London arrests did have US connection after all

Ed Morrissey

When Director of National Intelligence James Clapper got stumped on national TV by a Diane Sawyer question regarding the arrest of a dozen terrorist suspects in the UK, the Obama administration attempted damage control by claiming that the arrests had nothing to do with “the homeland.” Janet Napolitano made the same argument on Sunday, trying to downplay Clapper’s lack of data (via Weasel Zippers):

NAPOLITANO: Well, let’s — let’s be fair. It — I knew. John Brennan knew. We also knew there was no connect that had been perceived to anything going on in the homeland and that we were in perfect connectivity with our — our colleagues in Britain.  So one of the things I think that should be very clear to the American people is that those of us in homeland security who needed to know, we knew.

There are two problems with that argument.  First, the DNI’s scope is not just the “homeland” — it’s global.  And the second problem is that the plot busted by the Brits included a threat against the American embassy in London:

The U.S. State Department confirms that the 12 terrorism suspects arrested in the United Kingdom last week had targeted the American Embassy in London

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Also, at,, Awlaki Allegedly Tied to British Terror Plot

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