Janet Napolitano on Homeland Security
Democratic AZ Governor; Designee for Secretary of Homeland Security
Nevertheless, Napolitano hailed the incident as proof that the administration's efforts to prevent terrorism were succeeding; saying, "the system has worked really very, very smoothly over the course of the past several days."
After wiser people at the White House got hold of Napolitano, however, she backed off her statements of triumph. Obama sharply criticized the "systemic failure."
The fact that Abdulmutallab--a man who was on a list of possible terrorists--was allowed to board a plane with a bomb without being detected, illustrates not only a colossal flaw in the air safety system, but also the severely flawed antiterror policies in place today
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