Why did Napolitano allow a bomber aboard an airliner headed for the U.S.?

After he was on a terrorist watchlist, the Brits denied him a visa, his father warned all who would listen that he was dangerous? It wasn't the adm,s fault he was inept and the bomb didn't go off. I guess Obama will have to apologize to the world for arresting him. They will probably let him go with an apology, a ticket to Lebanon, and some "incentive" money. Thank Bush for protecting us as long as he could!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It has been, in the words of Queen Elizabeth II, an “annus horribilis” for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

    Beginning with her embrace of the impotent euphemism “man-caused disasters” to the hit job on conservatives and veterans that she was forced to apologize for, to her assertion that crossing the border illegally “isn’t a crime per se”, to her boneheaded claim that 9/11 terrorists came in through the Canadian border, Ja-No has confirmed time and again that she’s not ready for prime time.

    Today, she caps off her horrible year by playing Big Pollyanna in the wake of the Flight 254. The botched bombing — foiled by a faulty detonator and brave passengers, not by homeland security bureaucrats or any preemptive measures by intel officials — shows that the in Ja-No’s fantasy world.

    Transcript of Napolitano’s interview on CNN via CQPolitics:

    CROWLEY: Secretary Napolitano, thank you so much for joining us. If I am about to get on a plane today in the U.S. or headed toward the U.S., I think my big question is, is this part of a larger plot, or do you think this is a lone wolf?

    NAPOLITANO: Well, right now, we have no indication that it’s part of anything larger, but obviously the investigation continues. And we have instituted more screening and what we call mitigation measures at airports. So I would advise you during this heavy holiday season just to arrive a bit early, and to know that we are going to be doing different things at different airports. So don’t expect to do the same thing at one airport when you transfer through to another airport.

    But the traveling public — this is my message for you, Candy. The traveling public is very, very safe in this air environment. And while we continue to investigate the source of this incident, I think the traveling public should be confident in what we are doing now.

    CROWLEY: So, just to finish up on the question– I do want to talk to you about security measures — but do you think — has there been any evidence of the Al Qaida ties that this suspect has been claiming?

    NAPOLITANO: Right now, that is part of the criminal justice investigation that is ongoing, and I think it would be inappropriate to speculate as to whether or not he has such ties.

    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. Within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight. We instituted new measures on the ground and at screening areas, both here in the United States and in Europe, where this flight originated.

    So the whole process of making sure that we respond properly, correctly and effectively went very smoothly.

    If the “system” had “worked,” the U.S. consular officials who granted Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab a short-term visa last June would have revoked it immediately upon being informed by his father that he was a Muslim radical with al Qaeda ties.

    If the “system” had “worked,” U.S. consular officials would have never granted Abdulmutallab — a rootless, young, single male — a visa in the first place in compliance with State Department visa regulation 214(b):

    That law requires an applicant to show strong roots in his home country — such as a house, a spouse, and/or employment — in order to prove that he would be likely to return home when his visa expired.

    Young, single, unemployed men are the people most often refused visas under 214(b) (when it is actually enforced) for the very reasons that al Qaeda recruits them so heavily: They are shiftless and have very little to stop them from packing up and moving to a new country. There’s also, sadly, very little to prevent them from committing terrorist attacks.

    If the “system” had “worked,” Abdulmutallab would have been barred from the U.S. like he had been barred from Britain.

    The “system,” like Napolitano, was an epic fail.

    And as predicted, Napolitano also played the “lone nut” card — dismissing the Christmas Day jihadist as a single operator not part of “anything larger” despite his own testimony to the contrary.

    She’s Obama’s biggest joker. And there’s no Blame-Bush loophole

    to weasel through anymore.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The terror "watch list" you're talking about is actually just a database of every person for whom any government agency has any security related information. This includes suspected terrorists, but also their business associates, distant family members, and anyone who has ever been accused of a security related crime, and everyone with a name that matches the above categories. The records in the database now number 1.3 million and includes several members of Congress, the current president of Bolivia, US Attorney James Robinson, and until 2008, included Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. See link bellow for more.

    It may well be the case that the bomber could have been caught, but it's simply not true that the terror watch list = a no fly list. Given a little bit of intelligence, watch-listers can get bumped up to the no fly list, but no one felt that was necessary here--obviously that was a bad judgment, but what are more are we to do?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Since the flight originated in another country, this is a real stretch even for neocons....and Bush/Cheney plus the Republicans were little more than corporate raiders breaking the U.S. up into pieces and selling her out and selling her off to the highest bidders. Do you possibly remember when Bush attempted to give control of our borders to DUBAI???? We, the people, rose up in fury and blocked this criminal-level stupidity. Do you possibly remember that the Bush/Cheney and Republican totalitarians ALLOWED 9/11 to happen even after receiving TWO written warnings that were ignored???? And what if you learned that Bush's brother Marvin Bush, his maternal uncle and cousin Wirt Walker and Wirt Walker III, were ALL principles for Securacom (now Securatec), the company whose job was to provide SECURITY for the World Trade Center, United Airlines (two 9/11 planes were United), and Dulles International Airport (two attack planes flew out of Dulles), would you continue blindly singing Bush praises???? I think not. Here's another gem: The RE-INSURER for the World Trade Center had all three Bush-family members on its board, and check out Rigg's Bank (and its ties to the re-insurer and 9/11 plus to organized crime) where Uncle Jonathan Bush sits on the board. I highly recommend browsing the website "The Bush Crime Family Tree" if you are interested in knowing a bit more. Nice try at projecting blame there, sparky, but it falls very very flat.

    Source(s): "The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy" by ex-conservative insider David Brock (now with Media Matters). Available on amazon.com. Flynt, Larry (2004), "Sex, Lies & Politics: The Naked Truth." NY: Kensington Press. Rossi, Melissa (2005), "What Every American Should Know About Who's Really Running the World: The People, Corporations, and Organizations that Control Our Future." NY: Plume.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Even now, as the rest of the world is investigating and confirming his ties with Al Qaeda, our administration, which has become superb apologists for terrorists, is repeating its line from the Ft. Hood shootings: They're saying there's no evidence he's linked to any terrorist group.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The authorities overseas screwed up. What do you think? Napolitano personally cleared this guy to fly from Holland?

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    1 decade ago

    While Im not a fan of Obama or Napolitano, the failure in this case is upon the security in Nigeria. They should have detected the explosives.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Napolitano did not personally allow the guy on the plane. He was on a watch list, with several million others, but had no direct links that made him suspicious enough to be put on the no-fly list. If you have a better system, trot it out.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Obama and gang seem to like terrorists more than they do Americans. Remember Rev Wright saying the "Chickens are comin home to roost" that meant he thought we deserved the 9-11 attack.

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  • 1 decade ago

    That's a question you want to aim at Dutch airport workers, not the US government.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    she was to busy focusing on some christian prayer group or some anti gay marriage groups so she can get rid of em so she can marry her female love

    Source(s): maybe she was suckin up jelly donughts
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