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Napolitano: Words Taken Out Of Context

From an annoyed (that they have to report this) Associated Press:

Napolitano concedes airline security system failed

By Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press Writer

December 28, 2009

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded Monday that the aviation security system failed when a young man on a watchlist with a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a fight from Amsterdam to Detroit…

A day after saying the system worked, Napolitano backtracked, saying her words had been taken out of context.

Ms. Napolitano is a liar as well as a buffoon.

"Our system did not work in this instance," she said on NBC’s "Today" show. "No one is happy or satisfied with that. An extensive review is under way." …

Harold Demuren, the head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, said Abdulmutallab paid cash on Dec. 16 for the $2,831 round-trip ticket from Lagos, Nigeria, to Detroit via Amsterdam. He said Abdulmutallab’s ticket came from a KLM office in Accra, Ghana.

Demuren said Abdulmutallab checked into his flight with only a small carryon bag.

On Sunday, Napolitano said, "One thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked." On Monday, she said she was referring to the system of notifying other flights as well as law enforcement on the ground about the incident soon after it happened

Well, that’s the important thing. That all the paperwork would be in order after the “incident” was over.

Yes, that is a plausible explanation for Ms. Napolitano’s idiotic remarks.

Abdulmutallab had been placed in a U.S. database of people suspected of terrorist ties in November, but there was not enough information about his activity that would place him on a watch list that could have kept him from flying.

However, British officials placed Abdulmutallab’s name on a U.K. watch list after he was refused a student visa in May.

Note that having his well respected father say he is a dangerous Muslim extremist and should be monitored was not enough to put him on a US watch list.

But applying to study at an institution in Britain that didn’t sound genuine was enough to put him on a watch list in the UK.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson added that police and security services are looking at whether Abdulmutallab was radicalized in Britain.

Abdulmutallab received a degree in engineering and business finance from University College London last year and later applied to re-enter Britain to study at another institution. Johnson said Monday he was refused entry because officials suspected the school was not genuine and they then put his name on the list.

Johnson says that people on the list can transit through the U.K. but cannot enter the country.

Officials said he came to the attention of U.S. intelligence last month when his father, Alhaji Umar Mutallab, a prominent Nigerian banker, reported to the American Embassy in Nigeria about his son’s increasingly extremist religious views.

In a statement released Monday morning, Abdulmutallab’s family in Nigeria said that after his "disappearance and stoppage of communications while schooling abroad," his father reached out to Nigerian security agencies two months ago. The statement says the father then approached foreign security agencies for "their assistance to find and return him home."

The family says: "It was while we were waiting for the outcome of their investigation that we arose to the shocking news of that day."

The statement did not offer any specifics on where Abdulmutallab had been…

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the government will investigate its systems for placing suspicious travelers on watch lists and for detecting explosives before passengers board flights.

Both lines of defense were breached in an improbable series of events Christmas Day that spanned three continents and culminated in a struggle and fire aboard a Northwest jet shortly before its safe landing in Detroit. Law enforcement officials believed the suspect tried to ignite a two-part concoction of the high explosive PETN and possibly a glycol-based liquid explosive, setting off popping, smoke and some fire but no deadly detonation.

An apparent malfunction in a device designed to detonate the PETN may have been all that saved the 278 passengers and the crew aboard Northwest Flight 253. No undercover air marshal was on board and passengers and crew subdued the suspect when he tried to set off the explosion. He succeeded only in starting a fire on himself…

In other news, Ms. Napolitano also conceded that water is wet and that the sun rises in the east.

Notice, however, that once again we are only hearing about Ms. Napolitano’s original idiocy from the Associated Press after she has tried to cover her ample posterior backtracked.

Otherwise, we would have never heard anything from our watchdog media about this.

It was ever thus.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “Napolitano: Words Taken Out Of Context”

  1. jobeth says:

    Her first statement was the usual (from this administration) knee-jerk statement that they think makes them look like they are on top of things…

    They must keep a sheet full of “Initial Statements” handy for times like this. (Better than having to actually keeping shut until you actually KNOW what is going on)

    Seems I remember Obama fell victim of this kind of thing and had to have a beer summit.

    Wonder what her summit will be like.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    “Words taken out of Context”……….Give us a break! She blew it, like usual. Yet another inexperienced Obama appointee. This adiminstration uses this line all the time, it is all they have when they screw up everything.

  3. sheehanjihad says:

    What was taken out of context was the impression that this woman has even a modicum of the skill and experience necessary for the job. She is sitting at a desk, pushing paper, and hasnt the slightest clue about actual threats to the United States.

    She parrots what she is told to say to the media, and sits back and plays soduko while the Islamic community gasps in total amazement at their good fortune. She fears CAIR more than she fears the citizens….so it’s just business as usual for that vapid totally unqualified appointee.

    She needs to be fired. Immediately. Since it wont happen, expect more of the same….Al Qaida sees the opening….see, they are fighting an actual declared war, unlike our political appointees….and they will ramp up efforts to strike and strike hard while the chances remain handed to them by this Administration.

    Man caused disaster? YES! The man>>>OBAMA<<< has caused a disaster by appointing clueless idiots like JaNO. And she isnt the only one. They both need to go.

  4. proreason says:

    She was just trying to make Americans feel safe. There really isn’t any truth anyway. Everything is relative.

    It’s kind of like jobs. You say millions of jobs have been lost. Obamy says he has saved millions of jobs. Who are you to say you know more than he does?

    or defense. or health care. or marriage. or global warming. or abortion. or racism. or torture. or corruption. or the deficit. or the budget. or the Constitution. or education. or gun control. or homosexuality. or freedom of expression. or crime. or immigration. or earmarks. or transparancey. or regulations. or business. or tax burdens. or affirmative action. or the media. or poverty. etcetcetcetcetcetc

    It’s all just a matter of opinion.

    We’re in good hands.

    • DoctorRock says:

      I beg to differ, Young Pro.
      There must be a truth, as I hear it from every liberal talking head I see –
      “The truth is”, or “The fact of the matter is” is their favorite phrase to open
      one of their cunning retorts, and I see red every time I hear it. I’m waiting on the day some good-hearted individual wails their coffee mug at the twerp’s head and explains “The truth is you’re an imbecile and you hate America! The fact of the matter is that pansy-ass pukes like you got us into this bloody mess, and the sooner we start throwing you’re sort in camps, the sooner we get better around here!”
      Wouldn’t that be nice?
      Oh – and you left out “underpants”. I suggest we start harassing them with the word “underpants”. “The Underpants Bomber”. We recycle a million old jokes simply by including “underpants” and the Obama-ites.
      “So I’m in this classy restaurant in DC, and at the next table is Bernie Sanders with a pair of underpants in his ear…”
      “Hey Janet! Have you checked Joe Biden’s underpants?”

    • jobeth says:

      The one I can’t stand is “The reality is….”. You can bet its just the opposite.

  5. bobbys says:

    I give her a B plus!

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    Duck & Cover Diplomacy at its worst!

  7. PatriotOne says:

    I applaud Ms. Napolitano’s statement that “…..the system worked!” I think she’s now the front-runner for next year’s Nobel Prize!

  8. AmericanIPA says:

    The system worked. The system did not work.

    The recession is over. The recession is not over. There was never a recession. The recession was Bush’s fault.

    Obama supported the single-payer health care plan. Obama did not support the single-payer health care plan.

    The “truth” is different depending on the audience and the situation. Whichever side of an issue gets them more power, they will claim that is the side they are on.

    Animal Farm, 1984 and Atlas Shrugged were clearly written by time travelers, and these are the times they visited.

  9. Reality Bytes says:

    I’ll drink to that!

  10. Liberals Demise says:

    Well Hell …….”I” feel safer already. In fact, I’m ready to buy Ms.JaNO a ticket to Yemen and she can hustle her arse off to get back home (safely?).

  11. wirenut says:

    I wonder how Burger King feels about being replaced as the “Home of the Whopper”?

  12. artboyusa says:

    It’s time to celebrate the Religion o0f Peace with another whacky adventure of ABU ‘n’ TARIQ, the Angry Muslim Brothers!

    “Oww! Quit it Abu” snapped Tariq. “You passive bedmate of Crusaders and Jews. That hurts!”

    “I’m only testing to see if we can fit you for a rectum bomb, my brother”.

    “Well, take your insistent fist out of there. It is most uncomfortable”.

    “Hey, it’s not exactly a trip to Paradise for me either” said Abu. “But someone must do the dirty work if jihad is to prevail, you stupid idiot”.

    “Curse you to the undying fire of Hell! Who are you calling stupid?”

    “You, that’s who. You are stupid. S-T-O-O-P-E-D!”

    “Don’t seek to dazzle me with your education, College Boy. You and your jihad! You can leave my rectum out of it please!”

    “Shame on you brother” tutted Abu. “Shame! Your moderate stance will get us nowhere!”

    “Things seem to be going just fine without any help from my alimentary tract”.

    “Fine? How fine? The unlucky brother was seized by the infidels at the very moment he was about to succeeed in his mission!”

    “That” said Tariq “is irrelevant. What is relevant is that although he fit the holy warrior profile, although he was on a watch list and although he should never have gotten near an airport, let alone on a plane, yet he was still able to deliver the bomb to the target and detonate it. Absent equipment failure and the unpredictable human factor, the mission was a success. You should be celebrating, not probing my rectum like some grey alien from space”.

    “Hmmm” mused Abu. “I can see where you’re coming from…”

    “Stop looking at that! Anyway, look at what just happened: we attacked them, they respond by tripling the same security that has just so blatantly failed to protect them. There they stand, delayed for hours, holding their shoes in meek submission, too scared to make even a peep of protest at the fatuous futility of what they must endure. It is too delicious!”

    Abu and Tariq snickered briefly, savouring the thought. “We attack on their holiest feast day” continued Tariq “and they barely mention the fact, lest our delicate feelings should be hurt. Their president says he will not rest until we are defeated and then he resumes his vacation. I tell you, my brother, these infidels are our best allies! Without them, jihad wouldn’t stand a chance”.

    “I don’t know, my brother. These crusading sons and daughters of monkeys and pigs aren’t as stupid as they look”.

    “No, they are as stupid as they behave” said Tariq. “And this is what gives us hope”.

    “That, and the opportunity to cram a few pounds of Semtex up your ass my brother. Just for the fun of it”.

    “Hey, quit it I said!”

    Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano was on the case.

    “So what do we have from the preliminary interrogation?” she barked at her quivering underlings. “Who is this Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab guy? He’s not a member of some Right-wing militia is he? Or maybe a gun owner? I bet he’s a war crazed, shell shocked vet from Iraq or Afghanistan, haunted by flashbacks and primed for violence, huh?”

    “Um, sure Chief” murmured her subordinates. “Whatever you say”.

    “Good! No need to change anything then. The system works…”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      On target, artboy!!

      We’ve missed you and your humorous stories of late. Hope all is well.

    • ptat says:

      I can see you are as upset as me,artboy. Your satire is biting and has a thread of shocked disdain throughout. The answers are there for all to see, but Political Correctness will prevent their implementation, resulting in the deaths of thousands more. God, (certainly not allah), save us!

  13. ptat says:

    Homeland Security Chief Janet “The System Worked” Incompetano promised today to protect us all and to continue to represent the Obama administration’s commitment to national security. We are on our own, people!

  14. artboyusa says:

    Oh no! It’s Part Two of ABU ‘n’ TARIQ, the Angry Muslim Brothers! (you can blame Lib and ptat for encouraging me)

    “Don’t look at me like that” snapped Abu. “It creeps me out”.

    “Look at you like what, my brother?”

    “In that appraising kind of way, like I’m some food you’re thinking about sending back to the kitchen”.

    “When did I ever send back any food?”

    “Never ever. That is why you are the size of ten she camels. Now quit eyeballing me”.

    “Don’t take offense, my brother. I’m just musing about how your face will look on the TV”.

    “TV? When am I going on TV? I know nothing of this, you inverted dog you”.

    “After the event. You’ll be on every channel after that, or at least the video of you will”.

    “What event? What video?”

    “You know – the event”.

    “Oh – that event. You lost me there for a second”.

    “It’s all set: we’ve got your Yemeni passport, we paid cash for your one way ticket, you carry no luggage and your name is Tariq Bin Laden . Just another innocuous traveller. You should sail right through the infidel security net. We just have to film your suicide video and then you’re off to Paradise via Detroit”.

    “Detroit and Paradise are two words seldom seen in an adjacent conjunction. But what about the explosive device I am to carry? Shall we use the Exploding Boot of Allah?”


    “The Exploding Shampoo Bottle of Allah?”

    “No way”.

    “The Exploding Underpants of Allah?”

    “Nuh uh”.

    “The Exploding Rectum of Allah?”


    “Then what?”

    “Well, you see Tariq, the boys down in R&D have been working on something really special just for you and we all think we’ve come up with a new angle that will be a big hit with Jihad fans around the globe, a really big hit”.

    “Oh yeah?” murmured a dubious Tariq.

    “Behold! The latest in jihad technology!”

    “Oh no. No”.

    “I give you – the Exploding Depends™ Undergarments of Allah!”

    Tariq heaved a heavy sigh. “All right; hand them over. Sheesh…the things I do for jihad. Hey, what do you know? Velcro™ straps for comfort and an easy fit. Not bad…”

    Meanwhile, as an alarmed and concerned nation wondered what would happen next with Charlie Sheen, America’s watchdog Federal agencies were on full alert.

    “Huh? Wha?” The insistent ringing of the telephone snapped Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano into wakefulness. “I wasn’t asleep! I wasn’t! I’m right here at my desk, defending America!”

    “Janet? Is that you? Are you okay?”

    “Mr President!” The porcine Arizonan jumped to her feet. “Yes,sir! I get more okay all the time, sir!”

    “Glad to hear it”.

    “How’s Hawaii, sir?”

    “Beautiful. The kids love it here. It’s so great to get away as a family. How’s things at your end?”

    “Um…okay. Why?”

    “Well, you know – this latest man caused disaster thing on the plane. Everything okay?”

    “Yes sir! We’ve already issued our our usual It’s Not Islam, It’s a Perversion of Islam statement of exculpation and we’re just about to go live with our inevitable The Public Can have Complete Confidence in the Authorities Even Though We Just Almost Got a Bunch of You Killed statement”.

    “Excellent! You didn’t say anything about this happening on Christmas Day did you? We don’t want anyone getting any funny ideas”.

    “No sir! Ixnay on the Istmascray, Mr President”.

    “Good. People might start to imagine there’s some kind of religious angle to all this. So, anything I can do?”

    “Well Mr President, if you could find the time to issue a standard Vague on Specifics but Heavy on the Chesty Language statement to the media, that would be great. Nothing special, just the usual Track Them to the Ends of the Earth stuff”.

    “Well gee, I’ve got some tennis booked for this morning and then we’re going go karting but I guess I could find five minutes somewhere”.

    “Oh could you? That would really cover my ass, I mean help our nation sir…”

  15. jobeth says:

    Artboy…I hope someday you put all your investigative reporting documentaries in book form…Great Stuff!

    I’ll be first in line for copy.

    • artboyusa says:

      Thanks, friends. You’re much too kind and generous but its good to know that someone apart from my therapist and the FBI is reading this stuff…

  16. Tater Salad says:

    Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Words taken out of context! The left wing morons use that one all the time.

    Here they are, the Top 10 “Most Wanted”, Corrupt Politicians of 2009:


  17. proreason says:

    Farmer Brown took all appropriate action after he lost his cows because he left his barn door open.

    In heroic and timely actions, and perfectly according to procedure, he closed and latched the barn door. After a careful review of the incident, again according to procedure, he installed a 20 billion dollar buzzer, powered by the farm’s solar panels, that buzzes loudly every 60 minutes after midnight if the latch is open, since the evidence shows that the cows escaped at 1 am.

    If Farmer Brown is ever again able to afford any more cows, these new foolproof procedures will ensure their safety.

    For his courageous efforts, Farmer Brown is being awarded the Farming Medal of Honor.

  18. yadayada says:

    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab-
    one way ticket nigeria to USA-
    paid in cash-
    no luggage-
    on ‘watch list’-
    why would anyone think he’s a terrorist?
    maybe if he was sitting on Jeff Dunham’s knee?

  19. proreason says:

    If you don’t do anything else today, read this article from “The American Spectator”:


    “On December 26, two days after Nigerian Omar Abdulmutallab allegedly attempted to use underwear packed with plastic explosives to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight he was on, and as it became clear internally that the Administration had suffered perhaps its most embarrassing failure in the area of national security, senior Obama White House aides, including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and new White House counsel Robert Bauer, ordered staff to begin researching similar breakdowns — if any — from the Bush Administration.

    “The idea was that we’d show that the Bush Administration had had far worse missteps than we ever could,” says a staffer in the counsel’s office. “We were told that classified material involving anything related to al Qaeda operating in Yemen or Nigeria was fair game and that we’d declassify it if necessary.”


    “This White House doesn’t view the Northwest [Airlines] failure as one of national security, it’s a political issue,” says the White House source. “That’s why Axelrod and Emanuel are driving the issue.”


    “[Axelrod] …does provide guidance to the President that gives him added context to the recommendations and information our foreign policy and national security teams give him.” …”

    There’s even more in the full article.

    It’s all about politics you see. The only problem with the panty bomber is that it hurts the Moron’s chances of cramming his Health Fascism down our throats.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Point being that they are so aggravated that fingers are being pointed at them, they lose sight of what’s really important and want to point fingers at someone else.

      I wuold expect such childish behavior from high-schoolers….but it seems the current administration “leaders” never left that domain of social ineptitude.

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