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Obama reviews Christmas Day plane attack in radio address

By Anne E. Kornblut
KAILUA, Hawaii -- President Obama spoke directly about the al-Qaeda link to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a passenger jet in his weekly radio address on Saturday.

"The investigation into the Christmas Day incident continues, and we're learning more about the suspect. We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaeda, and that this group -- al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America," Obama said.

Saying he thinks about the security of the country "every moment of every day," Obama also called for an end to the partisan attacks that quickly followed the botched plot to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it prepared to land in Detroit.

He added that he is confident in the administration's efforts to target terrorist cells worldwide.

"This is not the first time this group has targeted us," he continued. "In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies -- including our embassy in 2008, killing one American. So, as president, I've made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government -- training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al-Qaeda terrorists."

Obama said: "As our reviews continue, let us ask the questions that need to be asked.  Let us make the changes that need to be made. Let us debate the best way to protect the country we all love. That is the right and responsibility of every American and every elected official. But as we go forward, let us remember this -- our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans, not each other. Let's never forget what has always carried us through times of trial, including those attacks eight Septembers ago."

Obama has come under fire for initially failing to appear in public to comment on the attempted attack. Nonetheless, he spent a quiet New Year's afternoon with his family in Hawaii, at their vacation rental home. He is expected to return to Washington on Monday.

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Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

Hey Obama!!! Stay in Hawaii and don't worry about the rest of the country, we'll do fine without your endless BS. Maybe we can send a representative form al-Qaeda to your happy little home and you can both sing Kumbaya over a glass of beer.

You are a waste of Oxygen!!!

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | January 3, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

By the way, our great friends the British (yes, I AM being sarcastic!) had ALL KINDS OF INFORMATION ON UMAR FAROUK ABDULMUTALLAB-AND FAILED TO PASS ANY OF IT ON TO THE AMERICANS (gosh! why am I not surprised by this?)

From the TIMES UK:

January 3, 2010

MI5 knew of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s UK extremist links

"The security services knew three years ago that the Detroit bomber had “multiple communications” with Islamic extremists in Britain, it emerged this weekend.

Counterterrorism officials said Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was “reaching out” to extremists whom MI5 had under surveillance while he was studying at University College London.

Officials said the 23-year-old Nigerian was “starting out on a journey” in Britain that culminated in his attempt to bring down flight 253 as it prepared to land in Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day.

None of the information was passed to American officials, which will prompt questions about intelligence failures prior to the attack."

"British officials have now passed a file to their US counterparts on Abdulmutallab’s activities in Britain while he was a student from 2005 to 2008. It shows his repeated contacts with MI5 targets who were subject to phone taps, email intercepts and other forms of surveillance."

GOOD WORK M15 AND BRITISH GOVERNMENT! AS USUAL, RIGHT ON TOP OF COUNTER-TERRORIST OPERATIONS PARTICULARLY YOUR GAZILLION TERROR SUSPECTS RUNNING AROUND DOING GOD KNOWS WHAT IN YOUR COUNTRY-NO ONE'S KEEPING TABS ON THEM, THAT'S FOR SURE! NOT TO MENTION THE "AQ IN BRITAIN" OPERATION, EH? PATHETIC!

Posted by: farfalle44 | January 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

You betcha Iam another American that is very much fed up with Comrade from Kenya Looney Toons Barack Hussein Obama and Iam
all for Obama's Immediate Resignation OR
Immediate Impeachment or we just simply Vote every Incumbent Democrat & Republican
Out if they refuse to Impeach Obama!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | January 2, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Mule pack 3 is delayed 9 weeks folks-

See you on MM II - remote for me -

Let's light up the sky eh ?

DOJ - you HAVE your window - UNTIL MARCH -

You have NO IDEA what's coming -

I'd suggest you come clean first

We're the GOOD PEOPLE that said to HELL with Goss -

FIGURE IT OUT MOTHERS.

UAC grants REAL TIME ACCESS TO ALL - ANY VENUE YOU TAKE - What do YOU think 2.3 Billion GETS YOU on media control ?

DO THE MATH MOTHERS

I didn't SIGN ON TO THIS - I VOLUNTEERED AHOLES.

I really DO mind if you sit this one out DOJ.

Pat Tillman LIVES ON in MY BOOK

Bush KNEW he died from friendly fire - and yet ? rallied ALL around the flag -

NO - sorry -

NO - SORRY - NO, I'm not sorry -you've NO IDEA WHAT IS COMING =-

I'd step forward DOJ on Abu Ghraib - March deadline- You've NO IDEA what POST GROVER involves - it's LOCKED STOCKED AND READY TO GO - GO WATERBOARD GOSS - we actually FINISHED YOU AHOLES.

Miltz

AKA Harris

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time we have a full demonstration - of UAC

Magic Mountain II open up -


Afghanistan efforts? TOP DOWN ?

CASCADE-

PASS THAT DOWN TO DIA you aholes

I'm FAR FAR FAR UPSTREAM FROM ALL OF YOU.

I can THROW March MADNESS at MM II

JUST as DOJ THREW BW

you want some ?

come and GET SOME DOJ !

CALL DIA FIRST -

but they'll have to call CIA FIRST

and CIA will say- hey -MM II - G'damn - who the HELL let you in on Post Grover.

YEAH

KINDA LIKE THAT.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

WHO at the DOJ even GAVE Goodling Dowd ?

My god

last I saw that creep was - oh my -

McCain during the keating five !

WHAT ARE THE ODDS

Treasury looting is a Treasury looting

I just happened to be in the lobby

NO - I just happened to have UAC on Blackwater 20cm Cornell lens AND JUST HAPPENED to have passed Goodling as she was on her way OUT !

ACCOUNTABILITY DOJ

COME FORWARD

OR - EITS on blackwater + GOODLING PLANTS REVEALED.

YOUR CALL DOJ

DIE or LIVE

TICK TOCK DOCK

Timothy Felix Miltz
Current SSN 183-66-7923

GO AHEAD- you don't HAVE UAC DOJ - I DO -

SCREW YOU - while Bush and Goss allowed for it ? and I don't support it ? I FISH UPSTREAM FROM YOU - I EVEN UNDERSTAND THE FISH KASHKARI SEEKS.

You've no god damned clue -

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

HEY DOJ

BEFORE you BUMBLE THIS ONE

GOODLINGARITES INCLUDED -

you KNOW who you are....

Guess what ?

I've got a 20 cm catch on your CASE you BOTCHEd -THINK the IRAQI's would like those shots ?

Awe Gee- I guess GOD didn't stand on your side for LIFE IN FEDERAL PRISON GOODLINGARITES- your milking girl gained immunity through Dowd - YOU - will NOT.

INNOCENTS ? NO.

TAKING YOU THROUGH THE CLEANERS.

I can only imagine DOJ after Goodling cleaning.

My god - what did that GIRL - HA - her WRITTEN TESTIMONY is 'I'm just a girl' - NO MONICA - HELL TO PAY - and HOUSE CLEANING - STARTING WITH ABU GHRAIB - Sure wouldn't want to be Lane McCotter in 2010.


Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

DOJ -

let me put it THIS way

I have UAC

THANKS to Negroponte ?

that means I have access at WILL and discretion -

WHO AM I ?

I can be your best friend IF you come forward on Abu Ghraib- TO the President - FIRST.

OR David Letterman style - you can choose NOT to head this off.

Personally- I KNOW you THREW Blackwater case - I EMAILED you - do you REALLY think I don't KNOW who the attorney's are ? YOU DID NOT RESPOND - You FAILED TEST ONE - you gave NO RESPONSE -

Do you have ANY IDEA what UAC MEANS ?

Call Kris up - I DOUBT IT - Unless he's REAL close to Tenet - or Goss - I DOUBT Kris knows either.

IF YOU DO - then you KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT -

TRANSPARENCY WAS the idea - THANK you Bush/Negroponte/Goss on that - SHORT of saying I will NOT stand in the SAME ROOM WITH NEGROPONTE on PRINCIPLE of HIS position he took on nuns flying out LIVE from a helicopter- to TURN HIS BACK - I will NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER let that go - Goss - GREENHORN compared to Tenet - GREENHORN - Bush used Goss if you ask me looking back- but - I WILL thank those MOTHERS for UAC - little did they know after they LEFT - SOME OF US WOULD STILL HOLD IT - and that means - WE don't OWN you DOJ - but you're under OUR SCOPE - EVERY - oh never mind - you're not ready for UAC - YOU NEED to come forward on Abu Ghraib or Iraq will backfire.

Your sand castle virtues ?

will be SWEPT AWAY

I'm not pushing shock and awe- but I'm pushing for - DOJ - come clean now - or HOUSE CLEANING TIME- and I WILL DO SO.

UAC - Go waterboard Goss - I HAVE UAC and you do NOT DOJ - YOU do NOT.

Your pal citizen

current SSN 183-66-7923

Want my other 13 ?

You've NO IDEA WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Unless Abdul-pants-on-fire was one h**** of a seamstress ... he HAD to be part of some conspiracy.

Posted by: oracle2world | January 2, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

That said -

Let us move onto the Department of Justice -

why ?

Why not...

ONE PLANE POTENTIALLY taken out

vs.

ONE NATION GUARANTEED TO BE UPSET over Urbina's having to throw the case out - and note - Urbina didn't through it out in ANY favoritism -

Urbina threw the case out because US DOJ BOTCHED the trial evidence gathering procedure.

I HAVE to side with Urbina here.

DOJ botched this one.

And yet - such a critical case.

Surely to lead to more 'problems' for the US.

How can we hold the DOJ accountable people ?

They are not elected.

HOW can we send an IRON CLAD MESSAGE to DOJ that says- YOU DO NOT FAIL - you ARE the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

ALL the HOODOO GURU SPECIALNESS YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH - and I've had MORE than my fill over time with DOJ -

YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE - with HIGH STAKES

HIGH STAKES

HIGH STAKES

I think it's time for an outing...

anyone else ?

I have plenty of friends in TLO's inside the beltway - we're approaching a point of ? well ?

IF DOJ can't FUNCTION ?

I'd say it's time to just monkey wrench the entire g'damn department

DATA is CRITICAL - SENSITIVE -

PROTECTIONISM is dead- yet - DOJ protects data - ?

Maybe DOJ could get a FAT PIE BACK IN THE FACE FOR THEIR INCOMPETENCE ON IRAQ BLACKWATER ?

By having - oh - say- 75% of agents outed ?

no - that wouldn't be fair.

DOJ - you may ask - who the HELL AM I - I am your WORST NIGHTMARE HOLDING YOU IN CHECK MATE.

I SUGGEST you get your affairs in order-

that's the wording a doctor would tell a terminally ILL patient.

You have COST ALL OF US on Abu Ghraib -

BETTER GET A GAME PLAN SOON -

Because you've COST EVERY US CITIZEN their SAFETY on Abu Ghraib - and that outweighs - OUTWEIGHS ALL OTHER PROGRESS YOU HAVE MADE in ALL MEASURES of SOCIETAL HARMONY.

I am afraid you have no other way to see this.

Abu Ghraib OR BUST DOJ

I WILL bring in EITS 20 cm on Blackwater case - and I'll send the sequence in JPEG FORMAT to Urbina myself - and he can re-evaluate - I'll do it IN PERSON - BECAUSE frankly- it's not secure on the wire.

I hope you get THIS MEMO - and for GOD SAKES will you PLEASE ANSWER MY EMAILS - I'm ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

from article:

"The investigation into the Christmas Day incident continues, and we're learning more about the suspect. We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaeda, and that this group -- al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America," Obama said.

end paste:

Again - here we have CHRISTMAS DAY - as if this should deflect focus from the brutal crime of seeking to blow up an airplane- as if any one day is more important than another ? no, it doesn't matter what DAY of the year it is if you are ON the plane.

Okay - " We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. "

I'll give wiggle room there - that actually sounds like a sincere attempt to understand WHY this person did what they did...

"It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaeda, and that this group -- al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America," Obama said."

Okay - actually sounds pretty sound to me -

SO far I have no issue except focus on Christmas -

"This is not the first time this group has targeted us," he continued. "In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies -- including our embassy in 2008, killing one American. So, as president, I've made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government -- training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al-Qaeda terrorists."

I do say- that comes across as if Obama has iron clad intel on this - I like this level of rhetoric - works for me.

adding:

Obama said: "As our reviews continue, let us ask the questions that need to be asked. Let us make the changes that need to be made. Let us debate the best way to protect the country we all love. That is the right and responsibility of every American and every elected official. But as we go forward, let us remember this -- our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans, not each other. Let's never forget what has always carried us through times of trial, including those attacks eight Septembers ago."

I do say- all in all - I think this article was well reflecting President Obama's intents.

It reveals at best and least to me - Obama is trying to do damage control through wording such that not to offend anyone- hats off Obama -

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

By Anne E. Kornblut
KAILUA, Hawaii -- President Obama spoke directly about the al-Qaeda link to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a passenger jet in his weekly radio address on Saturday.

End paste:

I'm going to sit here and tear this article apart -

I will used devices of fiction to brim over this cup of absurdity.

I will also use devices of non-fiction.

I find grave insult that religion is brought in - Christmas day -

Isn't a psychotic on a plane - just day ? ANY day of the year ?

So - let us sort that out - Christmas has NOTHING to do with this -

short of stirring up irresponsible hostility.

OKAY - First segment distilled as USELESS allegory to Christmas.

OKAY - maybe it is MANDATE for the meaning of this message to INCLUDE Christ-mas.

Hmm- ya think that is incendiary ?

ya think ?

PART II to follow.

Tim Miltz


Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his endless old and new wars create more terrorists every day, as his squandered stimulus drives more into a bitter spiral of despair. He has become such a stinking disappointment as president.

Posted by: horace1 | January 2, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

And the west continues importing this genocidal vermin! The article just highlights what the Egyptian government stated some time ago; if muslms are allowed western style freedoms, they will exploit that freedom for radicalization and jihad. Flying in and/or importing this mass murdering scum is pure suicide for what is left of Western civilization.

The only thing lower than this muslim filth are the PC imbeciles who justify or excuse these terrorist attacks. The existence of stupid republicans in the US or the crusades does not justify terrorism, you PC retards.

Posted by: jm125 | January 2, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

BigBirdOscar

Want some birdseed? Peck at Jim DeMint or Mitch McConnell. Their covered with seed. Peck their eyeballs out. They are bugeyed.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

All the war mongers in the GOP are undoubtedly happy that Obama's "getting it." This country does not need another Islamic adventure. Troops already in Djibouti. Troops in the Philippines. Troops in Israel. Troops in Iraq. In Afghanistan. We now hear that Special Operations forces are actually penetrating Pakistani territory. And now, Special Operators are leading joint missions in Yemen.
This is serious.
If Obama makes the stupid mistake of sending more troops into Yemen and Pakistan, have no doubt: we will see much graver suicide attacks on Americans in Afghanistan, and, I'd guess, Pakistan. We will see more Americans killed in soft target locations. We will see more sophisticated double and triple plays, by Pakistani ISI and Army officials who have "volunteered" to work operations against Americans.
We will also see mass demonstrations in Yemen and Pakistan. The Pakistani people should not be jammed up against American attempts to drive Islamists farther from Afghanistan, past the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and directly into Western Pakistan. America does not have that right.
The entire world should not revolve around our "winning" in Afghanistan, when, in fact, Obama, if he has the mind he seems to have, withdraws in accord with his stated goals. He is slipping and slidding down a slope of ever increasing steepness.
The Republican War Mongers will not allow him to withdraw ... just when "victory seems within our grasp." No, they will villify him, and crowd him, and cow him until he stays ... "awhile longer."
Obama supporters have got to state, emphatically, that we will support another candidate if he does send more troops into Yemen and Pakistan. That's insane. We need another TWO theaters of war against Islamic warriors.
Our own needs domestically are screaming. It's not possible to fight in four or five theaters without a Draft. Only by imposing a Draft will Obama meet those needs. It's not possible to fight these additional wars without getting sucked more into the maw, and it's not possible to fight two more theaters of war without a Draft.
This is a grave, grave strategic error for Obama, if he drives us deeper into these places. We are an Empire totally in decline, if he squanders our wealth and assets, as well as the finest military in the world, in two more Islamic theaters.
What insanity.

Posted by: zennheadd | January 2, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Islamite; the other, other white meat.

Posted by: nuke41 | January 2, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

donnolo:

I see you too are able to put things in weigh here.

Agreed- one plane - WHILE 30,000,000 suffer -

and EASILY hand guns - tobacco- DUI's - etc...

FAR OUTWEIGHT

How is it we've ALL been SOLD on this TERROR threat ?

Amazing

isn't it.

TERROR QUICKLY is turning into IGNORANCE.

And I've had just about enough.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

PLANE ATTACK ?

TRY BANK ATTACK

Or Threat BY BANK of America

that will render ALL US military UNPAID -

HOW could DOJ let BoA merge with ML ?

After ML was stated by Bernanke and Paulson to be THREAT to US economy ?

Where did DOJ National Security Division NOT call up DOJ Anti-Trust Division ?

SEE ?

YOU SEE?

THE PROBLEM ?

DOJ has FAILED US ALL

The threat isn't some yayhoo on a plane -

FINE - THINGS HAPPEN - it's isolated.

but this is CANOPY - TAKES ALL AWAY.

While we focus on TERROR

we've been LOOTED by ZERO equity loans-

If Neil Bush didn't pull this off with Savings and Loan scandal ?

I'd not say- hey - hey - let's take a second look here.

We HAVE on our hands Savings and Loan Scandal II

I've said this for 3 years now

WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR PEOPLE TO WAKE UP ?


THREATS form a plane - a BUS - MORE PEOPLE DIE in DUI's a year - and hand gun murders - TOBACCO a year than this -

HOW have we been FLEECED to being DISTRACTED WHILE WE ARE BEING LOOTED ?

I am NOT CRAZY on this -

I SEE THIS - Does anyone ELSE ?

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Why are you worrying about airline terrorists? In nine years they've managed to kill three thousand people. But every year 18,000 of your fellow Americans are murdered. The killers aren't terrorists. In fact, most of them aren't even career criminals -- they're law-abiding citizens who lose their temper in a domestic quarrel or have too much to drink, and their victims are family, friends, or neighbors.

Here are some more relevant facts:

Fact 1: Almost 100 people were killed yesterday in Pakistan by a suicide bomber who succeeded. There has been only cursory coverage of this story because such terrorist attacks have become so frequent as to seem routine -- to us in America.

Fact 2: An average of 100 Americans die every day in highway accidents, also with little or no coverage. The family car is far more dangerous than any terrorist, whether or not he is "linked to al-Qaeda."

Fact 3: Perhaps Abdulmutallab should not have been allowed to fly," but his name was on the watch list only because his concerned parents thought he might try something of this sort. The next wannabe terrorist probably won't be on the watch list. Whining that the "system has failed" because it allowed him to board an airliner is like blaming NOAA when someone is struck by lightning.

Fact 4: It is almost impossible to stop terrorists who are willing to die to achieve their goals.

Fact 5: Whether or not the campaign against terrorism is a "war," if we are unprepared to take casualties we will lose.

Fact 6: But the good news is that with 300 million potential victims, the chances that you or I or Aunt Mabel will be killed by a terrorist are very, very slim.

Posted by: donnolo | January 2, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah - and FDIC is SAVIOUR -

TOP folks at Treasury have ONE message of the last 18 months :

CONFIDENCE - INSTILL CONFIDENCE -

alas that 100k to 250k rise you've all seen at the bank teller windows.

ONE PLANE - SOME YAYHOO - is supposed to get us all rallied around the flag back to celebrate the threat of TERROR ?

GIVE ME A FLYING F'ING BREAK

NO WAY

I SHAKE MY HEAD

and I say It's a shame

NO WAY

Spin me back down the years

back to the building blocks here -

Franks leaving for Bank of America-

he left in July 2009 -too much heat - was drawing attention - I've pushed this HARD -

NO ONE to date has made the connection I have - Franks left post I for post II - Bank of America is right now ?

MORE powerful than the US military.

I can prove it this way.

Again November - magic month it seems- two Novembers ago - US went broke- Congress held an emergency session - approved 800 billion - US soldiers were facing LITERAL pink slips -

Well now -

Bank of America fails now ?

US soldiers can expect pink slips

and yet ? the ORIGINAL SENIOR LEADER who STARTED THIS WAR in Afghanistan ? ran off to Bank of America who now holds the ENTIRE US ECONOMY HOSTAGE ?

YOU TELL ME

YOU TELL ME

Where I'm wrong to be concerned.

Franks didn't just DISCOVER that position.

you HAVE to go back to Thain two Octobers ago RUNNING HIS MOUTH about how BoA will - WILL BE - the most powerful financial instrument on the planet - AFTER the MERGER.

AS it stands ? I argue - and I challenge ANYONE on this - I am PRETTY DAMNED CONFIDENT - Bank of America is MORE powerful than the US military right now - for if BOA fails - Military CRUMBLES - NO PAYCHECKS - DOJ ? NO PAYCHECKs - and to that

is the DRIVE for the ANGST - FRUSTRATION watching DOJ Anti-Trust just SIT BY

While BoA ML took place - and they STILL won't even explore breaking it up

SO ? Hey - The field I'm in- the people I know ? I suggest to DOJ - maybe SO they GET THE MEMO - BoA collapse can have a catalyst added -...

hhmmmmmmmmm

Seems they lost that laptop a few years back - paid 28 million for it -

These days ?

That's not a matter of money -

that's a matter of national security.

I do have to ask - how it is - we are ALL NOW dependent on the solvency of Bank of America ?

ANYONE ?

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's see- where were we

Oh yes - General Tommy Franks carves out a plan for Afghanistan - and discovers banking.

Odd Donald Rumsfeld's FIRST job was - INVESTMENT banker- go figure -

but that aside for increasing probability Pentagon would head to banking.

Oh yeah - Larry Di Rita - let's not forget him - Pentagon's SENIOR SPOKESPERSON - kind of like DOJ has one - hmm -what's his name BOYD ? oh yeah -

Larry seems carved up the term 'War on Terror' - and Larry ALSO made SURE Fox News ran the story of the Quran being flushed down the toilet at GITMO - HIGHLY INCENDIARY -

Now - get this - Larry TOO - decides he's leaving Pentagon - November must be a SPECIAL month - for this is the month too Larry decides to become Bank of America's Senior Spokesperson.

Starting to get it America ?

STARTING TO ?

WAR ON TERROR ?

Article here is Plane was taken by some TERRORIST ?

Try - Nation State TREASURY LOOTED by ZERO EQUITY mortgage loan products-

I HAVE ROCK SOLID UNDERSTANDING of just about EVERY of the 300+ banking products offered at Commercial to Community banks - that is an area I specialized in - not for fun let me tell you - WORK - period.

NO ONE at Treasury OR Central Bank has seen what I have - I've seen more REAL banks books - and I've WITNESSED PERSONALLY the HELOC madness- we're ALL doomed on housing - it can NOT recover.

And yet ?

Some plane on Christmas is our GREATEST THREAT ?

While the state of community banks PLAGUES them ? Community banks never HAD any problems until that king sht COP - line from Rambo First Blood- BUSH - running up housing - deteriorating their books with PRIME real estate that mark to market just happens to come up bunk now.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse


US Department of Justice ?

If your Anti-Trust division can't tackle that ?

I'll come down there personally and bring some sense into you - you PAID OFF BAFFOONS - or INCOMPETENTS on ANTI-TRUST -

Thain claimed Bank of America AFTER the merger would be the most POWERFUL financial institution - ON THE PLANET

OBAMA ADMIN - HIRE ME - I'll bring some JUSTICE down at the Department of Justice - those YAYHOOS - that SAT BACK and DID NOTHING while BofA MERELY faced -

oh noes - not the boogey man of TERROR for Bank of America - oh no !

They faced a MERE 30 MILLION FINE - AT 300 BILLION BONUS from Countrywide- and those ZERO EQUITY LOANS Countrywide brought - were LAUNDERED CLEANLY through - you guessed it - Goldman and Goldman was INSURED - that's right - and who insured AIG ? THE PEASANTS.

Oh well-

I guess some AIRPLANE that was THREATENED

is of GREATER IMPORTANCE than

the FUTURE OF THE US ECONOMY

I REALLY DO MIND DOJ - AND Obama Admin

if you sit this one out.

NEITHER OF YOU have ANY IDEA what Operation Grover was about.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

It's JUSTICE alright -

Your military might sand castle virtues ?

SWEPT AWAY

Your Wisemen - SUMMERS - BERNANKE -

Don't know

how it feels

to be THICK as a BRICK

And the love that I feel ?

is so FAR AWAY

I'm a bad dream that I just hahahahahad TODAY.

AND YOU SHAKE YOUR HEAD OBAMA

and say it's about a plane.

WIND me down back to BoA purchase of Countrywide- nearly 12 months after CEO of CW started his selloff of stock.

If I don't end this - it will be too long and go to 'your post will be reviewed by blog author' - and I don't have time for that- continuing in next post.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Saying he thinks about the security of the country "every moment of every day,"

End quote from article above:

I do say - I don't think of the security of the 'country'

COUNTRYwide put 300 billion in zero equity loans into Bank of America when they BOUGHT them for a MERE 2 billion down payment 3 Novembers ago - and later ? what a few billion more ?

AMAZING isn't it -

And SENIOR ARCHITECT for War on Afghanistan decided to leave THAT - RETIRE - and head up a new career at Bank of America - one year later -

And then you have John Thain 2 Octobers ago said publicly - that WHEN the merger goes through - AFTER he said he was JUST at talks in North Carolina ? Gee- that was 2 months pre-empt before Paulson and Bernanke made the deal - hmm - that now ? BoA just paid a serious SEC fine to ? hey - what's 30 million compared to 300 billion MIN ? 1% wow - and you have Thain running his mouth about how some DEAL is GOING to go through ?

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Posted by: iofferkicks320 | January 2, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

AS some of you have noticed, Ms Kornblut is simply a part of the White House PR machine. Her reporting is totally biased ,lacking any critical view or analysis. This story just quotes Obama at length, no comment or analysis. With reporting like this, WaPo's credibility is plumbing new depths. A shame.

Posted by: Panini | January 2, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

There exists the mentally ill

and then ?

there exist the CIA

sort it out folks !

FINE LINE

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Anyone care what the #197 aggregate on words off of over 5+ PB of data gathered over 3 months is for Q4 2009 ?

BLUE -

WHAT A STRANGE NUANCE.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh

Might as well send this one out to the one I love

NSA - did you think really ?

you were the ONLY ones that had split gBit backplane on floor 3 at AT&T ? OC 192 pack ?

THINK AGAIN

YEAH - DAT TO TAPE YAYHOOS

Northern Crossroads in Cambridge Boston too - we got that one too - you mother's - I'd say of invention but TALENT BEAT YOU ON THAT ONE -

east AND west coast - suck it down Orin Hatch with TIA - we were there FIRST - and frankly - you never made it work - WE DID - I LOVE AGGREGATION on petabyte reserves - COLOR BLUE ORIN - COLOR BLUE -

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Forget Abu Ghraib -

I could post some 2 MB jpegs from EITS AT 2 cm - that would leave most Americans in SHOCK and AWE from Magic Mountain in Iraq-

Vegas ? What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas ?

Me ? So long as I live - I will not keep what I've seen to myself.

I await the right time for release -

this is the nature of living.

US DOJ - we have SOME 2 cm on Abu Ghraib - you better have an excuse for smoke from the ovens - or frankly ?

Protectionism was already dead

I think there will be some heads on a stick at the end of the night.

Hey - won't be me - but my god

When the American people see what happened at Abu Ghraib ?

my god - MY GOD -

makes me ill to even consider there IS a nation called America.

I want no part -

and I will do everything I can to BRING JUSTICE to BRING THIS FORWARD -

I'm a bad dream that I just had today !

and you shake your head

and said it's a shame.


Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I taunt DOJ because I can.

And they know I can.

I have UAC and they don't

Na na na na na....

Am I HAPPY Patriot allowed that ?

No - I find Patriot an insult

Will I ever give up my UAC and let others turn their PS3 into one HELLUVA scope on the planet ? I think when Bank of America is broken up - I'll do that.

DEAL DOJ ?

I argue why should such a FINE machine NOT be public - granted- I'd WAGER CIA didn't fund it from tax payers - but - one HELLUVA piece of equipment -

DOJ's worst nightmare is that images taken from EITS CAN VALIDATE Iraqi claims against Blackwater - not 2 cm - 20 cm - but still- it's enough to identify stage of events at 24/fps.

Bush really F'kerred up intelligence cohesion if you ask me - sometimes I think it was intentional.

Tim Miltz

Current SSN -183-66-7923

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Maddogg

PLEASE - be careful here -

Do not mix CIA with FBI.

To my best I would say 99.8% of FBI is class A.

I can't say the same at DOJ top down though.

CIA ? I like to throw around 37% lately ? Best guess ?

Lot of good people left after Goss sent out that nasty memo "play ball with this admin - or frankly - get lost"...

Was kind of like DOJ "In case you didn't know..." emails.

pretty juvenile all in all at DOJ - but CIA it was a GRAVE insult -and all for the better- the better people left.

But FBI is CLASS A in my book -

DOJ - NOT SO CLASS A

CIA - CLASS D - MAYBE on a good day IMO.

JUST to be clear- let's not muddle FBI with CIA here - FBI is fine - CIA is hard to evaluate - TOP down evaluation ? i'd say CIA is F - but there ARE SOME good people still at the CIA IMO where I'd say MOST, near all at FBI are good.

It's DOJ top down that has the problems IMO.

And this is the Justice I want -

to see the Goodlingarites REMOVED -

I HAVE SERIOUS questions as to how this Blackwater case was thrown - Judge Urbina SAID it best- DOJ THREW this case- and I have to ask - INCOMPETENCE ? or INTENT ?

Inquiring minds want to know.

I honestly lose sleep over it.


Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

bubba31138 -

At the end of the day ?

You can offer up concern ?

But it doesn't mean that you'd be happier with silence of brattykathyi1's comments.

It's not that I shake my head - and say - it's a shame that Negroponte turned his head after 13 nuns were thrown LIVE from a helicopter - and this guy was brought in to unify US intelligence operations - facts aside - hyperbole or not - perhaps you'd prefer litote instead.

All is well - nothing to see here - keep moving.

Doesn't mean brattykathyi1 is wrong.

Bottom line - factually - US Department of Justice brought us Abu Ghraib - and we have to acknowledge just what happened there- and it's not hyperbole to state that Iraqi's have through testimony shared that there WERE ovens used to burn human bodies. -
I ask the US Department of Justice

What is the official comment ?

Me ? I side with humanity - and in this case- it would be with the Iraqi's -but I guess we got rid of all AQ in Iraq -so it's safe to side with Iraqi's now ? or would that make me a terrorist ?

Tim Miltz

and said -

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Q - What does Obama need to do now?

A - Easy. He needs to fire at random 1,000 employees each from the CIA and the FBI.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I bought some milk and it was sour, AQ did it.

My lawn mower was swiped, AQ did it.

I had a flat tire, AQ did it.

Someone tagged our neighborhood, AQ did it.

The block up the street had a gas leak, AQ did it.

Fall came and my tomato plants died, AQ did it.

Welcome to hell! Make yourselves comfortable while we find a reason to throw you in prison.

Posted by: Rubiconski | January 2, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Personally ?

I'd think US Department of Justice should have the conversation ALIVE with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud - all in all- after all ? US DOJ failed the US citizens in protecting them via Anti-trust laws on the Bank of America Merrill Lynch merger.

DOJ - if you're asking - just who the HELL is Tim Miltz and where do I keep pulling material from ?

ASK AGAIN - GO WATERBOARD GOSS

ASK the Washington Post - Greedom, DrDetroit - FirstBlood - Zoidberg- SO many nicks here I've been - FROM DAY ONE - I've been calling out for General Tommy Franks Bank of America - JOB SWITCH from Architecting the war in Afghanistan...

Alwaleed BORDERLINE saved CITI at 10 billion - do you THINK Bank of America's last 19 billion stock offering is out of reach ? THINK AGAIN- you REALLY should be OPEN CONVERSATION with GLOBAL COUNTERPARTS to GLOBAL FINANCIAL ORGANIZATION Department of Justice.

Dear President Obama - PLEASE - hire me - I'll DUMP Summers and 95% of the anti-trust division at DOJ - and bring in some REAL class workers - people who aren't BIG on 'oh my - I work for Department of Justice, what a privilege - I volunteered for my first 2 years out of college' NO - I'll bring you HARD BALL - ROCK SOLID ATTORNEY's - that KNOW what ANTI-TRUST MEANS - and will go for the JUGULAR on BofAML.

I'll dump Bernanke - I'll keep Geithner - I'll move Elizabeth Warren over to replace Barney on Chair of Financial Oversight Committee- ALL respect there Barney- I like you - but Elizabeth needs to take hold there- she can see more - it's BEST for all of us - I'll work with Barofsky to CLEAN HOUSE at DOJ - I'll promote a vision for ALL of us - and throw OUT corporate lobbyism - I'll open dialog to China on H3 - I'll open dialog to Abu Dhabi - Me ? I'd invite Alwaleed sooner than later -

Bank of America is up for sale -and thanks to DOJ's sloppy anti-trust work ?

Every single American's future economically is in the hands of BofAML now - forget some yayhoo who hijacks a plane- people have been hijacking planes or seeking to blow them up forever - DROP it.

Timothy Felix Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | January 2, 2010 11:23 AM |
"You're right. Where would we be without the CIA. It was their totally false intelligence that got us into Iraq. It was the CIA that formed and financed Al Queda.
In fact the list of misdeeds by the CIA is longer than your arm. They cost MILLIONS of innocent men, women, and children their lives. They abduct & torture innocent people without cause. All in all, they are the most dangerous terrorist group in the world. An organization every brain-dead, America hating idiot should support."
* * * * *
Mercy me, where do these rants come from? This is nothing more than pure hate-driven hysteria, full of hyperbole, and containing not a shred of fact. It would be comical were it not for the fact that people like this have a vote.

Posted by: bubba31138 | January 2, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"Guantanamo detainees should not be released to Yemen at this time," Sen. Dianne Feinstein said. "It is too unstable."

I guess this trial balloon is as close as the White House is going to get to saying Dick Cheney was right about Gitmo -- we need it and there's no place to send these people that safe for America.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1951176,00.html#ixzz0bV55GAMi

Posted by: ericnestor | January 2, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | January 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse
"You're right. Where would we be without the CIA. It was their totally false intelligence that got us into Iraq. It was the CIA that formed and financed Al Queda.
In fact the list of misdeeds by the CIA is longer than your arm. They cost MILLIONS of innocent men, women, and children their lives. They abduct & torture innocent people without cause. All in all, they are the most dangerous terrorist group in the world. An organization every brain-dead, America hating idiot should support."
* * * * *
Mercy me, where do these rants come from? This is nothing more than pure hate-driven hysteria, full of hyperbole, and containing not a shred of fact. It would be comical were it not for the fact that people like this have a vote.

Posted by: bubba31138 | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has come under fire for initially failing to appear in public to comment on the attempted attack. Nonetheless, he spent a quiet New Year's afternoon with his family in Hawaii, at their vacation rental home. He is expected to return to Washington on Monday."

Typical Kornblut pro-neocon swipe. No mention at all that it took Bush six days to address an identical incident right after 9/11, and that NO ONE criticized him for not jumping to Al Qaida's cue. Just a dig at the president for taking a much-need break after one of the most hectic years in our nation's history. Bush was on vacation during the shoe bomber attack, but that was A-OK to this neocon rag.

It just gets old, you know? Have some professionalism, Anne, and use some consistent, objective treatment.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 2, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse


end paste:

clearly I have no life so I'm replying...

I didn't draw that from the paragraph header there -

however I agree in that if one were to compare ? I HONESTLY get a feel that Obama has interest in exploring all issues at hand before acting - I detect INTELLIGENCE with Obama - I don't believe that the system we have can afford one person to represent 300 million + but - still

for what it is ?

I'm not complaining with this admin.

BUT - I AM complaining with the Department of Justice

and how COULD they FUMBLE the Blackwater trial - WHY ? or HOW ? Were ANY of those attorneys hired by Goodling who blew it ? Remember president- or x-president of Blackwater Erik Prince shared the Christian fundamenatlism with Goodling stating he felt he was a Christian Crusader in Iraq ?

that has NO PLACE
I would EXPECT Department of State would say- ? What's this ? Crusader you see yourself as ? Sorry- this can't be allowed -

BUT - US let Blackwater in with Princes LATTER comments about Christianity.

Phony religious war as some who participated see it.

But right now - US Department of Justice needs to clear up how Monica Goodling was #3 in power there - and brought us Abu Ghraib.

I for one will DIE making SURE the world sees Abu Ghraib for all it was.

I really don't give a flying F - about any politics - what happened in Abu Ghraib - does NOT stay in Abu Ghraib.

It needs to Letterman style- come out BEFORE the photo shoot.

SAND castle virtues - swept away

TIDAL destruction ? I'll see to it personally -

Department of Justice will NOT pass go - NOT receive a pay check - will NOT gain a pension -

Why ?

I can press speed dial for Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud and bring and end game CHECKMATE move to DOJ - THANKS to their FAILED ANTI-TRUST unit.

I doubt KRIS has Alwaleed on speed dial !

HA mothers ! I want justice for ALL

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

LOL, looks like the Christmas false flag got a big payoff!
Northwest Bomb Plot 'Oddities' By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 28 Dec 2009 Bogosity reaches critical mass! In 2008, the ACLU estimated the US 'No Fly List' to have grown to over 1,000,000 names --heck, even Cat Stevens and the late Senator Ted Kennedy were on it --and it continues to expand. But, suspected terrorist Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was curiously able to obtain military-grade high explosives -- 80 grams of PETN (gee, where'd he get that?) -- managed to escape airport security and detonate his underwear bomb! In April 2009, American authorities reportedly refused an Air France flight from Paris to Mexico entry into US airspace because a left-wing journalist writing a book on the CIA was on board. Got it? Write a book critical of the CIA -- you cannot fly. Carry explosives (allegedly from Yemen) on board when the US is trolling for an excuse to invade and occupy Yemen for its oil -- yes you can!
http://www.legitgov.org/northwest_bomb_plot_oddities.html

Posted by: lorifromclg | January 2, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

CHINA WAITS...QUIETLY SHE WAITS.

IN THE GREAT WAR AGAINST TERRORISM LETS NOT FORGET THAT OUT THERE, IN THE WINGS, A GREAT ASIAN ARMY WAITS TO TAKE CHARGE OF ANY CARELESSNESS.

http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n2066.cfm

America needs to watch her back constantly with the old red dragon.
As America fine young soldiers wear out...the dragons PLA is young and fresh.

This will be a decade of two things...
1. Americas survival or
2.China's victory over a careless USA.

Posted by: gibo | January 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Glenn Beck may have al qaeda ties.

Please middle America – turn off the TV, walk outside – and get some exercise.

When you come back in the house – shoot your TV.

Posted by: Rubiconski | January 2, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse


End Paste:


If you mean he shares the same breed of religious fundamentalism ?

Sure- Western Taliban the entire Palin Beck crowd-

I prefer not to bother with the rodeo clowns though - I ride the bulls.

All respect to the clowns - but all in all- they're just reactionaries !

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama is doing a great job.

The Bush security apparatus though is still acting like there is no terror around. Obama needs to tear this down and rebuild.

Start wil mass employment terminations in FBI and CIA. Obama should be able to can 1,000 in each agency randomly.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

End Paste:

WELL SAID

SUMS it up for me.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Glenn Beck may have al qaeda ties.

Please middle America – turn off the TV, walk outside – and get some exercise.

When you come back in the house – shoot your TV.

Posted by: Rubiconski | January 2, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has come under fire for initially failing to appear in public to comment on the attempted attack. Nonetheless, he spent a quiet New Year's afternoon with his family in Hawaii, at their vacation rental home. He is expected to return to Washington on Monday."

Typical Kornblut pro-neocon swipe. No mention at all that it took Bush six days to address an identical incident right after 9/11, and that NO ONE criticized him for not jumping to Al Qaida's cue. Just a dig at the president for taking a much-need break after one of the most hectic years in our nation's history. Bush was on vacation during the shoe bomber attack, but that was A-OK to this neocon rag.

It just gets old, you know? Have some professionalism, Anne, and use some consistent, objective treatment.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 2, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama the shill.Obama the Liar.This black "boy" has always been in the pocket of Big Business and the amerikan oligarcy.

Like Uncle Tom and Bill Cosby ,he knows his place and his limitations

Steppin Fetchit had more self respect.

Shine those shoes,slave !

Yessaree ,boss Iam coming boss.

Posted by: hyroller56 | January 2, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

So, Umar was trained by al-Qaeda and tried to attack the US for bin Laden. Gee, after more than a week, Obama admits what everyone else knew on Christmas Day. The President mist be a real genius. Anyway, that's what all the Democrats and papers like the WAPO say.

Posted by: NormReisig | January 2, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Q - Why did Bush remove all American's civil liberties?

A - Bush wanted to desperately hand a win to al-Qaeda.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama also announced that it was a mistake to appoint an attorney general whose law firm represented Yemeni terrorists and said he is going to cancel the investigation of the CIA for harming terrorists and cancel the court martial of the Navy Seals who are accused of slapping a terrorist.

Posted by: alstl | January 2, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama is doing a great job.

The Bush security apparatus though is still acting like there is no terror around. Obama needs to tear this down and rebuild.

Start wil mass employment terminations in FBI and CIA. Obama should be able to can 1,000 in each agency randomly.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I hear Cookie Monster is looking for a new job.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Hiya AA

maybe obama will appear on 'wheel of fortune' co-spinning with vanna white and will explain to america on a 30 second station break how he will help save our country if he is always playing golf and walking on the beach in hawaii. i know, *i'll* tune in... cuz vanna's cute.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | January 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

End paste:

No - that would be the game show JEOPARDY.

I'll take Protectionism is Dead for $100 Alex- ding ding ding - you got the daily double !

Heya AA- I'm the only one that's recommended ya !

let's meet - i'm in Western PA !

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

UN won't bother Iran

Iran will sort it out.

I could only wish people in the US stood up to 2000 election of alleged president Bush.

I made a boatload of money thanks to Bush antics - but - all in all ?

Doesn't amount to anything - I have literally SEEN more than I have wanted to.

EITS - nice piece of hardware.

WELL worth the price - don't worry US tax payers - closed funding.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"This is not the first time this group has targeted us," he continued. "In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies -- including our embassy in 2008, killing one American. So, as president, I've made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government -- training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al-Qaeda terrorists."

From article above:

And yet ? I thought AQ was this mysterious boogyman image of no nation ?

Be careful here Obama Admin - the way Bush skated Geneva convention was that AQ is of no nation -

I for one would want this statement to be held up with integrity retro to Bush era - if this is so.

If so, then Yemen must be where we send more US soldiers to go blow some heads off and in turn get their heads blown off.

What didn't the US military learn in Somalia ? Some STILL can't get that smell of rotting bodies out of their heads - thankfully dreaming is typically no involving olfactory memories !

Maybe waking nightmares are.

Cheney loaded up the Saudi's back in '92 with an arsenal - Saudi is going after Yemen - and you know ? AQ will only see it as US weapons - ALTHOUGH - I DID LOVE that SCUD from Saddam that said Made in China on it - that was classic. I think US justified that during Desert Storm iirc.

JUST people Obama - don't lose touch with humanity - don't buy into what Bush left over for you- it's HARD to sort out - but SO much of it isn't real.

A STRONG leader right now in the US would help US citizens embrace globalism - and recognize protectionism is dead- nationalism has what I'd call - pseudo-cultural boundaries of worth - the rest ? is for sale - and indeed- Abu Dhabi is the new Japan buying NYC - except the new NYC is the nation - all in all - it's rather Ironic - that Europe can pick up land in the US at fire sale prices right now - Germany and France have successfully recovered from their recession.

The United States will not be recovering - - I know this - how ? I have seen more raw banking data than ANYONE at the Federal Reserve OR Treasury - COMBINED - I KNOW the state of affairs of how American's have been living off of home equity loans ( HELOCS ) -I can prove it - hire me Obama Admin -I'm unemployed - I can show you a thing or two that your lacky Summers doesn't have a clue about.

I kid you not - I am telling you the truth - as to CIA - beats me - some lacky Boltonized institution - never met a single person from the CIA - I'm not even sure what they do.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

T quote Mark Hemingway,"But what I can't wrap my head around is that it took the President four days to acknowledge what he termed a "catastrophic" national security failure, but Cheney criticizes the administration's handling of the war on terror and they have a rapid response on the White House blog in a matter of hours? Priorities!

Then again, it took six days to respond to the riots in the streets of Tehran during their election, so four days seems about right for a barely averted domestic catastrophe.

Also, is the White House aware of how small they look when they are so obviously spooked by Cheney's every utterance? Remember when the President rescheduled a press conference earlier this year to deliberately conflict with a pre-planned Cheney speech?

We could really use a steady hand on the tiller while dealing with national security matters, but the White House is still in campaign mode, worried about what a private citizen -- who left office remarkably unpopular! -- thinks of them.

Suffice to say, this is not reassuring."

Posted by: powerange | January 2, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with the posts condemning acting President Obama here.

I don't agree with every policy though for every participation I've had with any operations in the name of Justice either.

I'll take Obama and Biden over bush admin anyday.

Thing is - elements of the Bush era still live on - Bush really f'rered around with Patriot that gave the CIA TOO much freedom if you ask me - or if you'll let me tell you.

Hey - at least I can say- at least Abu Ghraib wasn't the family - THAT came out of the company's parents ! HA

now DOJ - Why don't you play David Letterman before the photo's come out...

and head this off before hand.

Abu Ghraib photo's are going to bring such outrage in Iraq? Sure - people will forget about Blackwater -

But THIS time ?

Iraqi's won't be suing or coming after Blackwater - they'll be coming after the Department of Justice that ALLOWED Abu Ghraib - thanks to good ole Monica Goodling.

We need Monica to come back to the stand.

Hey- I want front row seats...

Really.

I LOVED how she used the word 'girl' in her written testimony - no, this is a GREAT EVIL that needs to be ZOOMED IN under the glass of justice and scrutiny - or frankly ? there IS no justice.

I think Kris would agree.

Goodling Goodlingarized the DOJ - and to date ? it's STILL Goodlingarized.

Come on DOJ - hire me - I'll clean up your org.

I'll EVEN SHARE UAC with you - hey - it's just 36 bytes and you're in - I'll say this - Cornell sure makes some FINE optics - and that baby will be up for - I THINK it's 2022 life span - only a handful of people got UAC - I helped burn it - so I have it - oh - the DANGERS of OUTSOURCING INTELLIGENCE to PRIVATE CONTRACTORS eh ?

HA HA HA HA

YOU BETTER YOU BET

Least I didn't kill anyone - I just helped build the firmware. Sometimes ? expertise in assembly language is just GOLDEN by those in need in an era where people pass it by-


DOJ ? Let's not make you XOR DOJ - that is - let's not flip your bits - COME CLEAN - COME FORWARD David Letterman style on Abu Ghraib - head this storm off before the images come out - and all hell breaks loose.


Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

All respect to President Obama above.

I like the guy - we all can learn things from each other -

Obama needs to learn protectionism is dead.

From above article:

"Let us debate the best way to protect the country we all love."

I can ONLY suggest to Obama to give up golf - take up tennis and invite Alan over for a game - Greenspan that is.

okay okay - I'm sure Alan would be saying - look - I'm not going out on that court with my legs as they are - no, Alan would be humble and he embraces humility- GREAT CHARACTER features - but really..

Greenspan said it well- I will quote it "Protectionism is DEAD".

I don't come in from inside the Beltway on that message - but I do come from watching the internet emerge - and the WORLD wide web- the GLOBAL media share.

It is here -

It is here and we're never going back - China will break eventually and join - it might be all the better China firewalls itself for the time being - until it develops the strength internally for political change to handle the WORLD wide web- I spent SOME time studying political systems in China - you need 17 chalkboards JUST to get the hierarchy up - BUT - all in all- at least China has accountability at each node.

The US hierarchy right now in Government has a serious breach at the node of the US Department of Justice - or lack thereof.

Monica Goodling came in and became the 3rd most powerful person at DOJ ? fresh out of Pat Robertson's Christian Fundamentalist Regent- and she brought us the makings for Abu Ghraib.

Whatever backlash from DOJ botching the Blackwater case comes ? NOTHING in comparison to the response when the Iraqi people get photo finish accountability of Abu Ghraib INCLUDING the ovens in the back.

I am simply shocked this happened on my watch as a mere citizen.

I'm simply a self employed software engineer out of work -

Ollie North broke the mold on wording during Iran Contra - "I can not verify whether I recall or do not recall that- that's right sir... " next question... "I can not verify whether I recall or do not recall that sir"...

and I shake my head

and say it's a shame.

Which would you rather fear?

getting on a plane ?

or being a citizen of a nation that to date- has not acknowledged the grave human rights violations at Abu Ghraib ?

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse


maybe obama will appear on 'wheel of fortune' co-spinning with vanna white and will explain to america on a 30 second station break how he will help save our country if he is always playing golf and walking on the beach in hawaii. i know, *i'll* tune in... cuz vanna's cute.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | January 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

What a joke! If anyone threatens this country or its citizens, destroy them.
Period!
This president needs to take lessons from Teddy Roosevelt.

Posted by: InAlaska | January 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama said "he thinks about the security of the country "every moment of every day," "
_______________________
Obama also said that "we will not rest" until they are captured and tried. And then played golf the rest of the day. Presumably lawyers from Eric Holders former law firm will continue to represent the terrorists as they are tried.

Posted by: amazd | January 2, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The guy, the well educated son of wealthy and privileged parents, sets himself on fire trying to set off a bomb sown into his underpants, and President Obama refer to him as "the suspect." Get a clue!

Posted by: amazd | January 2, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

HEY DOJ

Let's play poker

I'll put in 3864 RISC chips for video processing on a remote satellite with 38 precision lens cameras and 5.8 PB of online storage sitting 23,000 miles away - well- we could calculate from actual DOJ in D.C. with elevation - let's call it 23,000 miles away....

I just upped the ante -

Can your lacky attorney's who THREW the Blackwater case match that ?

Do you think the Iraqi's are JUSTIFIED to SEE just what happened ?

It really won't look too well after one of the six Blackwater contractors already pleaded guilty.

Terrorist on a plane ?

TRY terrorism - HORROR - explicated by US CIA AND DIA and DOS contractors -

Hey - I'm just after XE here - PLENTY of clean operations contracting - take DynCorp - I've never run into ANY problems with DynCorp - VERY WELL RUN - would recommend A++++ Fast shipper - Whackenhut ? Uh, just keep them away form the keg - no, chump change outfit - I'd never recommend them -

I'm sorry, DOJ - your attorneys MAY have THROWN the Blackwater case ?

But you can't argue with high def - well- 20 cm resolution is well enough for identifiable features - you're just lucky it wasn't a hot spot - you'd be up against 2 cm resolution - CHECK THE WEATHER THAT DAY DOJ - CLEAR AS GLASS.

You've NO idea DOJ what the other hand is doing - CIA has COMPLETE disconnect under Bush from DIA, DOS, DOJ - Nearly free run - and if you ask me ? a little TOO MUCH slack on that line. Tripod II was in NYC day before WTC attack - you know it - I know it - TRIPOD I is still alive - and last I checked ? I don't know a g'damned thing about it - how about you DOJ ?

Tim Miltz

Go find Porter Goss- waterboard him - Bush INTENTIONALLY firewalled himself from Tripod.

I'd like to know how we're going to get people to talk - not about Tripod but about just how or why the DOJ threw this case against Blackwater.

This is a DEFINING CASE for the Iraqi peoples.

This is LITMUS TEST - and it's not looking good.

Iraq has every right to invade the US and say- hey - these monsters commit murder and serve no justice - we need to bring them a taste of democracy and justice.

UNLESS DOJ - you play David Letterman and come out AHEAD of Abu Ghraib photo release... and explain some things...

After all - it was the DOJ that brought us Abu Ghraib.

Justice ?

you people should be ashamed of yourselves to collect a paycheck.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Q - Whi is responsible for this disconnect?

A - Principally Ronnie Raygun. The government disconnected itself from the people when Ronnie said we could have whatever we want and not pay for it.

The height of this stupidity came with Bush lying about WMD in Iraq.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Q - Are cops (pigs) stupid?

A - Yes! We have proof too. CIA said there was WMD in Iraq and there was not. The FBI gave us 9-11 and Ft Hood and 12-25-09 attempt.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm angry, very very ANGRY:

AS AN ETHICAL DEMOCRAT, SEN. DEMINT, LET ME APOLOGIZE HERE ON BEHALF OF MY REGISTERED PARTY-FOR THIS SURREAL NOMINATION-THIS UTTERLY SURREAL NOMINATION OF THIS TOTALLY UNFIT FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT ERROLL SOUTHERS!

THANK YOU, FOR HOLDING UP THIS CONFIRMATION-YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO IS DOING THE RIGHT THING HERE! WHY IS THAT? I DON'T GIVE A S--T ABOUT THE UNION ISSUE-BUT I HAVE SPENT MY ENTIRE ADULT LIFE IN AVIATION, AND I HAVE SEEN AN AWFUL LOT OF BOMBINGS, AND OTHER TERRORIST ACTS, AND HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH MUCH OF IT ON A PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LEVEL!

THE IDEA, THAT THIS ABOMINATION OF A CHARACTER SOUTHERS COULD BE IN CHARGE OF AVIATION SECURITY-BLOWS MY FREAKING MIND! THIS NOMINATION MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO GO FORWARD!

PLEASE, SEN. DEMINT-PLEASE FILIBUSTER, IF THOSE CRAZY DEMOCRATS HARRY REID ET AL, GO THROUGH WITH THIS EVIL INSANE CHOICE FOR TSA ADMINISTRATOR! PLEASE DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER AS A SENATOR TO WORK FOR THE GOOD OF THIS NATION AND SHELVE THIS NOMINATION FORTHWITH!

I PROMISE I WILL WORK AGAINST THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN 2012 IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE IF THIS LIAR AND SLEAZEBAG WHO IS UNFIT TO SEE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION-WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS LIAR WOULD DO WITH SUCH INFORMATION IF A PARTICULAR SITUATION CAME UP, HE COULD BE EASILY BLACKMAILED, I BELIEVE-HE IS INHERENTLY PROVEN TO BE UNTRUSTWOTHY WITH FEDERAL RECORDS-HE MUST NEVER EVER BE ALLOWED TO HOLD ANY FEDERAL OFFICE, MUCH LESS THE HEAD OF THE NATION'S TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION-NEVER!

Posted by: arrabbiato | January 2, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse


US citizens should go class action on DOJ allowing Abu Ghraib to put a BIG RED X on ALL of our backs - let alone Bank of America holding our currency AND economy HOSTAGE.

START with THAIN - BIG HINT DOJ.

I'm SURE Kashkari can add to it on Goldman - but you know ? ALL in ALL - I really feel it's fair to just let him be.

I DO mind if you sit this one out DOJ.

My words but a WHISPER - your DEAFNESS - a shout.

Your fellow CITIZEN as far as you're concerned...

Tim Miltz

UAC - I have it - not a ONE of you has it - Kris may be a nice guy - might head up national security division for you - I LIKE Kris - but - EVEN YOUR TOP LEVEL ACCESS doesn't have UAC - THANK BUSH - I sure do - I should NEVER EVER EVER have gotten it either. SEEMS right place, no, wrong place, right time, right people, right contract - and willingness to go through HELL and back to prove yourself. Go waterboard Goss to figure it out - the ghosts in his closet would tear this nation apart if you got it.

HINT - CORNELL has some DAMNED NICE FINE OPTICS. And your attorney's threw the case right ? against Blackwater ? EITS says DIFFERENT - Kris want's CAMERA only trial ? TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE - Kris has NO IDEA what CAMERA VIEWS HOLD DATA onto just what happened with Blackwater - EITS is classified - and what a conundrum eh ? Evidence BLATENT evidence - but to release it reveals EITS program. Hmmmmmm

What a FARCE

EITS via UAC is FIRMWARE - BURNED IN - I should outsource it to third world nations.

I bet Iraq would be interested in REAL JUSTICE - HEY DOJ - Just what the hell are you doing over there throwing this case !

You didn't KNOW did you - EITS has it.

I wager 384 MB in 24 frame/sec RAM 23,000 miles away in Geo-sync the answer SITS -

YOU don't HAVE UAC on EITS DOJ - Awe - what a shame - seems TECHNOLOGY can CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR LACKY ATTORNEYS SLOPPY WORK - harassing guards with threats of job loss- GOOD GOING -

MAYBE YOUR ATTORNEY's DOJ - should get BETTER INTEL on what INTEL is OUT THERE NEXT TIME THEY THROW A CASE you MORONS.

Your fellow citizen as far as YOU are concerned -

Tim Miltz

Which SSN do you want from me ?

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

obama teaches us new ways to state facts we thought we understood….

Don’t rush to judgment, apparent, alleged, enemy combatants, cops are stupid,

Change you can believe in….not……

Posted by: UpAndOver | January 2, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

What GOOD is DOJ if they can't ACT ?

And when SEC can only FINE ?

and DOJ is SUPPOSED to play the role for criminal prosecution ? and they just SIT there - TWIDDLING their fat ass attorney thumbs all happy to be in the most prestigious DOJ ? SO IMPORTANT -

DOJ - you don't even ANSWER your G'DAMN EMAILS I send you.

I could send you the COORDS for Bin Laden and you'd probably throw the email into the GARBAGE - you yayhoos -

You aren't worth the currency you're paid in - besides- US Federal Reserve web site I see shows $1 in 2000 is now worth $0.76 - perhaps all you DOJ DOLTS need to seek a 24% PAY RAISE JUST TO BREAK EVEN.

You cost us on Abu Ghraib - Nationalism COULD have emerged SMOOTHER into globalism - but now ? there is CLEANUP necessary post Abu Ghraib-

It's going to take a serious Lionel Ritchie concert in Iraq with some new song called "Turn the other cheek" or something to turn this around - Yes, the NEW Democracy Iraq CAN sue via Alien Tort - and if I have any play in it ? I'll find a way to have you come in under corporate clause - why ? BECAUSE - there is SUCH A FINE LINE ANYMORE BETWEEN ENTITIES such AS Blackwater AND the Department of State.

DOJ - you're worse than Pittsburgh National Bank's attorney's in seeing anti-trust violations on their National City acquisition after they stipulated they were not carrying any troubled assets and they were allowed to go ahead and use Troubled Asset Relief Program MONEY to BUY NAT CITY.

WHERE ARE YOU DOJ ?

GOT YOUR ACT TOGETHER.

No, you are NOT Above the law -

I AM UNDER IT - propping it up - and I am FULLY TIED IN and AWARE of your unprofessional - INHUMANE - INCOMPETENT actions that need accountability.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

This Nigerian case of attempted bombing of a US plane over Detroit and how the Media in US is reporting it is yet one more example of the right-wing (war-mongering, fear-mongering) Media in US wanting to distract Americans peoples focus from where the real problem is and instead focus it on Hoax causes for fear.

Hoax causes for fear: Alqeada
After all take the never ending fear-mongering by the US Media (aka War profiteers) that Alqaeda is going to get us, thus we need to spend $300Bill extra per year on Military matters to fight the "war on Terror". Really!
How many Tanks does Alqeada have? ZERO.
How many planes does Alqeada have? ZERO.
How many Ships does Alqeada have? ZERO.
How many Missiles does Alqeada have? ZERO.
etc. etc. indicating that the fear we need to have from Alqeada should in fact be near Zero.

I mean if our Media wants us to fear something, then they should write about the at least 50,000 Americans who were KILLED last year due to being DENIED health care because they were ill and were not rich (aka pre-existing condition) who would be living IF they lived in a European country, Canada, Israel, etc. developed nations whom all have Universal nationalized Health Care. You can read more about that here:
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE58G6W520090918

Or our Media wants to show the face of Terror, they should just show the city of Detroit itself, because Detroit has an astounding 50% unemployment rate, where an estimated 3000 people die each month due to lack of health care, a number equal to 9/11, where homes are not selling for $40 per Sqft while right across the great lakes in Montreal Canada homes sell for $350 per Sqft like hot cakes and it has an unemployment rate of about 6%. WHY because Canadian Media and Government invest the Canadian peoples Taxes in their people and cities rather than engage in never ending war-mongering, fear-mongering with such NOTHING of a NOTHING of threat as a Nigerian man had few grams of explosives in his shorts, leading to "Is Terrorist threat the greatest threat facing Americans in 2010...", or "Has Obama dropped the ball on War on Terror allowing Alqaeda to get to us..." when what the greatest threat to Americans is, is lack of hope, lack of upward mobility (compared to Europeans, Canadians, etc.) due to lack of Universal health care, Universal education, etc. Social services, due to our Taxes being wasted on unnecessary Wars and a Gargantuan Military, all of which is ultimately possible due to the war-mongering, fear-mongering by the right-wing lying machine which is the US Media as per the example of this Nigerian bull crap reporting.

So you want to read about real evil, all you have to do is read about the at least 50,000+ Americans who die each year due to being denied health care (in USA) because they are ill! (aka have pre existing condition). There is a great article here:
www.anoox.com/blog/real_news.article=35948

Posted by: RealNews1 | January 2, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama reviews Christmas Day plane attack in radio address...

And US citizens can review whether the entire 'terror' scare has really panned out in any tangible threat to their 'way of life'. ?

What a sell

When a dying nation state has nothing else left - it calls upon nameless faceless enemies - who are 'out there'.

My god

Maybe I didn't read enough science fiction, maybe I read too much.

Political Science fiction that is.

US CIA has been playing BOTH sides of religious fundamentalism juxtaposed - if US citizens have not figured that out ?

I guess PT Barnum was right - a sucker born every minute ...

Isn't 'fear of flying' supposed to be 6th grade material ?

Odd how we have CAR JACKINGS in the US -and I am PRETTY SURE - that's one TERRIFYING EVENT to experience - never experienced it personally.

and for what ?

a car ?

AT LEAST a car jacker wants the car -

Plane jacking ?

no, I'm not buying - this tape is getting old.

Come on you pesky terrorists - haven't you seen Black Sunday - what happened to the good old cold war threat of nuclear destruction from the Ruskies -

How BADLY did Cheney NEED a new threat ?

Why can Dick Cheney run his pie hole on Fox News about how SURE he is these - or - whoops - THOSE pesky terrorists who we have no names or faces for- will attack a US city with a nuclear device under watch by Obama admin ? Just WHERE is he getting his intel ?

Maybe John Bolton is writing down the scripts on bathroom stalls for Larry Craig to pass on to Cheney - who knows.

Give it a break people- we have CAR jackings in the US - some psychotic or sociopath tries to blow up a plane - call it for what it is- don't drag it on and justify some new Homeland II or Patriot III out of it.

GIVE IT A BREAK.

It's not real.

AQ ALWAYS claims after the fact, AQ did NOT claim WTC immediately - ask yourselves - why ?

CIA plays BOTH sides of the fence - Christian fundamentalists in the US and Islamic fundamentalists - and it's an easy win when you have brain dead participants.

Bank of America at this point is a FAR greater threat than some nameless faceless yayhoo from Afghanistan.

And yet ? the US Department of Justice anti-trust just LET THAT HAPPEN.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks BO, I will certainly sleep better tonight. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | January 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

What a phony the Joker is asking for a stop to the bickering over the attempted bombing. The guy spent the last eight years complaining about everything the Bush administration did concerning the war on terror. All of a sudden it's not so cool.

Posted by: theBozyn1 | January 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Everyone knows all these attacks have Al-qaeda links except our DHS leader. Does that mean our entire government is a clueless. Or is there hope for our society.

We need to target our war against these jokers. Profiling is a good thing to keep us save. Huh Janet.

Posted by: robinhood2 | January 2, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ollie -

Svety put it this way

"Kissy Kissy"

I'd be concerned - she visits ? Hey - I'd suggest Uraguay Ollie.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I can top Cheney and hand over more than a handful of CIA ops that have plenty of blood on their hands.

Hey - Planes ?

Flight 103 anyone ?

No, it's not time to get sidetracked on sideline murder scenes.

Far bigger threats exist

Coal -

Oil-

Your health is being robbed from you.

There is not one reason short of oil and coal lobby why we forfeit out health.

Health Care ?

Try POTENTIAL 'FOR' Health.

I'm a bad dream thaT I just had today.

and you shake your head

and said it's a shame.

I say - anyone seen Valerie Plame ?

I have UAC which gives me eye in the sky - THANK YOU BUSH - you dolt - patriot act is a TWO WAY STREET - what you hide - you ALSO can't STOP ! SHOOT IT DOWN Bushman - you can't - you're GONE so is Goss and Obama doesn't even know it's there.

It's rather scary the information that's out there folks - just sitting - in flat text ASCII even. Really- most people would think sensitive data would be protected, not always the case.

I think humanity can move forward with some responsibility for US nation state action in Iraq and Afghanistan - I'll let Somalia go. My god - the smell of those body pits - It's like getting a brain CT scan - that smell- my god - you can't get it out of your head.

One plane ? Forget it's Christmas- that's just icing on the cake.

I'll take Lung Cancer for $500 Alex.

FAR more deaths - and yet ?

Those pesky terror tobacco companies eh ?

No, I think America needs to screw it's head back on the dashboard head bobbing doll made in China - or at least untangle the spring.

I've seen more than I care to.

I know this without question - the US has no grounds to be in Afghanistan - and in March 2010 ? we're all gonna see some fireworks- you can thank Porter Goss and Ollie North via IBBC - thanks for the Benjimans Ollie - really went far, not that 40 cents on the dollar was a fair trade in the Ukraine - but hey - least it's something.

Hey Ollie- Atyla is alive - do you have a forwarding address - ha ha ha ha ha ha.... Hey - not my problem -

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama must continue to prove that he is not a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer, at every possible opportunity. The white supremacists require him to address all concerns about potential terror threats, even if his predecessor did not address the Robert Reid incident until three days after it occurred and did not address it again, ever.


Posted by: demtse | January 2, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney is right -- the President doesn't get it. His comment about bringing the Christmas Day attacker to justice is proof. Bringing terrorists to justice accomplishes nothing in fighting terror. Whether the terrorist is successful or caught, either way that one terrorist is out of the game. For terrorists it is a one-way trip. There is no deterrent in "bringing a terrorist to justice." If death is not a deterrent, is justice? What the President needs to understand is that he needs to defeat terrorism. That means taking the war to the terrorists, not waiting for them to bring it to us.

It means preventing the attack, it may mean killing the terrorist before he or she can strike. It means that the criminal justice system -- which by its very nature is reactive -- is an inherently ineffective tool against terrorists and terrorism.

It means that political correctness has no role in the fight against terrorism and terrorists. It means using the means of war, not the means of the court, to counter terrorism.

Since President Obama is my President, I hope he gets it soon.

Posted by: johne37179 | January 2, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

One reason the US share of the 1991 Gulf War was only $8 billion is that Saudi Arabia was a major financial contributor. Saddam's Iraq was the threat in the '90s, and al-Qaeda is Saudi Arabia's biggest threat today. In October, a member of al-Qaeda in Yemen, Abdullah Hassan Tali Assiri, attempted to assassinate Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. The US should not bear the financial burden of a campaign to disrupt terrorists in Yemen. If we supply expertise, manpower and technology to take down al-Qaeda in Yemen, Saudi Arabia should pay the cost. It stands to benefit the most from such an effort.

Posted by: knorth2 | January 2, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I feel so sad that President Obama and his family are still on vacation in Hawaii. Currently our country fights three wars, Afghan, Iraq, and the Al-Queda in Pakistan and around the world; Hundreds of thousands our young men and women are risking their lives in foreign countries, dead and wounded almost every day; Ten percent of workers are unemployed; country's economic is still in recession. President brings his family to Hawaii 10 days for Xmas and New Year vacation living in a $4000 per night beach front estate and play golf under warm sun-shine. Attemped airplane bombing, and 7 CIA officers killed in Afghan did not detour his vacation.

Are informations, reports, and speech transcripts have to be sent to Hawaii?

I am an independent, not a republican.

Posted by: jlr1Judy | January 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Reality has run right up against Obama's attempts to pretend that the War on Terror does not exist.


What's wrong, al queda didn't get the memo that the phrase "war on terror" was not to be used in government paperwork anymore?


What is curious to me is that Obama appears to have been involved in bombing YEMEN over the past few weeks - but he does not want to say that.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Simply making the case for a strike of some kind in the next week.

Posted by: mitlen | January 2, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

This whole Michael Chertoff selling really scarey terrorist new fangled device program is bogus.

There are bad people, violent criminals in the world, just like there have always been.

But this, let me scare-ter-tain you, let me sell you billions in what you don't really need, to guard against the endless boogeymen in the night is utter nonesense.

We are buying into endless wars, the next likely in Yemen, and trillions of dollars in security apparatus, all on fear, all with interest owing to the Chinese.

What a mindless strategy.

Posted by: wmdasiavu | January 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama reviews plane attack and fails to issue a meaningful press release to the American people. He makes it look like U.S. security is the problem.

Look the problems is Islamic terrorist recruiting, plotting and conducting terrorist attacks on the U.S. Is our President afraid to address the Muslim Islam world network of religious holy war terrorist?

Obama do not be afraid to offend them. Your job as U.S. President is to protect and defend the American people who voted you into office. You need to take your oath of office more seriously. People are beginning to think you are negligence in your duties.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Al Qaeda or not Al Qaeda ? that is the question. Bush legacy is still prominent in Barrack's early presidential time. I'll take about two or three presidents before Al Qaeda is not linked to any terror act. That day, there will probably be another vital need and hence a new threat. In the mean time let's hope these Al Qaeda plotters do not cause more damages and claims innocent victims.

Posted by: karium | January 2, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

How can this be? Napolitano told us a week ago there was no Al Quida connection. Who are we to believe? It is difficult to determine since they are both serial liers.

Posted by: jdonner2 | January 2, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

First: "the system worked!"

Then: "an ISOLATED terrorist"

Now the truth - at least part of it - comes out.

It's called "GROSS INCOMPETENCE AND FAILURE TO PROTECT AMERICA!"

Posted by: LoonyLeft | January 2, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The real problem is that the Netherlands is just full of immigrant Muslims.
Dutch society demands that its citizens are very politically correct; so if an African black man, with an Islamic name, wants to board a airliner it's positivity okay. Instead they'll examine the eighty-year old woman. I'm glad that a quick-thinking and savvy Dutch individual jumped the knicker-bomber however.

Posted by: sperrico | January 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

george w. bush the THIRD...

what happened to your promises barrack?

the more thing 'change'
the more they stay the same.

Posted by: simonsays1 | January 2, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
02 January 2009

There was no real need for President Obama to tell the whole world that Nigerian terrorist Umar Farouk had ties to al-Qaeda, nor that he trained as a terrorist in Yemen.

The people at the U.S. embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, including the CIA station chief and the U.S. ambassador, should have seriously taken the warning Umar Farouk's father gave them about his son having been "radicalized," and then acted swiftly, first, to confiscate or revoke the visa previously issued to him, and then to cable the Department of Homeland Security to immediately put him on its "No-Fly" list.

It is either that the people concerned do not know the meaning of "radicalized," or that they thought the clear warning did not deserve attention, let alone immediate and decisive action.

Some heads need to roll here.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | January 2, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Please Mr. President, whatever you do don't start profiling. Our CIA doesn't profile, not even in Afghanistan and look how wonderfully successful they are in dealing with the terrorists.

Posted by: georgegarrett | January 2, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Kornblut, did you ask the President why we did not share information about the airline terrorist with Yemen?

You say Mr. Obama stated: "So, as president, I've made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government -- training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence...."

They say we did not share this information with them.

Ms. Kornblut, did you ask the President if Ms. Napolitano, who said our enemies actually are returning American military personnel from the Mideast, if she still stands by her statement?

You say the President stated: "But as we go forward, let us remember this -- our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans, not each other."

Did you ask those questions of the President, Ms. Kornblut?

Posted by: llrllr | January 2, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Get your wallets ready, taxpayers. We are going to start giving Yemen billions in economic aid.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 2, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama's solution will be to convince the Americans that the problem in Yemen is economic. He will then proceed to give them billions of dollars to placate them.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

After all of Obama's denial he now speaks the words al Qaeda!!

Finally!!!


Posted by: jjcrocket2 | January 2, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

How nice of Obama to interupt his vacaction to address this situation.

Posted by: astro2009 | January 2, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

The criticism Obama is receiving over the Christmas day terrorst attempt is justified. After 10 years of fighting terrorism and spending billions of dollars, we still don't have the procedures in place to get it right. The congress also deserves a lot of the blame as well. However, Obama sets the tone for the rest of the government, and he wanted to change Bush's aggressive posture to Home Land security. Well, he did, and the bureaucrats in Wahington responded accordingly. Hopefully, now, after three terrorist incidents our naive president has finally gotten resolve.

Posted by: saelij | January 2, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

As much as you people want to believe that President Obama went in and changed homeland security as set up by Bush/Cheney and the Republican party, it didn't happen. The only thing he changed was the use of torture. The procedures that George Bush and his administration put into place and kept telling the American people were keeping us safe (and you people beleived it) are the same procedures that are being used now. If they were keeping us safe then why would President Obama change them. Obviously now we know that there were some problems which are currently being fixed. Oh, by the way I heard today that the current TSA director is a holdover from the Bush administration. So, you want to blame President Obama for the 10 years of fighting terrorism and the millions of dollars spent? HELLO, President Obama was not President during those ten years. Most of that occurred under GEORGE BUSH.

Posted by: catmomtx | January 2, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are right. Obama should do more in response. So in the GW Bush model, he has decided to invade Iceland.

Posted by: TomR3 | January 2, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse


I'll rest better at night once DOJ settles Abu Ghraib - President Obama COULD front this effort - Nobel Peace Prize justification ? Perhaps ? maybe ?

If DOJ won't act on anti-trust for BofAML ?

I'm sorry folks- but it's just going to have to happen 'some other way' - amazing how much raw banking data flies around out there isn't it DOJ ?

eh ?

Do I have you ear now ?

I really am out for the betterment of all here.

I just don't tolerate complacency on issues of national security especially when it involves the nation state evolving to globalism.

Greenspan was right - it's highly challenging to comprehend it all.

PERSONALLY ? i'd get better sleep if DOJ would open the door to the Salt Pit north of Kabul and just what has happened there- but I KNOW DOJ - that's not YOUR monster - and I won't hold you responsible for it.

At 41 - I have concluded the source of all if not most suffering in my life is simply through lacking understanding.

EVEN Abu Ghraib photo's can be understood - once we root out the DOJ culprits who helped bring Abu Ghraib to light - or - perhaps I should say - darkness.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Jerzy:

I do have all intuitive faith and measure that President Obama is faced with evaluating a multitude of quagmire - not sure if I should pluralize quagmire. And that the acting President is acting in best faith for the best interests of humanity first. I have carefully examined his wording - President Obama is in the drivers seat of a nation that is embracing globalism on many fronts.

The Health care focus is strange to me - China's success is on energy - and it will place the US Treasury at great risk when China starts to shut off US Treasuries at 3 year level - that should come in about 2015.

Myself ? I think I'd press for distilling this notion that 'terror' or 'terrorism' is a threat is real. Clearly more people die from drunk drivers every year - add in smoking and lung cancer - chime in Coal derived pulmonary disease ? Health care quickly becomes an issue of energy policy.

I was not part of this administrations organizational efforts on what can be done pre-2010 before risk of congressional shift - had I been ? I would have gone after coal and pressed for wind energy programs - certainly actual real jobs would have resulted as well.

Can't take back yesterday though and paint it as tomorrow eh ?

Politically ? I'd up front - David Letterman style- head off the to be released Abu Ghraib photo's - before the world sees them - and says- my god - you people are worse than the Nazis !

I'd just spill the bean pile of humility and put that up front.

US DoD and DIA is locked out of what is to come from Magic Mountain II in Afghanistan - that will soon come to a healthy END - locked and loaded - March 2010 - beware the Ides of March - ALL parties - I have no favor for the private contractors involved - May Whackenhut contractors never reproduce again - but hey- red mercury never existed right ?

I have only fringe knowledge on MM in M - we'll see - fa la la la - fa la la la la - never heard of it - best forgotten - like Abu Ghraib right DOJ ? or wait - what's this ? you have a bit in your mouth the horse you are ? UAC means I don't HAVE to be there DOJ - UAC means 1024 x 768 24 frames a second which is - pretty nice if you ask me considering all the hops skips and jumps - anyway...

Franks left for Bank of America

Bank of America left for ?

the world-

I left America for putting Franks work to rest and I don't do banking software anymore -

somewhere in there it all works out.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

For sure, one wonders how different things would be had Senator Magoo* won the 2008 Presidential Election.

*Name changed to protect the innocent.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | January 2, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry s**thead, you're stuck with your "isolated extremist" comment for eternity.

Pity that you missed the obvious opportunity presented by 3 simple words:

Black Muslim Terrorist.

Posted by: PoohziePhart | January 2, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The article states:

It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaeda, and that this group -- al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America," Obama said.
______________

"It appears" ?!

Listen to the coverage of this story in the media:

Might have known, may have contacted, probably was in the same location, may well have stayed in the home of, possibly was in the same city at nearly the same time, seems to be, appears to be .......etc.,

I have never heard the conditional tense so overworked in a news story.

The kid was caught lighting his underwear on fire when he tried to detonate an explosive device capable of blowing a hole in the side of a plane full of passengers and crashing the plane.

That is enough.

Why when we can clearly prove this kid committed a crime are we then struggling to connect the kid to every other evil doer in the world.

Sure there are a lot of them out there. And Umar has crossed paths with some of them.

And yes, I remember the Cole, and Umar's time in Yemen seems ominous.

But this collective national paranoia whereby we try to over-connect the dots of all bad guys in the universe after we forget to do our homework and flag a visa entry file, really needs to stop.

Umar committed a crime and he and all the accomplices we can find will be prosecuted.

But let's not do another cry wolf over WMD's scenario, finding there "appears to be a nest of terrorists" in Yemen and drone strike Yemen into another 10 year engagement of our over-extended military.

It really makes no sense.

Posted by: wmdasiavu | January 2, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't have any fear of flying from this.

So what's the big deal ?

Some yayhoo wants to blow up a plane.

Some yayhoo wants to legally get lung cancer smoking.

Which one really costs us more ?

Smoking.

Tobacco Oil and Coal -

I'm a bad dream that I just haaaaaaaaad today..


and you shake your head

and said it's a shame.

No, I say backfire from Patriot under Bush granted UNFORESEEN powers to the CIA that go beyond what ANY US CITIZEN can imagine.

And those that have tasted this ?

sit unemployed.

lol

UAC forever DOJ - you can't touch it - and you know you can't.

Hey- DOJ - hire me - come on, I'll clean up your act -

Hey Obama - Hire me - I'll give you clearance on what I know - I LIKE and TRUST Biden - I TRUST your admin.

HAH - and all I want to do anymore is write children's stories.

UAC DOJ - SUCK IT DOWN - I KNOW FOR A FACT - NO ONE at DOJ has UAC for uplink.

Maybe Kris is alright - maybe homeland is a JOKE - but - I SWEAR - I'm going to make something good for everybody come out of this.

Just what kind of damage did Goodling do over there at DOJ ?

What kind if lack of trust exists at DOJ after Bush era ?

HA

HA HA HA - and HA

I KNOW what you are going through.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

A week later, a light bulb finally goes off in Obama's little head.

Obama has to be the dumbest of American Presidents, yet he struts around as if he is so cool "with it."

What a hoot he has become—like Barney Fife acting like a smooth operator.

Posted by: Jerzy | January 2, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TSUmbra | January 2, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Thanks for the laughs!!! But no one is more partisan than the Obama and his Chicago thugs. Obama should think about writing for SNL or the Tonight Show . . . he's got talent.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | January 2, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone else who is not comfortable with Obama's response?


We get these words from Obama fully a week after the incident.......

It's almost like Obama would have never said these words if there was no criticism of him.....


Is Obama's heart in doing what he has to do as President??

If it is not, Obama should resign - he should just recognize that he is not up to the task.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 2, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Hi DOJ

Are you doing your job ?

I'm doing mine.

Currently unemployed and dancing circles around you.

What cases have you fumbled recently ?

How much were those DOJ attorneys paid ?

TRICKY question if you interpret it right

to FUMBLE the Blackwater trial.

Boy oh boy you have problems DOJ

if it comes out one of your trial attorney's was appointed by Christian fundamentalist Monica Goodling ?

Iraq will have an Iraq attack.

Sure hope you have your house in order DOJ.

I have mine in order.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

from article above:

"This is not the first time this group has targeted us," he continued. "

I wonder if Chief Seattle ever uttered those words.

Will Obama be carried out a name or Bush ? over the next 200+ years ?

I don't think so.

Maybe so - depends what Obama does to help US citizens grow up to globalism.

Those that won't let go of racism - which really is the dividing of humanity - the very same thinking as nationalism ?

will just have to pass on -

and the love that I feel ?

is so far away ?

I'm a bad dream that I just had today

and you shake your head ?

and say ? DIVIDE humanity ? no - sorry

humanity is one.

DIVIDE IT - and you will likely next come up with an idea of using nuclear science for energy - whoops- I mean, for developing the most powerful bomb you can imagine - to demonstrate your idealism of breaking things apart with the greatest token to represent such a model- a nuclear weapon...

Which is WHY my friend - nationalism DIED on August 7th 1945- I date it to Japan's time- no one else does. But Germany DID technically detonate a nuclear device with success on March 3, 1945- it's just they couldn't derive processed uranium - Japan was close- but they were a bit further back on technology - let alone the refining problem.

Nationalism is dead.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Q - Why didn't Bush pursue terrorists like Obama is doing?

A - Bush was more interested in revenge aganist Saddam for Saddam's plot to kill Bush, Sr. So George Bush placed the terror war on hold while he pursued his revenge.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

More B.S. from the B.S. artist in the White House.

This incompetent slug is always touting, or rephrasing, or making excuses for his and his inept cabal's failures.

It's always someone else's fault that caused something to go wrong.

Actually, it's just one more manifestation of the sick liberal philosophy of political correctness spawned and nurtured by pandering liberal democrat politicians.

Odumbo is just a joke, a very bad joke.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 2, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

GreenMountainMan:

You still are not thinking as a member of humanity in a global society.

Globalism is here.

Kiss whatever WAS America -good bye

I can spell out in many ways the demise of the US - it's not terrorism.

It's economic.

There is no way out.

Nationalism is dead.

Please - move on - humanity awaits you.

Undivided we stand.

Now, doesn't that sound like the real deal ?

Or perhaps you're content to live in 1940's isolationist model where somehow ?

Humanity can be GEOCODED.

Give me a break.

one humanity - LOVE IT - LIKE IT - or well- you really can't leave it now can you.

Tim Miltz


Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see much in the way of partisan attacks regarding this attempted airline bombing. I saw substantial bipartisan criticism, well deserved. Partisanship may be too short a skirt to hide behind.

Posted by: redd1 | January 2, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

People don't understand just what kind of firewalling of projects happened all through guise of 'fear of terror'.

Patriot act is a two way street

And all it takes is one person who was given far more access and responsibility than they ever should have been given access to... to fall.

One thing for sure is - this entire fabricated reaction to terror isn't real.

I REALLY don't mind if you sit this one out folks.

All this time we've spent fearing some nameless faceless threat - that wants to take away the 'Merican' way of life ?

We have to date -

and Department of Justice

SHAME ON YOU - I have full access to your progress on this - and you've done JACK on progression towards the 2002 Bush SPEARHEAD on zero equity loans- SURE the FBI has plates and plates full of mortgage fraud to handle -but you have FAILED to manage to organize ANY team to approach the 2002 spearhead effort to loot the US Treasury.

I'm not compromising anything there - It's a surprise the FBI has SO much mortgage fraud to deal with -but you've FAILED to fish upstream.

What needs to happen to move us forward is a formal investigation - with accountability- on the Bush 2002 loan efforts- except there is one problem.

The fallout is certain demise for the US economy.

So, how do you go about handling that ?

All along I've promoted transition from coal and oil - it's really our best shot at getting out of this.

We have 4% left on devaluation of the US Dollar at Federal Reserve- we've got a clay pigeon - Bernanke- to sit in - he feels important- he really likes his paper on the Great Depression and thinks he can still ride on his doctoral thesis - and he does like his Princeton stature - fine - but it's costing us all.

He does know that he can't hold at 0% and he knows that housing can't recover unless we hold at 0% - so ?

Hey - why not do some decent cleanup before we crash -

such as- a formal apology by the United States for Abu Ghraib - to the Iraqi peoples.

President Obama ? This would be to you.

If I were President - I'd make that effort.

As to Bank of America ? I'd jail Thain on fraud and move on to break it apart.

There is hope for the United States to function in a global economy.

So long as powerhouses like Bank of America can hold the nation state economy hostage ?

It is not possible.

To that Department of Justice ? Anti-Trust division ? Get off your cushy jobs and act on it.

Health care is really about having it paid for - it doesn't reflect the quality of care that is there even if it's paid for.

Oil and Coal are costing us on pulmonary health. These two need to go - as in years - not a decades.

We make these changes, we have some hope.

If we do not - coal and oil are like crack- and it will destroy us.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Considering President Obama's poor decision making, e.g., Afghanistan, how can any educated American believe anything he says anymore? Despite being a former (and ardent) supporter, I can't ... and I won't in 2012.

Sincerely,
Thomas Huynh, founder
Sonshi.com

Posted by: sonshi | January 2, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"And all those involved in the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas must know — you too will be held to account.”


Dear Mr. President,

When you get over the idea that "the Nigerian" is an alleged suspect to be arrested by a policeman and given access to the American justice system as if he were a petty criminal, THEN I will be pulling with you.

Are you also of the opinion that Japanese suspects allegedly committed crimes in Hawaii in December 1941? Or perhaps German suspects allegedly torpedoed the Lusitania? Or North Korean suspects allegedly committed a trespass when the poured over the line of demarcation in 1950. Think of all those whose constitutional rights we savages violated! None of the Japanese, the Germans, or the North Koreans were presumed innocent until proven guilty, nor were they afforded lawyers, nor were the given fair trials. We just went over there and killed them. How can we ever explain this backward American behavior to our obviously superior European friends?

Respectfully,

An American Citizen

Posted by: GreenMountainMan | January 2, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I think that instead of deporting the terrorists from Gitmo we should ask countries around the world if they'd be willing to take so-called American citizens who think the CIA is a terrorist organization or who think that there should be no prisons for enemy combatants in places like Iraq or Afghanistan. Quite frankly, I think these so-called citizens are more dangerous to the nation's safety than anyone al-Qaeda can slip into the country.

Posted by: georges2 | January 2, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

When Obama first mentioned the Nigerian terrorist, he called his an isolated case. Apparently he has been watching Fox News and has learned about the Al-Quada connection. Obama is quick to take liberal, but incorrect positions. He also characterized a policeman's actions wrongly because a teacher with three names and a friend was involved. It is difficult for radical liberals to see the world as it is instead of as they would like it to be. As long as Hussein Obama is commander-in-chief of the US, that will be a major worry for millions of us. Democrats, who savaged Bush for years, now don't want any partisan bickering. Get used to it, liberals, there's a lot more on the way.

Posted by: mhr614 | January 2, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: djmolter:

Cain ?

Yes, I liked the early TV series of Kung Fu with David Carradine too!

Great show.

He always sought justice.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Have they blamed Israel yet?

Posted by: lindy226 | January 2, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

DOJ

It's kind of like this.

Thanks to Patriot ?

You don't HAVE access to what I have had access to.

Thanks to Bush's appointment of Goss ?

Who LEFT

Just like Tenet

for FAMILY reasons - what a line that is if you think about it.

You are under a microscope DOJ after Goodling jeopardized your integrity.

In or out - I still have uplink - and always will unless someone blasts it out of the sky - it's called UAC - and UAC is firmware - it's BUILT IN - IP IV and VI is the LAST hop on my route - PROPRIETARY - you don't HAVE access DOJ - nor will you.

You have NO idea who I am -

Why I'm Tim Miltz
SSN 183-66-7923 -

you have NO IDEA what the hell is going on - and you need to clean up after Abu Ghraib of all hell's gonna break loose in Iraq.

Your sloppy work on Blackwater isn't worth what you thought it was.

Urbina was smart to let it go, I hope it gets a resubmit from Kris.

This ENTIRE Terror sell has been phony - distractive - and manipulative.

It's time people started living again.

It's time people put the jack

back in the box.

One GOOD thing came out of Patriot -

and that is - it's not that some people are above the law - some people are UNDER IT - holding it up.

Maybe you should apply for work with me Department of Justice - I actually support JUSTICE.

YOU have 3 serious scores to settle -

Abu Ghraib

Bank of America

and Blackwater

No one has cracked open the booby prize of Tommy Franks Senior architect after 5 months down at the Bush ranch on Afghanistan yet - heading over to Bank of America - the NEW greatest threat to the United States Citizens.

I suggest you take this ball Department of Justice- I'm passing you and run with it - you have opportunity to score.

Don't FUMBLE THIS ONE BONEHEADS.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Q - Did Bush's refusal to capture bin-Laden result in the terrorist attempt on 12-25-09?

A - Yes.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

BigBirdOscar, my brother: What YOU don't get is that humanity divided humanity a long time ago. It's not me. We've been at each other's throats since Cain vs Abel (if you believe that story). And no matter how hard anyone tries, we will never be back st square one. I doubt that even an alien invasion could put humanity on the same page -- someone would blame Homeland Security for missing the warning signs. And having a 185 IQ sucks only if you feel the need to point out that yours is that high.

Posted by: djmolter | January 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Q - Was Bush involved in any terrorist activities aganist A,erican's?

A - Yes! Patriot Act and Illegal Spying on American's to name a couple.

As we have seen now, neither Patriot Act or Illegal Spying on American's work. Except that they remove civil liberties of American's.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Oh WOW! The Golfer in Chief Barack Obama now has discovered after one year in office
that Al_Qeada is a "Terrorist Organization,
that loves to kill Americans" no less!!! ..
Good God the man's powers of perception are
simply amazing here..But we need to ask his
Royal Arrogance Obama where the Hell is old
Osama bin Laden and why haven't you our Glorious Leader & Tiger Woods Wannabe Comrade Leader captured or killed him by now? Oh so sorry I hope that I didn't just
ruin your golf swing,did I by asking the
questions WAPO and all the rest of the Captive Newsmedia are afraid to ask you!..
Why hasn't Obama fired his incompetent fool
Sec of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
for her latest screw up by now,as well?

Posted by: sandy5274 | January 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the partisan in chief. He trashes Republicans, conservatives, Fox News, global warming deniers, people who cling to guns and religion, Bush, Cheney, etc., etc. .......

He reaps what he sows.

Posted by: pkhenry | January 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I think it would be just to make sure the new Iraqi government gets its hands on the Census MAF -

For anyone who KNOWS what the MAF is -

I once asked for access to the MAF

I was given a line "you want the MAF, you can't HAVE the MAF".

Well- guess again.

Tim Miltz

MAF stands for the MASTER ADDRESS FILE

holds NAME Address of every US citizen registered with the US census.

One HELLUVA a way to connect to people if the eeeeeenternet were ever to fail.

Good ole US Postal service - always reliable.

Dear President Obama -

can you PLEASE realize there are more deaths from cigarettes and car accidents than all terror threats combined ?

Why are we distracted with this NONSENSE.

AND YOU SMOKE TOO !

COME ON - WAKE UP people

don't fall for this distraction

Bush KNEW about WTC - watch his EYES on the video taken by a parent during the book reading - I'm an EXPERT at body language- I was 3rd in training on it - in my class - Bush KNEW.

Really don't mind if I sit this one out.

My words but a Whisper - your deafness a shout !


Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"...he thinks about the security of the country "every moment of every day,"

"...we're learning more about the suspect."

The president will also hold "...them to account."

People, people, people - believe it if you ever see this happen.

He needs to do more than think about our security. The bomber is more than a suspect; he is a terrorist. How does he plan to hold those people accountable (for five years I heard that from a corporate executive but can't figure out yet what he meant; same with the president.

Posted by: apdseal | January 2, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Forget Valerie -

Maybe it's time DOJ had a database breach beyond it's own comprehension.

Shouldn't have put it on the wire.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Right now our country needs a strong intelligence organization more than ever, so this might be a good time for the Justice Department and other liberal Democrats to finally stop criticizing, investigating, accusing, persecuting, and prosecuting the CIA. Democrats have generally loved to hate the CIA, but they need to decide whether they want to use that organization as a whipping boy or to build a strong national security.

Posted by: bubba31138
=======================================================
You're right. Where would we be without the CIA. It was their totally false intelligence that got us into Iraq. It was the CIA that formed and financed Al Queda.
In fact the list of misdeeds by the CIA is longer than your arm. They cost MILLIONS of innocent men, women, and children their lives. They abduct & torture innocent people without cause. All in all, they are the most dangerous terrorist group in the world. An organization every brain-dead, America hating idiot should support.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | January 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Could someone tell this Obama that this guy is not a mere SUSPECT, he is a TERRORIST. Why does he not use the word "Terrorist"???

Posted by: Troglodyte | January 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

end paste:

Tell you what

YOU go live in fear of terror and light up a smoke while your at it - and when you come down with pulmonary disease ?

Go celebrate nationalized health care to cover it.

Enjoy the world you mentate.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

The criticism Obama is receiving over the Christmas day terrorst attempt is justified. After 10 years of fighting terrorism and spending billions of dollars, we still don't have the procedures in place to get it right. The congress also deserves a lot of the blame as well. However, Obama sets the tone for the rest of the government, and he wanted to change Bush's aggressive posture to Home Land security. Well, he did, and the bureaucrats in Wahington responded accordingly. Hopefully, now, after three terrorist incidents our naive president has finally gotten resolve.

Posted by: saelij | January 2, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey folks

Try this on for size...

After US Department of Justice FAILED US ALL by allowing Abu Ghraib - which made the Nazi's look like good guys ?

Ask yourself this...

ALL that we've traded for fear of terror ?

Add up lung cancer deaths - drunk driving deaths- hand gun murders ?

Had we invested ALL this money and effort into ALL military solutions and phony scare tactic prop efforts to go chase - nameless faceless threats - who we always seem to match the face AFTER something happens ?

Had we invested into our own society ?

and growth ?

How much farther would we be ?

we'd be far along the path to decent humanity.

Instead ?

We settle for Threats - living in fear - don't fly - someone call Erica Jong !

Give me a break

DOJ needs to be put on trial for Abu Ghraib

DOJ needs to be put on trial for jeopardizing our entire US economy by failing to act on anti-trust laws for Bank of America Merrill Lynch merger.

DOJ needs to be held accountable for FUMBLING the Blackwater case

and until we have JUSTICE ?

we HAVE no Department of JUSTICE

and I hope the world holds the United States accountable on this.

I sure do.

Tim Miltz

Age 41

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Could someone tell this Obama that this guy is not a mere SUSPECT, he is a TERRORIST. Why does he not use the word "Terrorist"???

Posted by: Troglodyte | January 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Too little, too late.

Posted by: shewholives | January 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

This is embarrassing. Obama finally admits that al-Qaeda was behind the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day. And this man is running the country? Now, that part is scary. Wasn't the closing of Gitmo supposed to show the world how wonderful we were and that everyone should go back to loving us and that we would never again have to worry about terrorist attacks? Dumb, dumb, dumb! Bring on the 2010 mid-terms and then bring on 2012. I want someone in the White House who's not going to get me and my family killed.

Posted by: georges2 | January 2, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Q - What are some of the big wins for al-Qaeda over the last decade?

Posted by: Maddogg |

A-Barack Hussein Obama as POTUS!

Posted by: trippermeow | January 2, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Q - What are some of the big wins for al-Qaeda over the last decade?

A - Patriot Act
Illegal spying on American's
US is at war all over the place

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"he is confident in the administration's efforts to target terrorist cells worldwide."


We're doomed. From the top down, these liberal morons actually believe "the system worked."
=========================================================
Its obviously working better than it did when George "Flight Suit" Bush let the WTC get attacked. And way better than it did when Dickless Cheney told NORAD to stand down so the most protected air space on earth could be invaded and the Pentagon attacked.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | January 2, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Q - Why did Bush let the shoe bomber, Richard Reid, lawyer up and then be tried in federal court?

A - Good question. While federal courts are the proper jursidiction for these cases, Bush had a tendency to dispense justice based on his feeling at the moment. He ran a mini dictatorship outside the law.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Right now our country needs a strong intelligence organization more than ever, so this might be a good time for the Justice Department and other liberal Democrats to finally stop criticizing, investigating, accusing, persecuting, and prosecuting the CIA. Democrats have generally loved to hate the CIA, but they need to decide whether they want to use that organization as a whipping boy or to build a strong national security.

Posted by: bubba31138 | January 2, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

One nutcase wants to blow up a plane -

I can grasp that

But an organized effort to humiliate - torture, abuse, kill and burn human beings at Abu Ghraib ?

THAT - I can NOT grasp.

I want answers - and I want better questions...

Forget the plane syndrome - it's getting old.

We have more deaths from drunk drivers and cigarettes - than ALL of this combined... Those terroristic cigarettes !? ?

No - I want an answer on Abu Ghraib

This is a measure of humanity during my lifetime that stands out as WRONG - FAR BEYOND WRONG

and US Department of Justice needs to build a case - that they WON'T FUMBLE perhaps - DEFENDING their position as to how - or why Abu Ghraib was EVER

JUSTIFIED !

HEY DOJ - Check your g'damn email you boneheads... You never write back.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Obama thinks about the security of the country every moment of the day! Sure. I guess this is why he treated the Dec 25 terrorist attack on the NWest flight to Detroit as a criminal matter. Instead of Abdul to Gitmo to be interrogated so that we could get information on the AlQaeda cell in Yemen that trained him, Obama lets the guy lawyer up, and we get no information. Sorry, but Obama's typical liberal kumbaya approach to WAR will end up getting a lot of americans killed.

Posted by: hartwr1 | January 2, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

If the US was serious about ending terrorism they'd disband the CIA and nuke Tel Aviv.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | January 2, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

One Plane and US gets all hissy over it.

But we so quickly forget about Abu Ghraib.

How is that ?

I won't settle for it.

It is behavior LIKE what led to Abu Ghraib that fuels plane attacks.

We HAVE to re-open Abu Ghraib - and I think some heads at DOJ should roll on this.

You KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

We are cleaning house DOJ -

ALL GOODLINGARITES at DOJ -

RUN - you WILL Be found and held accountable- you better have a personalized afterlife plan you've invested enough afterlife bucks into.
McCotter was hired BECAUSE he was the most violent and abusive prison warden in US modern history - You friggin Christian fundamentalists - OUT - BE GONE - GET OUT- NO PLACE FOR YOU at DOJ - BE GONE.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

When the US Department of Justice fails so badly ?

What justice can there be ?

Tim Miltz

Dear President Obama -

PLEASE HELP FIX THIS.

300+ million people deserve BETTER than an organization that brings us prisons in foreign countries that cross the line on human rights violations such that the Nazi's look like nice people.

AND US military personnel say they were INSTRUCTED- and DOJ Lane McCotter says simple "he left before the abuses started".

No, I won't promote a hanging ?

But this Lane McCotter needs to take the stand - Iraqi's need this catharsis.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey Anne E. Kornblut

Can I get a job living in Hawaii writing for the Post ?

Must be nice

I can't even find a job delivering pizza -

3 months now - ZERO employment - nothing.

It's not like I don't have any fresh ideas to promote here

Namely

#1 - US Department of Justice- BOTTOM LINE -brought us Abu Ghraib through Monica Goodling and Lane McCotter

to date - we have not seen Chicago disappear as a result - let's hope not - but there will be recoil- I'd expect.

#2 - US Department of Justice placed the entire nation state economy in jeopardy contingent on Bank of America Merrill Lynch's solvency- and sheesh- those two are ROCK solid RIIIIIIGHT ? I mean, they've never been in trouble riiiiight ?

#3 - US Department of Justice according to Judge Urbina TOSSED - RUINED - WRECKED the trial against Blackwater that is CRITICAL to establishing rapport with Iraqi citizens and government that is LOOKING to the US for a model considering that was the JUSTIFICATION invading them - saying - WE will bring them US STYLE JUSTICE and DEMOCRACY - as Ashcroft said of Abu Ghraib - ugh.

Tim Miltz

To date - I now hold US Department of Justice responsible for bringing a DARK DARK DARK cloud over every one of our heads

It's not that I can play 2250 level Chess

It's that I'm right - and you know I am on this.

You can't argue against it.

So, why are they still employed and I'm not ? over at DOJ ?

I write them - they don't respond

And yet ? THEY have placed ALL of our lives at risk post Abu Ghraib -

I want JUSTICE and ACCOUNTABILITY on that.

It will probably have to come from UN.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

djmolter- you write - 'someone somewhere will hate us'

PLEASE - what don't you GET about globalism.

The US you need to fish upstream at is HUMANITY

PLEASE - stop with the nationalism crap.

PLEASE - it DIVIDES humanity.

Do you not see this ?

Why would you want to divide humanity ?

and CREATE an 'us' to have a 'vs' them ?

Nationalism CREATES terrorism -

Terrorism is the SHADOW of nationalism

Hey - 185 IQ sucks - let me tell you

I have to tolerate more than I want to.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse


And last ?

Judge Urbina on New Years eve said - hey - the REASON I tossed the DOJ case against Blackwater in favor of defending the Iraqi families who's loved ones were MURDERED ? ALLEGEDLY ? to be safe here from suit by XE ? URbina says - I WARNED DOJ attorneys EARLY ON they were BUMBLING THIS - and they kept screwing it up - and they screwed it up SO BAD - I had to dismiss the case.

SO - US Department of Justice - since you've CLEARLY FAILED on matters of Justice

I'd like to see to it you don't GET any paychecks for you HANDY WORK screwing everyone OVER so bad

Abu Ghraib ALONE - should shut your whole organization DOWN -

you've set HUMANITY back on Abu Ghraib US DOJ - really

you don't DESERVE the name JUSTICE in your website- OR your organization.

President Obama ?

I'd like to see some action on this

WHO do you call for Justice when the US Department of Justice FAILS so BADLY ?

WHO ?

I hope the US President can step in here and quarantine the DOJ - from places ALL of our lives at RISK - financially - and without question - post Abu Ghraib photo's coming out ? we're all going to be walking targets - and I can understand WHY people WOULD be upset to want some kind of justice - and since there clearly won't BE justice with US DOJ SCREWING UP justice for Iraqi's ?

What ? should we hope they don't go Shock and Awe on US ?

Maybe they will be truer to Christianity and turn the other cheek instead of going SHOCK AND AWE

I can only hope -

I want what's best for all

Tim Miltz

DOJ - you should be ASHAMED of yourselves - you don't DESERVE the name Justice post Abu Ghraib that you BROUGHT THE WORLD.

BE GONE

LOSERS

And you know I'm right !


Tim Miltz

SSN 183-66-7923

It may be 15 to 20 years before we can find catharsis on Abu Ghraib

WTC was a few psychotics using planes as weapons...

Abu Ghraib was BEYOND inhumanity - to BURN human bodies after abusing them ?

That tops most serial killers.

And DOJ brought us Abu Ghraib - THANKS MONICA GOODLING ! GOOD CHRISTIAN YOU ARE.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

No matter how good our techniques, and matter what party holds the White House. we will never stop every terror attempt. No matter how kind we are as a nation, no matter how much good we do in the world, someone somewhere will hate us. They will hate us for what we have done in the past, and for the mistakes we have denied and admitted. If we disengage, we will be hated for our isolationism. If we attempt to do what is right, someone will say that it's right only in our interpretation. The world was filled with hate long before America existed and will continue to be filled with hate long after America has fallen. That doesn't mean we should stop trying to hold the high ground, but it does mean we should not be surprised when those attempts fail.

Posted by: djmolter | January 2, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama's nominee for TSA head downloaded and used law enforcement files to go after his x-wife's boyfriend.....and the left is soooo concerned about privacy.......


Democrats are trash and 2010 is the year to take out the trash!

Obama is an epic failure.

Posted by: georgedixon1 | January 2, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

This was just one nutcase on a plane - lonely -depressed- fell into a cult.

But what US Department of Justice has done.

Allowing and promoting Abu Graib -

MY GOD - we've not even SEEN the backlash from that - Iraqi's are coming forward talking about the OVENS to burn HUMAN BODIES behind Abu Ghraib -

the photo's have not been released yet.

When those come out ?

I hope the US White House has a backup plan to figure out how to make the US Department of Justice who brought us Monica Goodling to bring us Lane McCotter to bring us Abu Ghraib ? look ? presentable in court.

Worse- in these DELICATE financial times ?

Department of Justice anti-trust division didn't do JACK to stop Bank of America Merrill Lynch merger - my god- Bernanke and Paulson even said - ML fails - we all go - ALL OF OUR JOBS - PENSIONS - 401k's bank accounts - DOLLAR - EVERYTHING.

And now ? we MERGED THEM ?

I'm 41 - when I grew up - I recall the anti-trust laws on the telephone company- ma bell.

YET ? we let Bank of America MERGER with ML ?

John Thain put it well in October 2007 - once this merger goes through Bank of America will be the most powerful financial instrument on the planet -

Now - I ask - I did my own research to find out where General Tommy Franks went- the senior architect for this war in Afghanistan - he left the Pentagon and decided to discover banking late in his career and took on a job on the BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR BANK OF AMERICA.

YOU TELL ME

What the HELL is going on here.

DOJ has put a RED TARGET on ALL OF US

With Abu Ghraib

I want JUSTICE on that

DOJ has put a ticking time bomb in ALL of our 401k's - I don't have one - in the US Dollar value- by allowing Bank of America Merrill Lynch merger going through.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS CORRECT EXCEPT FOR JANET WHO NOT CONTROL HER OWN STATE'S SOUTHERN BORDER AND TRY TO STOP HER AZ SHERIFF FROM DOING HIS JOB. PRESIDENT OBAMA MUST REPLACE JANET.

Posted by: usapdx | January 2, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

It appears the Republicans have CONVENIENTLY forgotten about the Shoe-BOMBER that had explosives in his shoe during the Bush Admin .

Pres B was on vacation and it took him a week , yes people a week to address the American people.

Pres O took 2 days and the GOP are going at him full throttle.

Where was the GOP and conservatives out cry when Bush took 6 days?

I assume these same folks were golfing and taking more personal leave than any Pres in HISTORY to avoid responsibility.

Posted by: K2007 | January 2, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I don't support screening ANY airlines.

I support CORRECTING FAILED US foreign policy.

Correct it now - like David Lettermen did - BEFORE the Abu Ghraib photo's come out.

OR ?

HEY US White House

YOU DO THE MATH

And the world will SEE what you KEPT from them.

What - somehow the TRUTH is considered some act of TERRORISM now ?

NO - you KNOW there were OVENS USED - behind Abu Ghraib -the Iraqi's are now coming forward about it.

How long can this be kept from the US citizens' ?

and we're all supposed to throw out EVERYTHING to protect ? what ?

HOMELAND needs to GO - now - as in - BE GONE -

Nationalism DIED with Hiroshima.

Bank of America is a GLOBAL financial corporation that holds the ENTIRE INTEGRITY of the US economy now.

FACE IT - nationalism is DEAD - it DIED

WAKE UP.

Don't buy into this terrorism crap on a stick crap.

Oh no ! The Japanese are attacking and they'll take over the entire US -

give me a break- steel embargo.

No, President Obama needs to have some heads over at Department of Justice

#1 -for bumbling the Blackwater case
#2 -for Abu Ghraib - wait - I got #1 and #2 backwards !

#3 -for failing on anti-trust for Bank of America merger that NOW is a GREATER national security threat than ALL terrorists combined - whoever they are !

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

How long can we suck down this

'Threat to America' crap on a stick ?

Folks -Bernanke and Paulson SAID IT -

If Merrill Lynch fails - US economy is GONE - TOTAL COLLAPSE -

So ? we merged them with Bank of America ?

As it stands ? the PUBLICLY TRADED BANK OF AMERICA - GLOBAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION - who also just floated 19 billion in stock to raise money to pay off TARP ?

HOLDS our ENTIRE nation state hostage.

And we are to fear ? what ?

nameless faceless threats ?

from some leading first world country right ?

no - from the HILLS OF AFGHANISTAN !? ?

GIVE ME A BREAK

I'm not BUYING

We've been sold out

DOJ has FAILED US

in fact? that Abu Ghraib CAME OUT OF US Department of Justice ?

I hereby call on ALL US citizens to organize a class action suit against US Department of Justice for ENDANGERING US ALL -

FIRST for Abu Ghraib

SECOND for FAILING to act on Anti-trust measures to have prevented Bank of America from being so big that if it is bought by - say - Abu Dhabi ? who DOES have the money to do so ? We're ALL hosed -

and I don't mean just the 40% hit on IRA's in the last 6 years, or 24% decline on the US dollar in the last 9 years-

I mean EVERYTHING - ALL pensions -

EVERYTHING -

BofAML fails ? we ALL go - INCLUDING the DOJ jobs - TOTAL WRECK - of course- I'm only quoting the CHAIRMAN of the US FEDERAL RESERVE and SECRETARY OF US TREASURY on that.

Really don't mind if you sit this one out

My words but a whisper - your deafness a shout

I may make you feel- but I can't make you think...

I suggest US citizens take class action about DOJ and Treasury now - while lawyers still TAKE the USD.

THICK

AS

A

BRICK

And your sand castle virtues are all swept away....

We're ALL at risk now after Abu Ghraib - FINANCIALLY Iraq can SUE the US and that HAS to come out in 100's of billions if I was judge or jury - second - the retalliation after the pictures come out from Abu Ghraib ? the world will be in outrage.


Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

America and other countries should learn from the Israelis on how to screen airline passengers before it's too late and more people are killed.
1. Israel has plain clothes security walking inside their airports looking for suspicious behavior.
2. Israel security interviews everyone traveling to their country.
3. Their security works closely with and shares information with airlines and the airlines ticket counter employees.
4. They profile airline passengers and single some out for further screening.
5. Israel doesn’t use full body scanners. They use common sense. We use political correctness.
6. Isaac Yeffet, retired head of Israel airline El-Al said full body scanners conflicts with Islamic religious beliefs and privacy concerns.. That is why Israel does not use them.
7. Israel airline El-Al has not had a terrorist incident in 30 years.


Obama waits three days to address the blotch terrorist attack but speeds through city and residential streets for a friend’s scraped knee. If Bush did that the liberal bias news media would have crucified and ridiculed him. Obama has already played more golf in one year than Bush did in eight years. The news media are not journalists. They are his mouthpieces and cheerleaders.

Posted by: runmon | January 2, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama neglects the fact that the "partisan bickering," which he laments, stems from his continual blaming of the previous administration and his failure to lead in practicing bipartisanship. Perhaps in the second year of his administration, he finally will accept that he campaigned for the job versus "inheriting a mess." And perhaps he will invite the Republicans to participate in the White House discussions on health reform and other legislation, something he hasn't done since the end of May.

Posted by: judithod | January 2, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey - if we're going to accept abstract nouns such as terrorism ?

I suggest Horrorism

How about those horrorists

Do you see how absurd this is ?

There are laws- crimes and criminals - and you have due process.

That's how it works.

Anything else ? leads us astray and closer to Nazi Germany.

Hmm- I do recall - didn't HITLER profile on RELIGION TOO ?

hmm

so many similarities.

Bottom line- US Department of Justice's Monica Goodling brought in Lane McCotter to bring us Abu Ghraib.

We've not even SEEN the backlash from that.

People- there were OVENS behind Abu Ghraib - and they were USED -

WAR CRIMES ?

TERRORISTS ?

no - US is the NEW Abstract noun on the scene - you heard it here - today - first

I'm calling Department of Justice

HORRORISTS for allowing Abu Ghraib

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

"he is confident in the administration's efforts to target terrorist cells worldwide."


We're doomed. From the top down, these liberal morons actually believe "the system worked."

Posted by: drumcrn1 | January 2, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

mafox1 is correct.


In addition, what bothers me is that Obama makes a speech, he gets it wrong, then he makes another speech trying to get it right.


Then there is more criticism, and Obama is there making yet another speech trying to get it right again.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 2, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

United States has a plane attacked.

Iraq had a prison where human bodies were burned out back - Abu Ghraib

hmm

Which do you think ranks higher on the scale of abuses of human rights ?

One psychotic on a plane ?

or a planned and orchestrated effort coming out of the US Department of Justice who brought us Abu Ghraib ?


hmm

YOU PICK

Tim Miltz

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

It appears the Republicans have forgotten about the Shoe-BOMBER that had explosives in his shoe during the Bush Admin .

Pres B was on vacation and it took him 6 days, yes people 6 days to address the American people.

Pres O took 2 days and the GOP are going at him full throttle.

Where was the GOP and conservatives out cry when Bush took 6 days?

I assume these same folks were golfing and taking more personal leave than in Pres in HISTORY to avoid responsibility.

Posted by: K2007 | January 2, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I find Abu Ghraib pretty terroristic - or at the least - horrific.

But - horrorism isn't yet an abstract noun we can wrap our hands around and rally round the flag on I guess.

Why doesn't President Obama address Abu Ghraib.

David Letterman did wonders for himself by coming out before the story hit the press.

Why is the White House waiting for the photo's of Abu Ghraib to come out FIRST - and then ? expecting to play cleanup ?

There were OVENS behind Abu Ghraib people- and they were USED - this has been determined in Iraq BY Iraqi citizens already.

I guess that's a story Fox News doesn't want to cover.

And why did the US Department of Justice have Monica Goodling hire up Lane McCotter to fire up those ovens ?

Lane says he had nothing to do with it.

Iraqi's should sue this entire nation -

Abu Ghraib makes the NAZI's look like the teletubbies on a bad day.

Posted by: BigBirdOscar | January 2, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Security agencies such as TSA, FBI, CIA, NSA, Secret Service, etc. have never been unionized for obvious reasons.

Posted by: fury60 | January 2, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

There is no reason why President Obama should not be held accountable for his administrations failure to identify this type of threat. It is easy to require that anyone whose name is on even the most expansive list of suspected terrorists should be subjected to the most intensive screening when entering the US. This would account for less than 1% of the people who enter the US by air each year. And this is especially true for someone who has visited Yemen multiple times, who has paid for his ticket with cash, and who has not checked any baggage. This was a gross failure - not partisan bickering.

Posted by: Nick34 | January 2, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Q- Are we safer from terrorism under Obama?

A - Yes. Obama is going after the terrorists, following eight years of Bush doing nothing.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse



What has been the reaction of the American people over the Northwest Flight 253 incident? The polls are showing between 72-76% of Americans are ready to line up, allow themselves to be stripped naked in front of a scanner and exposed to ionizing radiation. Operation Abdulmutallab can be considered a success - unless millions refuse to fly. Congress and the airlines will get the message loud and clear.

Don't let "progressives" (socialists and communists) or the blood thirsty, war mongering neo-cons keep you from learning the truth. Marxist Obama/Soetoro has simply picked up where Bush left off. Research takes time, but it's the only way to learn the methods being used to destroy us and defeat them. This weekend, no college or NFL football game, trip to the mall or movie theater is more important than becoming educated on how Americans are being manipulated and unifying against these masters of evil. Open your eyes, America. The painful truth is right there to see.


Please take the time to read these few pages from Jeri's book, The Clash of Civilizations: The U.S. and Communist Ruling Elites http://devvy.net/pdf/dec09/terrorism_123109.pdf


http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd478.htm

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Delegates to Continental Congress 2009 and others from Each of the several States, shall serve this document titled, “Articles of Freedom,” with its Remedial Instructions, on each United States Senator and Representative in their offices located in their respective States, placing them on notice that We, the Free People of America, believe them to be in violation of their Oath of Office and the Constitution for the United States of America.


When a goodly number of millions of American people agree, we will withdraw our financial support from the federal government, in a lawful and constitutional manner, and implement other responsible civic actions, until all violations of the Constitution for the United States of America CEASE.


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Posted by: AJAX2 | January 2, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Q - Why is Jim DeMint targeting unions?

A - Because he does not want to target terrorists. DeMint is more concerned about unions benefits for workers than he is about terrorist attacks.

DeMint hates his country.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 2, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama should be criticized. Are we supposed to just sit back, be quiet, let him get terrorists tried in New York, let Gitmo detainees be brought on our soil, release some of them to Yemen, tell us to quit referring to terrorists as terrorists and eliminating the term war on terror? Also, after him being on TV constantly while he was campaigning for office and then campaigning for health care, we didn't hear from him for a couple of days after this foiled bomb attempt. Remember the ad about the 3 AM call? He showed us he will return the call in two days. He deserves to be criticized and hopefully he will see the light about the terror threat that we are under.

Posted by: mafox1 | January 2, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

How about his lightness of being be the first to stop the partisan bickering. How about he man up and take responsibility for the bureaucracy - you know, the old buck stops here bit? How about he stop trying to blame everything on Bush and Cheney and start behaving like the president of the United States instead of a little whiny cheeseball tattletale.

Grow up Obama. You wanted the job, start doing it with some grace and intelligence.

Posted by: bandmom22 | January 2, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The reason there is so much bickering is because there is no leadership and no clear policies.
To say that he's "strengthening ties to Yemen" as a solution is ridiculous.

Posted by: Beckola | January 2, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama is smart enough to know Truman's absolute of the buck stops here. Calling the systematic failure unacceptable admits he failed and the system needs upgrading. Janet while tending to be cerbral and pragmatic during her testimony to congress, blew it with her CYA remarks on the bomber. Reid got us the silly remove your shoes rule instead of targeting only muslims for extra security. No pillows, blankets, with hands in sight is also stupid knowing all terrorist bombers against the west are Islamic. Is it a bias that causes more time spent by muslims going through security checks? Certainly, and the muslims boarding are safer for it is also true.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 2, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"Saying he thinks about the security of the country "every moment of every day," President Obama said in his weekly radio address"
Let's see; close GITMO and move terrorist prisoners onto U.S. soil giving them the rights of citizens, prosecute CIA employees for doing their jobs, release sensitive CIA memos showing the world & our enemies the limits of our interrogation program effectively destroying any future chance to get information from captured terrorists, handle the most recent terrorist like a criminal rather then the terrorist/enemy combatant he is and allowing him to lawyer up to avoid questioning as to who else may be out there trying to kill Americans, change the terms we used from terrorist acts to manmade disasters and war on terror to overseas contingency and let’s not forget his endless berating & apologizing for the United Sates while on overseas trips .
Obama is clueless, which he has demonstrated by his appointments and his actions daily since taking office. If this is how he has thought to keep us safe, I wish he’d stop thinking about us.

Posted by: jrjohnson6 | January 2, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Obama is such a liar. Do you think security of Americans was on his mind while he was playing golf, basketball & tennis, hanging on the beach, going to "private movie showings" and doing luau's for the past two weeks--two weeks that saw a near-miss on 238 airplane deaths and the slaughter of 6 CIA agents and almost 100 Pakistani's. Yeah, he is really worried.

Posted by: JCM-51 | January 2, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

So, this guy is telling us something that we have all known for at least a week and he is the President?

The more he talks the more ridiculous he looks and he is at the "tipping point" of disaster for the off year elections.

As every day passes, this is looking more & more like the first year of the Clinton presidency during which the question of the day was, "are their any adults in charge at the white house?"

Posted by: mikeconville | January 2, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I find it truly amazing to me that so many of the comments posted here are exactly the type of partisan bickering that Obama is talking about. There is *plenty* of blame to go around on both sides of the aisle, but we should not forget that the real "blame" rests on the terrorists, which we must defeat.

Posted by: pjwylie | January 2, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

In March 1785, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli's envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman (or Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). Upon inquiring "concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury", the ambassador replied:

It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.
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The United States of America fought their first WAR ON TERROR from 1801-1805. The Marine Corps hyme refers "TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI" this is about Tripoli,Lebanon.

Today we are fighting the same JIHADIST that the Christians fought as far back as the CRUSADES!!!!

The "Government Stupid" needs to stop pretending this is NOT WAR!!!!! Jihad is "Holy War"

The Moderate Muslims are the only way to stop this Jihad. They need to denounce what was written in the Koran!!!

From the most primitive tribes in the Amazon, all humans have a right to worship THEIR God. JIHADIST believe that all NON- Mulsims. DO NOT EVEN HAVE A RIGHT TO " LIVE "

Posted by: 79USMC83 | January 2, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The only thing Obama thinks about daily is his next golf game.

Posted by: jdonner2 | January 2, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Partisan bickering is only a problem when it's President Obama who's on the receiving end. There were no such pleas for bipartisanship from Obama when President Bush was being criticized.When Republicans were in power Hillary Clinton said dissent was the highest form of patriotism.Well those who are criticizing Obama are simply being patriotic.

Posted by: LilannB | January 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

There is no issue with "partisan bickering".The only issue with Obama is his recognition and awareness that he and his administration are being savaged for "systemic and human failures".His real plea is to stop the criticism which he simply can`t handle!

Posted by: bowspray | January 2, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The partisan bickering is coming from both sides of the aisle.

Funny how both sides tried to put some political spin on this.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 2, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

partisonship insures that the side in power must repond to the needs of the other side...
a one sided goverment is called a dictatorship...
and noone wants that...
also by the goverment saying that even if the terrorists that are tried are acquitted that they would not be set free means we are in a dictatorship...
the dems should have thought about that before showing their colors...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 2, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Partisan bickering may be more dangerous than the terorists.

Posted by: glenglish | January 2, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

No mention of the fact that Obama has sent 3 Gitmo prisoners to Yemen? No mention of the fact that the USS Cole attack was linked to Yemen? No mention of the fact that Yemen is a very poor country with a huge tendency toward corruption (meaning the former Gitmo prisoners can do whatever they want there)? President Obama says, "our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans, not each other" yet he went along with Pelosi's attacks on the CIA and has made decisions that directly contradict the advice of current and former CIA directors. It's nice to know that President Obama and his director of Homeland Security are finally convinced terrorism does exist, but you cannot effectively confront terrorism by restricting US intelligence activities ridiculously. And a wise president would have chosen a military tribunal for KSM and spend the billions of dollars on national security instead of having to use it for security for the New York show trial/recruiting event for Al-qaida.

Posted by: sam38 | January 2, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

The political climate in the United States makes it increasing difficult to fix the security problems. The political bickering gives the terrorist their time plan their next acts of terrorism. Mr. President! you are surrounded by political misfits, that have nothing on their mind, but the election of 2010 and 2012. Good Luck!!!!!

Posted by: jk330 | January 2, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

The criticism Obama is receiving over the Christmas day terrorst attempt is justified. After 10 years of fighting terrorism and spending billions of dollars, we still don't have the procedures in place to get it right. The congress also deserves a lot of the blame as well. However, Obama sets the tone for the rest of the government, and he wanted to change Bush's aggressive posture to Home Land security. Well, he did, and the bureaucrats in Wahington responded accordingly. Hopefully, now, after three terrorist incidents our naive president has finally gotten resolve.

Posted by: saelij | January 2, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

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