On an international flight into Detroit, passengers and flight crew were able to restrain a man after his bomb fizzled.
That man has been in a database of those with Islamist terrorist connections for two years. Last month the man’s radical politics and terrorist ties were reported to the American embassy in Nigeria. The report came from a former Nigerian economics minister, who is also the terrorist’s father. The father says that he is “‘surprised’ his son had been allowed to travel after he had reported him to the authorities. Great Britain refused to grant the terrorist a visa as recently as May.
The “no-fly” list is thereby revealed as a joke. Credible warnings about terrorists are not being acted upon.
We have, then, evidence that the Obama Administration had advance knowledge sufficient to have prevented the attempted bombing. Failure to do so abetted an act of terror. I wonder if we’ll hear any comment from those, like disgraced Obama appointee Van Jones, who charged that George Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance? I wonder if anyone will connect the dots to the terrorist attack at Fort Hood? That was predictable, too. Just not by the politically correct individuals charged with preventing it.
Janet Napolitano says “The system worked.” “The system,” then, is to depend on bad detonators and civilian intervention?
You may call it incompetence as …well, not as an excuse, because it is not excusable… but as a way to avoid thinking about the probability that non-enforcement of the no-fly rules and ignoring credible warnings are sins of commission, not omission. This is frightening and it is evil.
It is evil even if it is not intentional.