STUMPED… Caught on Tape – US Intelligence Chief Clueless On London Terror Arrests During Interview (Video)
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 5:51 AM
The Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC News yesterday and was completely unaware that Great Britain had just arrested 12 Islamists in a major terror bust.
And, here we thought DHS Secretary Janet “The System Worked” Napolitano or counter-terrorism expert John “pro-jihad” Brennan would offer the best sound bites.
James Clapper’s deer in the headlights look made the other two appear competent and sane.
Freedom’s Lighthouse posted the video:
Maybe, expecting the National Intelligence Director to keep up on major international terror arrests is asking too much?
FOX News reported:
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, during a television interview taped Monday, appeared unaware of a major set of terror arrests in Great Britain that morning.
Clapper appeared alongside two other top U.S. security officials on ABC News, in an interview that aired Tuesday. He was asked directly by Diane Sawyer about the arrests of 12 men allegedly involved in an Al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack shops and other targets in London.
“First of all, London. How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here?” Sawyer asked.
Clapper was silent for several seconds, then quietly turned his head and said, “London?”
White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan stepped in to explain that the British had informed U.S. officials about the plot that morning.
“Oh,” Clapper said.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was also part of the interview and said that as far as she knew the arrests are unrelated to any threats against the U.S.
Later in the segment, Sawyer told Clapper she was “a little surprised” he didn’t know about the London plot.
“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t,” Clapper said.
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December 21, 2010 By Joanne 16 Comments
In Cadiz, Spain, a Muslim student charged his geography teacher with xenophobia and racism for discussing ham, reports Pajamas Media. The teacher, a 20-year veteran, had mentioned that the cold mountain climate of the Granada town of Trevélez is conducive to curing ham.
The students’ parents filed a police complaint; the local prosecutor doesn’t plan to press charges.
Mohamed Ali, president of the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities, called the student’s complaint “absolutely ridiculous,” saying the “Koran prohibits the consumption of ham, not the discussion of it.”
My Spanish isn’t too good, but I think the teacher also called the ham complaint ridiculous and grotesque.
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Iraq town cancels Christmas after Qaeda threats
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– Tue Dec 21, 12:44 pm ET
KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) – Al-Qaeda threats against Christians have led to Christmas festivities being cancelled in the northern Iraqi oil hub of Kirkuk, its Chaldean Catholic archbishop said on Tuesday.
"The Christians of Kirkuk will not celebrate the feast of Christmas this year, except for masses, which will not be held at night but at 10 am, after myself and 10 other Christian personages received threats from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq," Monsignor Louis Sarko told AFP.
"I fear that Christians will be targeted, which is why all ceremonies have been cancelled."
The Iraqi affiliate of Al-Qaeda, the ISI, claimed responsibility for an October 31 attack on a cathedral in Baghdad in which 44 Christian worshippers, two priests and seven security force personnel were killed.
It said it acted to force the release of people who had allegedly converted to Islam from Christianity and were being detained by the Coptic Church in Egypt. Days later it declared Christians everywhere "legitimate targets."
Less than two weeks after the church attack, a string of bombings targeting Christian homes and shops in Baghdad killed six more people.
"You would have to be blind not to take seriously the demands of the mujahedeen (holy warriors), and that will cost you dearly," Sarko quoted an ISI email as saying.
"You must listen to our demands and condemn the Christians in the church in Egypt who are fighting our brothers and sisters who have become Muslims.
"You must make the same effort to free our sisters who are imprisoned in the churches of Egypt that you do to save Tareq Aziz from hanging."
Aziz, the only senior Christian member of Saddam Hussein's regime, was handed the death penalty on October 26 for the suppression of Shiite religious parties in the 1980s.
Sarko's announcement comes a day after human rights group Amnesty International called on the Iraqi government to step up protection of Christians.
Amnesty "called on the Iraqi government to do more to protect the country's Christian minority from an expected spike in violent attacks as they prepare to celebrate Christmas," the London-based group said in a statement.
"Attacks on Christians and their churches by armed groups have intensified in past weeks and have clearly included war crimes," Malcolm Smart, Amnesty's director for the Middle East and north Africa, said in the statement.
"We fear that militants are likely to attempt serious attacks against Christians during the Christmas period for maximum publicity and to embarrass the government," Smart added.
Between 800,000 and 1.2 million Christians lived in Iraq at the time of the US-led invasion of 2003 that toppled Saddam's regime, but their number has since dropped to about 500,000 as many have fled abroad.
The multi-ethnic oil hub of Kirkuk now has only some 10,000 Christians, compared with 50,000 before the invasion.
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