Over the weekend, we've been following the Detroit airplane incident.
Here is the bottom line: We are very lucky that 250 people were not killed landing in Detroit.
Again, we got lucky.
I mean no disrespect to the courageous passengers who stopped the terrorist.
However, we should not expect that passengers should protect us from terrorists.
Isn't that what we have security agencies for?
Now, we hear this from Sec Napolitano:
"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that "the system worked."
Asked by CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union" how that could be possible when the young Nigerian who has been charged with trying to set off the bomb was able to smuggle explosive liquid onto the jet, Napolitano responded:
"We're asking the same questions."
Napolitano added that there was "no suggestion that [the suspect] was improperly screened.""
Are you kidding me?
The system did not work!
How did this guy get on a plane in the first place?
Why wasn't he on a list?
I agree with Power Line:
"So the "system" consists of hoping there is an alert Dutch filmmaker on board, and that the terrorist's detonator fails?"
I like this from Sean Rayment, Security Correspondent in the UK:
"Tough questions need to be asked of not just the US security agencies – such as the CIA and the FBI – but also of Britain's MI6, MI5 and the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorist unit.
How can a Muslim student, whose name appears on a US law enforcement database, be granted a visa to travel to America, allegedly acquire an explosive device from Yemen, a country awash with al-Qaeda terrorists, and avoid detection from the world's most sophisticated spy agencies?"
This is a huge failure and we are very lucky that the terrorist did not blow up a plane landing in Detroit!
By the way, Ed-M is running a poll: “The system worked”?
I just voted no!
This is not a scientidic poll or survey. However, the "no" is about 99%, which is probably where most of the country is on this issue!
Let me recommend another poll: Is Sec Napolitano going to keep her job?
My vote is a big NO!