Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dumb And Dumber

clipped from spectator.org
When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was placed
on the British government's watch list in May 2009 and banned
from entering the country, the U.S. embassy in London (and by
extension the U.S. State Department), as well as U.S.
intelligence agencies, were notified of this move as part of
information-sharing agreements entered into by a number of
Western governments after the September 11, 2001 attacks, says a
U.S. State Department employee on the condition of anonymity
because of concern that by speaking about the situation, their
job could be endangered.
This employee says that despite statements from the Obama
Administration, such information was flagged and given higher
priority during the Bush Administration, but that since the
changeover "we are encouraged to not create the appearance that
we are profiling or targeting Muslims. I think career employees
were uncomfortable with the Bush procedures and policies and were
relieved to not have to live under them any longer."