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Monday, December 28, 2009

Napolitano coming to Israel

US Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano will be arriving in Israel on Saturday night, presumably to see how a real security system for air transportation works.
Napolitano will meet with officials from the Public Security Ministry and visit elite Israel Police units.

On Sunday, she appeared on ABC television's This Week program to discuss the attempted terrorist attack on a US airliner over Detroit.

Napolitano said investigators did not have enough information to keep the suspect, 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, from boarding his flight to the US from Amsterdam, and that the system worked as it should have.

The father of the man accused of attempting to blow up the jetliner had told US officials in Nigeria he was concerned about his son's extreme religious views. However, Napolitano argued there was no specific information to place Mutallab on a no-fly list.

Napolitano says that within 60 to 90 minutes of the incident, all 120 flights that were in the air at time were contacted to make sure the attempted bombing did not extend beyond the flight to Detroit.
Even Homeland Security didn't have enough information to keep Mutallab off the plane (and it sounds like they did), he should at least have had his passport checked at the airport and he should at least have been searched!

Moreover, 60 to 90 minutes was about the same time it took to notify all the other planes in the air on 9/11. But 9/11 was a busy weekday, and Northwest 253 flew on Christmas day, one of the quietest days of the year. That has to make you wonder whether anything has improved since 9/11.

Profile, profile, profile. You heard it here.


At 3:53 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

Not even after 100 planes (G-d forbid!)blow up in the sky will the U.S. employ profiling.

Selective blindness will kill us and still even after tragedy upon tragedy, no one will learn...

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Moriah said...

She will be taken aback at the "ruthlessness" of Israeli security. It will shock her PC conscientiousness.I doubt very seriously HLS will adopt Israeli security techniques.She'd rather have a plane go down than inconvenience middle eastern types...

At 6:18 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

I wouldn't call Israeli security ruthless, Moriah.
Israeli security is what the name implies,"security."
Security at all costs.

Israeli security is not interested in tender sensitivities. Napolitano not in a million years will go the way of how Israel protects herself.

As far as I am concerned she is using tax payer dollars as an exercise in futility nothing more. What she needs is clear intentions to keep Americans safe. To do that truth must be told and for that reason and that reason only, we here in the states are domed.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The US is too afraid of offending Muslims to profile them - even though virtually all terrorist-related incidents in the US have been inspired by Islam. Avoiding the problem is not going to make it go away in the future.

At 1:02 AM, Blogger Moriah said...


I emphasized ruthless because that's what it will be considered by the touch feely ones concerned more with Political Correctness rather than security. I don't consider it ruthless. I love it. Search me, ask me questions make me feel safe.I feel safe on El Al


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