The Nigerian Firecracker

Geez, the Bush Administration sure has fallen asleep at the switch when it comes to preventing terrorism by letting this guy into the country....
King: Airline bombing suspect had 'significant terrorist connections'
By Michael O'Brien - 12/25/09 08:38 PM ET

The suspect in an alleged attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas was on a list "indicating significant terrorist connections," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Friday.

King, the top Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee, described the suspect in the attempted bombing of a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit as a 23-year-old Nigerian national with potential ties to al-Qaeda.

"He is a 23 year old Nigerian who is also - it's been confirmed to me - while he was not on a no fly list, his name was on a list for having terrorist connections," King said during an interview Christmas evening on CNN.
OK, so we the press doesn't have the Bush administration to kick around anymore, but I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that someone with connections to the Obama Administration will appear on CNN or MSNBC and present the spin that this was somehow the fault of Bush Administration policies.

Mark my words....

Though it is more likely to be an example of the return of 'The Wall' than anything else...

UPDATE: Let me add a separate but related thought... If this jihadi was able to get as far as he did because he boarded a flight in relatively security-free Nigeria (hint: outside the USA), and then didn't get another security screening in Amsterdam (again outside the USA), then why do American holiday travelers now have to get the third-degree from TSA (hint: inside the USA) on their way home from Grandma's??

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NikFromNYC said...

It's not the devil makes flying machines go, but despoiled strippers. We seek virgin strippers by blowing planes up. We kill people to get virgin sex in heaven. Really. That's what drives us. Virginity. It sounds odd to YOU, but we take it very seriously, at the Islamic Nut Company.

Isidro said...

Can you tell me how this guy got a visa to enter the US with "significant terrorist connections"!!!! I´m not a US citizen and I know how you are treated each time you have to get a visa. How come that they treat everyone as potential terrorists EXCEPT the guy who actually IS!
State Department are a BUNCH OF IDITOS.

Koblog said...

"There IS no terrorist threat!"

- Michael Moore

JAL said...

"On the way to Grandma's" Ha!

Try GRANDMA herself.

My 92 -- soon to be 93 -- year old mother was selected for a pat down 2 weeks ago on the way back home to me from my sister's in CA.

My middle aged sister was travelling with her. My mother cannot walk without assistance and walks with one of those 4 wheeled seated thingeys.

Now I know the next strategery of the Islamic terrorists will be to use blue eyed, totally white haired 4'4" grannies with walkers travelling with middle aged family member(s). It is mathematically predictable.

I think the TSA does it to illustrate that their searches are random and not profile based.

Heaven and the ACLU forbid.

mariner said...

... why do American holiday travelers now have to get the third-degree from TSA (hint: inside the USA) on their way home from Grandma's??

Because the TSA isn't about security. It's about getting Americans to accept intrusive inspections and control by government agents, that they wouldn't have accepted before 9/11.

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