In (yet another) sharp rebuttal to Janet Napolitano’s “the system worked” (didn’t I say that this was “the story just keeps on giving“?) we have this story from Detroit from a couple of attorneys who were also passengers on Flight 253:
Kurt Haskell of Newport, Michigan, who posted an earlier comment about his experience, talked exclusively with MLive.com and confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday. Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man. … While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.'” Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee. The ticket agent referred Mutallab and his companion to her manager down the hall, and Haskell didn’t see Mutallab again until after he allegedly tried to detonate an explosive on the plane. … “I stood up and walked a couple feet ahead to get a closer look, and that’s when I saw the flames,” said Haskell, who sat about seven rows behind Mutallab. “It started to spread pretty quickly. It went up the wall, all the way to ceiling.” … As Mutallab was being led out of the plane in handcuffs, Haskell said he realized that was the same man he saw trying to board the plane in Amsterdam.
So a known terrorist who didn’t even have a passport (or possibly any other ID since his friend the “sharp dressed men” claimed he was from Sudan?) was allowed onto a plane with explosives. Yep! The system works! (Amid further evidence of Napolitano’s gibbering insanity, the call is spreading to fire Janet from the DHS.
Addendum: Today, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded what every other sapient life form on Earth had already long-since realized: 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. (AP) “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.” One assumes that this intensive review with involve a flashlight and a map to her ass, along with a chart indicating the ways in which one can distinguish between said ass and her elbows.
(She also had the gall to claim that it was Bush’s fault that he got the explosives on the plane. Really. “Oh, is that where he was hiding the explosives?” I replied. “In his bush?”)
Addemdum II: videotaped the entire flight. Don’t be surprised if the next move by the Obama Administration is to ban electronic devices. They’ve already made it illegal for other passengers to get out of their seats to intervene, next they’ll want to remove all evidence as well.