Homeland Security Secretary: The System Failed

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the aviation security system failed when a young man on a watch list with a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

A day after saying the system worked, Napolitano said her words had been taken out of context. She said Monday on NBC's "Today" show that "our system did not work in this instance."

Napolitano said an investigation ordered by the Obama administration will look at why Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allowed to board a U.S.-bound flight on Christmas Day despite being on a terrorist watch list.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    Just another sign of the inexperienced morons that have been chosen by our President. What experience did this woman have to be placed in charge of homeland security. At least Bush had Tom Ridge running the show after 9/11, he was well qualified, not only his time as a politician but also military service. Gee, there an idea, have someone with the tactical and logistical knowledge running homeland security. Maybe this was a wake up call to our fearless leader.
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 30, 2009 at 08:08 PM
    These posts are missing the Obamites. Where'd they all go?
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 30, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    Anonymous...Someone has to take the leadership role. BHO doesn't...LOL
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2009 at 08:36 PM
    Has anyone else noticed Obama's female appointees all look like men?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    What happened to the so-called "air marshals" that were supposed to keep all air passengers safe after 9/11? Why don't we just put a passenger from Amsterdam on every flight?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    Janet Napolitano also said this was just one in a thousand attempts.....how many people were on that plane? Mrs Napolitano, uhhhh, just to clarify as a small detail...it only takes one! What an idiot. Well, Obama said he would surround himself with these people, fine job there sparky!
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 28, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    The system failed because the obuma administration's policies are a failure. Especially the ones concerning national security and the suppression of terrorism...and the economy...and climate change or the faux climate change...and border control..and...well...all the policies I guess because I can't think of one that is working very well. This fool can't even keep someone from walking into a state dinner and grabing his hand or rubbing Biden's botox filled forehead.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Dec 28, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    Well...DUH! Ya think?
  • by jr Location: bath on Dec 28, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    i agree with devil dog. government is so inefficient. and i expect that 95% of all government programs could be cut out completely, and 95% of the US citizens would never know it. most programs benefit a very few people.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    Yeah right, we need more Obama. He's doing such a great job destroying our country! This event of one of many which God will allow to happen due to the shabby corrupt leadership of the Obamination Administration. It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sow, that shall he also reap.. Obama does a great job sowing corruption and deceit.
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