The chance to secure crucial information about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen was lost because the Obama administration decided to charge and prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal, critics say. He is said to have reduced his co-operation with FBI interrogators on the advice of his government-appointed defence counsel.
The potential significance became chillingly clear this weekend when it was reported that shortly after his detention, he boasted that 20 more young Muslim men were being prepared for similar murderous missions in the Yemen.
"He was singing like a canary, then we charged him in civilian proceedings, he got a lawyer and shut up," Slade Gorton, a member of the 9/11 Commission that investigated the Sept 2001 terror attacks on the US, told The Sunday Telegraph.
"I find it incomprehensible that this administration is treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue. The president has finally said that we are at war with al-Qaeda. Well, if this is a war, then Abdulmutallab should be treated as a combatant not a criminal."
I repeat, and I'm getting very damned sick of this coming to mind, God damn these people. They're playing PC progressive games while the enemy gathers strength from the protections they're given. We're going to wind up, barring a flat miracle, with some kind of strike that leaves windrows of bodies and it's going to be partly because these bastards don't have the brains, balls, integrity or some combination of them to actually deal with the fact that these people want us all dead and acting nicey-friendly toward them isn't going to change that.
"There is a strategic disconnect between the different parts of our government which are currently engaged in very different conflicts," he told The Sunday Telegraph. "Not everybody is at war and no amount of connecting the dots is going to deal with that issue.
"The president has finally acknowledged that we are at war, the military certainly knows it's fighting a new kind of war, the intelligence community is not sure whether we're at war and is keeping its head down and the justice and homeland security departments are treating terrorism as a crime and do not think we're at war at all."
And damn every asshole and bureaucratic thug who plays games with this. Every moron in the EffingBI who didn't have the balls to even apply for a warrant to search that laptop, every CIA and FBI and Administration shithead who can't stop playing turf games and DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF THE ENEMY. And despite what they seem to thing, THE REAL ENEMY IS NOT EACH OTHER.
I also repeat, there's a bunch of sorry excuses for lawmen and bureaucrats who need to join a lot of politicians in dangling from lampposts. Or a formal gallows. Or something.