Call And Response

Let’s hop in the time machine and travel back to oh, say, last Monday. Here’s the call:

A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to see the Egyptian people prepare for war against Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist.

Muhammad Ghannem reportedly told Al- Alam that the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease “in order to bring about the downfall of the Mubarak regime.”

Now, fast forward back to today and here’s the response:

Natural gas supply to Israel cut off after blast at Egyptian terminal

Egypt temporarily suspended its natural gas supply to Israel as a security precaution after an explosion at a terminal in the northern Sinai Peninsula, Israel radio said Saturday.

See also:
Egypt Pipeline Explosion Cuts Gas Supply To Israel
Egypt Gas Pipeline Attacked
Gas pipeline to Jordan set ablaze in Egypt
Saboteurs attack Egypt gas pipeline to Jordan
Egypt halts gas pipeline shut after explosion
Saboteurs Attack Egypt Gas Pipeline to Jordan, Shut Off Gas to Israel
Egypt-Jordan Gas Pipeline Attacked
Egypt halts gas supply to Israel as main pipeline blown up
Egyptian natural gas to Israel cut off after explosion
Fire at Egypt metering station caused gas cut to Israel-company
ISRAEL: Egypt gas pipeline explosion raises energy concerns
“I’ve no idea when Egyptian gas delivery will resume”
Israel jittery about continued gas supply from Egypt, pushes to develop own sources

So, are we taking this Islamist threat seriously yet?

/will Jordon be the next domino to circle the drain and fall?

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Another Day, Another Homegrown Jihadi

Muslim problem, what Muslim problem? What other religion in this country cultivates a steady stream of adherents that regularly plot and attempt to carry out mass casualty attacks against their fellow Americans? We’re just lucky that most of them haven’t been successful.

Alleged would be terrorist thwarted at every turn

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, according to the FBI, traveled the world in search of jihad. But Pakistan turned him away, and Jordan did too. He tried to get into Somalia, but U.S. authorities placed him on the no-fly list. An American citizen, he visited an army recruiting station in New York’s Times Square hoping to be sent to Iraq; they did not want him either.

So, the FBI said, the 21-year-old born and raised in New York created websites and posted threats of radical Islamic violence, including one from another American expatriate, Anwar al Awlaki. Then Shehadeh flew to Hawaii and allegedly started taking target practice.

FBI agents said he wanted to join a jihadist group to learn “guerilla warfare and bomb-making.” Had he been welcomed into the U.S. army, they said, his plan was to defect in Iraq and turn against his comrades.

Shehadeh’s journeys ended last Friday. He was arrested in Honolulu and accused in a federal criminal complaint, unsealed Monday, of making false statements in an international terrorism case.

See also:
Homegrown Terrorist Offers a Vivid Reminder of the Threat We Face On U.S. Soil
US Man Arrested in Terror Case
Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, wannabe jihadi from Staten Island, was on feds’ radar two years ago
Former City Resident Is Accused of Trying to Join Terrorists
N.Y.-Born Man Arrested in Hawaii in Terror Case
Hawaii man arrested on terrorism-related charge
Isle man held on terrorism charges
Hawaii Man Facing Terror Charges Worshipped in Manoa
Prosecutors: Ex-Staten Island Man Tried to Join Taliban
Feds nab former Staten Island resident Abdel Hameed Shehadeh in failed Taliban bid
Hawaiian held after aborted Pak visit
Feds Nab Suspected Terror Traitor In the Making

What amazes me, is that the FBI catches so many of them, although they don’t catch them all and lately we’ve just gotten lucky on more than one occasion.

/oh, and there’s absolutely no reason to be the least bit nervous about Muslims on airplanes, after all, it’s been almost a whole year now since one of them tried to ignite explosives in his underwear and bring down a passenger aircraft over a major city

A Tragedy Of Errors

What a shame, the CIA was warned ahead of time. Heads should roll, but no one is being punished. Since Leon Panetta can’t bring himself to mete out any discipline for seven preventable deaths, he should at least lead by example and resign.

CIA ‘was warned about bomber of Afghan base’

An internal inquiry into the attack at the Khost base on December 30, which caused the CIA’s worst loss of life in 27 years, found a string of communications breakdowns, Leon Panetta, the director of the agency, said yesterday.

Most notably it discovered that a US agent in Amman, the Jordanian capital, was given a warning by a Jordanian intelligence officer about the bomber, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi.

However, he dismissed the tip-off because he suspected the Jordanian officer was acting out of jealousy of a colleague’s close relationship with Balawi, the inquiry found.

Balawai, 36, was introduced to the US by Jordanian intelligence after pretending to be an al-Qaeda defector willing to co-operate. He supplied the Americans with information from Pakistan and eventually a meeting at the base was arranged.

After being taken inside the base, however, he detonated a suicide vest while standing among a group of CIA officers.

The CIA inquiry found there had been serious security lapses at the base, Mr Panetta said. Balawi was not screened at the perimeter, and the large group of officers gathered to greet him because he was considered a reliable source.

The Jordanian officer even warned the American that Balawi “may be trying to lure us into an ambush,” Mr Panetta said.

The report also found that Balawai had not been sufficiently vetted from the start and that agency staff at the base lacked experience of working in war zones.

. . .

Mr Panetta said that he would not fire or discipline any officials involved, including the agent in Jordan who did not pass on the warning about Balawi.

See also:
Message from the Director: Lessons from Khowst
CIA Finds Widespread Security ‘Shortcomings’ Led to Afghan Attack That Killed 7 Agents
CIA admits errors led to Afghanistan bombing
US spies failed to vet insider who bombed Afghan base
Report: Key information on CIA base bomber wasn’t relayed
CIA acknowledges “missteps” led to officers’ deaths
Bomber who killed seven at CIA base ‘was not vetted’
CIA officer failed to warn bosses before Afghan base attack
Jordan Warned CIA About Bomber Of Afghan Base – Official
CIA Releases Report on Deadly Afghanistan Bombing
CIA Didn’t Vet Double-Crossing Suicide BomberBad OPSEC

Well, hopefully the CIA has learned some valuable lessons from this incident so that nothing like it ever happens again.

/however, with Panetta in charge, I’m skeptical

Bad OPSEC

Honey pot bomber and the CIA was Winnie the Pooh. Leon Panetta should resign, he had absolutely no earthly business being appointed as the CIA Director in the first place.

CIA bomber struck just before search

The Jordanian doctor arrived in a red station wagon that came directly from Pakistan and sped through checkpoints at a CIA base in Afghanistan before stopping abruptly at an improvised interrogation center. Outside stood one of the CIA’s top experts on al-Qaeda, ready to greet the doctor and hear him describe a way to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri, the organization’s No. 2 and a man long at the top of U.S. target lists.

The Jordanian exited the car with one hand in his pocket, according to the accounts of several U.S. officials briefed on the incident. An American security guard approached him to conduct a pat-down search and asked him to remove his hand. Instead, the Jordanian triggered a switch.

A sharp “CLMMMP” sound coincided with a brief flash and a small puff of smoke as thousands of steel pellets shredded glass, metal, cement and flesh in every direction.

A moment that CIA officials in Washington and Afghanistan had hoped would lead to a significant breakthrough in the fight against al-Qaeda instead became the most grievous single blow against the agency in the counterterror war.

Virtually everyone within sight of the suicide blast died immediately, including the al-Qaeda expert, who led the CIA team at the base; a 30-year-old analyst; and three other officers. Also killed were two American security guards contracted by the agency, a Jordanian intelligence officer and the car’s driver. At least six others standing in the carport and nearby, including the CIA’s second in command in Afghanistan, were wounded by pellets that had first perforated the vehicle.

Those at the scene on Dec. 30 had been trying to strike a balance between respect for their informant — best demonstrated, in the regional tradition, by direct personal contact — and caution, illustrated by the attentiveness of the security guards, according to CIA officials.

But more than a dozen current and former government officials interviewed for this article said they could not account in full for what they called a breach of operational security at the base in Afghanistan’s Khost province. Advance pat-downs and other precautions are common in an age of suicide bombers, and meetings are kept small and remote. None of these sources would agree to be identified by name, in many cases because of their former or current work as covert operatives.

Several intelligence sources said the principal mistake was in trusting the bona fides of the Jordanian doctor, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, who had never previously been invited to the base. The meeting was arranged with help from the Jordanian officer, who was among those waiting at the site for Balawi to arrive and was killed.

“You get somebody who has helped you and is incredibly important for the information he’s going to potentially provide — these are prize possessions,” said a former CIA field officer. “Somebody comes, and it’s like a celebration that they’re coming. It’s good to make them feel welcome. It’s good to make them feel important.”

The man who would prove to be a deadly attacker, the former officer said, “was heralded as a superstar asset. . . . So you get an important visitor coming. So you go out and meet him. . . . Is it bad tradecraft? Of course.”

Ten good guys dead, more wounded, in what pretty much amounts to an own goal.

See also:
Video Message: Suicide Bomber Wanted to Avenge Death of Taliban Leader
CIA boss defends agency after Afghan suicide blast
Bomber says in video that he shared U.S. secrets
Al-Balawi-A Perfect Double-Cross of Jordanians and CIA!
CIA Bomber in Video With Taliban Leader
How this suicide bomber opened a new front in Al-Qaeda’s war
Wife Says CIA Bomber Saw US as Adversary
Jordan says ‘no proof’ Balawi was CIA suicide bomber
Jordan disputes Khost bomber status
Strike on CIA base tests U.S. assessment of al Qaeda
EXCLUSIVE: CIA Suicide Bomber Photo
Spy links with CIA suicide bomber are problem for Jordan
From Jihadist Blogger to Suicide Bomber
Mehsud’s death sparked CIA attack
Military revising security procedures after attack on CIA
CIA bombing prompts ‘change’ in US security

Take their word for it, they love death more than we love life, they can’t be trusted as allies, period. Their religion trumps our money.

/any “al Qaeda expert” worth their salt should have already known that