Now we have, Umar Abdulmutallab, the underwear bomber and a new pten line of terrorism from al Qaeda from training camp in Yemen. In a ‘You’re doing a hellava job Brownie’ moment of This Week WGS Sunday Janet Napolitano was completely unreassuringly about terrorist tracking on the airlines. Since Umar’s own father alerted authorities in Nigeria weeks ago that his son had been radicalized against the US and felt that he would strike, where was the state side pickup? It was homeland security that was caught with its pants down. What good is the list 550,000 suspect names and 4,000 ’no fly’ names if one’s father dimes you out, he paid for his one-way ticket in cash, he had been traveling without luggage, he was denied entry into the UK for lying about a school he said he was attending. Napolitano clarified on Monday that she was talking about the events after the fact, and acknowledged that there were failures leading up to the incident. The upside to all of this is that all of this is actionable intelligence.

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