31 December 2009

Quick! We need a new federal agency for this!

So apparently the transportation security apparatus idiot corps isn't limited to the morons at the airport security checkpoints.
The National Security Agency four months ago intercepted conversations among leaders of Al Qaeda in Yemen discussing a plot to use a Nigerian man for a coming terrorist attack, but American spy agencies later failed to combine the intercepts with other information that might have disrupted last week's attempted airline bombing.

The electronic intercepts were translated and disseminated across classified computer networks, government officials said on Wednesday, but analysts at the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington did not synthesize the eavesdropping intelligence with information gathered in November when the father of the would-be bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, visited the United States Embassy in Nigeria to express concerns about his son's radicalization.

The father, a wealthy businessman named Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, had urgently sought help from American and Nigerian security officials when cellphone text messages from his son revealed that he was in Yemen and had become a fervent radical.

Clearly the solution to this the creation of a new-and-improved layer of federal bureaucracy responsible for the enforcement of integration and fusion standards of interagency cooperative data-sharing. Let's call it the Interagency Data-sharing Initiative for Obstruction of Terrorist Syndicates. It can't be any worse than the 'people' running the system now.
Of course, read further, and you'll see that we're not the only ones who realize this is dicked up...
In some ways, the portrait bears a striking resemblance to the failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, despite the billions of dollars spent over the last eight years to improve the intelligence flow and secret communications across America's national security apparatus.

One day after President Obama delivered a blistering indictment of "human and systemic failures" leading up to the foiled attack, the battle to assign blame for these failures escalated on Wednesday.

Some government officials blamed the National Counterterrorism Center, created in 2004 to foster intelligence sharing and to serve as a clearinghouse for terrorism threats, for failing to piece together information about an impending attack.

Others defended the center, saying that analysts there did not have enough information at their disposal to trigger a broad investigation into Mr. Abdulmutallab. They pointed the finger at the Central Intelligence Agency, which in November compiled biographical data about Mr. Abdulmutallab - including his plans to study Islamic law in Yemen - but did not broadly share the information with other security agencies.

Wanna put money on how many people get fired over this?

By: Brant

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