Great news: CIA watching the ice melt

posted at 10:12 am on January 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In the wake of the attempted al-Qaeda attack on Christmas Day and the intelligence failures that allowed the EunuchBomber to board the plane, people have asked what our intelligence agencies have been doing to protect the US from terrorism.  The New York Times provides an answer … of sorts:

The nation’s top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal government’s intelligence assets — including spy satellites and other classified sensors — to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change. They seek insights from natural phenomena like clouds and glaciers, deserts and tropical forests.

The collaboration restarts an effort the Bush administration shut down and has the strong backing of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the last year, as part of the effort, the collaborators have scrutinized images of Arctic sea ice from reconnaissance satellites in an effort to distinguish things like summer melts from climate trends, and they have had images of the ice pack declassified to speed the scientific analysis. …

The monitoring program has little or no impact on regular intelligence gathering, federal officials said, but instead releases secret information already collected or takes advantage of opportunities to record environmental data when classified sensors are otherwise idle or passing over wilderness.

Secrecy cloaks the monitoring effort, as well as the nation’s intelligence work, because the United States wants to keep foes and potential enemies in the dark about the abilities of its spy satellites and other sensors. The images that the scientific group has had declassified, for instance, have had their sharpness reduced to hide the abilities of the reconnaissance satellites.

Controversy has often dogged the use of federal intelligence gear for environmental monitoring. In October, days after the C.I.A. opened a small unit to assess the security implications of climate change, Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, said the agency should be fighting terrorists, “not spying on sea lions.”

Now, with the intelligence world under fire after the attempted airliner bombing on Christmas Day, and with the monitoring program becoming more widely known, such criticism seems likely to grow.

Gee, you think?

The CIA has a specific mission, which is to gather intelligence to enhance American national security and to conduct covert operations against our enemies.  Right now, we are at war in Afghanistan and attempting to defeat a resilient network of terrorists in Pakistan and Yemen.  The latter network came within a reliable detonator of killing hundreds of people and wreaking havoc on our transportation system  — again.

The CIA and the State Department managed to fumble the data that would have prevented the bomber from getting on the plane.  Eight years after 9/11 and four years after a massive reorganization of the intelligence community, we are no better at connecting dots to stop an AQ attack, and no better at communication of critical information.  Maybe — just maybe — the CIA and its political-hack director should be more focused on its mission than on watching ice melt, or freeze, depending on the time of year.


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Meanwhile, in his underwater lair under the polar icecap, Lex Luthor is feverishly arming the cloaking devices he scored last month from the Romulans in the hopes that he is not too late nor his cover blown.

Lily on January 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Someone had to approve the tasking
Someone had to task the satellites
Someone had to retrieve the images
Someone had to change the sharpness of the images
Someone had to review these changes and approve them
Someone had to classify them
Someone had to file them
Someone had to approve releasing them
Someone had to make sure that the security clearances of the persons the images were released to were valid

And was this/is this the only insane thing the CIA was asked to do?

GW ers- put your own, individual millions/billions in and build and put into space your own **** satellite.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The ice is melting because all the leftist ruling-class politicians are urinating daily on their subjects. Let them eat cake was far more sensitive than what they do to us -never mind the innocent unborn.

Don L on January 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Madness. Utter madness.

Mission creep: the tragedy of statism.

PattyJ on January 5, 2010 at 11:48 AM

HEAD. HIT. KEYBOARD. balgaguhgurgurruhtrtrtruhths

WHAT THE *CENSORED*!!!!

Well now we know where that one intel report from years ago saying that Iran was far from having Nukes ready came from…

It came from an idiot more interested in being stupid, then his job!

My suggestion to the scientist? BUILD YOUR OWN SATELLITE!
If the freaking Hubble, launched over 2 decades ago cancapturing some of the most stunning image, the most famous of which includes the Eagle Nebula, then you can build a freaking satellite to look on this tiny little ball of dirt we all live on.

Razgriez on January 5, 2010 at 11:51 AM

***
This may not be as “far out” as people think. One of the CIA jobs has always been to evaluate economic situations in all countries. Evaluating crop failures in North Korea, Russia, China, Iran, etc. are part of assessing threat potential from enemy states. Ditto for water shortages, floods, etc. Economic strengths / weaknesses are part of intelligence gathering. A starving enemy is a weak enemy.
***
John Bibb
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rocketman on January 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM

remember the reports of environmental scientists given access to the Navy’s classified sonar network to ‘study’ sea mammal populations? Until someone realized just how much information about the capabilities of the sonar system was being made public by that research?

So we’re doing it again, allowing ‘environmental’ scientist access to our satellite image capabilities?

“Fool me once, same on you, fool me twice shame on me.”

Skandia Recluse on January 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM

The nation’s top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal government’s intelligence assets — including spy satellites and other classified sensors — to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change. They seek insights from natural phenomena like clouds and glaciers, deserts and tropical forests.

The collaboration restarts an effort the Bush administration shut down and has the strong backing of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

So in other words, even with all that has been allowed to “slip through the cracks”, the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency has his agents basically picking their noses.

Calling 007! Hell! Calling even Inspector Clouseau !

MB4 on January 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Folks, this is a non-issue. Satellites are not being re-tasked to photograph icebergs.

Every 4 hours or so, each satellite completes an orbit. For much of the time, that satellite isn’t pointed at anything open ocean.

Since it’s already there, and won’t be able to find Osama for at least a few more orbits, why not use it for something else?

BTW, those same satellites fly over the US from time to time. Anyone have a problem with that?

Photos of interest to the WOT are kept secret. Photos of polar bears mating are “fuzzed up” a bit to hide the capability of the satellite’s sensors, and then given to whoever wants them.

Sorry, this story is an MSM hash-up to deflect the attention of the bible and gun clingers away from the disaster that is ObamaCare.

Drop it. Look, it’s Janet Jacksons’ boob! Brittanys’ crotch! Can you say Sarah Palin?

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM

My head would explode, but I’d have to glue it together (again) from the last time it exploded from some other bit of news about yet another moronic activity going on in DC.

Midas on January 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Sounds like a bunch of liberals – jihadis, regardless of nationality, are attempting to blow planes out of the sky. The only reason they failed was because the individual waiting breathlessly to meet his 79 virgins was incompetent (probably why he was still waiting). But never fear, our intrepid spy bureau type people are on the job watching ice melt. After all that is a bigger risk to all of us than the potential for unplanned urban renewal in Detroit.

georgeofthedesert on January 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM

It would be a shame if Terrorists found the Great North West Passage.

Kini on January 5, 2010 at 11:58 AM

“Fool me once, same on you, fool me twice shame on me.”

Skandia Recluse on January 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Somebody fooled 52% of the voting public. Bet he could do it again. That’s why they’re called fools.

Yoop on January 5, 2010 at 11:59 AM

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM

The downlink; the processing.

This is not trivial.

unclesmrgol on January 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Hmmmm.

Jesus!

We have 3 more years of this nonsense to live through.

memomachine on January 5, 2010 at 12:03 PM

The downlink; the processing.

This is not trivial.

unclesmrgol on January 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM

It’s about as arduous as making a cellphone call or using a digital camera (which, when you get right down to it, is exactly all it is). Do you have Satellite TV? Are you wasting satellite resources when you’re sleeping?

It’s nothing.

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM

In defense of the CIA spying on icebergs,
what if there had been a mass meltdown?

It could have washed The Tan Pinnochio right off that beach there in Hawaii, where he was busily monitoring underwear bombers and kids with a bump on their heads!

Good thing adults are in charge!

dhunter on January 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM

does ice melt in utopia?

ted c on January 5, 2010 at 11:03 AM
Only in your scotch.

MarkTheGreat on January 5, 2010 at 11:19 AM

+101

Cheers!

singlemalt_18 on January 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Since it’s already there, and won’t be able to find Osama for at least a few more orbits, why not use it for something else?

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Including searching, and analyzing, for global warming?

MB4 on January 5, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Are you wasting satellite resources when you’re sleeping?

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Your point has merit, but the riposte does as well.

He may not be wasting satelite bandwidth while sleeping – but there’s not someone manning the satelite feed on his behalf 24/7, letting him watch it while awake, but processing/blurring images, analyzing and diseminating it to other people while he’s asleep. The question could be whether that’s an appropriate usage of human CIA efforts/hours/assets.

Midas on January 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Including searching, and analyzing, for global warming?

MB4 on January 5, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Or the lack thereof?

It’s just a machine. Use it. It doesn’t have a limit on how many photos it takes.

Just a guess….anybody know where Google Earth gets its data from? Some from commercial, most from….sssshhhhh!

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM

They should conduct a search for Algore. He isn’t a midget. It seems like he has been on the run during this little cold snap. I have a cpuple of questions for algore. They are softball snowball questions.

seven on January 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM

The downlink; the processing.

This is not trivial.

unclesmrgol on January 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM

And presumably employees analyzing the data (else why have it?) and trying to find global warming someplace there (we know it’s got to be there someplace if we look hard enough and at enough different angles!) and explain away global cooling.

MB4 on January 5, 2010 at 12:11 PM

He may not be wasting satelite bandwidth while sleeping – but there’s not someone manning the satelite feed on his behalf 24/7, letting him watch it while awake, but processing/blurring images, analyzing and diseminating it to other people while he’s asleep. The question could be whether that’s an appropriate usage of human CIA efforts/hours/assets.

Midas on January 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM

What are these folks doing when the satellite is passing over the Atlantic and NOT taking photos? My guess is looking at porn sites on government time and equipment. Just a guess.

The CIA is not analyzing the photos. They own the satellite and processing gear. They de-classify the photos, then pass them on.

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

This administration is beyond parody. It can now only be compared to fantasy and lunacy.

Merry Unbirthday to you all!

shick on January 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

The only reason they failed was because the individual waiting breathlessly to meet his 79 virgins was incompetent (probably why he was still waiting). But never fear, our intrepid spy bureau type people are on the job watching ice melt. After all that is a bigger risk to all of us than the potential for unplanned urban renewal in Detroit.

georgeofthedesert on January 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I think it’s 72 virgins, but the CIA is researching the number available and will get back to you.

The actual population of available virgins, at any given time, affects the number of jihadist attacks that can be planned. Of course, when the terrorist removes his equipment it affects the formula. The CIA didn’t have the possibility of a d**kless jihadist in the algorithm. They are still trying to figure out what female suicide bombers get in reward.

Yoop on January 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

If we’re gonna let ourselves be distracted from the events of the day, I’d much rather discuss Rosie O’Donnell or the latest nip-slip in Hollywood.

You know, something really irrelevant.

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Midas on January 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM

More importantly, NASA put up satelites specificly designed to look at Polar Ice.

Annndddd…. the satys which are tasked at looking at the poles are there for a very specific reason… called Submarines… if they are looking at the Poles it is not “dead” or “sleep” time…

Romeo13 on January 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Sigh… you do know that we have more than one Sat?

That the take is taken to centers where it is processed? Looked at, disected, from the RECORDED data?

Looking at Porn? sigh… whats this, any stupid attack to help defend a stupid stance?

Romeo13 on January 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM

GW ers- put your own, individual millions/billions in and build and put into space your own **** satellite.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Being a liberal means never having to foot your own bill.

MarkTheGreat on January 5, 2010 at 12:20 PM

The downlink; the processing.

This is not trivial.

unclesmrgol on January 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Then you need an office that is in charge of maintaining and distributing the photo’s on request. Making sure that only properly fuzzed ones are released. (You only need to scr#w that up once, then the whole world knows the capabilities of these satelites.)

MarkTheGreat on January 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM

It’s about as arduous as making a cellphone call or using a digital camera (which, when you get right down to it, is exactly all it is). Do you have Satellite TV? Are you wasting satellite resources when you’re sleeping?

It’s nothing.

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Are you under the impression that these satellites are continually downloading the pictures they take?

They aren’t. They only download when they are above secure receivers, usually here in the US. The amount of time available to download all pictures is not infinite.

MarkTheGreat on January 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM

They are still trying to figure out what female suicide bombers get in reward.

Yoop on January 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I would think any woman would prefer skill over virginity in their lovers.

Jeff2161 on January 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Eight years after 9/11 and four years after a massive reorganization of the intelligence community, we are no better at connecting dots to stop an AQ attack, and no better at communication of critical information.

Don’t know if someone has said this or not already, but it occurs to me that since Barry’s been on the job [training], there have been two successful and one attempted but unsuccessful terror attacks within our borders. Less than one year. Bush had one After 9/11? The shoe bomber, which was only two months after the twin towers came down and we were still trying to get systems in place, not to mentioned designed from scratch.

It seems to me that either the terror networks have ramped up their efforts to hurt us under Barry -which wasn’t supposed to happen, him being such a nice guy and all- or there are more cracks in the system since Barry took office. My guess is the latter, and the rule changes put in place since last January have led to less intelligence sharing (i.e. the New Gorelick Wall), less intelligence gathering efforts (they’re all in Afghanistan and the border area of PakistAHN so all we need to do is take months and months to decide if we want to fight that war), and less focus on the ancillary programs like airport screening and crazy Muslim Army Majors.

It’s a distinct attitudinal change- it’s starts at the top and trickles down.

BKeyser on January 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM

MarkTheGreat on January 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I thought the communications was quantum encrypted which is unbreakable and thus wouldn’t matter where the download happened.

Holger on January 5, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Well I guess the CIA is suppose to track down hidden enemies.

What’s a bigger hidden enemy than global warming? Hell we can’t even find proof it exist.

Rbastid on January 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Sigh… you do know that we have more than one Sat?

Actually, I do.

Looking at Porn? sigh… whats this, any stupid attack to help defend a stupid stance?

Romeo13 on January 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Stupid is as stupid does

They only download when they are above secure receivers, usually here in the US. The amount of time available to download all pictures is not infinite.

MarkTheGreat on January 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM

You sure about that?

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Holy crap. We are doomed.

evergreen on January 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Sigh… its readily apparent that you have never worked in a secure area.

You notice, the article you posed is from the National Science Foundation… not the NSA, or DIA, or CIA.

So, once more, stupid attack.

Romeo13 on January 5, 2010 at 12:46 PM

I thought the communications was quantum encrypted which is unbreakable and thus wouldn’t matter where the download happened.

Holger on January 5, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I thought quantum encryption only worked on fiber optic links. Additionally it isn’t encryption per se, but a method of detecting that somebody is trying to look at the data.

Beyond that, there is no such thing as an unbreakable code.

MarkTheGreat on January 5, 2010 at 12:47 PM

You know the AQ guys hecked into image streams from our drones, maybe this way all they get is iceburg images…

/just saying

Sir Napsalot on January 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I would think any woman would prefer skill over virginity in their lovers.

Jeff2161 on January 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Ah, news flash, REAL MEN would also!

dhunter on January 5, 2010 at 12:49 PM

So wtf is NOAA, NASA, and scores of other federal acronyms actually charged with this task doing? Wonder who’s going to provide oversight on health care…the NTSB? I’d say its time to hard-boot the government.

Wyznowski on January 5, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I feel MUCH safer!

Star20 on January 5, 2010 at 12:49 PM

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

In really secure sites, they don’t even have access to the wider web, only to secure, internal networks.

In less secure sites, they have access to the web, but their activities are closely monitored.

MarkTheGreat on January 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

So, once more, stupid attack.

Romeo13 on January 5, 2010 at 12:46 PM

You win.

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

You know the AQ guys hecked into image streams from our drones, maybe this way all they get is iceburg images…

/just saying

Sir Napsalot on January 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Ahmed, look, they are showing pictures of icebergs, come over to my house…
Yeah, that may be what they are doing, maybe our CIA is more clever then we think….

right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

And there wouldn’t be any chance of Russian or Chinese or North Korean GW scientists having a duel mission and maybe one of their tasks is just to look at the dates/times of the satellite passes? How would images be useful if you can’t tell what time of year it is?

Looking for gaps -hmmm they released photos to us from Mondays and Thursdays except for this date and this one and this one- I wonder what/who was there at those times?

It is not only what is there but what isn’t.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 5, 2010 at 12:59 PM

The Obama Doctrine: the Global Warming Climate CHANGE hoax takes precedence over the security of the nation.

Melting ice means more to this buffoon than exploding terrorists.

And the fools in the intelligence community are dying to placate this folly.

profitsbeard on January 5, 2010 at 1:01 PM

right2bright on January 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

So all the Jihadis get around to watch the Ice Melt and boom. An AGM-114 Hellfire missile launched from a Predator drone (which is doing 90 percent of the surveillance and searching) slams into the roof of their house and creates Jihadi Stir-Fry.

Bucking Frilliant.

Holger on January 5, 2010 at 1:01 PM

What does it matter if all the glaciers melt – the seas are NOT going to rise! Try it for yourself, fill a glass with ice and then with water. When the ice melts the level of water in the glass does not rise, it stays the same.

Sporty1946 on January 5, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Sporty1946 on January 5, 2010 at 1:04 PM

You’d be correct if all the ice was floating on water. Not all of it is.

Holger on January 5, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Sporty1946 on January 5, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Hey, whoa there, don’t try that tricky crap on me.
What if 95% of the ice is above the water level like Ice bergs and polar ice caps are?
Aren’t they?

I thought the North Pole ice was shrinking due to volcanoes on the ocean floor maybe send Al Gorp down to check it out?

dhunter on January 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Art Bell was right!!!!! The CIA is controlling the weather!!!!!!

- The Cat

MirCat on January 5, 2010 at 1:24 PM

First, CIA is acting like the National Weather Service. And now Customs is acting like the IRS with Micheal Yon. This whole multi-tasking thing is getting out of control.

Besides, if we need more weathermen, the president can always ask Ayers and Dohrn.

Noel on January 5, 2010 at 1:47 PM

So now ice melting is far more important than radicals straping explosives to thier crotches???

Priorities people…

sonofdy on January 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM

So now ice melting is far more important than radicals straping explosives to thier crotches???

Priorities people…

sonofdy on January 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM

We should want more Jihadists to blow their nuts off.

Holger on January 5, 2010 at 2:07 PM

So we’ve got the CIA looking at ice melt when, if they really wanted to find out about the origins of climate change, they could be waterboarding Michael Mann and Ben Santer.

I’d consider that a far superior use of my tax dollars.

JEM on January 5, 2010 at 2:34 PM

And they criticized GWB?

Herb on January 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Good one!

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 3:07 PM

This kid is a metaphor for modern-day DC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcqOgnQyXp4

RightWinged on January 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Any questions?

gary4205 on January 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM

What happened to tumbrels and pikes?

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Photos of polar bears mating are “fuzzed up” a bit to hide the capability of the satellite’s sensors …

BobMbx on January 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM

As if male polar bears didn’t have enough to worry about without their junk getting “fuzzed up”, especially when extinction is just one botched mating away for these wuvable denizens of the North.

ya2daup on January 5, 2010 at 3:18 PM

What a wonder metaphor for the reign of Obama. CIA watching ice while melt/freeze/melt/freeze while Al Qaeda operatives board flights for America in the open. What a disgrace.

TheBigOldDog on January 5, 2010 at 7:35 PM

yep, chasing down some environmental thing to give credence to the phony global warming thing is much more important than keeping our nation safe from terrorist attacks. /sarc

The persons that thought up this fiasco should all be shipped to Yemen with the gitmo terrorists.

docdave on January 5, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Hey, whoa there, don’t try that tricky crap on me.
What if 95% of the ice is above the water level like Ice bergs and polar ice caps are?
Aren’t they?

95% of an iceberg is above the water? Put an ice cube into a glass of water and see.

oakland on January 5, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Could they be looking for the Fortress of Solitude so they can steal a crystal and move it to Hawaii?

TheVer on January 5, 2010 at 9:55 PM

The blind leading the blind.Apologies to blind people.

hillbillyjim on January 5, 2010 at 10:00 PM

We could use some ice melting here in Nebraska. More than 2 feet of snow in the past month with more on teh way and I don’t think it’s been above freezing for about a month as well.

Yakko77 on January 5, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Watching ice melt while Rome burns.

spmat on January 5, 2010 at 10:23 PM

OMFG. It’s amazing there’s anything left that could still provide a shock.

On the other hand this was funny:

This will create some great footage for Deadliest Catch this upcoming season.

WashJeff

on January 5, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Western_Civ on January 5, 2010 at 10:34 AM

The word w**kie, describing the Star Wars character is banned from this website because it has been used to describe michelle obama.

But, the initials which start the above post are allowed???

Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t these initials stand for a blasphemous expression of total and vile disrespect for our Lord Jesus Christ?Please, if I am wrong, someone tell me. If I am not, how can we honor our Lord by at making sure that these initials are banned? I emailed Michelle Malkin yesterday about this, but I don’t know if one email will be enough to get her attention as she probably can’t read all her emails.

I am completely disgusted and hope I am wrong, but if not, does the good Lord even rate with michelle obama around here? What is going on???? Fellow Christians?????

tigerlily on January 5, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Speaking of ice melting, here’s some lovely Gorebull Warming for ya.

hillbillyjim on January 5, 2010 at 11:50 PM

The big problem here is that the CIA satellites are not designed to watch ice. The satellites that NASA has put up, are. You don’t use visual wavelengths to measure ice, you use radar. (BTW, there’s no light at the poles during the local winter, for some 3 months. The rest of the time the light is coming at an angle so low that it makes detecting surface objects tricky at best.)

MarkTheGreat on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM

According to FOX, Bush stopped this Clinton era tasking afer 9-11 and Obama’s crew started it back up again. Link that to the Amer. Spectator post where someone in the State department said the career leftie employees, who chaffed under Bush’s harsher guidelines as far as dealing with terrorists, were more than happy to stop doing their jobs and go back to the leftie approach to terrorism and you get the answer as to why we almost took it in the teeth last month.

http://truthandcommonsense.com/2009/12/31/this-i-believe-ive-seen-it-at-the-local-level-obamas-reset-gives-green-light-to-look-the-over-way/

Simply put, just because Obama wants to forget about the war and use his influence to cripple our healthcare, doesn’t mean the other guys are going to forget we are at war. Just wait. The “reset” that put terrorists acts on domestic soil into the criminal act category will result in more of them coming here to fight. It’s easy math- If you are a terrorist in Yemen, we’ll drop a bomb on you, no probable cause, no trial, laywer. However, if you kill one or a thousand here and then give up, we’ll arrest you, assign a tax-payer paid lawyer and put you in a prison where all the radicalized inmates will call you hero.

What kind of choice is that?

archer52 on January 7, 2010 at 6:44 AM

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