Monday, December 28, 2009

Sec. Napolitano Clarifies "The System Worked"

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano was forced to appear again on television this morning to clarify her remark yesterday that the terrorist incident on Christmas involving the failed Nigerian underpants bomber was actually an example of "the system working."

"Well, the comment was taken totally out of context, "she explains predictably (and weakly) within the first 30 seconds of the clip embedded below. "Once the incident occurred, we were able to immediately notify the 128 planes that were already in the air from Europe, immediately notify airports on the ground, immediately notify airports in other countries... Small comfort, I acknowledge, for those in the airplane where this incident occurred."

Awesome. That's our formidable Department of Homeland Security at work: leaping into action to diligently notify airports across continental Europe with lightning speed about a failed underpants bomber over Detroit. Like Secretary Napolitano apparently, my heart swells with national pride at their fine work on Christmas day. (Am I just imagining things, or is that the Star Spangled Banner I hear? "Ooh say can you see, by the dawn's early light.....")

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