that national security has been thrown under the bus once again by the White House, as it uses the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a political football to demonstrate that they still have their eye on the ball of Radical Islam. Confused?
Six weeks after his 50 minute interrogation and then lawyering-up, the White House is proudly telling us that Farouk is now spilling his guts and ratting out Yemeni terrorists and giving “valuable intelligence”. Once it was revealed that Abdulmutallab was unsuccessful and then arrested on December 25th, 2009, every bit of actionable intelligence was flushed away, erased or destroyed by any one who had contact with him. So everything that Umar is saying today is very old news.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said: “The fact remains that all the intelligence he possessed concerning the locations, training techniques, and communications methods of Al Qaeda in Yemen is perishable. Yemeni forces needed that information on December 25th, not six weeks later. Meanwhile, the American people are left to wonder whether, in place of interrogations, their safety depends on terrorists having families who can persuade them to talk.”
This is purely an attempt at P.R. by the beleaguered Obama administration to walk back their failure to deal effectively with terrorist threats to the homeland.
“The first hint that Mr. Abdulmutallab was talking again emerged at a Tuesday hearing before the Senate intelligence committee. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said of the interrogation of Mr. Abdulmutallab: “We got good intelligence. We’re getting more.”
Republican Senator Kit Bond, today sent a scathing letter to President Obama about the handling of intelligence surrounding Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s detention. Senator Bond claims that FBI Director Robert Mueller told him that details of Abdulmutallab’s cooperation with law enforcement should not be disclosed as a matter of national security. But Bond pointed out that within 24 hours of the FBI Director’s testimony to lawmakers, the White House released details of Abdulmutallab’s cooperation and how that information was obtained. Gibbs defended the administration in today’s daily briefing, saying intelligence officials did NOT leak sensitive or classified information.
Attorney General Eric Holder is leading the charge for Barack Obama on the issue of giving constitutional rights to all captured terrorists. During the Bush Administration, Holder’s law firm, Covington & Burling, provided pro-bono services for about 20 of the enemy combatants held at Gitmo. In lawsuits Holder and his firm brought against the American people, Covington contributed more than 3,000 hours of free, top-flight legal assistance to these violent terrorists.
General Eric Holder released a letter yesterday defending the Obama administration’s criminal justice system approach to prosecuting the war against al-Qaeda. Defending his administration’s handling of the Flight 253 terrorist, Holder wrote: “I made the decision to charge Mr. Abdulmutallab with federal crimes, and to seek his detention in connection with those charges, wtih the knowledge of, and with no objection from, all other relevant departments of the government.”
“Even now, his Covington colleagues continue to allege rampant torture at Gitmo. They’re fighting hard to have detainees tried through the US court system—essentially given the same rights as US citizens. And their arguments and plans hinge largely on having Holder issue a bad report card.” (Michelle Malkin – Culture of Corruption)
So round and round we go as critics, both Democrats and Republicans question Obama’s policies on national security. Obama wants the world to love us — the American people want to know that the President will protect us. It’s transparency just like Obama promised. Unfortunately it is transparently political.