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Northwest Flight 253

Christmas Bomber Suspect Linked To Alleged U.K. Terrorists

NPR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

British and U.S. intelligence authorities have linked the young Nigerian at the center of the alleged attack on Northwest Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdu...

Handling of Flight 253 Passengers May Have Missed Security Protocols

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Negroni

The fact that a second passenger was detained on Northwest flight 253 has security experts questioning whether the handling of the passengers on the ground created an additional risk at the airport.

Delta's Flight 253 Passengers Get Travel Vouchers From Delta After Foiled Terror Plot

AP | HARRY R. WEBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines Inc. is offering travel credits to passengers on the Amsterstam-to-Detroit flight that a suspected terrorist tried and...

Dov Hikind, NY Assemblyman, Calls For Ethnic Profiling Bill (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In the wake of this past weekend's attempted terror bombing, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind plans to reintroduce his 2005 bill that would allow polic...

OHS Adds "Taking Responsibility" To No Fly List

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Tom Gregory

Janet Napolitano, the Rubenesque Secretary of Homeland Security, confirmed that "the truth" and its accomplice, "taking responsibility" have been successfully detained.

Jason Linkins

Flight 253 Incident Touches Off New Round Of Religious Profiling Promotion | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here's a collection of various luminaries, granted an audience on Fox News, talking about how the incident aboard Flight 253 should touch off a new round of intense racial and ethnic profiling against Muslim-looking passengers.

GOP Plays Soft on Terrorism Card Again

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It didn't take long for anti-terrorism hawks from Joe Lieberman to GOP congresspersons to dump the lax security, terrorist watch breach, and faulty al Qaeda intelligence on President Obama.

Botched Attack Revives Scrutiny Of Bush Intelligence Reforms

The Washington Post | Karen DeYong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The failure of U.S. authorities to detect a plot to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day has reignited long-simmering concerns that intelligence refo...

New Restrictions For Air Travelers After Christmas Day Bombing Attempt

AP | JOSHUA FREED and JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Extra pat-downs before boarding. No getting up for the last hour of the flight. More bomb-sniffing dogs. Airports worldwide tightened security a day a...

Flip Side of Intelligence Failure -- Poor Response

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Negroni

Listening to the stories of several passengers, its clear in the first few hours after the removal of Mr. Mutallab from the airplane, some basic safety precautions were not taken.

Dems Hit Back, Blame Bush For Failed Terror Policies

Hotline On Call | Reid Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As GOPers begin increasingly using the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner to score political points, 2 Dems are blaming the Bush admin for ...

The Global War on Stealth Underwear

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The "systematic failure" in the nation's security -- as President Obama labeled the botched 12/24 airplane attack -- derives from the mistaken assumption that terrorism is a military rather than a criminal threat.

Sorry, Secretary Napolitano, But the System Didn't Work

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The U.S. government needs to rethink its national security apparatus and its intelligence-gathering mechanisms: We cannot protect America from terrorism using military force.

Airport Security: Everything but Accountability

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harry Shearer

If employees at the TSA see that there are no career consequences for catastrophic screwups, they will have learned a regrettable lesson: there is no price to be paid for failure.

David Gregory Gets Tougher: His Expression Says It All

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Carol Felsenthal

On the Sunday after Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab attempted to blow a hole in the side of Northwest Flight 253, the old Gregory was back: impatient, irritable, shorn of his mushy style.

From the Audacity of Hope to Hopelessness

Caroline Myss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Myss

Exactly who is in charge of policy decisions in this nation -- the administration or a single would-be terrorist bomber?

Over Detroit Skies

Roey Rosenblith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roey Rosenblith

I was on my third in-flight movie when the screaming started. That was when my fellow passenger Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab decided to ignite his explosives 19 rows ahead of me.

Sick with Terror: Inadequate Health Care Kills 45,000 Americans Per Year

Amy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Goodman

A killer that has stalked the U.S. public, claiming, by recent estimates, 45,000 lives annually. This killer is the lack of adequate health care in the U.S.

Republican Hypocrisy on Terrorism Reaches New Levels of Awful

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Preside over the biggest terrorist attack in American history and it's an epic win for President Bush. Preside over a failed attack and it's an epic fail for President Obama.

GOP Seeks Political Gain In Obama's Response To Failed Terror Attack

The Washington Post | Philip Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are jumping on President Obama's response to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner as the latest evidence that Democrats ...

Jason Linkins

Napolitano Assailed For Not Showing Sufficient 'Emotion' In Response To Flight 253 Incident | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Raw Story pulls out another objectively idiotic statement from the frantic Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.): In the wake of the attempted bombing of a plane ...

Homeland Security, Watch Lists and Terrorists-in-Plain-Sight; Obama Confronts the Audacity of Bureaucracy

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Hanft

Obama's movement captured our national imagination. But the audacity of hope has been kicked in the crotch by the audacity of bureaucracy.

LAX Among Airports Hit by New Security Overreaction

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

A Christmas Day alleged attempt to blow up a Delta-Northwest jet from Amsterdam to Detroit resulted in a hasty regrouping by security officials. But do their latest measures make any sense?

Thwarted Plane Bombing Shows Continuing Threat and Diversity of Jihadist Radicalism

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Levin, J.D.

A worldwide struggle by a transnational movement aided by the Internet and social media enables would-be "lone" fanatics anywhere to market themselves to terror groups as recruits.

The Twisted and Dangerous Republican Record on Terrorism

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We all understand that Americans have a short attention span, and an even shorter memory, but the Republicans are really counting on it as they exploit the post-underpants bomber freakout.