Several recent revelations and inquiries by members of Congress point to the fact that the findings and recommendations, and implementation of those recommendations of the 9/11 Commission eight years ago this month, except those bleeding- heart Muslim outreach recommendations , apparently had an expiration date of shortly after they were issued, or in many cases, upon the change in administrations. (Some would say that the tenor of the 9/11 report itself gave rise to inconsistent or lackadaisical counterterrorism efforts, but that is a separate issue from abject failure of officials and authorities to recognize, report or thwart real threats. What matters is laws that were passed and procedures put in place and followed, or not.)
Notably, it has come to light that there has been lack of communication, lack of information sharing and suspension of due diligence on the part of the FBI, it’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, and, exasperatingly, the United States Army, dating back several years, as evidenced in the Major Nidal Hasan/ Ft. Hood case.
The review found that FBI agents on the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force were aware that Hasan had contacted al-Awlaki numerous times before the shooting spree and discussed the killing of civilians, but failed to bring that information to the attention of the Department of Defense.
Un…believable. As you will recall, it was revealed at the Commission hearings that there had been a “wall” erected between the FBI and the CIA which did not allow for information sharing and cooperation on who the foreign nationals or US nationals were in this country, legally or illegally, who had ties or contacts to international terrorist organizations and individuals, what they were doing and what their goals were. Official Washington, including the Press, was outwardly mortified and the government vowed to fix it. So what else transpired in the Hasan case?
But an FBI field office in Washington determined that Hasan, an American-born Muslim who served at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was not involved in terrorist activities, according to the review.
The agents did not interview Hasan, or co-workers or supervisors who were aware of his growing radicalization, despite good performance reviews.
An agent told the FBI in San Diego that Hasan was not interviewed because the Washington field office “doesn’t go out and interview every Muslim guy who visits extremist websites.”
The agent indicated the subject is “politically sensitive.”
At about the same time the FBI/DOD fiasco in the Hasan matter became public knowledge, another mind-boggling case of failure to learn from history came to light. It was revealed after 9/11 that several of the perpetrators had received pilot training at private flight schools around the US without receiving any kind of screening. Apparently, that practice is still in vogue today, assumedly because Janet Napolitano has other things to busy herself with, such as keeping a close eye on people who are opposed to big government, like us patriots.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported Wednesday that its investigators found that eight foreign nationals attending a Boston flight school in March 2010 had entered the country illegally. Seventeen more who received security checks had overstayed their allotted time in the country.
Yes, you read that right. The GAO, those party hearty, good-time Charlie’s and Charlenes, doing the work that Homeland Security and the TSA refuse to do. They’d rather grope granny. We say the GAO gang deserve medals and DHS deserves to be stripped of it’s salary and benefits package.
What kind of attitude, what kind of atmosphere, what kind of mindset, what kind of clueless functionaries, and what kind of callous disregard for protocol and security measures must exist in official Washington for these flagrant examples of dereliction of duty to occur? Read this from former prosecutor and national security and Islamic terrorism expert and writer Andrew McCarthy.
Most of the background stuff that Andy writes about in his article is a fleshing out of items that the public began slowly realizing during the Anthony Weiner saga, when it began to sink into the public consciousness who Huma Abedin is and how close she
was is to the center of power in the United States Government. It is basically a review and summarization of the proliferation in Washington circles of organizations and individuals with ties to Islamic jihad and the furtive spread of sharia and the infamous Caliphate planned by the Islamists. It’s value here is to supplement our discussion of dereliction of duty, by knowns and unknowns in our government and it’s agencies. The satisfying part is where he absolutely rips Sen. John McCain, whose credentials as a patriot are becoming more stained by the hour.
See also by, UP’s own Texasgalt, a scathing rebuke of the senator and the Beltway Establishment Organ, the Washington Post, here. This, and the absolutely shocking spectacle of DHS Secretary Napolitano refusing to answer the questions of House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert, which can be viewed here, are our final examples of what we can only describe as a wanton disregard for the strictures, protocols and legalities of long standing practice and also those put in place after the 9/11 attacks, as well as the current administration’s absolute refusal to acknowledge that there exists a state of war between Western Civilization and global Islamic Jihad. And beyond that, the Gohmert interrogatories and the Abedin case mentioned above point to a government hell-bent on granting access to it’s inner sanctums and highest officials to people intimately connected with global Islamic Jihad, both as characterized by it’s terrorism and stealth campaigns.
In sum, these examples, and there are many more available, point to much more than just a failure of any one agency or official. And it goes beyond a head-in-the-sand attitude about the threats. We have arrived at the point where our government, in it’s official capacity and at the absolute highest levels of office and responsibility, not only refuses to tend to business, but refuses to be held accountable. Whether due to arrogance, political correctness or a disdain for the nation called America and the ordinary people who populate it, this demeanor cannot be allowed to continue.
The souls of 3,000 dead Americans bear witness to what happens when government fails in it’s primary mission. The survivors’ cries of “do your duty!” will be unanswered to the great upset and anger of the nation one bright clear morning when the enemy can once again see clearly it’s target. We know now what we didn’t know then. There will be no excuses.
The next commission to be established, in the event of a 9/11 rerun, might well and justifiably be one dedicated to the determination of negligent, illegal, traitorous and treasonous conduct of named individuals. The American people will demand it.