Denied UK visa, no luggage, paid cash for a one-way international flight. How did this guy NOT get stopped?
I mean… COME ON! This is pathetic. I have a feeling that we are going to find out about a Obama administration secret directive to ignore Muslims soon. It seems so unlikely that someone like this could have gotten on a US bound plane without someone higher up ordering rules ignored.
The hapless Homeland Security head has a 679-word piece in today’s USA Today basically promising to do better. She begins with this line [emphasis added]:
Friday’s attempted terrorist attack against Northwest Flight 253 near Detroit is a powerful illustration that terrorists will go to great lengths to try to defeat the security measures that have been put in place since September 11, 2001.
"Great lengths?" Really? You buy a plane ticket for a kid, stick a few ounces of explosives in his nappies, then hope he’ll make it onboard and remember which end to light.
And far from choosing someone with a good chance of completing his murderous mission, the plotters picked a guy with enough red flags surrounding him to have stocked a May Day parade back in the old Soviet Union. Need we count some of the ways?
- Denied British visa.
- On some kind of US watch list.
- Father warned our embassy and various intel agencies.
- Paid cash.
- One-way ticket.
- No checked luggage.