Clown Napolitano: "The system woiked! Either Napolitano is short a full deck, has a brain eating disease or is a brilliant al qaeda operative.
The Associated Press reports this morning:
A U.S. official in Washington said [Abdulmutallab's] father's concerns were shared among those in the embassy, including liaison personnel from other agencies based there, such as the FBI. The alert was then relayed to Washington and again shared among agencies such as the State, Justice and Homeland Security departments, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation.
John Hinderaker adds:
So Homeland Security had a specific warning about Abdulmutallab from his father. In addition, Abdulmutallab paid for his expensive ticket in cash and checked no luggage. And standard airport screening devices failed to detect the presence of plastic explosives on his person.
It is hard to imagine a more complete failure of our air security system. In two morning television appearances, Janet Napolitano fielded tough questions about these multiple security breakdowns. There was no more talk about how "successfully" our systems operated.
As for the second Nigerian man arrested:
Mr Johnson also said he did not believe that Mutallab was acting alone, and that police and security services were examining whether he was radicalised while at University College London (UCL) between 2005 and 2008.
What about the well dressed man?
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Johnson confirmed the 23-year-old had been refused a new visa and placed on a watch list last May after applying for a bogus course.
"If you are on our watch list then you do not come into this country," Mr Johnson said. "You can come through this country if you are in transit to another country but you cannot come into this country."
The Home Secretary said US authorities should theoretically have been informed, and he doubted there had been a "hiccup" in procedures.
American officials have said Mutallab was on one of their "long" watch lists, but was not banned from travelling.
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