Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano either doesn’t get it, or is dumber than toast. Today President Obama’s choice to protect us from terrorism appeared on CNN and proved that she does not belong in her position.
Napolitano, said it was too early to speculate on the claims of Al Qaeda connections made by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian held in connection with the incident. After his arrest in Detroit, Abdulmutallab said he had obtained a specialized explosive chemical compound and a syringe sewn into his underwear from a bomb expert in Yemen associated with the terror network, according to authorities. Napolitano said that “right now we have no indication that it is part of anything larger.” All this seems pretty reasonable, but then she started going off the deep end.
Napolitano said the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was on a broad security watch list that contains “half a million” names and is shared with airlines and foreign security agencies. However, a lack of specific evidence prevented him from being classified as a greater security risk that would bar him from travel to the United States, she said.”You need information that is specific and credible if you’re going to bar people from air travel,” Napolitano said.
You mean something specific and credible, like the terrorists father showing up at the US Embassy to warn that his son is a terrorist and up to no good? Something like that?
But Napolitano save the best for last. The DHS Secretary said that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up the Amsterdam-Detroit flight this week demonstrated that “the system worked.” HUH? The only thing that saved that flight from lighting up the Detroit Sky is the terrorist’s fuse didn’t work.
But as for the “System”? The guy remained on the watch list but wasn’t put on the no fly list even though the guy’s father tried to turn him in. Even though he was on a watch list he was given a visa to come into the country.
Maybe its time that the Secretary of Homeland Security and her boss to get serious about our fight against Islamist terror.
Congressman Peter King, who but for a few blocs would be my Rep instead of the Progressive lap dog Steve Israel appeared on Meet the Press and disagreed with the Napolitano:
“The fact is the system did not work, and we have to find a bipartisan way to fix it. He made it on the plane with explosives and detonated the explosive,” King said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “If that had been successful, the plane would have come down and we would have had a Christmas Day massacre with almost 300 people murdered.”
King, the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, also said that the Obama administration hasn’t done enough in raising awareness of the risks of Islamic terrorism – a point echoed by his House Republican colleague, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.).
“It’s important for the president or the secretary to be more out there and reminding people just how real this threat was and how deadly it is,” Kind said. “For the first three months of this administration, they refused to use the word terrorism.”
“This is a teaching moment,” he went on. ” believe he or the secretary or the vice president or the attorney general should be out there reminding the American people that this shows how deadly this enemy is, this shows how real this threat is, and how we have to do whatever we can to protect the American people.”
Maybe the first teaching moment should be for the Secretary Of Homeland Security to lose her job before more Americans lose their heads.