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12/27/2009

What a Difference a Day Makes

Filed under: Air Security,Obama — DRJ @ 8:21 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

As a Presidential candidate and as America’s newly elected President, Barack Obama’s agenda for airline security was clear and consistent:

Improve Airline Security: Barack Obama believes we must redouble our efforts to determine if the measures implemented since 9/11 are adequately addressing the threats our nation continues to face from airplane-based terrorism. Airline passengers are still not screened against a comprehensive terrorist watch list. Such a list must be developed and used in a way that safeguards passengers’ privacy while ensuring the safety of air travel.”

Look what happened to Obama’s airline security goals sometime after Inauguration Day:

Improve Airline Security: Redouble our efforts to adequately address the threats our nation continues to face from airplane-based terrorism.”

Hope and Change is so much easier when you don’t have to actually implement your platform.

– DRJ

17 Comments

  1. well, they’ve already made it clear, via a press conference, that this is all Bush’s fault.

    Ear Leader would give a speech, but TOTUS was vacationing elsewhere, and hasn’t made it to Hawaii yet.

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 12/27/2009 @ 8:34 pm

  2. Hope and Change is so much easier when you don’t have to actually implement your platform.

    Precisely. Or even interrupt your Hawaiian vacation. Suh-weet!!

    Comment by no one you know (1ebbb1) — 12/27/2009 @ 8:41 pm

  3. They prefer to just read from TOTUS. Actually leading is hard.

    Comment by JD (c8f5e6) — 12/27/2009 @ 8:46 pm

  4. Hope and Change is so much easier when you don’t have to actually implement your platform………and can blame all your failures on Bush. That sucker is just a damn blame magnet!

    Comment by daleyrocks (718861) — 12/27/2009 @ 9:09 pm

  5. Hope and Change is so much easier when you don’t have to actually implement your platform….or when the detonators fail to go off, saving your bacon. Again.

    It is truly frightening how incompetent – and apathetic – these people are. Janet Napolitano needs to be fired like yesterday.

    Comment by no one you know (1ebbb1) — 12/27/2009 @ 9:13 pm

  6. #3 JD:

    Actually leading is hard.

    Which is why communists do everything by committee: that way there’s nobody to blame!

    Comment by EW1(SG) (edc268) — 12/27/2009 @ 9:13 pm

  7. They were extremely lucky the bomb failed because PETN is undetectable. Also, the plan seems to have been to blow a hole in the plane to cause explosive decompression so there was no reason why he waited until the last hour. That actually might have foiled the plot. The new TSA rules make no sense.

    No surprise there. They are going to have to profile or we will lose an airplane.

    Comment by Mike K (2cf494) — 12/27/2009 @ 9:18 pm

  8. Hope and Change is so much easier when you don’t have to actually implement your platform………by refusing to exercise leadership, avoiding controversy and voting present at every opportunity.

    Comment by daleyrocks (718861) — 12/27/2009 @ 9:22 pm

  9. “Redouble our efforts to adequately address . . . ”

    What? – Aim high – talk about “adequately addressing an issue . . . “, in the hopes that they’ll perform “marginally acceptably”?

    Truly inspiring leadership. “Fight and claw our way to prove that we can, on a good day, be average!”

    Comment by bobby b (4baf73) — 12/27/2009 @ 10:42 pm

  10. Throw the fuckers out!

    Change you can participate in!

    Way too many of them are completely ignoring the constitution, the one document they swore to uphold and they won’t do it.

    It’s way beyond time they all get put in their place, behind hard bars!

    Citizens arrest would be a start, if they resits? Well our cops have well demonstrated how to handle such disobedient folks.

    Comment by TC (0b9ca4) — 12/27/2009 @ 11:06 pm

  11. And already we have seen the efforts of buricrats and wackos who confiscate those tiny little guns that go with the action figures becuase as the popular new saying gose ITS HARD TO FLY LIKE A EAGLE WHEN YOUR WORKING FOR TURKEYS

    Comment by Krazy Kagu (70e4d4) — 12/27/2009 @ 11:35 pm

  12. @ #7 Mike K

    They were extremely lucky the bomb failed because PETN is undetectable.

    I agree that luck was the thing on these people’s side, but according to another article in Newsmax:

    Law enforcement officials say Abdulmutallab hid a condom or condom-like pouch below his torso containing PETN, the primary ingredient in detonating cords used for industrial explosions.

    Airport “puffer” machines that blow air on a passenger to collect and analyze residues would probably have detected the powder, as would bomb-sniffing dogs or a hands-on search using a swab, they said, but most passengers in airports only go through magnetometers, which detect metal rather than explosives. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation.

    I know nothing about explosives but maybe the substance used in this instance was detectable, and maybe the DHS didn’t use the tools available. Which means to me that this was a preventable incident on many fronts.

    Comment by FrankM (208592) — 12/28/2009 @ 2:29 am

  13. Disregarding the technological solution, how about actually patting down passengers who are suspicious looking/acting/placed on flight by “Sharp Dressed Man”? Curiosity at the crotch would have helped immensely, methinks.

    I had to take a few flights to Europe a few months after 0/11 and the security theater was pathetic. Searching that granny at DeGaule airport really helped matters, eh?

    Comment by Red County Pete (72ddc5) — 12/28/2009 @ 7:49 am

  14. The Obama Administration is asleep at the wheel, so it’s up to all of us to do our part, don’t fly if you can possibly avoid it. If the airlines can’t or won’t provide safe and efficient transportation, refuse to use their service.

    If you have to fly, arrive at the gate early and have a close look at the passangers gathered there. If you see any young Islamic men in the crowd, tell the airline officials you will refuse to board unless the potential terrorists are fully examined in secondary screening.

    Don’t accept any excuses, and don’t allow the airlines to deflect or to minimize your concerns. Be prepared to stand your ground. If the airlines won’t do the job, simply refuse to fly until they do.

    Comment by ropelight (267e6c) — 12/28/2009 @ 8:46 am

  15. Comment by Red County Pete — 12/28/2009 @ 7:49 am

    How about actually revoking the visa of someone who is on a “watch” list?
    And, if he didn’t have his passport, how did they know he had a valid visa?

    I think the Government of the Neatherlands has a lot to answer to in this matter.

    “If I can’t drive, and El Al doesn’t fly there, I ain’t going!”

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (191d21) — 12/28/2009 @ 9:05 am

  16. Actually, the system did work. The pat down, no-fly lists, carry on luggage restrictions, and air marshals are actually diversions from the real security process. The TSA has magicians manning checkpoints at various airports who cast spells to disable the detonators. That way, they can arrest the terrorists for actually trying to carry out a terrorist act without falling afoul of the politically correct crowd who will whine that there would have been no terrorist acts anyway. The fact that the detonator fizzled meant that the spell was successfully cast and the terrorist was not aware of it and did not have countermeasures in place.

    We also see that the TSA counter-spells are working as no airplane has explodied upon being hit by an enemy spell.

    Comment by Sabba Hillel (153338) — 12/28/2009 @ 9:16 am

  17. screenings purpose was designed to give people confidence to fly and save the airline industry in particular and the economy in general after 9-11. really just eyewash, no has claimed that any terrorist has been found with any weapon.many passengers with no motive or intention to harm anyone have had innocous items confiscated in a game of deceit and sham.

    Comment by clyde (281d90) — 12/28/2009 @ 12:20 pm

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