As Jay rightly points out, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, the father of the “Christmas Day terrorist,” is “a remarkable man” for telling U.S. authorities about his radicalized son. While the father saw all the tell-tale signs of impending terror, the American intelligence apparatus, it seems, did not, or at least didn’t budge much after being told. Why?
To find out, I spoke with former CIA chief Jim Woolsey. This snippet is particularly telling:
The current hesitation about treating some groups differently is mind-boggling, says Woolsey. America’s reluctance to single out passengers is especially odd in comparison to how our allies handle similar issues. He remembers an old friend who worked in Israeli intelligence once joking that the difference between American and Israeli airport security is that “Israelis are looking for terrorists.”
“I don’t know what we’re doing, but we’re not doing that,” says Woolsey.
More Woolsey here.