• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

Intelligence Official: Info From State Department on Abdulmutallab Was ‘Very Thin’

After State Department spokesperson Ian Kelly told reporters yesterday that an interagency process led by the National Counterterrorism Center was responsible for revoking Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s visa into the U.S. — and not the State Department, which issued the visa — perhaps some pushback was inevitable. Indeed, a U.S. intelligence official who requested anonymity to discuss an ongoing case said that the State Department provided that process with “very thin information” and “definitely not enough” to yank Abdulmutallab’s visa and put him on the no-fly list.

Recall that in November, Abdulmutallab’s father told officials at the U.S. embassy in Abuja, Nigeria that Abdulmutallab might pose a threat. Embassy officials put Abdulmutallab on a master database of non-specific threat information called TIDE, run by the National Counterterrorist Center. And that’s where the first bureaucratic chokepoint in Abdulmutallab’s saga is found. The NCTC uses a set of criteria agreed upon by the State Department, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence community to determine who goes to a different list, known as the Terrorist Screening Database, run by the FBI. And if someone is on *that *database, *that *would prompt visa revocation and placement on the no-fly list.

So what’s the standard for moving from TIDE to the Terrorist Screening Database? “Specific derogatory information leading to reasonable suspicion” that someone poses a terrorist threat. And what State got from Abdulmutallab’s father — and disseminated through the TIDE process — didn’t fit the bill, the U.S. intelligence official said. “Realistically, a lot of guys call every day and say their relative or former friend is dangerous,” the official explained. To use that level of information to revoke someone’s visa or stop someone from flying would be “unmanageable. We’d probably shut down air traffic.”

It remains to be seen if that’s going to be a compelling explanation to lawmakers furious that Abdulmutallab got on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. But unless Congress weakens the standards for moving from TIDE to the Terrorist Screening Database, that’s the way it is. “If Congress wants us to change the criteria,” the official said, “we will move from there.” But buyer beware.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.