CBS: Panetta didn’t interrupt his vacation either after Flight 253 plot

posted at 9:55 pm on January 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

Nor, apparently, did he rush home to Langley at word that seven of his agents had been assassinated by a jihadist double agent on December 30. Question: If you were a political appointee whose credibility at the agency you’re in charge of was in question, wouldn’t you want to go the extra mile to show unity with your underlings at a moment of crisis?

I guess not.

A source told CBS News that Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, was on holiday in Monterey, Calif. when Abdulmutallab was apprehended, and didn’t return to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. until the weekend following Jan. 1.

The CIA maintained that Panetta’s absence from Langley was not a problem. “While we don’t comment on the Director’s whereabouts, wherever he is—and at every moment of every day—he has the ability to communicate instantly and securely with anyone he needs to be in touch with,” a CIA spokesman said.

In addition, Stephen Kappes, CIA deputy director, reportedly didn’t see the need to return to CIA headquarters from his vacation despite the major intelligence community failure. He returned to Washington, D.C. just after the Khost bombing on Dec. 30 that killed seven CIA officers.

Between this guy, Napolitano, Geithner, and Holder, it’s getting awfully hard to predict which cabinet member’s going to be the first under the Hopenchange bus. (Smart money’s on TurboTax Tim.) In fairness to Panetta, he’s had his successes lately too: By Al Qaeda’s own admission, one of its tippy-top-most military commanders met the business end of an American missile mere days before the CIA base bombing. Nor, for all its sloppiness in failing to isolate the bomber, has the CIA had any publicly known intel lapses as great as this one. Read it and weep:

According to [a] still-classified report, the terrorism task force responsible for determining whether [Nidal] Hasan posed a threat never saw all 18 e-mails he exchanged with that radical Yemeni cleric Awlaki whose communications were being monitored under a court ordered wiretap….

None of the e-mails specifically mentioned Hasan’s plans for a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, but because he was a member of the military the FBI showed them to a Pentagon investigator with the note “comm” written on it. To the FBI that meant “commissioned officer.” The Pentagon investigator thought it meant “communication.”

The Hasan story is almost cold now and Flight 253 is starting to wind down after today’s presser from The One, but the CIA base bombing is just heating up. Read this. And try to act surprised.


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What if al Qaeda had dispatched 20 sets of panties? Did anyone know with certainty they hadn’t?

It just shows the head of this rotten fish administration only takes his communism personal.

tarpon on January 8, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Actually if he was in Monterey he would have access to both the Defense Language Institute and Naval Postgraduate School with secure communications and situation rooms, so I don’t put him in the same boat as the NCTC chief on the ski slopes.

JeffinSac on January 8, 2010 at 8:57 AM

These idiots are scaring me! How can any administration take our national security so cavalierly? Do they honestly think Islamic extremism was all about Bush and this administration is immune?

The boy king and his merry men are going to get us all killed!

joedoe on January 8, 2010 at 9:31 AM

This horse’s ask has the CIA on more important missions, like watching the ice melt.

james23 on January 8, 2010 at 9:31 AM

What if the undie-bomber was just a decoy? While all attention was focused on him and all our security people were on vacation or sleeping at their desks, sleepers were infiltrating our borders at every other port of entry?

Stranger things have happened……. in a Tom Clancy novel.

joedoe on January 8, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Hakuna Matata!

mugged on January 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

So, during a time of war there were no one in charge in DC during the holidays. Great!

mizflame98 on January 8, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Huh?

His job isn’t to unite the agency.

His job is to dismantle it.

notagool on January 8, 2010 at 10:15 AM

So, during a time of war there were no one in charge in DC during the holidays. Great!

mizflame98 on January 8, 2010 at 10:09 AM

You think maybe Al Qaeda picked up on that?

Chris_Balsz on January 8, 2010 at 10:15 AM

So, during a time of war there were no one in charge in DC during the holidays. Great!

mizflame98 on January 8, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Sounds like you’re under the mistaken impression that there’s someone in charge in DC the rest of the time.

mugged on January 8, 2010 at 10:16 AM

No proof that Zero thinks national security is a priority.

Fish rots from the head.

tarpon on January 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Sounds like you’re under the mistaken impression that there’s someone in charge in DC the rest of the time.

mugged on January 8, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I’m not mistaken. I’m just not really sure if all of the people in charge not being there is an asset or a liability.

mizflame98 on January 8, 2010 at 10:49 AM

By Al Qaeda’s own admission, one of its tippy-top-most military commanders met the business end of an American missile mere days before the CIA base bombing.

So Al-Q does not lie about things like that? It is unwise to believe ANY Muslim about ANY thing.

[email protected] on January 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Actually if he was in Monterey he would have access to both the Defense Language Institute and Naval Postgraduate School with secure communications and situation rooms, so I don’t put him in the same boat as the NCTC chief on the ski slopes.

JeffinSac on January 8, 2010 at 8:57 AM

That was my first thought, although DLI wasn’t that secure last time I was there (admittedly a while ago).

baldilocks on January 8, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The fish rot starts at the head. With respect to anti terror activities of the Obama Administration, their motto is “Frankly my dears, we don’t give a damn!”

eaglewingz08 on January 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Why is Panetta waving like he’s some rock star walking to his limo? OUT.

leftnomore on January 8, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Apparently this fool is just too busy to address his government job; typical of bama cohorts!

jgdp on January 8, 2010 at 4:43 PM