Actually, we need not fear much more than ourselves, specifically idiots like Napolitano.
She confirmed that there was no air marshal on the plane with Abdulmutallab. They are not on every flight.
Wow. Couple that with the TSA operations giveaway bonanza, the terrorists can worry a lot less while trying to kill our folks.
She’s a true idiot. She says that the system failed miserably. She says that the system worked perfectly. Unverified reports also quote her as saying that potpourri-crapping flying unicorns will be posted at every boarding gate.
I don’t mean “fear” fear, I mean if we’re going to be vigilant, lets stop this cute little charade. Anyone who wants to say “Oh you can’t do profiling!” should be shouted down and quickly sent home.
If a rapist is loose and 17 young women have been attacked I don’t go looking for suspects in the “soccer mom” category, the “83 year old” category, or the “1st-6th grade” category.
No, I go straight to the 16-60, male, more than 140lbs, and generally, with a prior record category first.
So why the hell are we pussyfooting around with ridiculous rules like “No being out of your seat 1 hour before landing”?
Travelers on incoming international flights said that during the final hour, attendants removed blankets, banned opening overhead bins, and told passengers to stay in their seats with their hands in plain sight. – Fox News
It ain’t swedes, WASP mothers-of-two, japanese businessmen, or Boy Scout troop leaders doing this stuff folks. In the wake of 9/11 there have been massive increases in security – each time in response to a muslim extremist bent on killing innocent people.
Feel free to call me racist but I’m only stating fact. If some reader wants to be an ass about this, read this first:
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab told FBI agents there are more just like him in Yemen.
And in a tape released four days before the attempted destruction of the Detroit-bound Northwest plane, the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen boasted of what was planned for Americans, saying, “We are carrying a bomb to hit the enemies of God.”
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, told FBI agents there were more just like him in Yemen who would strike soon. – abcnews
How abcnews can print this yet have had such an anti-Bush slant, I’ll never know. I guess they don’t have to be consistent.
Even Timothy McVeigh (may he rot forever) at least targeted a federal building and not a planeload of innocent people. If all McVeigh had been interested in had been killing lots of totally innocent people he could have done that in any crowded downtown area. The fact that he still ended up killing lots of innocent people is why I say “may be rot forever”.
But these extremists are purposely targeting innocent people.
Let’s stop inconveniencing the majority for the actions of radical extremists all of whom are affiliated with one subset. Focus on the culture at fault.
Otherwise, start arresting grandmothers for suspicion of rape, too.
To help Iranian dissidents or not to help…?
I understand the desire to help those dissidents with which we sympathise. Unfortunately these cultures, much like our country when it started, must do what needs to be done on their own. If they have to do it the hard way, on their own, committed to their cause and convinced it is right, then they will be that much stronger for it. This would be my stance if that was the only issue.
The other issue, that of nuclear power, is one that affects security of everyone in the region and wherever they manage to ship one of these devices. This cannot be allowed by any stretch of the imagination.
Much as I dislike Obama, he’s got a tight line to walk here. Iran is a very hard target and the whole area is tinder-dry. Covert support is probably about the only option available right now. Covert as in “not blabbed to the media or the public”.