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Bureaucracy ties to the war on terror Homeland Security chief Janet a bulletin out -- classic reverence to terrorism is a man made disaster he epitomizes what has gone wrong.
-- our war on terror -- can't fight a war on terror if you called terrorism a manmade disaster.
That's why she's not the right personal lead that fight and should be released immediately.
Homeland Security is far -- import of what my hands of someone.
Who doesn't understand the ruthlessness of our enemies.
But the bureaucracy is -- war on terror actually predates the Obama administration.
We market as that moment.
When field commanders in Afghanistan were told by pentagon lawyers.
That they couldn't take out a Taliban leader when they -- right in their sites.
That was way back in 2001 luckily that was a wake up call -- President Bush did move to yank the lawyers out of the driver's seat military operations.
But then we started up this department of homeland security and -- be a start up a new bureaucracy.
You always bring back the lawyers -- the bureaucrats.
Instead of streamlining.
We added a layer of bureaucracy that didn't exist before.
Now the situations a lot worse because we have a president who likes bureaucracies much more than the last one.
-- health care to finances he's been on -- terror.
Trying to create new bureaucracies all over the place and were concerned that a mindset like that could only encourage.
The bureaucrats and Homeland Security that they are now on easy street.
Even after their complete failure to pass on real credible information about a genuine terrorist boarding a plane and Nigeria.
So -- a president committed to expanding bureaucracy in America put all of us -- greater risk.
No matter who's in charge of Homeland Security let's ask lieutenant colonel Oliver North.
He is a fox military analyst and host of war stories on Fox News colonel north great to see you thanks for being here.
Good to be -- you David happy new year happy new years so have -- -- ties homeland security and are we at greater risk for doing so.
Yes short answer of course we now have too many layers that go between the decision makers in Washington and those who have to carry out their orders in the field.
Or those who have to field information.
Assimilate it and pass it to those who can do something about it the layers of bureaucracy aren't just in Department of Homeland Security.
We also created a Director of National Intelligence -- enormous bureaucracy of his own.
You -- you take those kinds of situations David and you try to carry out things like alerting.
A aircraft system that you're not going to allow a certain person to board.
It's almost inevitable that -- have events like we saw on Christmas only potentially much much more.
Much more disastrous.
In their outcome -- -- in my opening remarks a lot of predates -- -- administration fact sending Yemeni Yemen prisoners back to Yemen where they continue with their terrorist activities also predates this administration however is there's something different.
As I have noted about this and they're the kind of mindset the bureaucratic mindset of this administration.
That's worse than last.
Well you cited some of those comments have been made by the secretary of Homeland Security we've also had an administration refuses to acknowledge.
That this is a war being waged against us by radical islamists.
You have the administration continuing their commitment to close gitmo.
Sending these detainees back to Yemen thankfully he stopped that yesterday by the way something and noted in my column last week.
There's no doubt that you've got enormous bureaucracy in Washington and the passage ways for that information.
Among those who need to have it has certainly not been rectified by the new administration probably made worse -- -- -- -- Paula -- ago.
-- and my guess is that in the aftermath of what the president said yesterday.
You're gonna see a couple of heads roll.
Her as well -- ought to be one of them now a lot of there were other people said this system -- Robert Gibbs said almost the same thing and almost the same language so clearly.
The orders were coming up from higher than Janet volatile honored to put that kind of spent on things.
No doubt about it David and -- what you heard was kind of the -- effective inside Washington and between Washington and Honolulu where the president was on vacation.
What what you've got here is of course a bureaucracy that doesn't want to see itself sandbagged in the first.
You know year of its administration.
You've got those problems of passing information back and forth on top of that the disaster of what happened -- closed in Afghanistan.
With the CIA base out there we have thirteen American intelligence personnel now taken off the screen seven dead six wounded.
You now have -- they eat it situation for example where conservative -- is going after.
The Haqqani Network which is the backbone of al-Qaeda.
Are now putting out video product attacking -- Showing the corruption that's going on serial sex -- of little girls.
That kind of thing and our intelligence service has yet to even get a copy of this thing that video's been circulating through bazaars.
-- along the -- Afghanistan Pakistan border for days now.
That's the kind of thing that could help us and yet you don't have the clearance to work those kinds of issues.
Going from Washington back out to Kabul are you've got a serious problem in dealing with terrorism -- all these layers of this bureaucracy.
Let let's talk about what's going on in the ground because you've been Afghanistan many times you get right in there behind lines in and see what's going on.
Where this attack that happened on this CIA operation.
Five days after the Christmas Day attack.
Is is there anything that relates -- -- like I do see some connections I'm curious if you do as well.
Well -- -- obviously this operations that put together in five days between the failed Christmas Day attack on the northwest flight in the carrying out the attack can coast.
But what it tells you is that.
Or radical islamists which is what they really are and organizations like that -- network.
Are capable of conducting these kinds of operations despite what we do with the search.
And what we need to be able to do -- to act on intelligence as it comes in.
Very very quickly there needs to be direct action.
Taken in the field based on real time intelligence that kind of capability has not existed because he's taken so long to build up.
Those kinds of all right so there.
What what these two attacks show -- is that al-Qaeda wherever its operating front even if it's in in in various networks that aren't necessarily connected.
Do see a vulnerability now in America that they didn't see before they have trained it.
People to do operations that are slightly different before clearly -- to run a double agent who is actually suicide bomber takes a lot of time and effort to create that false ID for like I said.
They are getting more sophisticated and they they seem be getting more aggressive whether that's based on their perception about this administration I don't know but what do you think.
-- there's no doubt about it in fact the attack that almost happened on Christmas Day reflects a degree of sophistication we did not expect them that.
In the challenge and our intelligence services.
In that our airline security operations because commercial airlines have been basically the weapon of mass destruction we've used most successfully.
Those kinds of things have to be analyzed very very quickly on the ground with accurate intelligence -- of those who make decisions and then.
Carry out orders that are issued by the people here in Washington.
Either that -- you've got to give people like Stanley McChrystal the -- in the -- to run with what they've got on the ground.
Right now you don't have either of those you've got to chaotic bureaucracy in Washington it's now trying to cover its tracks from what nearly happened on Christmas Day.
You've got a very badly damaged CIA presence in places like coast.
Where they've got to operate right and you've got people covering their back sides as a consequence of basically -- operations that were very very detrimental -- the United States we got a candidate that colonel Oliver North you look great thanks for joining us -- great to see it always good to be with --
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