Dot Connecting

The Hill has a post up by Philip Haney in which Mr. Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security official, alleges that he was ordered to remove pertinent information about terrorists from law enforcement databases.

As the number of successful and attempted Islamic terrorist attacks on America increased, the type of information that the Obama administration ordered removed from travel and national security databases was the kind of information that, if properly assessed, could have prevented subsequent domestic Islamist attacks like the ones committed by Faisal Shahzad (May 2010), Detroit “honor killing” perpetrator Rahim A. Alfetlawi (2011); Amine El Khalifi, who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol (2012); Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing (2013); Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen (2014); or Muhammed Yusuf Abdulazeez, who opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2015).

Read the whole thing.

6 thoughts on “Dot Connecting

  1. This story rings true to me.

    I a friend worked once on a project with someone who worked on the database for the Iraq Survey Group. If you don’t recall the name, they were the group seeking WMD in Iraq after the invasion. That person told, err, my friend that once there were some Congresspersons who were coming to review the work of the ISG, and some OGA (other government agency) types who told him to remove certain data from the database. Congresspersons come in, review the work, then go out and say on TV that there was no evidence of WMD in Iraq.

    Well, of course there was no evidence, it had been deleted.

    But, hey, random story from some guy on the internet talking about a friend who heard something from somebody who shouldn’t have said what he did, so add grains of salt as necessary.

    But sure sounds a lot like this terrorism db story.

  2. There were many of our brave men and women who destroyed wmd’s in Iraq. They were told, no conversations about the removal of or the existence of these same weapons. The wonderful men in suits and mirrored sunglasses are known (in these circles) to have taken all photos, etc. from those that were there.

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