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The ALLEGED bomber of Northwest 253 pleaded not guilty in a US Criminal Court yesterday through his lawyers as he is facing six charges that could lead to life in prison.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did speak to confirm his name (more on that whole pesky "name" thing in a moment) and the fact that he is 23.

So civilised!

Lawyers in suits; the ALLEGED terrorist in a nice pair of beige pants and yet somehow we managed to mess this up. How could anyone think it was a good idea to charge him as a criminal? To give him the same process as a shoplifter? How could anyone think he would not qualify as "enemy combatant" and take him for military interrogation? How is Janet Nepolitano still in work? I really do feel we have fallen through the looking glass sometimes.

Meanwhile eight pages of the Presidents report on the "incident" have been declassified and if you read through it you will discover that Google apparently has better technology than US Intelligence. Look at this!

Mr. Abdulmutallab possessed a U.S. visa, but this fact was not correlated with the concerns of Mr. Abdulmutallab's father about Mr. Abdulmutallab's potential radicalization. A misspelling of Mr. Abdulmutallab's name initially resulted in the State Department believing he did not have a valid U.S. visa. First of all, I simply LOVE how we call him "Mr Abdulmutallab". I can't wait to read the one than speaks of "Mr Bin Laden"...



We don't have anything in US Intelligence that is equivalent to Google's "Did You Mean?" Ap which picks up typos and bad spellings of words and suggests the correct ones? 



And how comforting is it that we just told the enemy about this lack of technology! Don't you just love that?

Meanwhile if you read that piece from the report again, you will realize that had the State Department or whoever had that Google tool, then they would have realized that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did in fact have a valid US Visa and therefore could have come here perfectly legitimately which is exactly what he did. Once they tied that up with the intelligence we received from HIS DAD, then perhaps we might of actually stopped him getting on the plane.

I'm sure you're resting much easier now.


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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate


There is even a site for e-Bay users that searches for items that have misspellings in the title!

Jan 09, 2010 02:31 AM #1
Sidney Kutchuk
Property Management & Sales at REALTY WORKS TEMECULA, CA 92590 (951) 217-6745 - Temecula, CA
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Maybe soon Google will be a goverment of its own.

Jan 09, 2010 02:39 AM #2
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

Can you say wow?????  what a great point to show forth.  Wow!!!!!  Need I say it again?

Jan 09, 2010 03:16 AM #3
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Simon - amazing. Isn't Google a capitalist enterprise?  Do we expect our government to advance as rapidly as free market creativity?


Jan 09, 2010 03:26 AM #4
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


It is a matter of Political Correctness, not intelligence capabilities. PC hampers the results, and will be until it becomes a matter of common sense more than PC.

Jan 09, 2010 03:35 AM #5
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
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Simon -  Common sense - wow - what a concept - Google runs its business with common sense - how about our government?

Jan 09, 2010 03:41 AM #6
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker & - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

Maybe the ones checking his name knew they mis-spelled it.

Jan 09, 2010 03:46 AM #7
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
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Congratulations this post is now featured in the Silent Majority Group of Active Rain.

Jan 09, 2010 03:59 AM #8
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Simon - perhaps they should use the same name search algorithms used by TSA for the no fly list. After all, wasn't putting people on the list who's names were, not just the same, but similar to suspected terrorists. But then again, that list is used for U.S. citizens.

As for the fiasco of treating this like criminal case, that in itself is criminal. So much opportunity was lost to gather intelligence on who his handlers are, etc.

BTW - notice how WMD's now include devices that will kill dozens. I do beleive that thousands of those were found in Iraq, will Bush get a pass on that now?

Jan 09, 2010 04:18 AM #9
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Our President is turning into a National Joke.  At least this time he did not try to blame Bush. 

Jan 09, 2010 04:35 AM #10
Jay-Paul Lowry
Riverside, CA



You can only hide incompetence for so long, and the Obama Camp is starting to realize that( I hope).


Mike - Thats a great point on WMD's.

Jan 09, 2010 04:48 AM #11

Has our government gone insane??  We are treating war criminals like the common American Citizen??  Wasting money we don't have on those who are trying to blow us up?  Wasting valuable oportunities to SAVE OTHER CITIZEN LIVES.

If obama were doing the LEAST he could do to save American lives, he would have turned this war criminal over to the military.  He is doing what he always does, running his mouth and not doing anything of value to protect all of us!

Jan 09, 2010 06:02 AM #12
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

If we aren't careful, Google will be renaming itself HAL2000...  And I bet they do have better technology that most of the government.  And they can do it cheaper and faster and with fewer union employees... but I digress.

Jan 09, 2010 03:49 PM #13
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

The words "military intelligence" are an oxymoron. It is ridiculous that we are trying this guy as a common criminal.  He should have been immediately whisked away and spent the next few weeks of his life being heavily interrogated.  Who knows how many other terrorists he might have knowledge of that are ready to do the exact same thing as he was - but successfully.

Jan 10, 2010 01:38 AM #14
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

By the way, Lane, do you know where the name HAL came from?

Shift each letter one letter to the right in the alphabet... 


On a separate thought, President Reagan used to say that the best minds are not in the government.  If they were, they would have been hired away by private enterprise.  Good point - we should remember that one.

Jan 10, 2010 05:14 PM #15
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Rob, Careful there my friend.  I was "military intelligence" and I resemble that remark. 

Fear not, we used to say it all the time.  Of course we were referring to the higher ups.  Right on up to the lawmakers.

Jan 11, 2010 03:09 PM #16
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

All the terrorists around the world are laughing at America because of our inept leadership:)

Jan 13, 2010 02:08 AM #17
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