Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The failure of Homeland Security

I've been a little hesitant to criticize the Obama administration about the lapse in security that almost had catastrophic consequences in the sky over Detroit. After all, I'm sure the Department of Homeland Security gets thousands of potential terror reports. Besides, we must remember that the Bush administration failed to heed warnings that might have prevented 9/11.

On the other hand, we need to remember that the Bush administration was dealing with nameless and ambiguous warnings about possible terror attacks somewhere in America. The Obama administration was warned about a specific person by name--someone who was already on our terror watch list-- from the guy's own father, who appears to be a reputable source!

A caller to a radio show today made an interesting comparison. She said that someone charged less than $20 on her credit card and because the credit card company thought the charge was suspicious, they called her personally (I have also had calls like that). If credit card companies--which deal with millions of customers and billions of charges--can monitor charges this closely, why can't the Department of Homeland Security catch someone on the terrorist watch list who has been identified by his own father as a terror risk?!

But we are fortunate. The government took immediate steps to solve the problem. They announced that passengers would not be allowed to get out of their seats one hour before landing and could not have blankets or laptop computers an hour before landing.

Isn't that a bit like saying, "if you're going to blow up our planes, you must do it more than an hour before we land"! How comforting.

I am honestly more afraid of the Obama administration political correctness and incompetence than I am of the terrorists.

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