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Before The Failed Attack

May 7, 2010

Breaking: Obama Administration Removed Faisal Shahzad From Terror Surveillance List Before Attack
Article: Big Government

More hope and change…

Faisal Shahzad was removed from the national terrorist surveillance list before the Times Square attack.

(CBS News)

Confessed terrorist Faisal Shahzad was removed from the Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list sometime after Barack Obama came into office.

CBS reported:

Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States.

The New York Times reported that the person who bought Faisal’s apartment back in 2004 was interviewed by federal investigators.

George LaMonica, a 35-year-old computer consultant, said he bought his two-bedroom condominium in Norwalk, Conn., from Mr. Shahzad for $261,000 in May 2004. A few weeks after he moved in, Mr. LaMonica said, investigators from the national Joint Terrorism Task Force [JTTF] interviewed him, asking for details of the transaction and for information about Mr. Shahzad. It struck Mr. LaMonica as unusual, but he said detectives told him they were simply “checking everything out.”

The Strata Sphere is all over this story.

Barack Obama began shutting down Bush-era terrorist investigations last year including the investigation of Faisal Shahzad.

We all know what happened next.

Last week Faisal almost blew a hole in the middle of Times Square.

The only thing that saved the people of New York was Faisal’s incompetence.

UPDATE: Faisal Shahzad had contacts with several other terrorist leaders including the radical American-born Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki, the Taliban Chief, and the Mumbai Massacre mastermind.

ABC reported:

Shahzad also had a web of jihadist contacts that included big names tied to terror attacks in the U.S. and abroad, including the figure who has emerged as a central figure in many recent domestic terror attempts – radical American-born Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki.

Besides Awlaki, sources say Shahzad was also linked to a key figure in the Pakistani Taliban, its Emir Beitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone missile strike in 2009. The Mehsuds had been family friends of Shahzad, who is the son of a former high-ranking Pakistani military officer.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2010 7:52 pm

    Congratulations on writing rubbish. Obama wasn’t in Power till 2009.

    You should read what you write.

    “Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 ”

    You even highlighted 2008.

    • May 7, 2010 10:00 pm

      First of all, this is an article from Big Government. I kept the “highlighted” (notice that they’re bold, actually) parts just the same way they did on the site that posted it.

      Congratulations on proving… nothing? Yes, Obama wasn’t in power until 2009. Good, so far you’re doing well.

      You should work on your reading comprehension skills. Check it; from the original CBS news link: “Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a U.S government travel travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) – between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States.”

      You see that there? right around 1999, this knob was originally PUT on the Travel Lookout List. The Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) is the system we’ve used to monitor people who are considered to be a “threat”. Following me still? Yes. Shahzad REMAINED on the list until 2008, or rather, was documented as SEEN on the list until 2008. Mkay?

      Now, if you’ll click on over here: you’ll find that in order for the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) to “watch” someone on this list who happens to be a US Citizen (Shahzad had legally obtained US citizenship) it must be authorized by the FIS Court. These authorizations have to have approval from the Attorney General; and MUST BE RENEWED every 90 days.

      Who is our attorney general? Why! It’s our ol’ pal ERIC HOLDER!! Let’s take a quick look at where this Holder guy comes into play, okay? Now, you’ll have to follow me here; I’m not used to having to break down the most obvious of situations in such a way… But I’ll give it the ol’ American try. Eric Holder, from his Wikipedia page:

      Clue 1)In late 2007, Holder joined then-United States Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as a senior legal advisor…”

      Clue 2) “…On December 1, 2008, Obama announced that Holder would be his nominee for Attorney General. He was formally nominated on January 20, 2009 and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 28…”

      MORE Clues) (Well, I’ll let you just check out his Wikipedia page, because I’m not going to post a bunch of differences between President Bush and Holder; because there are quite a few and I think I’ll lose you in the sea of facts. Let’s just keep it simple until you feel confident enough to go explore the world on your own.)

      Okay, so I’ve probably overloaded your brain with facts and words, but keep following me. President Bush’s last day in office was OFFICIALLY Jan. 20th. The big election was held in 2008 – the results came in in November. Yes?

      Anyhoodle, Holder was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 28, 2009. The VERY end of January. One of his first duties would most likely be to renew the JTTF’s authorizations to monitor “US Citizens” on the Travel Lookout List. At that point in time, 90 days would have either been RIGHT AROUND then; or had already passed. These things happen when we change government officials… you know – elections, cabinets, staff, etc…

      Remember this: JTTF had authorization from the previous Attorney General to moniter Shahzad. (I know, the Huffingfumes post. Liberals’ best friend; although you don’t really have to prove a point or write anything significant in order to have something published on that site, we’ll humour it because it’s from the “other side”)

      Taking great pains to explain how Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad was able to make it to JFK airport and board an Emirates airliner before being nabbed, authorities today said that they were following Mr. Shahzad, “but only on Twitter.

      A spokesman for the surveillance team following the suspected terrorist said that they were closely monitoring Mr. Shahzad’s tweets, “but he must have figured something out because all of a sudden he blocked us.”

      The surveillance team’s revelations come on the heels of the Dept. of Homeland Security’s shocker that it had friended Mr. Shahzad on Facebook weeks ago and had even played the popular online game Farmville with him…

      Now, I’ll probably lose you here if I haven’t already. In order to “monitor” Shahzad, Federal Investigators HAD to rely on information Shahzad voluntarily posted to PUBLIC DOMAIN sites such as twitter, facebook, myspace, etc… Which means no authorization by the Attorney General (good ol’ Eric Holder) was necessary.

      It’s clear that the authorities felt that they needed to monitor this douchebag, and that yes; he is a threat…. They wanted to see if he was leaving and clues, red flags, and hints on these social networking sites. The Federal Investigators couldn’t obtain a renewal of the authorization to properly monitor him. You see? These public domain sites aren’t official databases used by government officials. Anything that’s posted on these sites has been posted voluntarily. Nothing was “dragged out of him”, and he wasn’t questioned, there was no full official investigation. They did not have the proper warrant to monitor from the FIS court – which is ultimately determined by Eric Holder.

  2. Sarah Baram permalink
    May 9, 2010 7:19 pm

    It’s a good thing he was pretty misinformed in the likes of exploding fertilizer. It is frightening to think of what would have happened if his plan went as he hoped. I have been in NYC in that area almost every weekend this past month, and last weekend, while at an ice hockey tournament, was at the fireworks store he purchased from.
    Has Holder addressed the fact that Faisal Shahzad was removed from the surveillance list? This morning I was able to see clips of him speaking on whether or not Shahzad had help from the Taliban, so far they are saying he has. But, from what I saw he had failed to mention this rather large mistake.

    (On another, less important note, you received a reply on a comment asking you a question. Thought you would appreciate knowing! It’s a good one too haha.)

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