December 30, 2009, - 1:26 pm
While Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is coming under fire (and deservedly so because she claimed “the system worked” and later backtracked), she really doesn’t deserve as much blame here as the FBI–the lead agency for investigating terrorism (DHS has no authority to investigate terrorism)–and another person who has largely escaped notice and scrutiny:
Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Yup, Mrs. Clinton, as the Secretary of State, bears a huge amount of responsibility and is extremely culpable in the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 terrorist attack. Why?
Well, Flight 253 Islamic terrorist Alhaji Farouk Abdulmutallab’s father, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, complained to officials at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, that he felt his son was a threat, an extremist, and might be involved in some terrorist attack. That embassy, as with all U.S. Embassies, is under the control of the Secretary of State. Ditto for visitor and travel visas, which the agency issues. The day they heard this information, Hillary Clinton’s State Department employees should have revoked Abdulmutallab’s two-year visa to the U.S.
But she didn’t. She may not have known about it, but it doesn’t matter. It’s her State Department and, thus, her responsibility. Clearly, she didn’t make it a priority in her embassies to report possible terrorists to the visa issuers to cancel visas.
As reader “Gunga-Din,” apparently an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agent notes:
Why is Napolitano being questioned? How ’bout grilling Hillary as to why the Lagos Embassy (political) didn’t move on this info?
Last I heard, we’re not an intell gathering agency so get off DHS’ back and go after the responsible agency(s)that were supposed to corroborate and disseminate.
And most of the rest of it is the CIA’s and FBI’s fault.
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