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Monday, January 04, 2010

Are they REALLY going to go there?
Posted by Jill | 9:03 PM
I can't believe what I was just watching on Countdown. Richard Wolffe is reporting that the Obama Administration plans to investigate whether intelligence information relative to the December 25 attempted airplane bombing was deliberately withheld. The question being asked is whether this is some kind of turf war among intelligence agencies -- the kind of turf war that was supposed to have stopped after the 9/11 attacks; or if the withholding of information was somehow deliberate -- "designed to make someone look bad."

I'm astounded that ANYONE in the press, let alone the Obama administration, is willing to go there. Because when you look at this information Wolffe is receiving in the context of Dick Cheney coming out of his hidey-hole to call Barack Obama weak on national security, it's not hard to imagine whom it was designed to make look bad. And if that's where the Administration is going, then we have something that some of us have been open to ever since that night in September 2001 when Larry Kudlow was on CNBC grinning from ear to ear because the attacks meant an end to any talk of a Social Security "lockbox"; one that should scare the bejeezus out of all of us -- that there are elements in this country's intelligence apparatus who are willing, even eager, to allow terrorist attacks to take place for Republican political gain.

We'll know more about this investigation tomorrow, when the President makes a statement around 4:00 PM Eastern time.

I'll post the clip as soon as I can get it.

UPDATE: Here it is:

...and Rachel's take:

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Blogger jurassicpork said...
A point that I'd mentioned in the post above. Wasn't Homeland Security and/or the Office of the Director of National Intelligence supposed to be the repository of actionable intelligence gathered by all 16 agencies?

And why do we even have a DNI and a Dept. of Homeland Security when they plainly dropped the ball on this one?