Obama: Terror Watchlisting Standards to Change

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Thursday, January 07, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Now this makes more sense. In remarks announcing the receipt of his preliminary reviews of the near-attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, President Obama reiterated that there was a “larger failure of analysis” across the intelligence community in the lead-up to the attack. But this time he emphasized not so much that the dots could have been connected to identify Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a terrorist prior to December 25. Instead, he said — and the preliminary review reads — that the intelligence community should have been seized with greater urgency about weighting the prospect of al-Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate mounting a homeland attack. That “could have” cast the information obtained from Abdulmutallab’s father in a different light. Still something of a stretch, but not as much.

More significantly, for the first time, Obama said that there will be an “immediate effort to strengthen the criteria” for putting someone on the terrorist watchlists and “especially” the no-fly list. He did not give any specificity to what that means. Does it mean actually loosening the criteria from when someone goes from the 550,000 TIDE database to the no-fly list? Or loosening the criteria for putting someone on TIDE? Obama did say that State Department officials will review visa issuance and renewal information with a special eye toward counterterrorism concerns.

The documents released by the White House just say it’s the job of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center to “develop recommendations” for changing the watchlisting system, though it holds out the prospect for making “biologic and derogatory criteria for inclusion.” That actually sounds like it could make the lists more restrictive. But for additional specificity, we’ll have to see if John Brennan, the White House counterterorism chief, and Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, have anything to say about watchlisting standards at their imminent press conference.

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that Obama said the U.S. needed to better communicate to the “vast majority” of peaceful Muslims that al-Qaeda offers nothing more than a “bankrupt ideology of murder and death.” Kind of hard to do that when you’re pulling them out for additional airport screening.

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Comment posted January 7, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

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PLEASE MR. PRESIDENT,

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WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT PRESIDENT CHAVEZ IF YOU WOULD AGAIN CONSIDER GETTING INVOLVED IN THIS TRAGIC BUT VERY REAL CONCEPT OF TRADING PRISON INMATES ON A INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.

WE SEND OUR BEST FOR 2010 TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MR. PRESIDENT AND REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOUR CONSULATE HERE IN AMERICA ON THIS NEEDED FUTURISTIC FASHION OF HANDLING DELICATE MATTERS IN OUR WESTERN AMERICA~S AND BEYOND.

DOUGLAS FIELD

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A WWW VOLUNTEER LOBBY THAT SINGS OUT FOR MIDDLE~CLASS AND WIORKING POOR AMERICANS.WE CAN ALWAYS BE FOUND WITH ANY SEARCH ENGINE BY OUR NAME OR TELEPHONE NUMBER.

~WE BRING THE GOOD LIFE TO THE WEB ~ (424-247-2013)

**PRESIDENT OBAMA NEVER CREATED THEIS POLITICAL MESS IN THE AMERICA~S, BUT HE CERTAINLY NEEDS ALL ALL OUR PRAYERS TO…..


DOUGLASFIELD
Comment posted January 7, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

WE NEED MORE FRIENDS AND STATESMEN IN THE AMERICA~S LIKE PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ OF VENEZUELA WHO HAS A CLEAR MESSAGE OF DETENTE (AND TAKING CARE OF ALL CITIZENS) TO HELP AMERICA AVOID EVER NEEDING FUTURE TERROR WATCHLISTS……

DEAR PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ,

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS NEEDS YOUR GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE IN ARRANGING A POSSIBLE FUTURE PRISONER EXCHANGE BETWEEN IRAN,PERU AND USA. **YOU SIR ARE THE ONLY MAN CAPABLE OF EVEN ATTEMPTING THIS PRISONER TRADE!

AS YOU ARE ALREADY WELL AWARE MR. PRESIDENT THAT PERU IS HOLDING LORI BERENSON + HER NEW BORN CHILD~AND IRAN HAS 3 AMERICAN HIKERS IN THEIR POSSESION.

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS PRAYING MR. PRESIDENT THAT YOU MIGHT TAKE THE INTEREST IN HELPING TO FACILITATE A POSSIBLE FUTURE PRISONER EXCHANGE WITH OUR TROY DAVIS OF GEORGIA, MUMIA ABU- JAMAL OF PENNSYLVANIA AND MANNY GONZALES OF CALIFORNIA WITH IRANS 3 AMERICAN TOURISTS AND PERU'S LORI BERENSON.

WE KNOW HOW BUSY YOU ARE MR. PRESIDENT,BUT WE ALSO KNOW YOUR LOVE FOR THE WORLDS POOR AND ARE PUTTING OUR TRUST IN YOUR VISIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL CITIZENS. LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS CAN ENVISION A BETTER AND SAFER FUTURE FOR THIS EARTH OF OURS WITH PEACE MAKERS SUCH AS YOURSELF WHO CAN CROSS THE GLOBE WITH THE UNIQUE VISION OF HELPING THE UNDER~CLASS…

PLEASE MR. PRESIDENT,

OUR TWO BLACK AMERICAN PRISONERS TROY DAVIS OF GEORGIA AND MUMIA ABU JAMAL OF PENNSYLVANIA ARE AT RISK FOR POSSIBLE FALSE EXECUTIONS EVEN THOUGH THEY NEVER WERE AFFORDED PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION OR DEFENSE INVESTIGATIONS AT THEIR INITIAL CRIMINAL TRIALS.

MANNY GONZALES THE KID THAT EVERYONE FORGOT IN THE CA PRISON SYSTEM IS THE (WWW HORROR STORY)LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS HAS PUBLISHED ON THE WEB IN WHICH WE HAD PREVIOUSLY REQUESTED FINANCIAL FUNDING FOR FROM YOURSELF 2 YEARS AGO…MANNY GONZALES (THE 17 YR OLD KID) AS YOU RECALL MR. PRESIDENT WAS GIVEN A MANDATORY 27 YR CA PRISON TERM FOR A SHOOTING INCIDENT WHERE THERE WAS NO VICTIM ???

WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT PRESIDENT CHAVEZ IF YOU WOULD AGAIN CONSIDER GETTING INVOLVED IN THIS TRAGIC BUT VERY REAL CONCEPT OF TRADING PRISON INMATES ON A INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.

WE SEND OUR BEST FOR 2010 TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MR. PRESIDENT AND REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOUR CONSULATE HERE IN AMERICA ON THIS NEEDED FUTURISTIC FASHION OF HANDLING DELICATE MATTERS IN OUR WESTERN AMERICA~S AND BEYOND.

DOUGLAS FIELD

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A WWW VOLUNTEER LOBBY THAT SINGS OUT FOR MIDDLE~CLASS AND WIORKING POOR AMERICANS.WE CAN ALWAYS BE FOUND WITH ANY SEARCH ENGINE BY OUR NAME OR TELEPHONE NUMBER.

~WE BRING THE GOOD LIFE TO THE WEB ~ (424-247-2013)

**PRESIDENT OBAMA NEVER CREATED THEIS POLITICAL MESS IN THE AMERICA~S, BUT HE CERTAINLY NEEDS ALL ALL OUR PRAYERS TO…..


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