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No Oversight Hearings On Xmas Bomber

From the Politico:

Edolphus Towns (D-NY)

Committee passes on terror hearing

By: Jake Sherman
January 6, 2010

One House committee is taking a pass on holding hearings on the botched terrorism attack aboard a U.S.-bound jetliner, opting instead for a Government Accountability Office report on airline security issues.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) sent a letter Wednesday to ranking member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), bucking Issa’s request to hold a hearing on the Christmas Day incident.

Towns instead asked the Government Accountability Office to “update its prior work” on the lack of integration between the watch lists and no-fly lists — a miscommunication that may have led to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged attacker, being allowed on a plane bound to Detroit from Amsterdam.

Issa’s staff seems none too pleased with the Democrats’ decision.

“When two morons decided to breach White House security, Chairman Towns was one of the first people out of the gate to call for an investigation that included the Oversight Committee,” Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella said in a news release. “Now, when we’ve had an attempted terrorist attack over American soil, Ed Towns is silent.”

Towns and Issa have had a particularly icy relationship, and Towns seemed to reference the partisanship in his letter, saying “the best way to accomplish (a review of homeland security procedures) is to avoid partisan finger-pointing and leaks to the press, and for us to meet and discuss our shared policy goals.”

Yes, if we could only return to those halcyon non-partisan days during the Bush administration, when a security lapse like this would have been quickly forgiven and forgotten by the Democrats.

Anyway, this committee probably already has its hands full overseeing the College football playoff system.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “No Oversight Hearings On Xmas Bomber”

  1. canary says:

    History books are going to be more inaccurate than ever.

  2. proreason says:

    Edolphus is on top of this one.

    No need to waste time investigating a system that worked.

    There are sick to heal, oceans that have yet to recede, and white people who still have money.

    This is exactly we have worked so hard for diversity in our elected officials. Aren’t they great!!

    We’re in good hands.

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