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12-28-2009 04:47 PM  7 years agoPost 1
Dennis (RIP)

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The System Failed

* Posted December 28th, 2009

From The Heritage Foundation:
http://blog.heritage.org/2009/12/28...=Morning%2BBell

Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), the explosive Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to detonate aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253, is among the most powerful of explosives in the world and was widely used to blow up airplanes in the 1970s and 1980s. The only reason the passengers of Flight 253 are still alive today is because Mr. Abdulmutallab’s syringe detonator failed for still unknown reasons.

Yet despite the facts that PETN is easily detected and Mr. Abdulmutallab’s father warned the U.S. embassy in Nigeria about his son this November, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had the audacity to go on television yesterday and say “the system worked” and that the suspect was properly screened. The “system worked?” The 278 passengers on flight 253 could be dead today but for a faulty syringe and the Obama administration considers that a success? That is pure idiocy. Idiocy that is a direct threat to the security of this country and that goes to the heart of the Obama administration’s approach to the war on terror.

What on earth could Secretary Napolitano possibly mean when she said the “system worked?” The answer can be found at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor where on Saturday U.S. District Judge Paul Borman read Mr. Abdulmutallab the charges the Obama administration has filed against him for trying to blow up Flight 253. And the Obama administration probably will win a slam dunk conviction of Mr. Abdulmutallab. But his conviction will not make us any more safer than the convictions of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers did during the Clinton administration. Prosecuting terrorists when we can is necessary to protect our country, but is in no way sufficient.

The Obama administration continues to demonstrate that they believe counterterrorism is a law enforcement problem to be managed, not a war to be won. Hence Attorney General Eric Holder’s insistence on sending Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorists to New York for a civilian trial in federal court. The five defendants are already plotting how best to air their grievances and exploit their treatment while in detention. Worse, criminalizing the war on terror will force our government to give
up the chance to interrogate terrorists like any enemy combatants and lose invaluable intelligence.

The Flight 253 incident was an intelligence failure. Instead of focusing on convictions, the Obama administration should be focusing on gathering the intelligence necessary to best protect the American people. This aborted attack provides a visceral reminder that terrorists remain committed to killing Americans. But it also illustrates the need to:

* Work with international partners on countering terrorism;
* Defend the domestic intelligence and law enforcement tools that disrupt plots inside the U.S.; and
* Pursue foreign terrorist sanctuaries that serve as staging grounds for international operations.

Clearly, terrorists have not wavered in their resolve to strike America. The United States must be equally resolute in its response.

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12-28-2009 04:56 PM  7 years agoPost 2
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The "System" is a joke searching old ladies in wheelchair's while and letting the obvious slip by because of "political correctness and politeness" is the problem.
Mike

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12-28-2009 04:59 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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What was the bomber doing in the bathroom for 30 minutes?

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12-28-2009 05:01 PM  7 years agoPost 4
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fwiw..

The problem is the system.
The system was created by the "government"
Janet Napolitano is the government
The system is a total failure, as well as a fraud.

BC

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12-28-2009 05:08 PM  7 years agoPost 5
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The Flight 253 incident was an intelligence failure. Instead of focusing on convictions, the Obama administration should be focusing on gathering the intelligence necessary to best protect the American people.
Amen.

Janet Napolitano (aka Ms. Dumber-by-the-Minute) has been throwing up the fact that they have 500,000 names on their little terrorist list.

Here's a few facts:

Today's search engines don't give a rip if there are 50,000,000 names or 5 names. When a name is entered, the search engine can highlight a name "in the blink of an eye".

When a name is highlighted for any terrorist reason, they should be searched.

Duh!

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12-28-2009 05:36 PM  7 years agoPost 6
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Exactly...freakin idiots. Janet Incompatano at her best. So whats the latest? Nothing in your lap the last hour of the flight (books, laptops, etc)and pilots are no longer able to announce what you may be seeing out the windows (like if you look right you'll see the grand canyon etc). Will these people go back under the rocks they crawled from....

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12-28-2009 05:52 PM  7 years agoPost 7
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano changes her tune, concedes that air security structure failed during alleged attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound jet.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/200...-+Politics%2529

Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep

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12-28-2009 05:59 PM  7 years agoPost 8
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Abdulmutallab: More Like Me In Yemen

American officials have cause to worry there may be more al Qaeda-trained young men in Yemen planning to bring down American jets.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, told FBI agents there were more just like him in Yemen who would strike soon.

And in a tape released four days before the attempted destruction of the Detroit-bound Northwest plane, the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen boasted of what was planned for Americans, saying, "We are carrying a bomb to hit the enemies of God."

Yemen has become a principal al Qaeda training ground and the accused suicide bomber told the FBI he was trained for more than a month in Yemen, given 80 grams of a high explosive cleverly sewn into his underpants, undetected by standard security screening.

"They know that this is a weakness and an Achilles' heel in our airport security system," said ABC News consultant and former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/abdul...tory?id=9430536

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12-28-2009 06:05 PM  7 years agoPost 9
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I liked how she used the large number to somehow justify their incompetence.
Guess she don't understand computers and thinks these are on paper in a file somewhere.
With the double flagging this guy should have been caught.

But then again wasn't that"terrorist" in fort worth on a watch list ?

Oh I forgot, calling a muslim a terrorist,is not politically correct regardless of how many terrorist groups they have associated with or bomb making web pages they have read.

And who does the educated elite call ignorant ?

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12-28-2009 06:08 PM  7 years agoPost 10
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Janet Incompatano

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12-28-2009 06:21 PM  7 years agoPost 11
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I liked how she used the large number to somehow justify their incompetence.
Guess she don't understand computers and thinks these are on paper in a file somewhere.
With the double flagging this guy should have been caught.

But then again wasn't that"terrorist" in fort worth on a watch list ?

Oh I forgot, calling a muslim a terrorist,is not politically correct regardless of how many terrorist groups they have associated with or bomb making web pages they have read.

And who does the educated elite call ignorant ?
From the get go, this administration has been slow to admit to terrorist acts committed by Muslims but ultra quick to point the accusing finger at veterans, conservative talk show hosts, and teabaggers.

Obama and Holder are dedicated to providing rights, lawyers, and media platforms for the terrorists on trial in NYC. This is so strange, it defies logic and seems to only fit in a bizarro upside down world.

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12-29-2009 07:45 PM  7 years agoPost 12
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fwiw..

Just heard about a new offering from Fruit of the Loom...Tighty Whitey Ignities....

No more carry on luggage...No more clothes, for that matter...

BC

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