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"Conspiracy Or Cock-up"

By The Reverend Published: January 5, 2010

Short on time? Start viewing at the 3:50 mark. Listen carefully to what Richard Wolfe, a journalist close to the Obama White House, says about why U.S. intelligence personnel may not have shared information which could have stopped the underwear bomber guy prior to boarding planes bound for Detroit.....

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"Intelligence lapse."

"Conspiracy or cock-up?"

"...systemic failure by individuals who maybe had an alternative agenda.."

I realize that all journalists have big egos. Perhaps Richard Wolfe is simply trying to tease potential readers into buying his book about Obama's historic election. Wolfe was granted special access to Obama and Obama's team while compiling information for his book, "Renegade, The Making of a President."

Wolfe is saying that it is possible that the reason Obama and the White House were so angry yesterday was because of learning of "intelligence lapses" in the system. But Wolfe suggests that those "lapses" could have been intelligence personnel, somewhere in the chain, perhaps from the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, who didn't just 'drop the ball'.....but instead, purposely meant for the underwear bomber guy to board those planes.

Was all this the result of a "cock-up".....a blunder, or series of blunders...as happened, we're told, on 9-11?

Or, is there evidence of a "conspiracy" here? Was the intelligence "lapse" simply another symptom of alphabet soup agencies continuing their inter-agency turf wars over 8 years after 9-11, not sharing vital information with each other? Or, was it worse than that? Could someone in the intelligence chain have withheld the underwear bomber guy intelligence...purposely?

Is it possible that someone in the intelligence chain wanted to weaken President Obama...and thought letting a novice suicider slip through the cracks would help accomplish that? Not saying that's what happened......just asking.

There's definitely a reason why this was reported on Dec. 30....

"A systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable," an angry and unusually blunt Obama told reporters near his vacation retreat in Hawaii.

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"It is now clear to us that there are bits and pieces of information that were in the possession of the U.S. government in advance . . . that, had they been assessed and correlated, could have led to a much broader picture and allowed us to disrupt the attack," the official said. "Or certainly to know much more about the alleged attacker in such a way as to ensure that he was on . . . a no-fly list."

The information, the official said, "was in some instances about the individual in question and his plans, some of it was about Al Qaeda and its plans, some of it was about potential attacks during the holiday."

President Obama will be speaking today at 4PM about the underwear bomber guy, the "systemic" intelligence failures surrounding it and, I'm relatively sure, how Yemen will be the new "front" in our very, very long "war" that will never end.

If you hear Obama this afternoon, listen carefully to what he says or doesn't say on this matter.

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