Attack thwarted, but the system worked?
Federal officials and police are interviewing a man, believed to be Nigerian, who allegedly was trying to “explode” a powdery substance aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, injuring himself and two other passengers, law enforcement officials said.
Northwest Airlines flight 253 landed safely in Detroit at 11:53 a.m. The man, whose flight started in Nigeria before stopping in Amsterdam, is in custody at the Detroit airport and being interviewed by authorities there. Investigators are trying to corroborate several statements he made to them and determine his mental stability.
Delta spokeswoman Susan Chana Elliott said that “as the plane was getting ready to land” in Detroit “a passenger caused a disturbance” by trying to ignite what was reported to be firecrackers. He was “subdued immediately.” Northwest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta.
It is unclear how powerful the explosive could have been and what the man’s intentions were. Initial reports were that fireworks or firecrackers had gone off on the plane. The man suffered second-degree burns, which is consistent with a small fireworks device.
Janet "Incompetano" Napolitano initially decreed that the security system "worked" yet he was still allowed to board a plane, bound for America, despite being on terrorist watch lists. Ms. Incompetano has since "adjusted" her statement while claiming she was taken out of context. (She claimed the system worked when it clearly didn't, so where's the lack of context, exactly?) The simple fact remains that the system didn't work, and while some claim this wasn't a serious threat Representative Pete King calls BS to that idea:
“He is a 23 year old Nigerian who is also – it’s been confirmed to me – while he was not on a no fly list, his name was on a list for having terrorist connections,” King said during an interview Christmas evening on CNN…
“His name was in a database indicating significant terrorist connections,” King said…
“There’s a real worry about terrorist activity in Nigeria, so much so that last year the American government gave body detection technology to Nigeria for their airports,” King said. “Their level of security, we felt was not comparable to others.”
Despite the hopey-changey BS perpetuated by this administration, our enemies aren't loving us much these days. They are still content to do this nation grievous harm, and now we can only speculate as to how much damage this man could have facilitated had he pulled off this attack. Forget the fact he burned himself with suicide bomber underwear. Bear in mind that our enemy is constantly working to hurt this nation, and they're not above altering motives and tactics to bypass our security efforts. It's clear he was able to bypass those extra measures made by the airline industry, and that he could have pulled this off had it not been for a couple attentive passengers.
They hate us. They want us destroyed. They want to inflict whatever harm they can on this nation, and the West in general, and for them, this war is far from over. It's about bloody time we wake up and see this as truth as opposed to speculation. The sooner we recognize that our enemies are determined to do us harm, the better off we'll be PROVIDED the gatekeepers do their jobs. Personally, I'd fire Janet Incompetano because she's not doing what's needed to provide security to this nation. She initially thought the system worked when it failed, and could have been a miserable failure with a body count no one would've wanted to deal with.
It's time to face facts: Our enemies hate us, what we are, what we represent, and for them the war doesn't end with a holiday season. We need to be equally as vigilant and smart, and if we're not, we reap what we sow.