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Terrorism: Janet Napolitano -- over her head or out of her mind? (Updated)

UPDATE: 12/28/09 NAPOLITANO SPINS:  "Napolitano Now Says Terror Prevention System ‘Failed Miserably’"

In what appears to be a "face-saving" attempt to counteract her previous comments, Napolitano claims that her remarks may have been taken out of context.

In her own words …

Original Blog Entry …

What possessed Barack Obama to assume that a border state governor was qualified to lead one of the largest and most complex of the government’s agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, and stand as a bulwark against terrorism?  That is unless the Obama Administration cared only about easing the path for illegal aliens to become instant citizens, and more cynically, instant voters in favor of the democrat party.

In what Orwellian world or parallel universe; where up is down, left is right and evil is good, do we find someone that hides behind language and talking points to convince the public that her agency is doing a good job?

With the Obama Administration, they no longer refer to terrorism or overseas terrorism; it has suddenly become “the overseas contingency operation.” How very bureaucratic! How very politically correct!

TSA System Failure?

Now we find that the failure of TSA (Transportation Security Agency) to screen a known, listed terror subject – one who not only slips through the system, but executes their plan – touted by a apparently clueless bureaucrat as an indication that the government system worked well. No matter how you spin this story – the TSA failed to protect America from a known terrorist. And nothing Janet Napolitano may say or do will alter the facts.

Janet Napolitano, appearing on This Week and claiming success …

Mediaite is reporting …

“Janet Napolitano on This Week: The System Worked ‘Like Clockwork’”

“Jake Tapper interviewed DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on ABC’s This Week, giving an early indicator of what the administration’s narrative on Flight 523 will be. Caught between the need to reassure a jumpy public, political opponents drooling at the chance to score points, and an unwillingness to tip our hand to those who would do us harm, Napolitano had her work cut out for her. Even given those factors, the Secretary’s overarching message was tone deaf, to say the least.”

“Napolitano sold the notion that the system worked, hitting the talking point several times:

I think the important thing to recognize here is that once this incident occurred, everything happened that should have. The passengers reacted correctly, the crew reacted correctly, within an hour to 90 minutes, all 128 flights in the air had been notified. And those flights already had taken mitigation measures on the off-chance that there was somebody else also flying with some sort of destructive intent.”

So the system has worked really very, very smoothly over the course of the past several days.”

“Tapper followed up by saying  ‘(Y)ou keep saying everybody acted the way they were supposed to. Clearly the passengers and the crew of that Northwest Airlines flight did. But I think there are questions about whether everybody in the U.S. government did.”

“Napolitano was undeterred:

Now once this incident occurred, everything went according to clockwork. Not only sharing throughout the air industry, but also sharing with state and local law enforcement, products were going out on Christmas Day, they went out yesterday, and also to the industry to make sure that the traveling public remains safe.”

“So, a man on a really long terrorism list carries an incendiary device onto an airplane, ignites it in midair, the detonator fails, the passengers jump the flame-crotched suspect, and he is subdued/extinguished.”

And Napolitano claims “everything” went like clockwork. Un – effing – believable!

Procedure and process over performance …

Like all bureaucrats and hacks, Napolitano seems pre0ccupied with spinning the story to cover up government malfeasance and a propensity to dwell on procedure and process over performance.

Both unacceptable from the standpoint of security against terrorists where they only need to be right once and the government needs to be right every time.

Proving that even when terrorists are stupid and traveling under their own name, the government can’t get it right …

One must ask how many children and grandmothers have been inconvenienced while the government bends over backwards to avoid profiling young men who appear to be Muslims in the known age-range of terror subjects? All for political correctness and to avoid upsetting CAIR (Council of American-Islamic Relations), the unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist fund raising scheme, which has a propensity to run to the media when anything happens to a Muslim.

Symptomatic of an Administration that is all style over substance …

Owing to good fortune and the quick actions of the crew and a brave in-flight passenger, the terrorist was subdued. No thanks to anyone associated with the Department of Homeland Security. And for Janet Napolitano to tell the media that the system worked, is not only Orwellian – it is an outright lie. As anyone can plainly see for themselves. Had the terrorist been more competent or better equipped, a loaded aircraft may have crashed into a major population area causing significant death and destruction. 

According to ABC News …

“The plot to blow up an American passenger jet over Detroit was organized and launched by al Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect's underwear before sending him on his mission, federal authorities tell ABC News.”

“Investigators say the suspect had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin used by the military. The so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, had only about 50 grams kin his failed attempt in 2001 to blow up a U.S.-bound jet. Yesterday's bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or was not in ‘proper contact’ with the explosive material, investigators told ABC News.”

“Investigators say the suspect, Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian student whose birthday was last Tuesday, has provided detailed information about his recruitment and training for what was supposed to be a Christmas Day suicide attack.”

So much for the high-tech bomb sniffers, the dogs and the rest of the security apparatus … or perhaps that is only for political theatre to convince Americans that their government is competent and it is safe to fly.

The case for summary execution …

One can imagine the Obama Administration immediately calling the Department of Justice to arrange for a civilian trial in federal court – and then simultaneously calling the ACLU to insure that the terrorist receives a fair trial with all of the rights and privileges accorded to law-abiding American citizens. To me, the evidence could not be clearer. A case for interrogate and execute. Here is a spy and saboteur – operating clandestinely without uniform. A military matter for the firing squad.

Janet Napolitano needs to be fired …

There is little or no doubt in my mind that the DHS has morphed into an agency to big to be governed effectively with its current leadership. We need to head the agency with an ex-military man or terrorism expert with true management experience. Not an ineffective democrat political hack that is hell-bent on granting illegal aliens amnesty.

Bottom line …

Political correctness and multiculturalism will be the death of our nation. When our law enforcement agencies cannot profile and target suspects by known characteristics of evildoers than we really have a systemic problem. As for the rights of the innocents and the inconvenience – perhaps those who are Muslims should take a hard look at their own religion which appears to be responsible for about 90% of the terrorism in today’s world. Perhaps it is time to curtail visas for any Muslim and take a closer look at the Saudi-funded Muslim Mosques which are said to be fomenting terrorism with their radical Islamic teachings.

Yes, we have freedom of religion in America. But it is not the type of religion that demands that we all become martyrs for the cause – and it is certainly not the type of religion which demands the death of innocent victims and the massive destruction of property in the name of one’s God. As a people, the freedom of religion does not grant a nation the right to commit suicide in the name of political correctness.

Time for the incompetent democrats who confuse style with substance to be voted out of office and/or relieved of their government posts on the grounds of malfeasance. Perhaps adopting the unofficial mantra of the Strategic Air Command: “To err is human and to forgive divine – neither one an operational policy of SAC.”

-- steve

Reference Links …

Janet Napolitano on This Week: The System Worked ‘Like Clockwork’ | Columnists | Mediaite

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