According to the latest reports, the CIA and the State Department have known who Panty Bomber Umar Abdulmutallab was since May of this year--having been in tipped by the UK--and what he was about since August. And the CBS report is just the epitome of even-handedness, isn't it?
U.S. Intel Lapses Helped Abdulmutallab
So now that the blaming of the Sheepdogs has begun, I might as well wade in.
Simple question: how likely is it that the Obama Administration would be inclined to listen and act on anything the CIA or any of the other intelligence agencies found noteworthy regarding threats from potential terrorists? You and I both know that the CIA has been under siege by this very administration for the agency's prior handling of terror suspects since right around the time that all concerned became aware of Abdulmutallab.
I submit (again) that this administration wants America to be attacked so that a pretext will exist and a rationalization can be used to implement more...shall we say...interesting policies.
Hang on tight!
(Thanks again to Hot Air)