“Race against time”: Fearing more attacks in pipeline, Obama orders immediate surge in air marshals

posted at 7:39 pm on January 6, 2010 by Allahpundit

No specific imminent threat, they claim. Really? Sure does sound like a five-alarm fire:

President Barack Obama has ordered a “surge” of federal air marshals to be in place by Feb.1 in what officials said was a “race against time,” with other suicide bombers believed to be in the terrorist pipeline, although there is no specific imminent threat, federal officials told ABC News.

Under a preliminary plan, the officials said the already existing federal air marshal force of more than 3,200 personnel would be deployed almost exclusively to overseas flights flown by U.S. carriers.

Domestic high-risk flights will be covered by agents from other federal law enforcement agencies who were trained as air marshals in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“The personnel we trained back then comprised a kind of reserve air marshal force and they are now going to be borrowed on orders from the President to work domestic flights,” said a senior law enforcement agent briefed on the plan.

Let me get this straight. According to ABC, both Abdulmutallab himself and independently collected intel point to more than a dozen other bombers ready to strike. (British intelligence claims the number could be as high as 25.) We’ve already seen one eerily similar plot broken up before it could come off. The feds are worried enough that they’re actually yanking people out of other agencies to ride the sky and they want them in place before the month is out. Meanwhile, Yemeni forces are now staging near-daily raids on the sort of Al Qaeda scum they’ve tolerated for years. Oh, and of course The One just instituted special screening protocols for citizens of 14 nations, 13 of which are Muslim, despite the inevitable shrieking he’ll have to endure as a result. Anyone seriously want to argue that they’re not worried about a very specific, very imminent threat?


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So to sum up:

Obama is “doing more things” by “hiring more people” and “sharing data between agency’s” , while ensuring accountability of the process…

We are screwed.

Odie1941 on January 7, 2010 at 5:47 PM

That last answer was rich. Gibbs said Nat’l Counter-Terrorist Center has been “scouring the data bases since the incident on Dec. 25th…” Really? Just how did NCTC Chief Michael Leitner do that while on the ski slopes?

NightmareOnKStreet on January 7, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Maybe Obama’s discovered what the American public has known for some time: the political hacks he brought into power with him are not actually getting anything done.

MarkT on January 7, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Not really the surge we anticipated in 2010, is it?

gopmom on January 7, 2010 at 7:49 PM

As my father used to say…”Wait ’til the snowballs hit you in the ass, then run like hell.”

Army Brat on January 7, 2010 at 7:54 PM

‘Scouring’…HA!!! Obama’s people couldn’t scour a dirty cookpot!

I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but the current administration is so incompetent they are actually giving legitimacy to the terrorist-under-every-bed mantra.

Dark-Star on January 7, 2010 at 9:17 PM

But Obama is gonna close/move Gitmo so why do the terrorist still wish us harm??

TN Mom on January 7, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Does this guy have any clue how long it takes to train an air marshall? Even if they did some training of other law enforcement personnel after 2001, I’m sure it wasn’t continuous. I wouldn’t feel safe flying with a rentacop,either.

Kissmygrits on January 7, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Be on the lookout for rb’s and suicide vests. . . .

“rb” = rectal bombs.

suicide vests — they start going off in the TSA screening lines at airports.

Narniaman on January 8, 2010 at 12:11 AM

ALERT

NEED MORE AGENTS TO SEARCH OLD WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT AIRPORTS. PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO ANY PERSON THAT IS NOT, WE REPEAT, NOT MALE, YOUNG, MUSLIM, FROM AFRICA OR THE MIDDLE EAST AND NOT CARRYING A VALID VISA. NO SPECIAL MEASURES ARE TO BE USED FOR THOSE SPEAKING ARABIC, FARSI, PASHTU, OR URDU.
PASSENGERS WEARING BURQAS OR CARRYING A HOLY QURAN ARE TO BE GIVEN A BOW AND THEN SHOULD BE LED TO FIRST CLASS UNLESS THEY REQUEST A SEAT OVER THE FUEL TANKS.

shorebird on January 8, 2010 at 1:29 AM

“All hands on dick.”

Coronagold on January 8, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Those air marshals in hijab with the Quran will be the most stealth.

Cybergeezer on January 8, 2010 at 5:33 PM

This is a five alrm fire for Obama, becuase if there is one more airplane attack, failed or not, the citizens with the pitch forks are gonaa drag him and his whole team out into the street, and pull a Mussolinni on them all.

Perhaps it is time for a Mussolini?

jgdp on January 8, 2010 at 8:51 PM

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