The System “Worked Really Very, Very Smoothly” in Detroit?

by Daniel Pipes FrontPageMagazine.com December 28, 2009 The near-success of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, to set off an explosive on Christmas Day should open the American public’s eyes to the sad state of counterterrorism eight years after 9/11. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, is one of the most privileged young men of Nigeria.  The incident involved […]

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The myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist

Michelle Malkin– The Independent of London has a piece up today on the wealthy, pampered lifestyle of would-be Christmas Day bomber Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab. The Nigerian elite engineering student studied at one of Britain’s leading universities, “lived a gilded life” and “stayed in a £2m flat.”(Approx $3.2M U.S.) The Independent says Abdulmatallab’s privileged status is […]

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Napolitano “The System Worked”

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up the Amsterdam-Detroit flight this week demonstrated that “the system worked.” Asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” how that could be possible when the young Nigerian who sought to set off the bomb was able to smuggle explosive […]

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Democrats Jumping Ship

William M. Daley– The announcement by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith that he is switching to the Republican Party is just the latest warning sign that the Democratic Party — “my lifelong political home — has a critical decision to make: Either we plot a more moderate, centrist course or risk electoral disaster not just in […]

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Arab Poll: Iran Is Biggest Threat, Not Israel

Iran’s nuclear threat to regional security has replaced Israel as the Arab world’s public enemy number one for the Arab world, according to an Arab survey commissioned by the Doha Debates group. A majority of respondents from 18 Arab countries said Iran is a bigger threat than Israel, and nearly a third think that Tehran […]

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Source: CIA May Be Helping PA Torture

The CIA is aware of, if not helping, PA “special forces” to torture prisoners and terrorists, mainly those of the rival Hamas faction, the London Guardian reports. The use of torture by both the Fatah and Hamas factions has been well-documented in the past, but this is the first time that the United States has […]

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Routine Turned to Mayhem on Terror Flight

Seconds after passengers spotted flames climbing above the back of a window seat midway down the left side of Northwest Flight 253, Friday’s routine descent toward Detroit’s main airport turned into horror, mayhem and instant heroism. Just as the widebody Airbus A330 made a rumbling sound as the landing gear started down, horrified travelers in […]

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Fannie and Freddie Executives to get Millions

Mortgage Execs’ Hefty Salaries To Be Disclosed Federal regulators plan to disclose Thursday that the top executives of government-controlled mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each earned between $4 million and $6 million this year, two people briefed on the matter said. The people, who declined to be identified because the announcement was […]

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Some Common Sense in Egypt and Saudi Arabia

by Daniel Pipes Jerusalem Post December 23, 2009  Invited recently by the newly formed Pechter Middle East Polls to ask three questions of 1,000 representative Egyptians and 1,000 urban Saudis, the Middle East Forum focused on Iran and Israel, the countries that most polarize the region. The results are illuminating. Some Egyptians and Saudis support […]

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