Below the fold, the statement from Rob Simmons — GOP candidate for Senate in Connecticut, former member of the House, and former CIA officer — on the attempted bombing.
The headline, at least for me:
The bizarre claims by multiple Administration officials that ‘the system worked’ even after officials were warned about Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab’s radical leanings by his own father and he was nonetheless allowed to board a plane headed for an American city armed with explosives further demonstrates that the Administration is in a state of denial about the threat our nation faces.
Rob Simmons, candidate for U.S. Senate, made the following statement in reaction to Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula claiming responsibility for the botched airliner terrorist attack on Christmas day:
“Today’s revelations that Al Qaeda was behind the botched terrorist attack on Christmas Day should be a stark reminder that the United States is still at war with a dangerous adversary. Whether organized as terrorist groups, or loose networks of cells and individuals, Al Qaeda and its allies remain committed to attacking the American homeland. Just as alarming is the Administration’s weak response, treating this act as merely a law enforcement matter by a sole actor, rather than a thwarted attack coordinated by Al Qaeda in the ongoing war on terrorism. And the bizarre claims by multiple Administration officials that ‘the system worked’ even after officials were warned about Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab’s radical leanings by his own father and he was nonetheless allowed to board a plane headed for an American city armed with explosives further demonstrates that the Administration is in a state of denial about the threat our nation faces.
“As a former intelligence official and Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, I believe we must engage in a more comprehensive and robust approach to intelligence gathering and security measures. Unfortunately, events demonstrate not nearly enough has been done. The United States must increase information sharing between agencies and between our counterparts in other nations to identify and appropriately assess these threats as they develop, rather than learn about them after the fact.
“We must also enhance airport security, including redundant screening and enhanced screening for explosive devices, particularly with passengers from airports and nations with more lax security guidelines. Unfortunately, rather than enhance aviation security, Senator Dodd sponsored an amendment that cut aviation security funding for explosive detective systems that may have prevented Abdulmutallab from ever boarding the plane and putting so many American lives at risk.
“From publicizing interrogations methods used, opening up career intelligence officials to prosecution to even publicly accusing the Central Intelligence Agency of lying, the Obama Administration and congressional Democrats have undermined our intelligence agencies and weakened morale among the officer whom have kept us safe. Recent decisions to close Guantanamo Bay and bring the 9/11 masterminds to U.S. soil for a civilian trial further move us closer to the pre-9/11 mindset of treating terrorism as any other crime and undermines our intelligence gathering capabilities. Rather than this reckless approach, the Administration should be working toward strengthening intelligence gathering, sharing and analysis capabilities to meet the clear threats posed to our security.”