On Christmas Day, a Nigerian man claiming to be part of the al-Qaeda terrorist group attempted to destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day. The suspect was successful with placing a destructive device on that aircraft.
While the incident is still being investigated, Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano appeared on national television and attempted to put a “happy face” on the incident. Secretary Napolitano told reporters that the Obama Administration is reacting to the terrorist threat and that “the system worked” in the case of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport incident.
“The system worked? What system? If it weren’t for a faulty explosive device and a Dutchman who subdued the would-be bomber, this could have been a disastrous Christmas for the Flight 253 passengers and for our nation,” said former NYPD detective Sid Frances, a noted security expert.
Let’s review: A slovenly-dressed “poor” Muslim (who in reality is a son of privilege) on a terrorist watch list boards a plane in Amsterdam after flying from Lagos, Nigeria on a flight bound for Detroit with a small carry-on ONLY and NO PASSPORT, just a Visa.
Nothing suspicious here.
Officials said he came to the attention of U.S. intelligence last month when his father, Alhaji Umar Mutallab, a prominent Nigerian banker, reported to the American Embassy in Nigeria about his son’s increasingly extremist religious views. In a statement released Monday morning, Abdulmutallab’s family in Nigeria said that after his “disappearance and stoppage of communications while schooling abroad,” his father reached out to Nigerian security agencies two months ago. The statement says the father then approached foreign security agencies for “their assistance to find and return him home.”
The family says: “It was while we were waiting for the outcome of their investigation that we arose to the shocking news of that day.”(san diego online)
Now you know what we Arizonan had to put up with when she was the Governor and her refusal to deal with Illegal Immigration on any level. And her silly politically correct ideology.
“In fact, one of Napolitano’s first orders was for ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents to stop workplace inspections to arrest illegal workers and identity thieves,” said veteran cop Lieutenant Stephan Rodgers from New Jersey.
The very thing that had been a thorn in her side for years. People, like Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arapaio and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were actually ENFORCING THE LAW.
And that was just driving her mad. Even now as Secretary of Homeland Security she is still in a piss fight with Arapaio and Thomas.
She hates crisis, and always trys to deflect onto someone else.
Sounds like your proto-typical liberal to me.
So, when you board that next plane know that “the system works” according to your Homeland Security Secretary.
That system being, a Foreign national has to tackle the bomber AFTER his bomb fails to go off.
That’s your system.
Don’t you feel safer now. 🙂
And this far from the first time for dear Janet.
First, during her testimony on Capitol Hill, Napolitano noticeably failed to use the words terrorist or radical Islam even once while testifying, in spite of the fact her very job was created as a result of terrorist attacks perpetrated by radical Islamic terrorists on September 11, 2001.
The former Arizona governor has been slow to respond to the violence and chaos that exists at the US-Mexican border and continues to hesitate in dealing with an out-of-control immigration problem. Instead, Napolitano pointed to the US-Canadian border as cause for concern, going so far as to say the 9-11 terrorists entered the United States from Canada.
Napolitano subsequently was forced to apologize to the Canadian government and had to correct her erroneous statement. The fact that the nation’s top terrorism fighter didn’t know from where the men — who committed the worst terrorist attack in US history — entered this nation did not instill must confidence in her knowledge and ability.
She doesn’t want to deal with reality because it conflicts with her radical leftist ideology.
This is the governor who had been pressured to put National Guard Troops on the border because of the massive influx of Illegal Aliens.
When she finally did declare “an emergency” they were sent down their with no ammo and orders to sit on their hands and do nothing. Just look like they were doing something. To be a presence.
It was a calculated political maneuver. It was the absolute minimum she could do to look like she gave a damn.
Then there was the report Secretary Napalitano put out right after her confirmation saying, in effect, the greatest threat to America was “Right Wing Extremists”.
Right Wing Extremists.
I remember when that came out. I remember thinking, “yeah, that’s sounds like her”.
She’s all politics. All Ideology. All the time.
Congressional Democrats anyone?
Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) gave the following statement in response to ongoing controversy over the Department of Homeland Security’s recent report on right-wing extremists and potential domestic terrorism, as well as Secretary Napolitano’s failure to appropriately apologize for the offensive assertions made in the report:
“The outrageous, unsubstantiated, politically-loaded DHS report on ‘Right-Wing Extremism,’ shows a stunning lack of understanding of the real and imminent threats America is truly facing,” said Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), who is a member of the Committee on Armed Services, Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, Military Readiness Subcommittee, Committee on the Judiciary, Constitution Subcommittee, and is ranking member on the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.
“It is also a disgraceful insult to the true heroes of our country. If veterans, pro-life and states’ rights advocates and those who seek to protect the Constitutional rights of themselves and their fellow Americans are at higher risk for becoming domestic terrorists, then over 80% of the people in my District can be categorized as a potential national security threat,” said Rep. Franks.
Franks also noted that it would be very interesting to see what taxpayer-funded resources went into producing “this disgraceful report and what documents and evidence they are using to justify it.”
Franks and other conservatives believe that using the vast and powerful resources of the Department of Homeland Security to target and ostracize political opposition, as it would appear is being done, sets an incredibly dangerous precedent and it’s something America’s federal government should have no part of.
Franks said, “The report claims the election of an “African American president” and the downturn in the economy has caused ‘right-wing extremism’ and could possibly even radicalize our veterans.”
“To say that the noble and patriotic men and women who wear this nation’s uniform and have laid their lives on the line to protect their country are now one of the greatest potential domestic security dangers to our country is so staggeringly irrational and insulting that I am unable to find the words to express it,” he said.(examiner)
And there’s More:
The (then-) Democratic governor, accused by her Republican critics of being soft on immigration, has vetoed other immigration bills from the GOP-majority Legislature within the past year, including a proposal to give police the power to enforce federal immigration laws. She’s also provided services for illegal aliens and is a proponent of drivers licenses for illegals.
But, don’t worry. The system worked. Janet’s large and in charge. She right on top of it.
MetroTimes: A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport.
While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.’”
Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.
“I stood up and walked a couple feet ahead to get a closer look, and that’s when I saw the flames,” said Haskell, who sat about seven rows behind Mutallab. “It started to spread pretty quickly. It went up the wall, all the way to ceiling.”
But the system worked. Don’t you feel so much better knowing Janet has your back. 🙂
AP: Napolitano refused to say whether Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has a connection to al-Qaida, citing the ongoing criminal investigation.
The fact that he said he was member, no one cares. And also, notice, she calls it a criminal investigation. Not a Terrorist incident.
“Right now, we have no indication that it is part of anything larger,” Janet Napolitano told the CNN news network.
On “Meet The Press” on Sunday:
Host David Gregory asks: Is your suspicion, based on intelligence you’re seeing and information that he’s providing, is your suspicion that he is part of al-Qaeda?
SEC’Y NAPOLITANO: You know, David, I, I, I don’t want to speculate on that. Again, the, the FBI has that under investigation. We’ll ascertain whether or not he is what he, he allegedly says he is. But what we are focused on, again, is screening, making sure that mitigation measures are in place at airports across the country.
Yeah, we have to mitigate the political damage first!
She confirmed that there was no air marshal on the plane with Abdulmutallab. They are not on every flight.
Napolitano says that despite Abdulmutallab’s success at getting dangerous chemicals on board the plane, commercial flying is safe.
She says the United States is reviewing what security measures were used in Amsterdam, where he boarded the flight.
Nothing to see here. Move along.
But I saved the best for last: Today
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded Monday that the aviation security system failed when a young man on a watchlist with a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a fight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
A day after saying the system worked, Napolitano backtracked, saying her words had been *** taken out of context***. (emphasis added)
Now where have I heard that from a liberal caught trying to cover something stupid they said or did to cover up their own mistakes?? Hmmmm…. 🙂
“Our system did not work in this instance,” she said on NBC’s “Today” show. “No one is happy or satisfied with that. An extensive review is under way.”
Aka, how can we blame this one someone else; how can we better prepare to not to have to take the blame for it the next time.
Let’s scramble around look like we give a crap.
Just like the border, Janet just like the border.