Faced with a daunting challenge of placing everyone on the NO FLY LIST or
checking everyone’s fly for dangerous weapons, the guys at the
Give the management genius who came up with that idea a
After much introspection by the “intelligence” community, the “problem” that allowed “D.B Pooper”, the 23-year-old Nigerian man to board a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day with explosives sewn into his underwear was that “no one in the government’s vast intelligence system had sole responsibility for detecting and piecing together disparate threat information.”
If that doesn’t scare the hell out of every American …
The MIB selects the Best of the Best:
The counterterrorism center in the past
several days has picked more than 300 of its most capable Analysts from across its ranks to form what it calls
pursuit teams to focus on threats from
“We have dedicated teams that don’t have any responsibility for producing intelligence, but simply for following up on these small leads,” Michael E. Leiter, the center’s director, told the House Homeland Security Committee this week in the latest of several recent appearances on Capitol Hill.
The pursuit teams are just the beginning of an ambitious effort that intelligence officials say could potentially add several hundred additional analysts to the more than 200 specialists who work on terrorism and watch list duties now, officials said. Congress would need to approve financing for the additional hires.
Oops Ops: The increase would be a sharp reversal of fortune for the counterterrorism center, which just days before the Dec. 25 airliner bombing plot was preparing to cut its workforce up to 20 percent, including terrorism analysts and watch list personnel, Mr. Leiter said.
The Obama administration has been trying since the failed attack to restore
public confidence by tightening airport screening procedures, revamping visa
revocation rules and banning more people from flying on commercial jets to the
“It’s so very fundamental and very basic that you’d think it would
immediately have been an urgent matter,” said Lee H. Hamilton, a former
Democratic congressman from
The second team are supposed to be the "deep thinkers" charged with
preparing long-term assessments of terrorist groups, their financing and
recruiting methods and their leadership. While dozens of such analysts were
NODIS: If you are not one of the 300 "deep thinkers," that's another reason you shouldn't tell anyone what you do.