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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Sunday: The airport security system worked like a charm, even though a Nigerian terrorist nearly blew up a plane near Detroit on Christmas Day.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Monday: The airport security system worked like a charm, after a Nigerian terrorist nearly blew up a plane near Detroit on Christmas. Oh, you mean before the incident? Yeah, I guess it failed at that point.

That's what she really meant, you see.

Gee, what a relief! Aren't you glad to know security systems work well after the danger has passed?

Of course, that's not the idea of security systems, is it? It's to prevent such disasters from occurring in the first place.

But, of course, anyone with an eighth-grade education knows Ms. Napolitano is lying through her teeth when she wants people to believe that what she meant on Sunday was the "system worked" after the incident on the plane.

Which is more troubling? That the system failed utterly -- which Napolitano was forced to admit when the bulk of the working press returned to work on Monday -- or that our Homeland Security chief may be enough of a buffoon to think we believe her explanation for her ridiculous claim that the system worked?

The truth, which you are sadly not going to get from the likes of Napolitano, is that officials knew well in advance about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's unmitigated terroristic ambitions. He was on a list of people with terrorist ties. And astoundingly, his own father had gone through the excruciating pain of going to the U.S. embassy to warn us about his son's radicalism.

Yet, not only did he board that plane in Amsterdam, but one passenger said he overheard a conversation beforehand regarding Abdulmutallab possibly boarding without a passport .

If true, they not only let this known terrorist-wannabe on the plane, but they bent over backward to do it. Do you think any of us would be allowed on an international flight without a passport?

On the contrary, it's the safe, innocent passengers who will now pay the price for the system's world-class lack of common sense by waiting in ever-longer lines at airports as officials look with a wary eye on grandma.

The system worked? The system worked? Only if "the system" relies completely on the serendipity of having courageous passengers nearby to snuff out a terrorist's blaze.

This is by far the dumbest thing we've ever heard come out of a public official's mouth. This woman is totally without a clue. And she is in charge of Homeland Security.

She is, herself, a disaster.

We have no doubt "the system" will now compound the catastrophic errors that led to this near calamity by slapping this would-be killer of nearly 300 souls with a ridiculously light sentence -- 20 years was the initial prediction. This, for a man who tried to kill nearly 300 in the air and countless others on the ground in order to terrorize all freedom-loving people.

We hope "the system" works better than that.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration needs to get its act together. Until now, the administration has insisted we're not engaged in a war on terror -- yet, that is the phrase used over the weekend by Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs. Which is it, folks? And can you win a war you're afraid to even acknowledge?

As for Napolitano, you can probably guess the truth: that she was giving us asinine platitudes on Sunday that had no correlation to reality in order to reassure the traveling public.

Ms. Napolitano, we don't want phony reassurances from you. We want competence. We want real security, not that feel-good, politically correct random hand-wanding of 13-year-old girls from Peoria while real, known terror suspects get on board without a lick of trouble.

Until then, the system will, indeed, never work.

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/29/09 - 02:18 am
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goes to show no matter how

goes to show no matter how many trained government goons you have pawing through your underwear.. a terrorist dedicated to sacrificing his life in the name of whatever cause, can get around these security measures.

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Asitisinaug 12/29/09 - 02:33 am
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Why in the world do we allow

Why in the world do we allow non-american, especially from suspect areas of the world to fly to our country without all kinds of screening from passports to visas to the person theirslef? Bush and his administration is just as much to blame here as this should already be a rule of law and I am dissapointed that Bush did not have this properly enacted as we know already that Obama could care less about taking positive steps to prevent terrorism but will sure allow rules to change where you can't go to the bathroom the last hour of a flight or even read a book while he flys around on dates and vacations on air force one.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 12/29/09 - 03:40 am
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That bltch is delusional like

That bltch is delusional like most of this administration.

carcraft
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carcraft 12/29/09 - 03:47 am
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Asitisinaug on Tue Dec 29,

Asitisinaug on Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:33 AM It's all Bush's fault? We are as close to a year running things and Obumbler has a track record that isn't good.Close Git mo in a year, unemployment won't go past 8% if you pass the pork laden "stimulus " Bill, Hope and change, will now another incompetent boob shooting off her mouth with out the facts. It was like Tweddle Dee and Tweedle Dumb the other day "of course we are out of the recession", on one news show, No we are still in the recession on the other news show". At least there were two different people making the statements that contradict. For a more cost effective government Obumbler is now now having one person make the conflicting statements! I guess all that is Bush's fault too?

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/29/09 - 04:19 am
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carcraft you twit, asitis was

carcraft you twit, asitis was saying both administrations share the blame. stay on target stay on target stay on target

carcraft
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carcraft 12/29/09 - 04:26 am
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omnomnom on Tue Dec 29, 2009

omnomnom on Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:19 AM Thanks for the elevation in my mental status! To early in the morning, but we are way past putting the blame on Bush..he has been excoriated by the left for his supposed nazi tactics..

concernednative
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concernednative 12/29/09 - 04:34 am
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Obama=0, Bush=3500

Obama=0, Bush=3500

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/29/09 - 04:47 am
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getting the ball rolling on

getting the ball rolling on bailing out corporate banks, supporting a failing industry with government money, creating a whole new big brother department under the guise of fighting terrorism... sounds like slur/name/brand/title NATIONAL SOCIALIST fits the old administration just as well as the new one.

GGpap
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GGpap 12/29/09 - 04:52 am
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Napolitano might just as well

Napolitano might just as well have said, "good job, Brownie!" Both hers and the former faux pas were just as idiotic and stupidly irresponsible. and, CARCRAFT, "we" are NEVER going to be "way past putting the blame on Bush;" no more than the far right thugs that continue to disparage the Clinton and Carter administrations! But of course, you are "way past" remembering that I suppose. GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 12/29/09 - 05:02 am
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AC editorial staff, the

AC editorial staff, the obvious venom in your editorial is belittling to the professionalism of journalism! Janet Napolitano was wrong, and she probably knew it as soon as the words left her mouth; but, the damage was done. Now your job is to "editorialize" objectively; hardly displayed in your subjective juvenile discourse. GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 12/29/09 - 05:07 am
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Sorry for the repeat, but it

Sorry for the repeat, but it required an edit: AC editorial staff, the obvious venom in your editorial is belittling to the professionalism of journalism! Janet Napolitano was wrong, and she probably knew it as soon as the words left her mouth; but, the damage was done. Now your job is to "editorialize" objectively; a fact that is hardly displayed in your subjective juvenile discourse. GGpap

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Brad Owens 12/29/09 - 05:12 am
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The system that failed is not

The system that failed is not our system. I flew through Amsterdam earlier this month and it had first class security. This guy has his explosives sewn into his undetrwear (what now? will we all need to take off our underwear like we do our shoes?) and it would near impossible to detect unless there were sniffer dogs checking EVERY passenger. And FYI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security does NOT run the security in Amsterdam anymore than they run the security in Detroit. I work in this profession, have been a screener at the airport and train screeners for our Embassies and I can tell you that all the stuff you do at the airport is a facade anyway. If someone is willing to die for their cause you cannot stop them. Now, I agree 100% that this guy should have been singled out to have a private screening. Given what we know now I would say this is a failure on the Department of State side for not revoking this idiots visa and putting him on the terrorist watch list, which they can do very at the local Embassy with approval from D.C. I do agree that Napolitano should be told to shut her mouth and quit making idiotic false plattitudes in a time of a real threat. IDIOTS!!!!

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johnston.cliff 12/29/09 - 06:09 am
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I agree with concerned

I agree with concerned native. Obama=0

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/29/09 - 06:10 am
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Not relevant to this article,

Not relevant to this article, but a good point.

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Riverman1 12/29/09 - 06:25 am
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I agree with the editorial

I agree with the editorial about Napolitano's ineptness, but a major point being missed is about the father of the bomber. He heroically went out on a limb to try to stop his son. He did that in an area of the world where it's not safe to oppose terrorism. He deserves our thanks. I know this is controversial and the opposite of what the editorial said, but I'd give his son back to him for deprogramming with our help. The bomber could turn into a valuable intelligence resource for us with the help of the father and us. The CIA can broker things like this and it would help our national security in addition to showing the father our gratitude.

GGpap
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GGpap 12/29/09 - 06:56 am
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RIVERMAN1: Now THAT is a

RIVERMAN1: Now THAT is a point to ponder! Interesting idea. GGpap

OutInSpace
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OutInSpace 12/29/09 - 07:13 am
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GGpap, what part of an

GGpap, what part of an Editorial in the Opinion section is still not clear to you? RM1, this is a low-level punk recruit, he will not be able to help with the intel effort. He was just a brainwashed "mule". The fact that he could not accomplish a very simple task correctly proves it. There are machines that could have easily detected his "package" but there is significant public opposition to using them. The fact that this moron, and Al Qaieda, by extension, are getting all this publicity and TSA has increased the hassle of commercial air travel gives them the victory without killing or hurting anyone. Jerky Janet's reaction was precisely the wrong thing to do.

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Riverman1 12/29/09 - 07:19 am
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OutnSpace, I'd guess he has

OutnSpace, I'd guess he has lots of contacts no matter his mule-like level. Finding out those contacts can lead to other things. Plus it would show his father and the world our compassion. I'd like to think his father with our help could turn him into a valuable source of intelligence.

OutInSpace
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OutInSpace 12/29/09 - 07:24 am
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RM1, they would never trust

RM1, they would never trust him now that he has been captured/incarcerated, just like the ones we have in Gitmo. We are having much better success using ones that have not publicly been in touch with us or other authorities.

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DonnieJoe 12/29/09 - 07:27 am
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i flew to Vietnam year before

i flew to Vietnam year before last to visit a little girl i sponsor thru Childfund my first international flight since 1968 (going to the same place but for a different reason) i believe it would have been easy to bring a device like Mr. Abdulmutallab had onto any of my flights 3 altogether any vets out there thinking going back i had a great time Hanoi is a beautiful city well most of it and the people were were very nice most were not even born when Americans were pilaging their country i walked the backstreets and markets at 11 o clock at night with no problem

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/29/09 - 07:30 am
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Let's all go to Detroit, hold

Let's all go to Detroit, hold this bombers hand and sing Kum Ba Yah!

GGpap
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GGpap 12/29/09 - 07:40 am
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Riverman, there is another

Riverman, there is another point to ponder. While I abhor conspiracy theorists, I must suggest that the father of this young man, being an important figure in the banking world, might have reported his son in order to protect his own reputation. But, did he also secretly support his son's decision to engage in terrorism against the U.S.? Money had to change hands in order to make this fellows attempt at "jihad" doable. At 23 years old, probably not gainfully employed, who really funded this misguided adventure? GGpap

OutInSpace
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OutInSpace 12/29/09 - 07:43 am
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CBBP, good idea. I suppose a

CBBP, good idea. I suppose a beer at the White House wouldn't work for a "devout Muslim" would it? Maybe some tea from Meeshellys garden. Just a follow-up to my last. We have a saying in the counter terrorism world "We have to be right 100% of the time, they only have to be right once". It is certainly a daunting task regardless of who is sleepng in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The difference between this administration and the previous one is that President Bush made it clear that preventing incidents like this (and worse) was his #1 priority. I do not believe Obama shares the same priority list. It will happen again and again and no amount of increased hassles on law-abiding passengers will be able to prevent it. If you notice, typically these schemes are only tried once. We have never found another shoe bomb despite spreading athletes foot and other fungus to millions of passengers since the "shoe bomber". This "no blankets in your lap and no bathroom breaks for last hour" thing is just just insanity.

OutInSpace
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OutInSpace 12/29/09 - 07:45 am
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GGpap, Al Qaieda has plenty

GGpap, Al Qaieda has plenty of money. I'm sure this kid's allowance is much much more than even RCR makes in a year. He was living in a $2.5mil apartment while he was a student in London. This operation cost less than $5k total. I really doubt the father's motives were anything other than sincere, unfortunately Hillary's department dropped the ball by not canceling his visa (among other things).

GGpap
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GGpap 12/29/09 - 08:01 am
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OutInSpace, perhaps; but,

OutInSpace, perhaps; but, don't close the door to other possibilities. Our enemies are much slier than many of us give them credit for. GGpap

OutInSpace
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OutInSpace 12/29/09 - 08:05 am
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GGpap, I give them lots of

GGpap, I give them lots of credit. I spent a good portion of my career helping them meet Allah before they got here.

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Riverman1 12/29/09 - 08:06 am
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Ggap, sure there could be

Ggap, sure there could be reasons not to try it, but it seems like a unique opportunity with the father involved. We all guess at reasons it won't work, but let the CIA look at it and see what they decide. Who knows? If he is sent back to Nigeria to prison, I'd guess something like that is up.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 12/29/09 - 08:23 am
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If our government officials

If our government officials think it is so safe then they need to fly commercial (including Obama). Kind of like if they think the healthcare is so great do away with theirs and mandatorily use the one in their bill.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 12/29/09 - 08:35 am
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We seem to have to take

We seem to have to take personal responsibility for protection from this type of terrorism. Thanks to those that overcame the terrorist on Christmas Day; after the government failed in performing their job for the 2nd time in the last couple of months. Now who is ready to turn health care over to them also?

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Kapa18 12/29/09 - 08:40 am
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What is this editorial

What is this editorial about?, and what's your beef? Do you not know this person boarded a plane in another country? Who's to say if he had tried to board in the United States he would have been allowed to do so. I know for a fact (have relatives who work for airlines) anybody who buys a ticket for cash and has no baggage (American of not), will be detained. The United States and no other country for that matter can be responsible for what happens in another country. It is a joint effort, and if the ball is dropped some where else, what is someone to do. Quick your yapping and drink another eggnog!!

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