Ground Zero Mosque Imam Says U.S. Is Worse Than Al-Qaeda

First, he says the U.S. is an accessory to 9/11, then he refuses to call Hamas a terrorist organization and now this:

New audio has surfaced of the imam behind the controversial mosque near Ground Zero allegedly telling an audience overseas that the United States has been far more deadly than al-Qaeda. “We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non Muslims,” Feisal Abdul Rauf said at a 2005 lecture sponsored by the University of South Australia.

This is what passes as a moderate in the left’s warped world.

Suspect In Custody In Times Square Bombing Attempt

Faisal Shahzad was removed from a flight bound for Dubai late last night.

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Federal agents and police detectives arrested a Connecticut man, a naturalized United States citizen from Pakistan, early Tuesday in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing, according to people briefed on the investigation.

The man, Faisal Shahzad, was believed to have recently bought the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that was found loaded with gasoline, propane, fireworks and fertilizer in the heart of Times Square, one of the people briefed on the development said.

Mr. Shahzad was taken into custody at Kennedy Airport, apparently trying to flee, one of the people said. Charges against Mr. Shahzad, who had returned recently from a trip to Pakistan, were not announced.

There goes Janet Incompetano’s “one off” theory…this has all the makings of a larger plot.

Update: Family members and a friend of Shahzad have been arrested in Pakistan

Pakistan on Tuesday arrested several relatives of the Pakistani-American held in New York on suspicion of driving a bomb-laden car into Times Square, security sources said.

Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, told U.S. authorities he acted alone in Saturday’s failed bombing but skeptical investigators are looking into his recent trip to Pakistan, a U.S. law enforcement source said.

Shahzad, 30, was arrested late on Monday night after he was taken off an Emirates airline plane that was just about to take off for Dubai. Hours later, several relatives and a friend were arrested in Pakistan. [ID:nSGE6430EA]

“We have picked up a few family members” related to Shahzad, a security official in Karachi said. A friend of Shahzad was also detained.

Shahzad is from the disputed Kashmiri region but it is not known if he was affiliated with any militant group, a source familiar with the investigation said on Tuesday. The source asked not to be named because the issue is sensitive.

Obama Admin’s Brennan: Criticizing Us Is Serving The Goals Of Al Queda

Brennan makes this statement in his whiny USA  Today op/ed in which he attempts to defend the indefensible regarding the Obama administrations’ handling of the Christmas Day Bomber and other counterterrorism policies.

In an oped in USA Today, John Brennan — Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism — responds to critics of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies by saying “Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.”

Brennan writes that, “Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill.”

In the oped, titled “‘We need no lectures’: Administration disrupts terrorists’ plots, takes fight to them abroad,” Brennan writes that politics “should never get in the way of national security. But too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points, instead of coming together to keep us safe.”

The administration op-ed is in response to a USA Today editorial entitled “National security team fails to inspire confidence; Officials’ handling of Christmas Day attack looks like amateur hour.”

Brennan provides a detailed defense of the administration’s handling of failed Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab whom, he says, was “thoroughly interrogated and provided important information.”

He suggests that many critics are hypocritical and clueless.

The most important breakthrough in the interrogation occurred “after Abdulmutallab was read his rights, which the FBI made standard policy under Michael Mukasey, President Bush’s attorney general,” he writes, noting that failed shoe bomber Richard Reid “was read his Miranda rights five minutes after being taken off a plane he tried to blow up. The same people who criticize the president today were silent back then.”

Brennan said anyone who wants to change the policy would be casting aside lessons learned “in waging this war” on extremists.

So let me get this straight.  If we criticize Barry’s handling of terrorism we are helping Al Qaeda?  But I thought we have a right to question “any adminstration”, no?  At least that’s what Shrillary told us back in 2003.

Brennan, Gibbs, Axelrod and Barry himself can try to spin this all they want, but it does not change the undisputed fact that Americans do not want terrorists to be granted Constitutional rights such as Miranda, do not want terrorists tried in civilian courts, do not want Gitmo closed and do not want their president to sit down and chat it up with heads of states that sponsor terror and want to wipe Israel off the map.  Just ask Senator* Scott Brown. 

*bolded for extra pleasure

Al-Qaeda(?) Terrorist Attempts To Blow Up Airliner, Subdued By Hero Passengers…Updated With Photo Of Suspect…Update: Plot Launched By AQ In Yemen

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Photo via CNN:

A Christmas miracle in the skies over Detroit.

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — An attempted terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight began with a pop and a puff of smoke — sending passengers scrambling to subdue a Nigerian man who claimed to be acting on orders from al-Qaeda to blow up the airliner, officials and travelers said.The commotion began as Northwest Airlines Flight 253, carrying 278 passengers and 11 crewmembers from Amsterdam, prepared to land in Detroit just before noon Friday.

“It sounded like a firecracker in a pillowcase,” said Peter Smith, a passenger from the Netherlands. “First there was a pop, and then (there) was smoke.”

Smith said one passenger climbed over other people, went across the aisle and tried to restrain the man, who officials say was trying to ignite an explosive device. The heroic passenger appeared to have been burned.

Afterward, the suspect was taken to a front-row seat with his pants cut off and his legs burned. Multiple law enforcement officials also said the man appeared badly burned on his legs, indicating the explosive was strapped there. The components were apparently mixed in-flight and included a powdery substance, multiple law enforcement and counterterrorism officials said.

Multiple law enforcement officials identified the suspect in Friday’s attempted attack as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. He was described as Nigerian.

One law enforcement official said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaeda to detonate the plane over U.S. soil, but other law enforcement officials cautioned that such claims could not be verified immediately, and said the man may have been acting independently — inspired but not specifically trained or ordered by terror groups.

I guess Abdul Mutallab didn’t get the memo that we are supposed to be loved in the Middle East now that the evil cowboy is back in Texas.

Update: ABC News is reporting that the plot was launched by Al-Qaeda in Yemen.

The plot to blow up an American passenger jet over Detroit was organized and launched by al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect’s underwear before sending him on his mission, federal authorities tell ABC News.

Investigators say the suspect had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin used by the military. The so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, had only about 50 grams kin his failed attempt in 2001 to blow up a U.S.-bound jet. Yesterday’s bomb failed because the detonator may have been too mall or was not in “proper contact” with the explosive material, investigators told ABC News.

Unbelievable. U.S. Officials Were Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda – UPDATE: Hasan Is Awake And Able To Talk

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ABC News reports.

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.

It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said.

This disturbing news comes on the heels of the revelation that Hassan worshiped at the same Virginia mosque – and during the same time period – as two of the 9/11 hijackers.

If the Army knew of Hassan’s efforts, and this is a big if, this is a case of political correctness that resulted in the massacre if thirteen innocent human beings.  Their families, fellow soldiers and the American people deserve to know how this happened.

Update #1:  AP Reports that Hasan is awake and able to talk.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The man accused of killing 13 people and wounding 29 at Fort Hood is able to talk, a hospital spokesman said Monday, but it’s unknown when investigators might take advantage of his improving health to press forward with their probe into the shooting spree.

Where is Jack Bauer when you need him?

Democrats outraged over plan to kill Al Qaeda leaders

The horror!  Is this really a road the Democrats want to go down?  Shrieking over a plan designed to take out top Al Qaeda terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks isn’t going to score them any points in the “strong on national security” category.  You can tell when a Democrat is losing an argument – they bring up Bush or Cheney.  This is clearly an attempt to vindicate Queen Nancy after her statement that the CIA lies “all the time” when it was revealed that she had been briefed on the very techniques she had publicly condemned.  Nancy and Co. lost round one to Dick Cheney.  My money is on Cheney in round two and beyond.

WASHINGTON — Since 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency has developed plans to dispatch small teams overseas to kill senior Qaeda terrorists, according to current and former government officials.

The plans remained vague and were never carried out, the officials said, and Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, canceled the program last month.

Officials at the spy agency over the years ran into myriad logistical, legal and diplomatic obstacles. How could the role of the United States be masked? Should allies be informed and might they block the access of the C.I.A. teams to their targets? What if American officers or their foreign surrogates were caught in the midst of an operation? Would such activities violate international law or American restrictions on assassinations overseas?

Yet year after year, according to officials briefed on the program, the plans were never completely shelved because the Bush administration sought an alternative to killing terror suspects with missiles fired from drone aircraft or seizing them overseas and imprisoning them in secret C.I.A. jails.

Mr. Panetta scuttled the program, which would have relied on paramilitary teams, shortly after the C.I.A.’s counterterrorism center recently informed him of its existence. The next day, June 24, he told the two Congressional Intelligence Committees that the plan had been hidden from lawmakers, initially at the instruction of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Note that it takes the NYT five paragraphs to mention the alleged Cheney connection.  The CIA is not bound to inform Congress of programs that are in the planning stages.  Who can blame Cheney?  Loose lips sink ships.  Just ask Patrick Lahey.