The incompetence of our so-called "homeland security" system is breathtaking to behold.
The guy who almost blew up a plane over Detroit last week...
- was reported to Nigerian authorities as a possible terrorist by his father
- was then reported to the American embassy in Nigeria as a possible terrorist by his father
- was on a US government list of possible terrorists
- was on a watchlist in the UK because his visa application had been denied
- checked no luggage for a supposed 2-week trip from Nigeria to Detroit
- paid for his ticket in cash
But hold it -- he had a diabolically clever way of getting his bomb on the plane. He put it in his underwear. Talk about your criminal fucking geniuses!
We have spent over 40 billion dollars on airport security. We have thousands of TSA agents. The result? We can't even find a bomb in some idiot's underwear.
I can spend 30 minutes in any airport in America and take pictures of TSA agents standing around doing nothing; sitting around talking on cell phones; annoying the shit out of old ladies in wheelchairs; joking with colleagues; and walking around with clipboards trying to discover who's on break and who isn't.
We don't need bullshit congressional hearings or bullshit blue ribbon panels to fix this.
Everyone involved in the current management of "homeland security" needs to be fired and we need to start over. This time with cops, not lawyers.
...The New York Times reported later today ...
Two officials said the government had intelligence from Yemen before Friday that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about “a Nigerian” being prepared for a terrorist attack. While the information did not include a name, officials said it would have been evident had it been compared to information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit on Christmas Day.These morons are lucky nobody died or there would be mobs in the street calling for their heads.
The government also had more information about where Mr. Abdulmutallab had been and what some of his plans were.