YOUR thoughts on her weak defense of Homeland Security's response ... why did it take 48 hours before the White House and Homeland Security leaders even responded to the American People's outcries over this incident?
To me this speaks volumes of how little threat the current Administration sees by "terrorism" against American Citizens.
Janet" i am not a lesbian" napolitano should be fired, but of course our president who also doesn't care about real terrorists , only conservatives and returning soldiers thats who he see's as terrorists, we cannot even use the terms terrorists or enemy combatants anymore, this whole administration is to busy kissing the a--es of the muslims to care about us! oh with the exception of how much tax dollars they can get out of us. we need some honorable men and women in politics to bring the greatness and security of the USA
Shame, shame, shame on her and the executive branch of our government. We are doomed if we don't get some serious people behind the helm of the National Security and Homeland Security ships. Napolitano is an incompetent politician doing the will of a treasonous, incompetent president. Impeach Obama and throw Napolitano out. The Israeli Intelligence Services are laughing at our security measures. Why don't we get them to train Janet and our agencies to set up real barriers against terrorism. By making us sit in our seat one hour before landing, we just told the terrorists to blow us up an hour and a half before landing! How insane and ludicrous is that?!!!
I wish there was hope of doing ALL of that, Laura. Unfortunately, with THIS congress I think the best we can expect is more of the deterioration of our freedoms, our morals, and worse yet our morale. I do think there will be a huge backlash vote in 2010, but whether it will be enough is yet to be seen. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us if we are going save the Ship... but she is taking on water fast.
After the Fort Hood attack it became very clear how the present adminstration views terrorism. Isn't it an eerie coinsidence that these things have increased since the elections. Not to mention the intensity along the Iranian Iraqi boarder. An to think that so many Americans actually voted for this. It's gonna be a rough ride folks.
Well, it appears that even little "o" is not too happy with his homeland security office's efforts prior to this Christmas security fiasco.
From A.P. 12-29-09
Obama: US intel had info ahead of airliner attack
By PHILIP ELLIOTT and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writers Philip Elliott And Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
HONOLULU – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the intelligence community had bits of information that should have been pieced together that would have triggered "red flags" and possibly prevented the Christmas Day attempted terror attack on a Detroit-bound airliner.
His criticism came as senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press that intelligence authorities now are looking at conversations between the suspect in the failed attack, a 23-year-old Nigerian, and at least one al-Qaida member. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said the conversations were vague or coded, but the intelligence community believes that, in hindsight, the communications may have been referring to the Detroit attack. One official said a link between the suspect's planning and al-Qaida's goals was becoming more clear.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that the government had intelligence from Yemen before Christmas that leaders of a branch of al-Qaida there were talking about "a Nigerian" being prepared for a terrorist attack. The newspaper said the information did not include the name of the Nigerian.
The officials who spoke with the AP did not say how these communications with the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, took place — by Internet, cell phone or another method. Intelligence officials also would not confirm whether those conversations involved Yemen-based radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, but other U.S. government officials said there were initial indications that he was involved.
Al-Awlaki reportedly corresponded by e-mail with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 5.
"Had this critical information been shared, it could have been compiled with other intelligence, and a fuller, clearer picture of the suspect would have emerged," Obama said in a brief statement to the media. "The warning signs would have triggered red flags, and the suspect would have never been allowed to board that plane for America."
"There was a mix of human and systemic failures that contributed to this potential catastrophic breach of security," the president said.
Officials said Obama chose to make a second statement in as many days because a morning briefing offered him new information in the government's possession about the suspect's activities and thinking, along with al-Qaida's plans.
Obama's statement showed more fire than he had shown previously about the lapses that allowed the bombing attack to take place and came after his homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, had to backtrack on an assertion that "the system worked" in the Detroit airliner scare. Some have criticized Obama for not addressing the issue publicly sooner.
An angered Obama called the shortcomings "totally unacceptable" and told reporters traveling with him on vacation here that he wanted a preliminary report by Thursday on what went wrong on Christmas Day, when the suspect carried explosives onto a flight from Amsterdam despite the fact the suspect had possible ties to al-Qaida.
It will take weeks for a more comprehensive investigation into what allowed the 23-year-old Nigerian to board the airplane he is accused of trying to blow up with more than 300 people aboard. Law enforcement officials believe the suspect tried to ignite a two-part concoction of the high explosive PETN and possibly a glycol-based liquid explosive, setting off popping, smoke and some fire but no deadly detonation. Abdulmutallab, charged with trying to destroy an aircraft, is being held at the federal prison in Milan, Mich.
Obama, interrupting his vacation to address the airliner attack, said, "It's essential that we diagnose the problems quickly."
"There were bits of information available within the intelligence community that could have — and should have — been pieced together," he said.
Abdulmutallab had been placed in one government advisory system, but never made it onto more restrictive lists that would have caught the attention of U.S. counterterrorist screeners, despite his father's warnings to U.S. Embassy officials in Nigeria last month. Those warnings also did not result in Abdulmutallab's U.S. visa being revoked.
The CIA said it worked with embassy officials to make sure that Abdulmutallab's name made it into the government's database of suspected terrorists and noted his potential extremist connections in Yemen. The CIA also said it forwarded that information to the National Counterterrorism Center.
"We learned of him in November, when his father came to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria and sought help in finding him. We did not have his name before then," CIA spokesman George Little said.
Officials in Yemen were investigating whether Abdulmutallab spent time with al-Qaida militants there during the months leading up to the botched bombing attack.
Administrators, teachers and fellow students at the San'a Institute for the Arabic Language, where Abdulmutallab had enrolled to study Arabic, told The Associated Press that he attended school for only the Mulsim holy month of Ramadan, which began in late August. That has raised questions about what he did during the rest of his stay, which continued into December.
They also said he was not openly extremist, though he expressed anger over Israel's actions against Palestinians in Gaza.
Officials also noted Tuesday that Amsterdam, where Abdulmutallab boarded his flight to Detroit, is one of nine locations where U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are stationed to do additional screening on U.S.-bound passengers who have been flagged as a potential risk.
But it is unlikely Abdulmutallab would have been flagged because the Customs and Border Patrol officers do not routinely screen all passengers against the names of individuals on the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment database, known as TIDE, which was the only place that Abdulmutallab was listed.
The government put in place enhanced screening procedures for passengers after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington to catch potential terrorists. On U.S.-bound flights from overseas, CBP checks passenger names against some lists of potential terrorists, but not against all information the government keeps.
On top of that, airport security equipment did not detect the bomb-making devices and materials Abdulmutallab is accused of carrying on board the Northwest Airlines flight.
Obama said many things went right after the incident, with passengers and the flight crew subduing the man and government officials working quickly to increase security. He singled out Napolitano, backing her much-criticized comments that the attempted terror attack showed the aviation security system worked.
"As Secretary Napolitano has said, once the suspect attempted to take down Flight 253, after his attempt, it's clear that passengers and crew, our homeland security systems, and our aviation security took all appropriate actions," Obama said.
Napolitano received so much criticism for her Sunday talk show remarks that she did another round of interviews the following day to say the system did not work in preventing Abdulmutallab from getting on the plane with a bomb. But, she said, the response system did work after the man was subdued. She contends her remarks were taken out of context.
Meanwhile, Napolitano asked to meet with security and counterterrorism experts, including at least two former Bush administration officials, according to a person familiar with the meetings. On Tuesday, she met with former Bush homeland security adviser Fran Townsend and former DHS undersecretary for policy Stewart Baker, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was not on the secretary's public schedule.
Republicans are questioning Napolitano's judgment and a few have called for her resignation. The White House says her job is safe.
However, Obama said: "What's also clear is this: When our government has information on a known extremist and that information is not shared and acted upon as it should have been ... a systemic failure has occurred. And I consider that totally unacceptable."
i could not agree more! obama is destroying our country and our way of life, just look at what he is doing to the Navy Seals and Lt. Michael Behenna Dear God what is it going to take to wake uo the American public another 9/11 wake up people
Valerie, I am thanks that many Americans are concerned and awake, but the Administration obviously is NOT.
I am afraid you may be right, that it will take not a "near" happening, but a number of terrorist successes before they are shaken out of their sleep. (I pray to God that it is incompetence and a skewed world view, rather than an intentional goal to destroy America... but then that begs the question "Could the Marxists in Washington intentionally be bringing America to its knees?" I would hate to think so, but I'm beginning to have deep conerns there. Right now I still am leaning towards total incompetence in naivety).