Attention: The System Worked As Well As Could Be Expected Dept.
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. intelligence agencies did not miss a "smoking gun" that could have prevented an alleged attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Sunday.
White House aide John Brennan cited "lapses" and errors in the sharing of intelligence and clues about the Nigerian man accused in the foiled attempt.
"There is no smoking gun," Brennan said. "There was no single piece of intelligence that said, 'this guy is going to get on a plane.'"
Brennan is leading a White House review of the incident. Obama has said there was a systemic failure to prevent the attack, which he said was instigated by an affiliate in Yemen of the al-Qaida terrorist network.
Geez, will someone please tell Sherlock Holmes here that a gun doesn't produce smoke until after the bullet is discharged. You know, as in "9/11 was the smoking gun that led U.S. intelligence (sic) agencies to conclude the al-Qaida terrorist network was behind the attack."
Possible "Smoking Gun"