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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an account of the reaction in China
to the US missile sales to Taiwan.

Bear in mind that in the immediate aftermath of
international incidents, the publicly reported sentiments
within China, do tend to be a bit hysterical:

Quote:
China’s hawks demand cold war on the US

February 7, 2010

MORE than half of Chinese people questioned in a poll believe China and America are heading for a new “cold war”.

The finding came after battles over Taiwan, Tibet, trade, climate change, internet freedom and human rights which have poisoned relations in the three months since President Barack Obama made a fruitless visit to Beijing.

According to diplomatic sources, a rancorous postmortem examination is under way inside the US government, led by officials who think the president was badly advised and was made to appear weak.

In China’s eyes, the American response — which includes a pledge by Obama to get tougher on trade — is a reaction against its rising power.

Now almost 55% of those questioned for Global Times, a state-run newspaper, agree that “a cold war will break out between the US and China”.

An independent survey of Chinese-language media for The Sunday Times has found army and navy officers predicting a military showdown and political leaders calling for China to sell more arms to America’s foes. The trigger for their fury was Obama’s decision to sell $6.4 billion (£4 billion) worth of weapons to Taiwan, the thriving democratic island that has ruled itself since 1949.

“We should retaliate with an eye for an eye and sell arms to Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela,” declared Liu Menxiong, a member of the Chinese people’s political consultative conference.

He added: “We have nothing to be afraid of. The North Koreans have stood up to America and has anything happened to them? No. Iran stands up to America and does disaster befall it? No.”

Officially, China has reacted by threatening sanctions against American companies selling arms to Taiwan and cancelling military visits.

But Chinese analysts think the leadership, riding a wave of patriotism as the year of the tiger dawns, may go further.

“This time China must punish the US,” said Major-General Yang Yi, a naval officer. “We must make them hurt.” A major-general in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Luo Yuan, told a television audience that more missiles would be deployed against Taiwan. And a PLA strategist, Colonel Meng Xianging, said China would “qualitatively upgrade” its military over the next 10 years to force a showdown “when we’re strong enough for a hand-to-hand fight with the US”.

Chinese indignation was compounded when the White House said Obama would meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, in the next few weeks.

“When someone spits on you, you have to get back,” said Huang Xiangyang, a commentator in the China Daily newspaper, usually seen as a showcase for moderate opinion.

An internal publication at the elite Qinghua University last week predicted the strains would get worse because “core interests” were at risk. It said battles over exports, technology transfer, copyright piracy and the value of China’s currency, the yuan, would be fierce.

As a crescendo of strident nationalistic rhetoric swirls through the Chinese media and blogosphere, American officials seem baffled by what has gone wrong and how fast it has happened.

During Obama’s visit, the US ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, claimed relations were “really at an all-time high in terms of the bilateral atmosphere ... a cruising altitude that is higher than any other time in recent memory”, according to an official transcript.

The ambassador must have been the only person at his embassy to think so, said a diplomat close to the talks.

“The truth was that the atmosphere was cold and intransigent when the president went to Beijing yet his China team went on pretending that everything was fine,” the diplomat said.

In reality, Chinese officials argued over every item of protocol, rigged a town hall meeting with a pre-selected audience, censored the only interview Obama gave to a Chinese newspaper and forbade the Americans to use their own helicopters to fly him to the Great Wall.

President Hu Jintao refused to give an inch on Obama’s plea to raise the value of the Chinese currency, while his vague promises of co-operation on climate change led the Americans to blunder into a fiasco at the Copenhagen summit three weeks later.

Diplomats say they have been told that there was “frigid” personal chemistry between Obama and the Chinese president, with none of the superficial friendship struck up by previous leaders of the two nations.

Yet after their meeting Obama’s China adviser, Jeff Bader, said: “It’s been highly successful in setting out and accomplishing the objectives we set ourselves.”

Then came Copenhagen, where Obama virtually had to force his way with his bodyguards into a conference room where the urbane Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, was trying to strike a deal behind his back.

The Americans were also livid at what they saw as deliberate Chinese attempts to humiliate the president by sending lower-level officials to deal with him.

“They thought Obama was weak and they were testing him,” said a European diplomat based in China.

In Beijing, some diplomats even claim to detect a condescending attitude towards Obama, noting that Yang Jiechi, the foreign minister, prides himself on knowing the Bush dynasty and others among America’s traditional white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant elite.

But there are a few voices urging caution on Chinese public opinion. “China will look unreal if it behaves aggressively and competes for global leadership,” wrote Wang Yusheng, a retired diplomat, in the China Daily.

He warned that China was not as rich or as powerful as America or Japan and therefore such a move could be “hazardous”.

It is not clear whether anyone in Beijing is listening.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7017951.ece

Despite the hard-line opinions in the above report, Hu Jintao is likely
to be pragmatic and calculating in handling confrontation with the US.

But he will go with the hard-line tide a little, because he does not want
to give his right-wing political opponents any reason to criticize him,
especially as he has the upper hand now over the "Shanghai Gang".

Here's a good overview of what's been
going on behind the scenes:


Quote:
Signs from Shanghai

February 1, 2010 - Sydney Morning Herald

President Hu Jintao surprised Australian diplomats by turning up with four hours' notice to the Australian pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 10 days ago.

Close Chinese observers saw something significant:
"It's now safe for Hu Jintao to go to Shanghai."


Amazingly, Hu had not been publicly seen in Shanghai for at least two years. In fact, I can't find reports of Hu passing through China's most glamorous city since June 2006. That's akin to Barack Obama governing America sans New York, or Kevin Rudd micro-managing Australia without touching down in Sydney.

In the closet warfare of Chinese elite politics, Shanghai has been the political bastion of Hu Jintao's predecessor and nemesis, Jiang Zemin. Hu's arrival in Shanghai was seen to symbolise that he is getting the upper hand in his war of attrition against Jiang's "Shanghai Gang".

To over-simplify, Hu's key proteges are associated with the China Youth League and a more liberal, egalitarian and intellectual outlook, while Jiang's proteges are more closely linked with the security, propaganda and military apparatus, as well as strategic state-owned companies, particularly oil. More importantly, when China's elite are divided, they tend to make doubly sure the rest of the country is locked down.

If Hu's apparent confidence is well-placed, it explains some other signs that suggest the recent political freeze may not be forever.

First is the re-emergence of the super-educated and one-time student leader, Vice-Premier Li Keqiang.

Li was Hu Jintao's chosen heir until Jiang interrupted those succession plans in September 2007. Li seemed in political trouble as recently as July. But since the last key Communist Party Central Committee meeting in September he has been everywhere (as has another of Hu's once-wounded allies, Premier Wen Jiabao). Li is obviously in line for future premier, or maybe one step higher.

Li's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday was more conciliatory and made more sense than anything we've seen recently from a Chinese leader in the international arena. It was all about China's need to correct its own economic imbalances, rather than dancing on the grave of the US-led global financial order, and co-operation on a slew of global challenges. The significance of Li's speech lies not so much in what he said, but that the internal politics permitted him to say it.

Equally significant was the announcement of a new energy policy body, which strengthened Li's standing just before he took the stage at Davos. Until now, Chinese energy policy has been notoriously captured by vested interests, particularly those associated with state-owned behemoth Petrochina and the People's Liberation Army.

Although the new National Energy Commission lacks any teeth, two things are notable. First, its formation had been on hold - some would say the whole country has been on hold, including the next leadership transition - while Hu pushed some of Jiang's acolytes out of the Central Military Commission and replaced them with his own. (Some say the new line-up to control the People's Liberation Army has now been settled; others caution that nothing is settled until it is publicly announced.)

Second, the new energy commission is stacked with liberally oriented policymakers and Hu's men (the two categories are not the same but substantially overlap). At the head of the commission is Wen Jiabao, followed by Li Keqiang. It includes Li's underling You Quan, leaders of the National Development and Reform Commission who work easily with Hu (Zhang Ping and Zhang Guobao) as well as market-oriented policymakers like Zhou Xiaochuan (head of the central bank) and Liu Mingkang (the banking regulator).

Nowhere to be seen is Xie Zhenhua, who is in charge of climate change policy at the development and reform commission. Xie is internationally respected for his grasp of climate change policy. But he also owes his previous political resurrection (after a massive Petrochina oil spill) to the Shanghai Gang. And it was his finger-pointing outburst at President Obama behind closed doors at Copenhagen that arguably did more than any other single recent event to turn Western opinion away from engaging China to fearing it.

Another notable absentee is Wang Qishan. Wang is an able internationalist who is widely known and respected in the West. But he has also been trampling over the economic policy turf that some thought was supposed to be reserved for Li Keqiang.

Gone from the formal energy policy scene is Jiang crony Zhang Dejiang, who was meant to be in charge of energy policy in the State Council. Zhang has been wounded by a recent corruption probe into Shenzhen Airlines, according to a source with connections with the Central Discipline & Inspection Commission. Indeed, it seems most of the top-level corruption scalps over the past year link back towards Jiang in one way or another.

Events since the Tibetan uprising in March 2008 have shown it was naive to assume China is on a slow but inexorable march towards a more liberal political system and more co-operative international outlook. But it would be equally wrong to assume China's recent political hardening - which spilled into the international arena with the arrest of Stern Hu, aggressive diplomacy at Copenhagen and cyber attacks on leading American companies such as Google - marks a new inexorable trend.

Hu Jintao is no Mikhail Gorbachev and China is hardly on the brink of a glasnost moment. But its future possibilities remain wide open. And they hinge, in part, on the battle for Shanghai.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of little ditties regarding China :-

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Biggest Bubble in History Is Growing Every Day
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=a4mPCXeGTl4Y

Real estate, stocks, credit. China sure has its share of bubbles. Oddly, little attention is paid to the biggest one of all.

China’s currency reserves grew by more than the gross domestic product of Norway in 2009. Its $2.4 trillion of reserves is a bubble all its own, one growing before our eyes with nary a peep out of those searching for the next big one.

The reserve bubble is actually an Asia-wide phenomenon. And we should stop viewing this monetary arms race as a source of strength. Here are three reasons why it’s fast becoming a bigger liability than policy makers say publicly.

One, it’s a massive and growing pyramid scheme. The issue has reached new levels of absurdity with traders buzzing about crisis-plagued Greece seeking a Chinese bailout. After all, if economies were for sale, China could use the $453 billion of reserves it amassed last year to buy Greece and Vietnam and have enough left over for Mongolia.

Countries such as the U.S. used to woo the Bill Grosses of the world to buy their debt. Now they are wooing governments. Gross, who runs the world’s biggest mutual fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., is still plenty important to officials in Washington. He’s just not as vital as the continued patronage of state asset managers in places like Beijing.

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Palmer, Bligh in $69b China coal deal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/06/2812195.htm

Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer has signed a deal to sell millions of tonnes of coal to China in what's believed to be Australia's largest export contract.

Mr Palmer says the $69 billion, 20-year offtake deal was signed last Friday with China Power International.

Another $8.6 billion agreement was signed with the Metallurgical Corporation of China to build the project in central Queensland.

Mr Palmer's Resourcehouse wants to develop a 40 million-tonne-a-year thermal coal mine in the Galilee Basin, near Alpha, west of Emerald.

"That's the biggest coal mine in the world in one go I think you'll find," Mr Palmer said.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://breakfornews.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5636
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it disappoint you that I would find Fintan's opinion interesting and yours not at all?

I haven't heard much about a Chinese currency bubble and as for the coal, it's just a curious detail. Perhaps they're not that important.

Not as important as your non-thread though, which unfortunately I must address one last time.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James D wrote:
Does it disappoint you that I would find Fintan's opinion interesting and yours not at all?

I haven't heard much about a Chinese currency bubble and as for the coal, it's just a curious detail. Perhaps they're not that important.

Not as important as your non-thread though, which unfortunately I must address one last time.


Your last post betrays you Coco!

Its what "you find interesting"thats important - Hehe!!!!

Think I will stick with reality for a while longer sucker!

Can I take that as an assurance you're not gonna post anymore shite about Chavez or insult anyone on the back of them or drop bits of Spanish in as if anyone gives a flying fiddlers fuck Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yet another thread degenerates and becomes about GaryGo.

You're so vain dude - you probably think this forum is about you, don't you!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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James D:
Biggest Bubble in History Is Growing Every Day

Yeah China does have a mountain of foreign currency.
And has bubbles in various sectors of the economy.

But that currency stash is not a bubble - it's earned surplus
from China's trading. And the internal economic bubbles are
not as precarious as they look --because China has very firm
control of control banking and investment, merely by edict.

That Chinese coal deal with Australia is testimony to the
potential of Australia's future. The country is sitting on
absolutely vast natural resources. No wonder the NWO
have always worked hard to control it.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




China Checks Out Of
The Hotel California


by Fintan Dunne, BreakForNews.com - 11th Feb 2010.

It's a standing joke that PIMCO are the fourth branch of
the US government, due to the bond-king's US deals.


PIMCO is actually a subsidiary of German financial giant Allianz.

Back in December, 2009 a senior PIMCO manager, Changhong Zhu was
hired by China as its Chief Investment Officer, to oversee the investment
of the portion of China's vast $3 trillion of foreign currency reserves
managed by their State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE).

Then a couple of days ago, the Asia Times reported that China's
Communist Party had ordered the new boss of SAFE (and China's top
commercial banks) to buy no more US corporate debt or asset-
backed securities. And to buy no more US state and municipal debt.

Quote:
China Dumps US Asset-Backed's and Corporates

February 9th, 2010 - By David Goldman

Dollar-denominated risk assets, including asset-backed securities and corporates, are no longer wanted at the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), nor at China’s large commercial banks.

The Chinese government has ordered its reserve managers to divest itself of riskier securities and hold only Treasuries and US agency debt with an implicit or explicit government guarantee. This already has been communicated to American securities dealers, according to market participants with direct knowledge of the events.

It is not clear whether China’s motive is simple risk aversion in the wake of a sharp widening of corporate and mortgage spreads during the past two weeks, or whether there also is a political dimension.....

There is some speculation that China’s action has to do with the recent deterioration of US-Chinese relations over arm sales to Taiwan and other issues. That would be an unusual action for the Chinese to take–Beijing does not mix investment and strategic policy.....

http://blog.atimes.net/?p=1352


The UK Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard picked up on
the Asia Times report and teased out some implications:

Quote:
A Communist Party directive leaked to the Chinese-language edition of the Asia Times said dollar reserves should be limited to US Treasuries or agency mortgage debt such as Freddie Mac that enjoys Washington's implicit backing.

BNP Paribas said the move has major implications for global risk assets. "The message from Beijing is that we don't like this environment,"
said Hans Redeker, the bank's currency chief.

"When the world's biggest investor turns risk-averse, that is something you take notice of. We think this could become the new theme for the markets in the medium-term," he said......

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/7205110/China-orders-retreat-from-risky-assets.html


Neither the Telegraph nor the Asia Times expound in any detail on the
possibility that this is a new phase of the undeclared political and
economic war between China and the US
. The one which erupted
when the Wall Street Scams totalled the global economy, and which saw
its first public view when Wen Jaibo forged an alliance at Copenhagen
with India, Brazil and South Africa -and deliberately snubbed Obama.

All this is a far cry from the halcyon days of 2008 when the very same
China State Administration of Foreign Exchange was pumping $2.5 Billion
into the Goldman Sachs-linked, Atlantic City, TPG Fund. The same outfit
which got John Corizine in trouble last September '09:

Quote:
TPG-Axon was launched in February 2005 as a $2.8 billion joint venture between TPG and Dinakar Singh, a former top trader at Goldman Sachs who worked under Corzine. Before entering politics, Corzine was the chief executive of Goldman in the 1990s. Link

So, maybe the Chinese are cleaning house at SAFE, having appointed
Changhong Zhu as a safe pair of hands with no financial blood on them.

Now....... cutting to the chase:
The new Chinese policy means that
China won't be bailing out California.

Or any of these cripples:

Quote:


Read: http://bit.ly/cQzvjd

It's not a killer blow. But it pressures a US Gov. Balance Sheet which
is already laden down with bailout, stimulus and.... the Afghan War.

However, this is not a Hot economic war. China's umbilical cord
of significant exposure to the US economy and dollar prevents hot war.

Eerily like the Hotel California lyric, China can check out
any time they please --but they can never leave.


Nonetheless, the China move is also timely --considering that Premier
Wen is under a little presure from his own Party and the Army to draw
some NWO blood in retaliation for the Taiwan missile sale.

That makes this yet another win-win for China. A win which will be
noted by other independent countries in informal alliance against the
London/NYC/DC New World Order.

Whomever loses this economic war will face domestic political turmoil.

The G8 (and the core NWO countries among them)
are in desperate need of fundamental reform.

Time to talk turkey with the voters, guys.

One way or the other.


Quote:
See Also:

China’s Currency Regulator Hires Pimco Manager Zhu

Pimco's Zhu Leaving for China Foreign-Exchange Post

Pimco Soared in 2009


An Internet comment
exploring Geopolitical angles:

Quote:
I believe it is the first big conflict of this century. Obama’s government zeroed-in on trade relation with China since its inauguration, and it took this long until it had its first opportunity to gather the forces in preparation for an all-out assault. The export doubling initiative is part of if, Obama’s escalating rhetoric on the RMB exchange rate is part of it, and the rising tide of US trade sanctions against Chinese goods is part of it.

China is not Japan, and the RMB could not be pushed around like the Japanese yen in 1987. In the last China-EU economic summit late last year, Wen Jiabao stated clearly that the west’s demand for the RMB to revalue is fundamentally unfair, and if the RMB is to revaluse, it has to be orderly, and gradually.

Since it’s unlikely the US could double its export without either another 30% devaluation of the dollar against major world currencies in theory, and the US would not and could not voluntarily weaken the dollar just for the sake of increasing export, so the next plausible thing for Obama to do may be to force the RMB to revalue.

......in order to break out of the economic log jam, it’s quite natural to shift the problem to outside of the US, in particular to China, preferrably. That is the essense of his export doubling initiative. Think who else could take that much more US export year after year?

So one way or another a major confrontation is set to take place between US and China.

But China is clearly doing its thing quietly: its trade surplus continued to shrink to $14.2 billion. Its January import rose 90% year-over-year. With its trade surplus vs the US hovering around $20 billion, it seems China has worked to maintain a trade deficit with the rest of the world.

I believe the show down would ultimately go down the same path as Copenhagen: that China would move quickly to the high ground, neutralize Obama’s hand, and increase its advantage, but hope to eventually reach a so-called win-win compromise of sorts.

http://blog.atimes.net/?p=1352#comment-4036

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy
Fintan, gday mate.

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That Chinese coal deal with Australia is testimony to the
potential of Australia's future. The country is sitting on
absolutely vast natural resources. No wonder the NWO
have always worked hard to control it.

I read this and was hoping you may be able to elaborate and go into a little more depth on the 'how'.
I am very keen on this as it may help me deal with the 99% of people that think im a 'fruit loop'!!
Thanks cobber.
Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a lot to contribute here, but a bud of mine who works in finance had this to reply:

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Frankly, I think there is very little risk of a massive US debt dump anytime soon. Until the Chinese per capita income rises to the point where they can consume some reasonable percentage of what they produce, the current exchange rate relationship is to their advantage. Might they trim their holdings? Absolutely, but the dollar will remain the major component of their foreign currency reserve until their consumers can consume more...when they no long need us as their main customer, then they will have to absolutely dump their dollar denominated debt, and look out below when they do.....
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The photo of the roof of the Beverly Hills Hotel makes me homesick...........
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

another view of the "China Bubble"

http://www.scribd.com/doc/26781802/China-The-Mother-of-All-Black-Swans-By-Vitaliy-Katsenelson

China - The Mother of all Black Swans

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Senate probe finds 14 failures
in Christmas bomb attempt


By Chris StrohmCongressDailyMay 19, 2010

More than a dozen human, technological and policy failures allowed a 23-year-old Nigerian man to evade U.S. defenses and almost blow up a passenger plane as it approached Detroit on Christmas, according to an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The committee said 14 failures within the Obama administration allowed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to nearly take down Northwest Flight 253 -- an attack that was only prevented because Abdulmutallab's underwear bomb failed to detonate.

"We cannot depend on dumb luck, incompetent terrorists and alert citizens to keep our families safe," Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Kit Bond, R-Mo., said in releasing an unclassified 12-page report of the bipartisan investigation's findings. "It is critical we make changes to prevent these types of intelligence failures in the future."

The report publicly confirms several lapses that came to light after Abdulmutallab was arrested. But it discloses new failures and offers a handful of sweeping recommendations, including calling for the government to develop advanced information technology systems that can make connections between seemingly disparate pieces of intelligence.
Civil liberties advocates fear that recommendation might resurrect the Total Information Awareness program, funding for which was killed by Congress in 2003 over fears that it would invade privacy rights.

Significantly, the report found that the National Counterterrorism Center "was not adequately organized and did not have the resources appropriately allocated to fulfill its missions" before the attempted attack. The center was created in 2005 to overcome government failures exposed by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The investigation also found the NCTC did not conduct additional research to identify other intelligence that may have led Abdulmutallab to be put on the watch lists.

The report also fingered the National Security Agency. "The NSA did not take all available actions which contributed to the failure of the Intelligence Community to identify Abdulmutallab as a potential threat," the report said.

The NSA also did not nominate Abdulmutallab for watch-listing based on information partly identifying him, the report added.

The CIA drew criticism for not disseminating key reports on Abdulmutallab. "Had the CIA intelligence report been disseminated, other intelligence officers outside of the CIA and NCTC who tracked intelligence on Yemen and [al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] may have made the connection between the information provided," the report said.
The investigation found the CIA had reports related to Abdulmutallab, but a regional division failed to search other databases that would have identified relevant information about him.

The report also said an analyst's computer profile prevented her from accessing relevant intelligence reports, despite their existence in FBI systems.

Notably, the report concluded that counterterrorism analysts were focused on the threat of al-Qaida attacks in Yemen, rather than those directed toward the United States. A similar problem contributed to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to the national commission that investigated those attacks.

But the committee acknowledged its inquiry had the benefit of "20-20 hindsight," while intelligence about Abdulmutallab at the time of the incident was co-mingled with thousands of intelligence reports.
The offices of Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and CIA Director Leon Panetta issued statements late Tuesday that they have undertaken corrective actions to address problems identified by the report.
The report recommended that the administration work with Congress to "simplify, strengthen, and add flexibility to watch-listing practices."
Intelligence officers responsible for updating terrorist watch lists should have the flexibility to give weight to other information, while the NCTC should change its practices to allow nominations to the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment list based on partially identifying or other incomplete information, the report said.

The report added that the NSA "should immediately clear the backlog of reports that require review for watch-listing."

Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., wrote a four-page minority view saying problems cited by the 9/11 Commission remain today. They asserted, for example, that the NCTC told senators that no single agency is in charge of connecting threat streams, even though the NCTC was established to do that.

Counterterrorism officials still lack technology to search voluminous intelligence databases efficiently, they added.

"While we commend the Intelligence Community's hard-working personnel for their dedicated and tireless services, we are concerned that the policies, procedures and technology that they must work within today are hampering their ability to detect in advance the next attack against the Homeland," Burr and Chambliss wrote.

http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0510/051910cdam2.htm

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