Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Janet Napolitano: "The System Worked"

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Janet Napolitano: "The System Worked"

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CNN on Sunday, regarding the attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas day, "One thing I'd like to point out is that the system worked."

It did? The emperor has no clothes.

What worked is the common sense of the passengers. They subdued the guy so he couldn't detonate his bomb.

After being publicly called out on her statement, she withdrew it yesterday.

There is one thing I would like to point out about this ridiculous statement. Actually two.

First, America continues to choke on political correctness. We need to profile people for security purposes.

Phillip Baum, editor of Aviation Security International, an aviation and security training and consulting company in London, said yesterday, "The real problem lies in our determination to screen everybody in exactly the same way using technologies that are not fit for the purpose."

If you read his column, you will learn he is a strong advocate of profiling for security purposes.
He said, "Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year old alleged perpetrator of the Christmas Day attack, should have been identified as a potential threat to the flight both in Lagos and again in Amsterdam. Here was a passenger who had bought an expensive ticket in cash in a country different to that of his port of embarkation or his intended destination, was traveling without any checked luggage for a two-week trip over the Christmas period, and about whom some agencies, and his father, had security concerns. It’s not rocket science we need; it’s the deployment of common sense."

Common sense. He advocates commonsense profiling.

Secondly, this incident, again, brings up the question of "truth" with this president and his administration.

It seems this administration will say anything to anyone to move their agenda forward and cover their back.

Even the Canada Free Press, whose logo states, "Because without America, There Is No Free World," is asking the question, "Does Obama Have The Ability to Tell The Truth?" regarding the economy, climate and health care.

There is a heightened cynicism and distrust for government in America that I have not seen in my lifetime. With the exception of a few, Jimmy Carter is generally viewed as one of the most ineffective presidents in recent times. However, his "malaise" doesn't even approach the conflicted confusion we see emerging in our country as we conclude the first decade of the 21st century.

I am certain you have read the words of Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

God help us.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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