An anonymous State Department employee, talking to The American Spectator about Flight 253 and underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab:
This employee says that despite statements from the Obama Administration, such information [that Abdulmutallab had been banned from Britain] was flagged and given higher priority during the Bush Administration, but that since the changeover “we are encouraged to not create the appearance that we are profiling or targeting Muslims.”
If this statement is accurate, it makes Obama directly responsible for Abdulmutallab’s success in spiriting a bomb aboard Flight 253, and the statement is easily believable, given STRATFOR’s report last June about intelligence agencies being ordered to stop investigating Black Muslims:
Several weeks ago, STRATFOR heard from sources that the FBI and other law enforcement organizations had been ordered to “back off” of counterterrorism investigations into the activities of Black Muslim converts.
This was just before 23 year old Black Muslim convert Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot two soldiers at an Army recruiting station in Little Rock. The FBI had opened an investigation of Muhammad after he returned from Yemen with a phony Yemeni passport, yet he was apparently off the radar screen when he murdered one soldier and critically wounded another. Obama’s “back off” order may well have contributed to Muhammad having a free hand.
In the Fort Hood case, our intelligence agencies intercepted Major Nidal Hasan’s discussions with top al Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki about killing American soldiers, then they stopped investigating on the grounds that mere discussion is protected free speech:
U.S. officials now confirm Hasan sent as many as 20 e-mails to Awlaki. Authorities intercepted the e-mails but later deemed them innocent or protected by the first amendment.
Innocent OR protected. i.e. Not entirely innocent. Sorta like:
Dear Osama bin Laden:
What do you think of the merits of a bomb attack on Fort Hood vs. a small arms attack? Killing the infidels one at a time affords more opportunities to shout “Allahu akbar,” and did you know that since President Clinton, military bases in the United States are gun-free zones? Very useful information.
Don’t worry about them reading your reply. Obama promises not to pay attention.
Your biggest admirer,
Major Nidal Hasan
Fort Hood Texas
The Hasan case was dropped at roughly the same time as the order to back off of Black Muslims (sometime in mid-09) suggesting that the order not to investigate Muslims might have extended to Muslims in general. This fits with Obama’s promise that he would:
…stand with [Muslim Americans] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
Barack and his wife think America has ALWAYS been ugly, “downright mean,” etcetera, towards blacks, Muslims and other “minorities.” So on this promise at least Obama is being true to his word. He is siding with the Muslims. He’s not being neutral. He is not asking our intelligence agencies to follow the evidence wherever it leads. He is specifically asking them to exempt from scrutiny the only people who are attacking us.
Obama is enabling suicide-killers, but draws the line at political suicide
As the consequences of exempting Muslims from scrutiny break into the open, Obama is having to backtrack. Having opened the gates to jihad at one end, he now has no choice but to try to slam them shut at the other by actually singling out people from Muslim countries (and Cuba) for airline searches. Apparently it dawned on him that allowing waves of repatriated Yemeni terrorists to murder planeloads of Americans was political suicide.
Assuming that Obama is still ordering our intelligence agencies not to investigate Muslims, we are now operating under a bizarre combination of profiling and reverse-profiling. At the fundamental level, we are giving Muslims a pass, then trying to contain the disaster by profiling at the palliative Transportation Safety level.
President Bush did just the opposite. He was politically correct in his own way, letting Norman Mineta, an anti-profiling ideologue, set his transportation safety policies. But political reality will only tolerate so much failure in protecting the American people from Muslim terrorists. Thus Bush had to compensate for his failure to use the most efficient tools by being very diligent.
Obama has chosen to be the opposite of diligent, actually giving Muslims a pass even when they are implicated, with the ironic result that he is unable to eschew profiling at the street level the way Bush did.
If this breaks the taboo on profiling, it may ironically turn out to be a silver lining. By taking political correctness to its the most perverse extreme, Obama may have inadvertently shattered its facade of reasonableness.