December 30, 2009, - 11:02 am

Reality Check: The CIA & Former Bush Chief Speechwriter

By Debbie Schlussel

So, yesterday, we learned that–just like with 9/11–the CIA knew about and was investigating Northwest Airlines Flight 253 Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.  Some reports say the CIA was following his whereabouts and actions as far back as August.


AND–just like with 9/11–the CIA didn’t communicate this with other agencies.  Uh, wasn’t this problem supposed to be fixed eight years ago?

Remember when it came out that the CIA was surveilling 9/11 terrorist hijackers Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Midhar (including when the landed on U.S. soil) well before 9/11, and didn’t communicate this to the FBI?

We now know the same thing happened with Abdulmutallab.

And, given this (and all the other info about the CIA that anyone with even an inkling , it’s kinda funny to note the title of President Bush’s former chief speechwriter Marc A. Thiessen’s new book, out in January:

How the CIA Kept America Safe

Hilarious. Kinda like these book titles: “How Bernie Madoff Made You Billions,” and “The Octomom’s Birth Control Techniques.”

In fairness, the full title is, “Courting Disaster:  How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama is Inviting the Next Attack,” but 1) Bush was no less pandering to Muslims and inviting of an attack (in fact, Bush is the reason for affirmative action for Muslims like Nidal Malik Hassan in the military–remember that attack?), and 2)  HUH–the CIA Kept America Safe?  Only if you’re on crack.

Yeah, um, how the CIA “Kept America Safe” when 3,000 people died on 9/11 and how the CIA “Kept America Safe” by the sheer luck that a crotchbomber’s explosive failed to ignite sufficiently.

Wow, thank G-d the CIA is “Keeping America Safe.”  Riiiight.

PUH-LEEZE.  The CIA has always been dominated by the same pan-Arabist, lefty, patrician bureaucrats who populate the State Department.  And the two agencies have the same “Screw America’s Safety” philosophy and have for decades.

Is Thiessen the same guy that wrote the “Mission Accomplished” speech? Gotta be.

The laughable Thiessen book is published by Regnery, the same company that usually publishes good books, but which also published Ted Nugent’s lecture to Black people about sexual ethics, even though he’s fathered seven kids with five women (three of whom he never married); and is the famed publisher of the book by Carrie Prejean, the “strong, moral, conservative woman,” with a gazillion sex tapes and nude photos, which she blamed on the wind and the photographer.

For anyone who relies on the CIA to keep America safe, I have some land in the Sahara desert or Gazastan (take your pick) to sell you.

Now, we know why this guy was Bush’s chief speechwriter.

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Another book as successful as our war on terror has been would be an update on “How to win friends and influence people” by Jon Gosselin.

Happy New Year and thanks for asking the questions that need to be asked!

El Fishing Musician on December 30, 2009 at 11:26 am

This is the third major intelligence failure under the Obama administration and DOJ, DHS, and CIA need to be held accountable now:

June 1, 2009 muslim convert shoots up AK Recruiting Center killing one soldier and injuring another-was investigated by FBI prior to shooting.

June 5, 2009 muslim soldier kills 13 and injures 30 at Fort Hood army base in Texas-was investigated by the FBI prior to shooting.

December 25, 2009 muslim rich boy attempts to bomb airplane- CIA was notified and did not relay information.

Felons have a 3 strike law putting them away, we need the same for inept public officials that put our country at risk.

Duane on December 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

It’s the same story every time, Lee Harvey Oswald we observed living in Russia, returned to the U.S. visited Cuba bought a bunch of guns moved to Texas acted strange. The CIA always know what a particular terrorist did before he commits his ultimate crime. If they are watching him so closely why aren’t they able to stop them(Gill Scott Heron 1976)? I’m starting to believe the conspiracy theorist who say 911 was planned by our government. Just look at who made out financially since then, Wall St. and Washington D.C. Now we have Abdullamotallab well lets check the response, there’s a call for X-ray scanning machines for all the hot women who happen to be flying that day. At least Napolitanooffered her resignation, but what waist of flesh will we recieve as her replacement.

seahawker on December 30, 2009 at 11:42 am

CNN has some jerk freelance “reporter” doing the usual in terms of filing propaganda reports (that’s in support of terrorists while defaming the West). This scumbag went to the “home town” of the wanna-be pants bomber and gave the (as per usual) sob stories. I have to laugh, the only difference this time was that the “reporter/al-Qaeda propagandistist” couldn’t blame poverty and “He was desperate! Desperate, I tell you!” This jerk (I believe he was speaking with a British accent — what else is new?) was even able to work in a dig against Israelis.

You know, I really do think the West is doomed, when we have these bleeding heart bastards filling the air waves with their whines about “da poor little pants bomber”. To actually try to parse the “logic” of the idiocy expressed makes me sick (from everyone in Nigeria who’s Muslim is “shocked! Shocked, I tell you!” to the wanna be terrorist — Why, Islam means Peace! yet in the next breath the propagandist exclaims that the terrorist is one “being no stranger to religious violence” — that’s all due, of course, to those violent Christians — to the would-be bomber “must have learned it all from his studies abroad” — it must have been those science classes in engineering? — to it’s all because of the West’s support of Israel — to the final posed scene of a young Muslim boy doing his Islamic abulations, and the propagandist offering the veiled threat of “how many more young Nigerians will fall prey to radical and violent ideology?” Note that the last bit is clearly racist — since it deprives Muslims of being thinking/acting responsible agents of their own destinies as opposed to being mere “pawns.” But this is typical CNN boilerplate, which the CIA no doubt also subscribes to.)

So the question becomes — Is the CIA most concerned about keeping “Muslims and the Religion of Peace” safe from those damn Infidels? Or keeping America safe?

J.S. on December 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I hate to sound like an apologist for the CIA, but under this administration it is possible that CIA agents may be prosecuted simply for trying to protect us. I am wondering if this has made CIA personnel reluctant to share information with other agencies.

I_AM_ME on December 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm

The CIA is filled with hate America leftists like Michael Scheuer. Of course it sat on actionable intelligence but let’s assume it shared it with the FBI? Would the FBI have started investigation? No – they would have dragged their feet and made sure suspected terrorists weren’t actually booked until their hand was forced. You can’t believe anything the US national security establishment says is the truth.

NormanF on December 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Looks like ‘taking back America’ is going to be a LOT harder than just electing Republicans in place of Democrats.

yonason on December 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

The Federal Gov’t is full of professional bureaucrats who remain in place from administration to administration.

The highers ups (cronies) come and go but the mini-empires established by careerists result in turf wars when it come to funding and which agency does what.

These mini-empires are filled with too many PC clock watching union members. Those that are competent and actually try to serve the people are hamstrained by the wimps who have their own self serving agendas.

You can COLLECT all the intell you want. I someone doesn’t make an EXECUTIVE decision it’s all just a bunch of data on file.

Sam Adams on December 30, 2009 at 3:11 pm

The CIA is largely about bureaucratic turf and buck-passing. Its not as proactive against our enemies as TV shows like “Alias” lead people to believe. It would be great to have a black ops agency that could pursue war on our enemies with minimal red tape. It doesn’t work that way in the real world. We would be a lot safer if it did.

NormanF on December 30, 2009 at 4:45 pm

One of the priorities following the creation of DHS after 9/11 was that all information/intelligence was to be shared among all the agencies, be it ICE, CBP, FBI, et al. Needless to say we can see how far that went. As long as you have turds in positions of power who won’t allow each other to “play in their sandbox” this is the type of crap you’ll have to endure.

The key is to be PROACTIVE, not INACTIVE!

icenomore on December 31, 2009 at 6:45 am

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