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The Strata Sphere is all over this story.
Confessed terrorist Faisal Shahzad was removed from the Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list sometime after Barack Obama came into office.
Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States.
The New York Times reported that the person who bought Faisal’s apartment back in 2004 was interviewed by federal investigators.
George LaMonica, a 35-year-old computer consultant, said he bought his two-bedroom condominium in Norwalk, Conn., from Mr. Shahzad for $261,000 in May 2004. A few weeks after he moved in, Mr. LaMonica said, investigators from the national Joint Terrorism Task Force [JTTF] interviewed him, asking for details of the transaction and for information about Mr. Shahzad. It struck Mr. LaMonica as unusual, but he said detectives told him they were simply “checking everything out.”
Barack Obama began shutting down Bush-era terrorist investigations last year including the investigation of Faisal Shahzad.
We all know what happened next.
Last week Faisal almost blew a hole in the middle of Times Square.
The only thing that saved the people of New York was Faisal’s incompetence.
UPDATE: Faisal Shahzad had contacts with several other terrorist leaders including the radical American-born Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki, the Taliban Chief, and the Mumbai Massacre mastermind.
Shahzad also had a web of jihadist contacts that included big names tied to terror attacks in the U.S. and abroad, including the figure who has emerged as a central figure in many recent domestic terror attempts – radical American-born Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki.
Besides Awlaki, sources say Shahzad was also linked to a key figure in the Pakistani Taliban, its Emir Beitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone missile strike in 2009. The Mehsuds had been family friends of Shahzad, who is the son of a former high-ranking Pakistani military officer.
Do you feel safe now?
With the earthquake in Haiti, the United States government has issued a temporary protective status to Haitians who have been in the US illegally. Some of these Haitians have been in the deportation mode; others have been hiding among the community.
Now they will be processed and granted the temporary status, alowing them to obtain work visas and to remain in the US for a prescribed time period. For some, this may open the doors toward remaining permanently. The process takes about 90 days, and will cost each one $470.00.
Last night, the Dept. of Homeland Security cleared the way for orphan children to be removed from Haiti, and brought to the US. Some of these children were awaiting the finalization of the adoption process, already having adoptive families here. Others will be put in the sysytem for adoption. Within the past hour, Gov. Ed Rendall of Pennsylvania arrived back in PA with 54 children, who were taken immediately to Children’s Hospital to be checked.
from the Telegraph:
In his weekly radio address yesterday, President Barack Obama patted himself on the back for having “refocused the fight – bringing to a responsible end the war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks”.
He then told people to remember that “our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans”, before decrying “fear and cynicism” and “partisanship and division” – the code phrases for horrid Republicans used during his 2008 election campaign.
Complacency, faux moralising and partisan shots at Republicans. It was a neat summary of where Obama is going wrong after the Christmas Day debacle when the Nigerian knicker bomber managed to waltz onto a Detroit-bound flight.
For a man who campaigned denouncing the politicisation of national security under President George W Bush, it is worth noting how intensely political Obama’s treatment of what might henceforth be known as Underpantsgate has been.
Pres. Obama has called the Christmas Bomb Attempt an “attempted terrorist attck”. Yes, he used the “T” word!. He has said that the “system failed”. That was, of course, after Janet saidthe system worked, and then backtracked!!
In the days that have followed the failed bombing, the finger-pointing in the Obama White House has gone in many directions, and we have had the customary “Blame Bush” rhetoric added to it. As Dick Cheney has said, Obama does not believe that we are fighting a war on terror. After all, he said in 2007 and on the campaign trail that the Muslim world will love us because of his ties to the Muslim world, including his sister being Indonesian!
The calls for Janet Napolitano’s resignation have begun, and I believe that they will grow louder as the legislators return to DC from their recess. Several weeks ago, it was mentioned in an interview that Napolitano would resign when Obama appoints her to the US Supreme Court. She has shown her incompetence in her Cabinet position…. and these fools think she should go to the Supreme Court?? Now I really feel safe!!