The United States, specifically the Obama administration, Office of Homeland Security and the State department, admitted failure over the terror plot to blow up a commercial airliner.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, attempted to detonate a Semtex (PETN) bomb sewed into his underwear while on board a Northwest airlines jet bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.
4 days previously, Al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen released a tape bragging about the Christmas Day bomb and basically giving authorities the heads up. On Nov. 19, Abdulmutallab’s father, a former Nigerian banker, alerted the State department of his son’s extremist views and his threat to America. All signs of the impending disaster were ignored.
It later emerged the Nigerian was on a US watchlist of terror suspects but was not on a “no-fly” list and had a visa to enter the country. [link]
Janet Napolitano, Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security came under fire yesterday for asserting the “system worked.” By late afternoon, she claimed her words were taken out of context. Here is the text of Napalitano’s words:
What we are focused on is making sure that the air environment remains safe, that people are confident when they travel. And one thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action.
While U.S. president Barack Obama wastes time and money trying to overhaul a health care system that doesn’t require overhauling, his state department ignores terrorists on “watch lists” that should be on “no-fly” lists, especially after 9/11.
When questioned about the ignored watch lists, the only explanation White House press secretary Robert Gibbs could come up with was that the watch lists were put in place by the previous Bush administration. Is that some kind of excuse?
The rules on the lists have been in place since 2006. The Obama administration has been in office since January. If the rules on transferring people from watch lists to no-fly lists are a problem, shouldn’t that have been a higher priority than, say, revamping the entire American health-care system or pushing cap-and-trade bills? It seems like a bigger priority than flying to Copenhagen twice and coming home empty-handed both times, once on climate change and once on the Olympics. Of course, Barack Obama doesn’t have to worry about flying with radical jihadis from Nigeria when he travels abroad. Read More…
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you can’t bow down to terrorists, you can’t appease terrorists and you certainly cannot ignore them.