Great news: US has misplaced two former Witness Protection Program participants “known or suspected as terrorists”; Update: Failed to update no-fly lists?

posted at 1:21 pm on May 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The good news for the White House?  Thanks to the current scandals, this may not even get noticed.  Jake Tapper has the scoop from yet another IG bombshell:

The U.S. Marshal Service has been “unable to locate” two former participants in the federal Witness Security Program “identified as known or suspected terrorists,” states the public summary of an interim Justice Department Inspector General’s report obtained by CNN.

The Marshals have concluded that “one individual was and the other individual was believed to be residing outside of the United States.”

The news comes from an audit of the Witness Security Program by the IG’s office , which states that “the Department did not definitively know how many known or suspected terrorists were admitted into the WITSEC program,” among other “significant issues concerning national security.” The report makes 16 recommendations.

The “Interim Report on the Department of Justice’s Handling of Known or Suspected Terrorists Admitted Into the Federal Witness Security Program” notes that while in the midst of an audit of the WITSEC program, the Inspector General felt the need to notify the Justice Department of national security vulnerabilities, and the IG’s office “developed the interim report to help ensure that the Department promptly and sufficiently addressed the deficiencies we found.”

The bad news?  Well, for one thing, the phone providers for Jake Tapper and CNN are about to get very, very busy.  For another, we have two men who were either involved or suspected of being involved in terrorism who have some significant knowledge of the system used to protect witnesses.  Whether they’ve flipped back into terrorism or were captured by terrorists for their assistance to the US, we can assume that any information they have in that regard has been compromised.  How well did the US Marshals, DHS, and/or DoJ compartmentalize this information?

Furthermore, as Tapper notes, this stunning failure comes during a week-long period in which Obama administration incompetence — at the least — has already come under a big media microscope.  With many people wondering whether the lights are on and nobody’s home across a wide swath of this administration but perhaps most especially on the Benghazi attack, this will hardly help the White House find its footing on national security competence.

Update: The DoJ also failed to update the Terrorist Screening Center, which runs the no-fly lists:

The Justice Department’s inspector general says the department failed to provide the names of some terrorists in the witness protection program to the government’s Terrorist Screening Center.The center maintains the watch list that’s used to keep dangerous people off airline flights. …

The inspector general’s office says some in the witness protection program who were on the government’s no-fly list were allowed to board commercial flights.

Thankfully, though, this administration was focused like a laser on the threat posed by tax exemptions for conservative groups.


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“Me, as your CiC” Obama, the Ox of the World, just said.

Laughing at you, America — the World

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

With many people wondering whether the lights are on and nobody’s home across a wide swath of this administration but perhaps most especially on the Benghazi attack, this will hardly help the White House find its footing on national security competence.

Never fear! I am sure the Death Panels will run on time. Forward!

Lily on May 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

The Three Monkeys of Oblivion:

Obama
Holder
Hillary

…otherwise, prove that they are just incompetent.

It’s one or the other.

Shame on America for having freely selected this.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Wooops!!!

don’t blame President Passerby though. Or his sh!t for brains AG.

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Give them some credit here. The witness protection program works so well that the government can’t even find them.

Mark1971 on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

How the Hell did they get into the program??? What did they do to deserve what is basically an exoneration for their previous activities?

E9RET on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

they know right where all of us live though.

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

OT. Watching the presser and seeing absolute red. The POS just supported Holder’s wiretap of AP because there were Americans at risk.

What a pity for the 4 Americans killed in Benghazi that he didn’t worry about putting them at risk when he refused to send assistance and told the military to stand down.

I can’t stand it!

Talking about protecting HIS troops in Afghanistan, in outposts around the world. But what about Benghazi? Why no protection there?

One reporter just asked what the POS thought about comparisons in the public now between him and Nixon.

I’m gonna have to turn this sh!t off before my stress level goes through the roof.

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Well Mary Shannon and Marshall Mann would have never let that happen…

dpduq on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

“My concern is to find and to fix problems in government,” said Obama moments ago.

Added, “uhhh…”

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

The SCOAMF is back to full blown narcissistic “I” mode.

Response to question about Holder had at least 15 “I”‘s in it,

PolAgnostic on May 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

D’oh!

Philly on May 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Again, terrorists are NOT a threat to democratic power, Tea Partiers are. Thusly, they build databases of their secret thoughts, meetings, donors, contacts, request a blood sample, yearbook picture, lock of hair and a firstborn in order to get 501c status……

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

OT

The note — scrawled with a marker on the interior wall of the cabin — said the bombings were retribution for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and called the Boston victims “collateral damage” in the same way Muslims have been in the American-led wars. “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Tsarnaev wrote.

Dzhokar said he didn’t mourn older brother Tamerlan, the other suspect in the bombings, writing that by that point, Tamerlan was a martyr in paradise — and that he expected to join him there soon.

Too bad he didn’t join his brother.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

I love that pic.

Shaden. Makes a bad day….just a little better.

Thank You Ed.

FlaMurph on May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

My local McDonalds is staffed with more competence than the federal government, and is better for my health.

beatcanvas on May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

dpduq on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

And don’t forget “Stan.”

JFKY on May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

OT. Watching the presser and seeing absolute red. The POS just supported Holder’s wiretap of AP because there were Americans at risk.

What a pity for the 4 Americans killed in Benghazi that he didn’t worry about putting them at risk when he refused to send assistance and told the military to stand down.

I can’t stand it!

Talking about protecting HIS troops in Afghanistan, in outposts around the world. But what about Benghazi? Why no protection there?

One reporter just asked what the POS thought about comparisons in the public now between him and Nixon…

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

DITTO.

I can’t stand to hear him refer to “(his) troops” and “(his) intelligence workers around the world…”

He’s a monstrous egomaniac. Not Presidential, not nearly Presidential.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Not to worry, they’ll come back, not as ‘witnesses’ I mean, but more like pyrotehcnics ‘experts’ of sorts…never underestimate the stupidity of the US agencies in charge with keeping the land safe…

jimver on May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

What better way to show yourself as a fixer than to preside over an utter failure. Look at it this way, son, the only way you can go is up, right?//

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

jimver on May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

My fear is they’ll turn up at an embassy somewhere and demand transport “home.” And we’ll give it to them.

JFKY on May 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Witness Protection Program, huh? Nice place for a sleeper cell to hide. I wonder how many mo…. oh, never mind.

a capella on May 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM

The POS just supported Holder’s wiretap of AP because there were Americans at risk.

….and by Americans, he meant American Democrats. The threat? Tea Partiers.

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Run a court system and defend us, you morons. Yeah, sure, a few other things. But get the hell out of healthcare, and get back to the jobs that governments are supposed to do.

BuckeyeSam on May 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM

This would make a good episode of Justified. Art sends Raylan to find the US Marshal Service’s missing terrorists.

Mark1971 on May 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

they know right where all of us live though.

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

yeah, that census form was, what, twenty-five pages long of intrusive questions with all recipients required by law to sign and return?

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Schad, remember this?

Brat on May 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

The POS just supported Holder’s wiretap of AP because there were Americans at risk.

….and by Americans, he meant American Democrats. The threat? Tea Partiers.

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM

DITTO
and
DITTO.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Was Raylan Givens responsible for these guys? I bet not, unless they’re missing because they’re dead.

BuckeyeSam on May 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Was he asked about justification for tapping the House cloakroom phones?

a capella on May 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

No biggie. They probably moved in with relatives somewhere, collecting unemployment, getting their meals with EBTs, driving leased BMWs, Facebooking on their iPads and texting friends and families on their Obamaphones.

Perfectly harmless. Nothing to fret.

hawkeye54 on May 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

…and the Marshall service probably stocked their kitchen with pressure cookers.

E9RET on May 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

This would make a good episode of Justified. Art sends Raylan to find the US Marshal Service’s missing terrorists.

Mark1971 on May 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Maybe they got under Boyd Crowder’s skin.

BuckeyeSam on May 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I gotta ask, where is that pic from?

Ukiah on May 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

“… we can assume that any information they have in that regard has been compromised.”

Since Obowma thinks this Country was built upon racism and oppressive colonialism…

… that is a feature, not a bug.

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Epic fail

cmsinaz on May 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Were these two guys working in the exempt organizations group in Cincinnati, and now they’re missing?

BuckeyeSam on May 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Scandalmania!

Punchenko on May 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

And, President Obama and Eric Holder didn’t learn of this until they read it in the newspaper!

I think we should accept we have a virtual president and AG – no accountability -recuse themselves? It’s a joke.. The only

John Cusack (@johncusack) May 16, 2013

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

No special counsel for IRS
Unstinkingbelievable

cmsinaz on May 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Soooooo…

We were protecting TERRORISTS but refused to protect our Ambassador in Benghazi who was surrounded by terrorists?! What the f..udge?!

easyt65 on May 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

They aren’t Tea Partiers so the government isn’t interested in keeping track of them.

rbj on May 16, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Even though Richard Milhous Nixon excelled at Foreign Policy, opening new areas of trade with China and other countries, he will always be remembered for the political chicanery known as Watergate.

And, now, even though Barack Hussein Obama, will still go down in history as America’s first Black President (second, if you count Bubba Clinton), that honor will be eclipsed.

Instead, he will be known as the president who brought Chicago Politics to the White House.

kingsjester on May 16, 2013 at 1:33 PM

“The inspector general’s office says some in the witness protection program who were on the government’s no-fly list were allowed to board commercial flights.”

I think I see a pattern here…

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Nincompoops in charge of the world.

Idiots of the world, wake up.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

You can lose your car keys. You don’t lose people in witness protection.

portlandon on May 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Obama and his thuggish cabal are exposed to light.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

We need more money

cmsinaz on May 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood will be pleased.

kingsjester on May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Was he asked about justification for tapping the House cloakroom phones?

I didn’t hear that question, if it was asked.

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Hey, what’s the problem people??

It’s not like we have any thing coming up like
Memorial Day….

ToddPA on May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Say good night and GO Home, wherever that is.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The muzzie brothers of Obama are dancing with joy. They succeed, apace, with his approval and support.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Check the nearest left-wing university (but I repeat myself).

They’re probably fully tenured professors now like Dohrn, Ayers, Boudin…

Ronchris on May 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

‘Again, terrorists are NOT a threat to democratic power, Tea Partiers are’

You nailed it, ted.

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

katy the mean old lady on May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Son of A…OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on May 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

No special counsel for IRS
Unstinkingbelievable

cmsinaz on May 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I don’t know the particulars per the Constitution and Separation of Powers, but, Congress MUST do aggression on Benghazi and the IRS. Holder’s already declared a crime-boss and what he and Obama decide certainly cannot be held as reliable. At this rate, how much more information about that does Congress need.

Lourdes on May 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Bmore, photoshop two men and one woman, Obama, Holder and Hillary, as the Three Monkeys of Oblivion. You can use Ed’s pic. as a baseline. Thanks ahead.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Ah, my bug-eyed beauty! I’m so in love with that girl.

I gotta ask, where is that pic from?

Ukiah on May 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Get lost! I saw her first!

CurtZHP on May 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

The good news for the White House? Thanks to the current scandals, this may not even get noticed.

Ha- this was my first thought too…great minds, Ed :)

Jackalope on May 16, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Good thing the grown-ups are in charge.

29Victor on May 16, 2013 at 1:39 PM

OT-Some good news for a change. Unless you happen to be a rat-eared passerby or a member of his corrupt party trying to turn the NLRB into a rubber stamp for union thuggery. The crux of the adminstration’s position is was that they could ignore the single appeals court ruling about the illegality of the NLRB appointees. Well,

A second appeals court has joined the D.C. Circuit in ruling that President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional, concluding that some board actions taken in the wake of those appointments were also invalid

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

This has that water buffalo big sis’s fingerprints all over this? Think how many other rop type are missing in the US?
L

letget on May 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Looks like Barry has finally figured out what went wrong in Benghazi.

a capella on May 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

“The inspector general’s office says some in the witness protection program who were on the government’s no-fly list were allowed to board commercial flights.”

I think I see a pattern here…

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Muslim Non-Profit Applications Fly Through IRS Office That Targeted Conservatives With “Minimal Scrutiny”…

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

America is in the best of hands or something…

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

The corruption is unbelievable. So, in 2010, the WH and the IRS conspired to keep tea party sympathizers from having a voice by deepsixing the groups that would have organized them while simultaneously funding ACORN and other dim get-out-the-vote efforts, even going so far as to accuse repubs of racism for supporting voter ID laws . . .

This is beyond Machiavellian.

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Thankfully, though, this administration was focused like a laser on the threat posed by tax exemptions for conservative groups.

Did we pivot away from jobs again?

Gatsu on May 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood will be pleased.

kingsjester on May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Probably got a grant to build a franchise office in Mexico City.

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

IIRC didn’t bho/holder take this to the SC for their ruling to stall stall?
L

letget on May 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

This is beyond Machiavellian.

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Just Chicago politics. Here,..let me introduce you to Valerie Jarrett….

a capella on May 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/395714_441617025929739_176709458_n.jpg

katy the mean old lady on May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Traditional UK dinner

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Just curious, what was his response to the Nixon comparison question? Contrived indignation?

crrr6 on May 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM

America is in the best of hands or something…

It certainly is something.

hawkeye54 on May 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Lourdes gotta play Mr nice

cmsinaz on May 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Nixon reply:

He’ll let history be the guide or something.

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

When you have an executive branch that has been re-structured to prioritize political goals over practical ones, this is what you get.

Socratease on May 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Can we just drop Barky into the Witless Protection Program and forget where we put him? Please?

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Yup. Jarrett = great-granddaughter of Machiavelli. She’s the one calling the shots. I pray for the day she’s outed.

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

At no time was the Obama Administration aware of what the Obama Administration was doing

From a Facebook post.

Jackalope on May 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Putting a brazen liar / incompetent political hack in charge of the NSA will fix all of this.

forest on May 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Why am I not surprised? The regime doesn’t take the threat seriously.

Did you all hear about the mysterious folks at the Quabin reservoir the other night? It’s Boston’s water supply. Folks from Pakisatn, Saudi Arabia and Singapore decided on a midnight stroll. The Staties took down their names and addresses and let them go…

This is the result of Zero’s policies regarding the war on terror.

Now you would think the Mass Police would not bow to that PC stupidity.

dogsoldier on May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

My fear is they’ll turn up at an embassy somewhere and demand transport “home.” And we’ll give it to them.

JFKY on May 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Am sure your preezy will get a charter plane for them, or better yet, put them on the rotational of troops coming home..

jimver on May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

katy the mean old lady on May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Even a blind squirrel finds nuts once in a while. There they are…

Fallon on May 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Looks like Barry has finally figured out what went wrong in Benghazi.

a capella on May 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Not enough money for electric cars and Gay Pride celebrations at US Embassies around the world I guess…

Priorities being what they are.

ok.

I’m sure the President is right about that…btw…Is John Kerry still waiting for Putin to answer the phone?

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Holder isn’t at fault. He recused himself from these matters a year or 2 ago. It was in the summer…sometime…yes … in the summer, maybe 2 or 3 years ago.

BoxHead1 on May 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

dogsoldier on May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

The Obama Administration defines the term “enemies domestic”.

kingsjester on May 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

It is better to speak for yourself and be thought a fool than to appoint Jay Carney and remove all doubt.

PolarCoug on May 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Actual CNN headline: “Obama counter-punches in effort to regain political balance”

Right, because this is just like a boxing match, you see. Blustery responses to rampant corruption charges will help Obama get his mojo back or something.

crrr6 on May 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

How the Hell did they get into the program??? What did they do to deserve what is basically an exoneration for their previous activities?

E9RET on May 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

And how does one get to leave the WPP without dying?

Rich H on May 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

katy the mean old lady on May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I did hear that squirrel is now going to star in the new Michael Jackson Bio-pic.

kingsjester on May 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Actual CNN headline: “Obama counter-punches in effort to regain political balance”

Right, because this is just like a boxing match, you see. Blustery responses to rampant corruption charges will help Obama get his mojo back or something.

crrr6 on May 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Mom Jeans

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Instead, he will be known as the president who brought Chicago Politics to the White House.

kingsjester on May 16, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Only by half the country. To the other half, he’ll be the man who saved the country from tax-paying families (aka the Tea Party).

hawksruleva on May 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Am sure your preezy will get a charter plane for them, or better yet, put them on the rotational of troops coming home..

MY Preezy? If he’s mine, he’s just as much yours, isn’t he? Or when did I become a fan of Obama, in your mind?

JFKY on May 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

THE OBAMA SCANDALS.

Name it, make him own it (of course he won’t take responsibility for it).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325606/During-Rose-Garden-press-conference-Obama-refuses-apologize-secretly-seizing-AP-phone-records-shifts-blame-Congress-Benghazi-security-lapses-dodges-question-White-House-IRS-knowledge.html

President Barack Obama dodged questions Thursday about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, shifted responsibility for the Benghazi attack to Congress, and said ‘I offer no apologies’ for the Department of Justice’s secret seizure of reporter’s phone records in search of a classified intelligence leak.

In a rain-soaked Rose Garden press conference originally intended to be a victory lap for the United States’ relationship with Turkey, Obama stood alongside Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and fielded questions which quickly shifted to the trio of scandals that are engulfing his administration.

Beginning in 2010, Obama’s IRS targeted a list of approximately 300 tea party-related and other conservative groups for aggressive scrutiny following their applications for tax-exempt status.

His Department of Justice secretly spied on the Associated Press’s phone records in an attempt to trace a national security leak.

And his State Department political appointees intervened in the aftermath of the 2012 terror attack on an American diplomatic outpost in Libya, in a process that resulted in a misleading set of talking points which ignored terrorism in favor of a more muted explanation, in the midst of a re-election campaign.

PappyD61 on May 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Correction on the POS’s response to the Nixon comparisons.

From WZ:

“Draw Your Own Conclusions”…

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Did you all hear about the mysterious folks at the Quabin reservoir the other night? It’s Boston’s water supply. Folks from Pakisatn, Saudi Arabia and Singapore decided on a midnight stroll. The Staties took down their names and addresses and let them go…

This is the result of Zero’s policies regarding the war on terror.

Now you would think the Mass Police would not bow to that PC stupidity.

dogsoldier on May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Awww c’mon, it’s not like Bostonians could get sick from something people put in the water supply or anything…

hawksruleva on May 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

This’ll drive ya’ll nuts.

The POS calls in marines to shield him from the rain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ryVflZCa3wQ

wyntre9 on May 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

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