Houston we have a problem!


HT AJ Strata of the Strata-Sphere


A very good summary of what led up to the failed Christmas Day Massacre.  We got lucky that day.  These are the questions that need to be asked.  Will they be answered is another matter.  This was a failure in leadership from the top.


A Smoking Gun Dot In President’s Report On Flight 253 Intel Failures


Published by AJStrata at 10:31 am under All General Discussions, Bin Laden/GWOT, Flight 253 Attempted Bombing



Smoking Gun II Update At End!

Very Important Updates Below!


Today we are gaining more and more clarity on the missteps that led up to a Nigerian Jihadist, who was armed with a powerful and sophisticated stealth bomb and trained by al Qaeda in Yemen, coming seconds away from inflicting a Christmas Day Massacre on Flight 253 over Detroit. And two things are becoming quickly apparent.


First is the glaring fact that news media is clueless about how things like intelligence gathering and the federal bureaucracy work. The root cause of this ignorance is because news reporters are inexperienced and unskilled spectators trying to grasp and convey these complex issues and actions to the public – and they do a terrible job of it. It is also due to the fact many of them are very much emotionally tied to this President as doe-eyed supporters (which is why you need political diversity on stories – not just in news rooms – to generate fair and balanced reporting). Biased and naive reporting seems to be the rule of thumb on this event.


The second aspect of this fiasco coming into focus is how the Obama administration changed the tone and pace of the war on terror. Toning down the ‘war on terror’ to a criminal investigation of ‘man-made-disasters’ has major impacts on our defenses. It fundamentally changes to nature of ‘the system’ which Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano infamously claimed had ‘worked’. Maybe it ‘worked’ as designed in its newer, lower key form. But it did not work in protecting this nation from attack.  .  .