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Janet Napolitano Now Says: ‘The System Pinged’

From NBC News:

Napolitano vows Obama administration will apply Boston bombing lessons

By Tom Curry | April 23, 2013

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that her department will help find out why last week’s Boston Marathon bombings occurred and “what more we can do to prevent attacks like this in the future…. We will learn lessons from this attack, just as we have from past instances of terrorism and violent extremism. We will apply those; we will emerge even stronger."

In fact, in her testimony Ms. Napolitano said in effect that the best way to prevent any future such attacks is to legalize the 11 million illegal aliens currently in our country. And never mind that legalizing them would mean that they would not be able to be monitored by counter-terrorist agencies anymore than Tamerlan was.

Napolitano told the committee that her department was aware in 2012 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect killed in a shootout with police last week, had left the United States to visit Russia.

“The system pinged when he was leaving the United States,” she said.

“By the time he returned… the matter had been closed,” a reference to the FBI investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, based on a tip from the Russian government.

Is "the system pinged" like "the system worked"? As Ms. Napolitano famously said after the underwear bomber was caught. (And, lest we forget, he was  only caught because his underwear failed to go off.

Besides, exactly what good did it do to have the system ping? They were told this shady character was going to one of the worst hotbeds of Muslim terrorism in all of the world. And after having been specifically warned about him by the Russians.

And what did the US authorities do after the system pinged? They didn’t even bother to keep him on a watch list, so they would know if and when he came back into the country. And Napolitano is bragging about that?

Besides, as we have previously noted, other federal officials told the New York Times that the federal law enforcement agencies continued to investigate Tamerlan into this year.

She said, “There was a mismatch” because his name was misspelled on his Aeroflot airplane ticket. “Even with the misspelling, under our current system there are redundancies, and so the system did ping when he was leaving the United States.”

Once again, how is that possible when you have to produce a photo ID before you can board a flight?

But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R- S.C. asked Napolitano, “The system picked up his departure, but did not pick up him coming back — is that correct?” She replied, “That’s my understanding.” But she repeated that by then the FBI probe had expired.

Apparently, it’s clear they didn’t care if he came back to the US. After all, what harm could he do?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Janet Napolitano Now Says: ‘The System Pinged’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Last time I travelled internationally my PASSPORT WAS SCANNED. No handwritten passenger manifest. Scanning the Passport would have PINGED the system. Leta alone the, I dunno, facial recognition system of his passport photo.

    But unless Jesus Christ shows up, there’s no one who can hold the malfeasants of Washington accountable.

  2. mr_bill says:

    Does Janet remind anybody of the South Park character, Captain Hindsight?


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