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In wake of terrorism attempt, Obama seeks to reassure

By Anne E. Kornblut
HONOLULU - President Obama pledged a full investigation into the attempted attack on an airliner in Christmas Day, mapping out his administration's response in his first remarks since the incident took place four days ago.

"We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable," Obama told reporters at a Marine Air base near his vacation home here. It is unclear whether the suspect acted alone or with co-conspirators. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit, but Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano said over the weekend that there was "no indication" the attacker was part of a larger plot.

In his appearance, Obama described the details of the incident, by now well-known, saying the suspect "tried to ignite an explosive device on his body, setting off a fire" and noting that he has since been charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft. Had he succeeded, Obama said, the young Nigerian man "could have killed nearly 300 passengers and crew."

"The American people should be assured that we are doing everything in our power to keep you and your families secure," Obama said.

He reiterated the steps he has taken -- ordering heightened security on airlines, including additional air marshals on flights into and out of the United States, and reviews of the terrorist watch lists kept by security agencies. Rather than just examining what, if anything, went wrong in this instance, Obama said, the administration will conduct a far-reaching review of the "overall watch list system and how it can be strengthened."

Obama connected the effort to the broader fight against the al-Qaeda network internationally, saying that he will "keep up pressure on those who would attack our country" as part of the effort to keep America safe.

Obama, who has been out of sight throughout his vacation and spending time golfing and playing basketball, broke away from his family to make the remarks. Some critics had questioned whether it was wise for the president to stay quiet so long in the wake of a terrorist attack, and over the weekend Republicans intensified their attacks on his administration's efforts to combat terrorism overall.

Shifting to another subject dominating his international agenda, Obama sharply criticized the Iranian leadership for a violent crackdown over the weekend. "The United States joins with the international community in strongly condemning the violent and unjust oppression of innocent Iranian citizens," Obama said, reiterating a statement that had been issued by his press office a day before.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 28, 2009; 3:54 PM ET
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Comments

With the Congress as god, those that wish us harm are empowered.

Posted by: RayOne | January 4, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

My analogy of President Obama choosing to stay on vacation after an attempted attack of America and Her people is this: If a mother or father are on vacation away from their children and someone attempts to attack their child what should the response be? Any loving parent would immediatly want to return to their children to be with them in their time of need or fear! The parents are the children's leader who loves them and wants to protect them. The president is our leader who is supposed to love his country and protect the people in it, we are in a sense "like his children". For me President Obama's response proves that he does not care about America or the 300 people that were flying on the plane that day.

Posted by: fee428 | January 3, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

How is the community organizer in chief, who has zero national security experience, will not use the word "terrorism", and gave us Homeland Security chief Napolitano, who thinks airline passengers are the first line of defense, going to make any clear-minded person feel secure? PROFILE!!!!!

Posted by: kfstewart | December 29, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

for someone who will not rest until.....
boy-oh-boy, he sure took his sweet time showing us just how worked up he was about it, huh?

sorry people - the reality of this is just too amusing were it not so seriously serious. what's with this administration? anyone figured out yet what the darn is going on here yet?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | December 29, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

um-hmm
so is this a way he "assures" the nation?

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=120363

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | December 29, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I'll be "reassured" when Obama stops spending The People's money.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 29, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The Islamists are getting ready for the Olympics too...I hate to say it, but watch...there will be a tragedy....and we'll be told 'not to jump to conclusions'...again...

Posted by: arioch666 | December 29, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

When Obama is on vacation who is in charge? Maybe Biden should have stepped in, like Alexander Haig did when Reagan was shot, and make a statement to reassure the people. I'm looking forward in 2012 to voting some adults back in to the White House.

Posted by: 45upnorth | December 29, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Bush had his Brownie and Obama has Janet in both cases disaster. So Janet you need to develope a serious illness or need more time with the family cause you are gone. Meanwhile I am so assured that I may go out and drink heavily. Any more 'change' on the way?
And this current vacation is only costing the taxpayer over $3 million a day. But then your friends are getting a taste of the Health Care Bill as you get to use Government doctors to treat your kids.

Posted by: KBlit | December 29, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

BOTCHED AIRLINER BOMBING NARRATIVE: JUST TOO CONVENIENT?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/botched-airliner-bombing-narrative-just-too-convenient OR www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

...and new terror fears divert attention from America's horrific domestic SHAME:

U.S. SILENTLY TORTURES AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVES, SATELLITES, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Secret Bush legacy multi-agency federal program uses cell tower/GPS satellite microwave/laser electromagnetic radiation attack system to torture, impair, subjugate "targeted" citizens -- and oversees local "community watch" vigilante terrorism and financial sabotage campaigns.

See story at: http://Poynter.org ("Reporting" section); OR www.nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 29, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Bush Jr had Brownie, Obama has Janet and in both cases disaster. So Janet you should be prepared to develop some sort of illness or need more time with family and pack your bags cause you are gone. Meanwhile I reassured. Yup!~ Really!~ Aren't you? Resassured to drink more. Now!~
And this current vacation is costing the taxpayers over $3 million a day.
Any more of this 'change' and we will be broke.

Posted by: KBlit | December 29, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama, after dithering as usual, makes a statement that condemns pro-democracy demonstrators and victims in Iran to "history", and calls the Airline terrorist "alleged". His delayed-timidity and no-action abandonment of pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran is increasing the dangers to America.
Robbing America calls it like it is and lets you VOTE on it - http://www.robbingamerica.blogspot.com

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | December 29, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Obama will 'reassure' America when someone replaces him, who cares more about the security of this Country, than how foreigners view him/her!! Obama is proving to be a TOTAL DISASTER!! So tired of his broken record mouth piece Robert Gibbs trying to blame others for his dithering president's shortcomings and foibles!

Posted by: wheeljc | December 29, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"i guess it sucks to be playing 18 holes on a golf course when there is a national emergency... you just don't want to quit playing, huh?

LOL"

National emergency??? Seriously?

Posted by: mikem1 | December 29, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

President Obama White House Policy Manual

Section 46(b)

Presidential Briefings-Vacations

(i)During vacations, the President is NOT to be immediately disturbed if there is a terrorist bomb attack on americans during landing in the United States, UNLESS Dem leadership or Newsmedia allstars (limited to Wash Po, NYT, and ABC tv--NOT Fox) are on the plane

(ii)However, if a Presidential guest is hit with a surfboard, but no stitches are required, the Secret Service will immediately brief and conduct high speed emergency evac of Barack Obama from golf course.

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 29, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Mr. President, you and your staff couldn't keep the Salahis, uninvited "guests", from penetrating White House security and shaking your hand and Big Joe Biden's hand.

Its no surprise you and your staff can't keep a known terrorist from boarding a US plane bound for the US with a bomb in his underwear.

Janet's resignation should already be on your desk. That's how a real leader holds people accountable. She's a serial screw up and yet you still claim you need to investigate?

Posted by: krankyman | December 29, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Hey Anne, why didn't you bother to tell us that the Prez also said this man was an "isolated" extremist? Yep, had to watch the footage on Fox.

Isolated, my butt. How is going to Yemen and being given explosives "isolated?" Not to mention AL Qaeda taking credit. And the Prez is "reassuring" us? All's he's doing is confirming he's still clueless and unwilling to tell with terrorism.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | December 29, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

The TSA reaction here at home is unwarranted and oppresive. It stems from the ignorance/incompetence of the past republican administration and its policies that have yet to be reviewed and harms the airlines revenue ability, and those whom need the passengers and the businesses within within the airport to continue. The issue is at the foreign checkpoints and visas being issued to foreignors.

Homeland Security Clears Terrorists To Fly and Immigrate
December 28, 2009

CONTACT: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC)
(866) 703-0864

William Gheen wrote;
"Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is asking their more than 30,000 national supporters to contact their members of Congress today to demand immediate Congressional investigations to determine why the Department of Homeland Security is continuing to give valid U.S. visas to millions of people on the terrorism watch lists, including the Detroit Flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab."

This sounds reasonable rather than impede american air travelers.

Posted by: davidmoore1 | December 29, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Consider what Obama finds worth stopping a game of golf for and ... maybe we as simple citizens should fear his obvious priorities?

From NYT today:

"Obama, on vacation in the island state where he grew up, raced home in his motorcade in a bit of high drama shortly after arriving at a lush golf course for an afternoon game.

The child, identified by the White House as the son of Obama's friends Eric and Cheryl Whitaker, is now well and did not require stitches as first suggested, an official said."

Posted by: sally62 | December 29, 2009 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Evidently putting on a tie was too much trouble. What a doosh..

Posted by: wewintheylose | December 29, 2009 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Heck of a job Barakie. Napolitano and Gibbs looked like idiots over the weekend trying to push your talking points about the system working. I'm sure you were pi$$ed you had to leave the golf course when no one bought it. It was then right back to the golf course after reading your less that reassuring statement. The only thing you didn't say was "Now, watch this drive."

Get ready for the liberal media shills to jump in next. We'll get a combo of the following articles to cover Obambi's arse over the next few days: 1) Anyone who is unhappy with this administration's response is playing politics, 2) It's all Bush's fault 3) Being President is really, really hard.

Lemma be clear: You asked for this job knowing the problems beforehand. Quit whining like a community organizer and grow up.

Posted by: gorams1 | December 29, 2009 6:03 AM | Report abuse

President Obama should stay on vacation for about 6 months. His DHS Secretary should join him. H*ll, his entire Cabinet should join him, along with Pelosi, Reid, Frank, and Dodd.

Posted by: JHG_sec405 | December 29, 2009 3:37 AM | Report abuse

george w bush is probably laughing his butt off at this...

he didn't do sht after katrina and was chastised..

and now barack "18 holes" obama didn't do anything for 4 DAYS!

LOl

i guess it sucks to be playing 18 holes on a golf course when there is a national emergency... you just don't want to quit playing, huh?

LOL

way to go obama! you have just proven yourself to be as worthless as george w bush was...

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 29, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama could reassure the nation with two words: "I resign."

Posted by: bob59 | December 29, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

The soundest, most inexpensive and surest way to eliminate terrorism that feeds on overwhelming injustice practiced by corrupt, family-run, authoritarian regimes IS TO ELIMINATE ITS INTAKE. Such regimes have been and will continue to be an annoying drag on DEMOCRATICALLY elected governments. We all know the causes of this cancer and it is not impossibe to uproot it unless there are special interests, too!

Posted by: chawsheen | December 29, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Airline stock went into the toilet today, when word got out the airlines were told not to let people use the potty on the plane.

I guess we will all have to wear adult diapers or Depends when we travel now. Janet should start looking for a new job.

Posted by: alance | December 28, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Just wait for the first terrorist to smuggle a bomb on board an airplane by hiding it in his rectal cavity ???
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I'm waiting for a blond 'bombshell' with enlarged breasts, the sacks filled with liquid explosives instead of silicone. She drops her bra and while the passengers oggle her booobs she gives her nipples a hard twist, and kaboom!

Posted by: fudador | December 28, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

If we need reassurance of our security then we are a nation of wimps. Don't we have nuclear submarines, nuclear missiles, atom bombs, hydrogen bombs, intercontinental bombers, cruise missiles out our wazoo, spy satellites, gunships, gunship helicopters, a missile shield, turbine-powered tanks, aircraft carriers, supersonic fighters and lots lots more? And we need reassurance?? Give me a break.

Posted by: fudador | December 28, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

As ever, the Obama and his Secretary of DHS remain clueless and uninformed about the threats facing Americans.

What will it take to awaken these idiots from their dreams of a Wonderful World?

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | December 28, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

When did I hear this Presidential reassurance last? September 11, 2001, right after the attack and no one was watching the store.

The Taliban in Afghanistan were the culprits, so Junior Bush and his cronies allow all Junior Bush's close Bin-Laden family personal friends to emergency exit the US on the first private jet out (when all other flights were grounded), and let Osama himself avoid capture in Bora Bora. So, in retaliation for 9/11, we invaded Iraq, who had nothing to do with 9/11, and let the Taliban and all Bin-Laden folks avoid prosecution.

Seems that the Yemenis are the culprits in this 9/11 attempted repeat. Following the logic of the previous attack, I expect Obama to retaliate to this terror event by attacking Iran, possibly followed by attacking Pakistan.

Curious US Government logic. I really feel safe now.


Posted by: MrZ2 | December 28, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse


The worst economy in 70 years, with millions out of work; more than 100,000 overseas fighting two wars; an additional 1,500 troops sent to Afghanistan just days before Christmas; and the president couldn't give up his golf and make-do with a modest vacation at Camp David.

When did Obama switch to the Republican Party?

Posted by: WylieD | December 28, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

This is the weakest administration in the history of the USA bar none. Including Jimmy Carter's administration. This administration of leftists has given the Christmas Day Muslim bomber miranda rights. They have allowed him to get lawyers. The Muslim terrorist should be getting interrogated but this radical leftist administration are more interested in giving the rights of American citizens to terrorist then they are in protecting the American people. Whose side are these clowns on? They say they love the United States with their lips but deny that with their actions. On top of the incompetence of the Obama administration 80% of the media are guilty of aiding and abetting this administration in their ineptness. The media are largely to blame for weakening our country. They are also to blame for American casualties in the war on terror because they refuse to hold this president, his administration, including the so-called national security chief Janet Napolitano accountable. It is time for the silent majority to rise up and hold the radical, obnoxious, noisy, vociferous minority accountable.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | December 28, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Obama should have done a fly over at Detroit and peered out the window just like G W Bush did at New Orleans.

Posted by: twm1 | December 28, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Where the he11 is "Sheriff Joe", when you need him ?

"Nobody Messes With Joe"

Posted by: dashriprock | December 28, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Just wait for the first terrorist to smuggle a bomb on board an airplane by hiding it in his rectal cavity ???

Then WE will not only take off our shoes, we will undergo cavity searches at the Airport Security Check Points ???

I just feel it coming ???

Posted by: thgirbla | December 28, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

If Obama left office it would reassure me!

Posted by: astro2009 | December 28, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse


"Obama seeks to reassure"

The President put the"ass" back in "reassure".

Posted by: WylieD | December 28, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

How interesting Republicans are whining, bi!ching, moaning and griping and happily blaming President Obama for this failed terrorist attempt but don't mention that they are holding up the nomination of the director of the TSA.


It seems Senator DeMint of South Carolina is holding up the nomination of the Director of the TSA because of some problem he has with unions. It seems if Republicans truly believed in this country and want what is best for the American people they wouldn't be politicising this failed terrorist attempt and they wouldn't be playing politics when it comes to allowing the nomination for the Director of the TSA.

Listening to Republicans and the many people posting on the various blogs it is almost as if they can't wait for something bad to happen just so they can blame President Obama and whine about how incompetent he is.

Never once did any Democratic Senator or Representative or anyone else for that matter come out after 9/11 and act in the manner that Republicans have been acting. They never blamed Bush and when ever anyone came close to saying anything against Bush or his plans Republicans came out in mass and vilified them.

Republicans and you Obama haters are really unpatriotic and in fact aiding and abetting the enemy.

Posted by: catmomtx | December 28, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to be the proverbial "stick-in-the-mud," but if he can't stare down a bunch of freshman weenie "blue dogs," I can't see him staring down a bunch of terrorists in Yemen.

Sorry.

Posted by: singleseatbiggermeat | December 28, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Whaaat?!
No shout outs first?!

What gives Obama?
We Americans are finding it hard to believe you only took a few days to comment on the attempted terrorist attack.
Oh, I mean man made catastrophe...not terrorist attack

"This episode is an isolated extremist"--- Barack Obama

A delusional community organizer pretending to be the president of the United States....incredible.

Posted by: factsmatter1 | December 28, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

"We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable."

(head down... shoulders square...)

"The American people should be assured that we are doing everything in our power to keep you and your families secure."

(knees slightly bent... relaxed breathing...)

"keep up pressure on those who would attack our country"

(left arm straight... easy back... hit through the ball...)

"The United States joins with the international community in strongly condemning the violent and unjust oppression of innocent Iranian citizen."

(rotate the shoulders through...

Posted by: EddietheInfidel | December 28, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The 5 minute "update" speech was a yawner as we already knew everything he said (But I bet he JUST found out and thought we should know)..then, he sprinted back to the beach so he didn't have to answer ANY questions from the adoring press...what a leader...NOT.

Posted by: powerange | December 28, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"we will not rest" until we rest a little more on the beach and the golf course...and the leftie dem libs criticized President Bush for going to Crawford, TX....this President hasn't had a weekend at the White House the whole year..."Joker in Chief"...and "Leaderless in America" continues with the Obama administration.

Posted by: powerange | December 28, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Nice of Obama to come off the beach after 3 days to assure us all is well. CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN. --- LOL.

Posted by: suesue2 | December 28, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

"The American people should be assured that we are doing everything in our power to keep you and your families secure," Obama said.
______________________________________________

Beginning when? Late Christmas Day? Maybe December 26th? Yesterday?

Posted by: mftill | December 28, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this is wonderful! We're being assured by Obama that all is well and that he's on top of everything. Hmmm. Interesting. It now seems that this "isolated incident" committed by this "lone wolf" wasn't so isolated after all and this TERRORIST wasn't so alone. Wake up, Mr. Obama. This is a WAR ON TERRORISM and nothing you or your Chicago pals "rename" what's happening in the world in order to placate your left wing supporters is going to change that. Quit playing politics with my life!

Posted by: georges2 | December 28, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Come on, we know what's going to happen as a result of this. President Obama said he was going to close Gitmo because it created more terrorism. That's the way President Obama thinks. Anything to avoid angering the Muslims. Based on how President Obama thinks, he will move next to close all the airports because they create terrorist. Anything to avoid angering the Muslims.

Posted by: houstonian | December 28, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Porcelainproductions: You are not going to be saving anything until you can control your temper and figure out how to get along with people....with all your rhetoric and name calling, it just makes you sound infantile and boorish

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 28, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barry... it took you long enough..... what, did someone forget to pack the TOTUS and needed to FedEx it to Hawaii?

Posted by: rg019571 | December 28, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The way these Tea Bagging Semantic Terrorist sound,they might has well join Al Queda.
Why do you support the enemy and bad mouth anything that is more information than any of you appear to be able to process?

Freedom of Speech does not mean demeaning everything just for the sake of hearing your lips flap like a fart in the breeze.

Posted by: thomascanada | December 28, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

The writers of these Posts, who bow down to the Rush Limbaughs and FOX News, have some really tough head-jobs to overcome as it relates to President Obama....These people are consumed by hatred and stupidity and who are actually wishing for any horror to visit this country...in the ignorance it will bring down Obama. I've got news for them, Obama will do eight years, or seven more years to go. Get used to it my "fellow Americans"...Ha!

Posted by: october30 | December 28, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Shut up stupid rednecks and old people. The US and Isreal created this problem. No such thing as God. We the smart people will save the world, when you God fearing dip sh*ts jump off.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | December 28, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"The Liar in Chief" is still studying whether it was an act of Terrorism or just a disgruntled Frequent Flyer ???

Posted by: thgirbla | December 28, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

"We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable," Obama told reporters... before going back to his B-Ball game, and crafting the rest of the words to go on Janet N's "You're-doing-a-Heck-of-a-job" plaque

The word on the street here in DC is that Obama intends to announce plans to resign, team up with OJ, and together, they'll find the real killers and bring the terrorists to justice.

If that actually is the case, and not wishful thinking, then we'll all be much safer than we would be otherwise... even if neither of them find the parties they're searching for.

Posted by: dbsinOakRidge | December 28, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"We will not rest until these criminals are brought to Justic," said President Obama, who then returned to the golf course to complete his round.

Posted by: gene4655 | December 28, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

It was 3am when the phone rang at a poolside bar at a hotel on Maui. Three mile island had just melted down and I was in need of a Mai Tai...

Posted by: truthhurts | December 28, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

As a proud American I can say that this president has no clue on national security. He will need 6-9 months to study want occurred and dozens of meeting.

To me this was an arrogant attach on my life by a sick bunch of Muslims that have no respect for others.

Posted by: robinhood2 | December 28, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

After reading these posts I am completely convinced that Republicans are evil. For the life of me – I don’t know why President Obama keeps kissing their tails. Appointing them to high offices and caving in to their insane belief systems. At this I could careless about either one of them. I hope they impeach him after they take over in early in 2011.

Posted by: question-guy | December 28, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

OK - I'm just about tired of this. Eight stupid years after 9/11 and we're still walking through the same tired-a_sed magnetometers we had THEN - AFTER spending a GAZILLION bucks on a new government bureaucracy, going to war on rigged intelligence findings, surrendering the last of our Constitutional safeguards . . . and having to listen to the likes of Rush Limbaugh and his clones . . . some jerkoff gets on a plane with the SAME CRAP as the shoe bomber and ALMOST makes it to Paradise!!!

CRAP!!!

After EIGHT YEARS, where's the Magic Security Booth I'm required to step in prior to getting on a plane? Bite me on the concerns about looking at my package or her boobs! I'm just about TIRED OF TAKING MY SHOES OFF FOR NO APPARENT REASON!!!

If you're THAT worried about how you look naked honey, put down that doughnut and get your fat a_s on a treadmill.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | December 28, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

More signs of terrorism on our soil!


Executive Order -- Amending Executive Order 12425
EXECUTIVE ORDER
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AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOL
AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO
ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words "except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act" and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 16, 2009.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-amending-executive-order-12425

Why would INTERPOL be arresting American citizens on our own soil, without oversight from our own law enforcement agencies? And remember, citizens who are thusly arrested would have no legal authority to demand full documentation from the International Police concerning the charges brought against them. At least one answer to these questions is very clear. A coup is underway in the United States of America, the goal of which is to establish complete, unquestioned authority over the citizens--a 'fundamental change' to the United States where citizens have no legal recourse against an authoritarian central government.

Posted by: williepete1 | December 28, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

This terror incident is just routine. They will be common oneday, just like traffic accidents. We will not be able to war on all countries involved so we need to find another way to lessen terrorism.

We will need to do things like landing 100,000 airborne troops into the West Bank to war on Israeli settlers and move them out. We need to turn the tide. And we will have to be tough about it.

Right now they provide fodder for the news media to encourage politicians to attack one another.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 28, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

How amusing to read the drones respond to the latest act of terrorism. Fortunately, we now have the sanest and most intelligent President since Jimmy Carter. Most of those in the interim would have waved their vacation hats and announced ji-had with unlimited "collateral damage."

It's good to read this entire comments section. That provides insight to what the true crazies in this nation are drilling into the heads of their sheep.

Posted by: revbookburn | December 28, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

mauimedicine:

Do you believe that "true" Christians prayed for Hitler to fail?

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

just read the Anti Christ rant. i was born and raised a mid west Christian. Jesus is about FAITH, not FEAR. when Republicans have internet PRAYER MEETINGS for Democrats to fail, i really think that borders on WITCHCRAFT. fact: when fear takes over the brain, it goes into Flight or Fight mode and cannot think logically. Jesus taught LOVE and positive Prayerfulness. God Bless you, the USA and the planet we are to be stewards of.

Posted by: mauimedicine | December 28, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse


Hope the reviews cover the TSA big time.

CNN had it this morning of how some reporters were equipped with incendiary devices within back braces.....
walked right on through the TSA Security Screener. Waved his wand a couple times and that was it.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the terrorist is a relative of Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 28, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

if various government workers would cooperate instead of competing (CIA - FBI, Democrats - Republicans) they would be more effective if they cooperated. though King and Hoekstra are quick to criticise, are they blaming others because they did not do their job, which should include thinking. what is the responsibility of their committee? oversee coordination of the various agencies? and, why are Republicans holding up Obamas Security appointees? where is constructive criticism here.

Posted by: mauimedicine | December 28, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Spread the word people. The mark of the beast on your forehead is when you accept the Anti-Christ through blind faith. The mark of the beast on your hand is when you accept the Anti-Christ through gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ that you have all read about. You have been warned.

Posted by: makom | December 28, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA wrote, "A white guy jumps a black guy on the plane!!! WHERES JESSE? WHERES AL? WHERES PROFESSOR GATES?"

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LOL

i guess next we can expect obama to invite the white hero from holland and the black terrorist from nigeria over to the white house so they can sit on the lawn with drinking beers, smoking cigarettes, and working out their "issues".

such a loving administration.. it just makes me want to cry.

*sigh*

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 28, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

The world laughs at Obama...nobody cares what he thinks.

Posted by: JCM-51 | December 28, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

A white guy jumps a black guy on the plane!!! WHERES JESSE? WHERES AL? WHERES PROFESSOR GATES?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 28, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse


In an exclusive interview today on the prime network news show Oprah, President Obama was asked what could have been done differently to stop the terrorist that tried to explode a bomb on transatlantic flight from Holland, 253;

Oprah; "Mister President."

Obama; "Just call me sweet cheeks.. you know i like that from you.."

Oprah; "Yes, Mister President.. errr.. Sweet Cheeks.."

Obama; "Thank you."

Oprah; "Mister... Sweet Cheeks.. what could have been done differently regarding the boarding of that terrorist in Holland. How could he have been prevented from entering the United States?"

Obama; "Well Oprah.. nothing. We tried to stop him from boarding the flight in Holland destined for the U.S., but even if we stopped him from boarding a jetliner.. he still would have gotten into the U.S."

Oprah; "B-b-but HOW?"

Obama; "He would have taken the bus."

Oprah; "From HOLLAND? How on earth would he have done that!"

Obama; "Well, DUH. He would have taken the freeway."

Oprah; "Well, silly me."

Obama; "Oprah.. did I tell you I almost got a job with Homeland Security and TSA? They thought I was pretty smart."

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 28, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse


Mr. Schurings - that is the Hero from Holland i believe.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama the pawn of Wall Steet,Israel and the oligarchy wants to start another war in the Mid East,this time with Iran.Seppin Fetchit had more self respect

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Posted by: iofferkicks286msncom | December 28, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

lousy Al Qaeda

they know our safety and screening devices aren't sophisicated for some of these incendiary devices---so they train everyone in making them.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I expect Obama to say the Hero from Holland "acted stupidly". Can't have guys saving the lives of hundreds and attacking flaming terrorists who might be minorities.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 28, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse


OK. so security isn't his strong point. But he has a nice smile and his wife planted a vegetable garden. What's not to like?

Posted by: WylieD | December 28, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

......."How does someone on a watch list who pays for the airline ticket with cash and no luggage not raise a RED FLAG and not get pulled from the flight?"

he boards in holland.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama is taking care of protecting golf courses.

I guess the rest of us will have to take care of the rest of the country.

But if you care too much, you will be prosecuted by Eric Holder and the PC Police, and their left-wing CAIR and ACLU bosses.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 28, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

hey boy hussein HOW IS THAT GLOBAL WARMING GOING FOR YOU?

ABOUT AS WELL AS MAKING THE WORLD LOVE US AND NOT ATTEMPT TO KILL US.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | December 28, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

B2O2 -- hmmmm.. isn't B2O2 the chemical composition for a fart?

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 28, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

B2O2:

You haven't been following his approval ratings much if you think everyone who voted for Obama last time around is going to do the same in 2012.

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama screeched off the golf course like a bat out of hell when a privileged and pampered child of his golf billionaire buddy gets a boo-boo. Yet, no sign of concern when almost 300 people are blown up by a terrorist, and a brave Hero from Holland is burned protecting US citizens.

Hmm.

This is our president????

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 28, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

How does someone on a watch list who pays for the airline ticket with cash and no luggage not raise a RED FLAG and not get pulled from the flight?

Good job Homeland Security...

Posted by: Logan1245 | December 28, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

A Republican Wingnut Club membership test. This person scored 100% (congratulations):

1. When the daily intelligence briefing handed to you by your National Security Adviser says that a well-known international terrorist who is wanted for a previous strike on the US is "determined to attack the US", this is:

[ ] Actionable intelligence

[x] Intell noise that a president could be forgiven for ignoring, even after 3,000 people are dead

2. When someone deep in the bowels of the country's security apparatus gets a phone call from a nervous parent, among several thousand other similar info tidbits that day, this is:

[x] Actionable intelligence that a president should be held personally responsible for, even if no one (thank heavens and a quick Dutchman) ends up getting killed

[ ] An intell signal that we need to find better ways of sorting out from the noise

Posted by: B2O2 | December 28, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

((rolling)))

it sounds like one of these "logic problems"...

okay, a radical in Holland gets on a plane, travelling at a speed of,
with a device on --heading for Detroit...
now, with a calculation of etc, etc...
how long before the device backfires cause he's been sitting for 8 hours?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Upon hearing of the news banning all incoming flights into the U.S. mainland, President Obama called Janet Napolitano immediately after he finished his 18 holes of golf;

Obama; "Janet?"

Janet; "Yes?"

Obama; It's me. The big kahuna. The main man. The man with the plan."

Janet; "Yes Obama, I recognize your voice."

Obama; "I was wondering.. about that flight ban you have imposed on the U.S."

Janet; "Yes?"

Obama; "Well.. I can't land in Washington, right?"

Janet; "That's correct."

Obama; "What about California?"

Janet; "Nope. That's in the mainland as well."

Obama; "Oregon?"

Janet; "Nope."

Obama; "Texas?"

Janet; "Nope."

Obama; "Chicago?"

Janet; "Mister President, you can't land at ALL in the continental United States!"

Obama; "Well.. how about Iowa. That's an island. Can I land there?"

Janet; "What?!?"

Obama; "It's an island. Just like Hawaii. It has a 'W' in it's name. That's how I know it's an island. Can I land there?"

Janet; "Okay Obama. You can't land in the continental United States, but you can land in Iowa."

Obama; "Sweeeeeeet! Thanks Jan! Now I'm going to go shoot some hoops! I gotta stay in shape, you know.. just in case Hillary challenges me to some mud wrestling.. GRRRRR..."

Janet; "Mister President.. let me guess. Geography wasn't your best subject, was it.."

Obama; "No ma'am. Shooting hoops was!"

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 28, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

The one you're using is about as mindlessly Republican as it can get.

Posted by: B2O2


YES WE CAN CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN YES WE CAN CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN-talk about "mindless" voters, eh lib?

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 28, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

AuthoritativeAuthoritarian, no one's falling for your "disaffected Obama voter" act. And if you're going to continue this trolling technique, at least get a believable nickname. The one you're using is about as mindlessly Republican as it can get.

Posted by: B2O2 | December 28, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

.

NEWSFLASH, Washington - Janet Napolitano has just announced a ban on all incoming flights into the United States mainland until further notice. Quoting the Homeland Security Chief, "This ban is designed to keep Americans safe. It is very possible that this incoming flight ban will last for up to 3 years. No planes whatsoever will be allowed into our country." When asked by a reporter if this would affect the President, she said, "Yes, unfortunately President Obama is on Air Force One, which is out of the U.S. mainland, so he will not be able to return to Washington until possibly 2012."

Film at 11

.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 28, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

A refreshing change from Bush/Cheney, who fought tooth and nail against the formation of the 9/11 Commission - a little tidbit that our media seems to have long forgotten.

Posted by: B2O2 | December 28, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse


okay, question...

how could we have stopped this radical from getting on a plane in Holland?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse


well, nancy reagan would travel on air force one with
1- hair dresser
2-interior designer
3-astrologer.....

on our dime..
so a President calling an ambulance shouldn't be too big a deal.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama has announced in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in America he and Pelosi will re-double their efforts to imprison:

1. CIA agents,

2. Church goers,

3. Returning soldiers,

4. Tea Party protesters,

5. Navy SEALs, and

6. Greatly expand his snitch program.

Posted by: bob59 | December 28, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

so let's see if i got this right.

it takes obama 4 days to address the public after a bomb failed to go off on an airliner bound for the united states.

he has little family guests traveling with him, he is playing golf with his buddies from chicago... i'm sure his mother in law is with him stuffing her face with cheetos while sprawled out on a chaise lounge..

wtf?

has obama turned air force one INTO A PARTY BUS?!?!

and NOTHING is important enough to bother him while on vacation except a 7 year old tht falls off a surfboard?

THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE DIED IN THE AIR DON'T MATTER?!?

wow.

i think i voted for the wrong person.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 28, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

JESUS CHRIST!! Is Obama serious?? What does he mean when he says, "We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable"...???

OK, its easy Obama, they are call Al-Qaeda! Because of your lack of focus on real threats to American citizens we nearly had another terrorist attack within the United States. Thank goodness for 'technical problems'! I hope your vacation in Hawai'i is going well! What a joke!!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | December 28, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

cms1:

Again, that assumes that Obama was even born in Hawaii and is legally President. Also, giving him any benefit of the doubt is no longer possible after those who posted that Bush personally planted demolitions at the WTC prior to 9/11. Did YOU similarly denounce them?

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

what is old fashioned justice?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

well, take your pick..
Iran or Yemen
or both.

Just like the Afpak War we are in.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Yea right, WY2K was going to get bin Laden too. Let's go to war with Iran, Africa, the boogie man in teh dark too.

www.nextrevolution.net

If we held the terrorist on our payroll in DC accountable for busting US, took all past, & present representatives retriement, starting with lobbyists, repaid Social Security, & then took all campaign finance retroactive to 2000, terrorist in all the countries we can't afford to police would forget about US.

Next we gve banks an option, no mortgage patments for a year or until the economy gets better, those who lost homes get them back, or we all quit paying our mortgage. Tell insuranc eocmpanies we can pay $100 a month & that's it, take it oor leave it because that is health care reform.

They all made their trillions now it't time to support US through the tough times or get out. Our families are fighting these wars & I'll be damned if we should be put on the street while the crooks who broke US make millions. If Obama had a half set he'd have told them a long time ago!

Laden said himself all we need to do is hold our crooks accountable. Since the DC deadbets broke US along with their partners in crime, banks, insurance, agri corruption, defense, & the rest of the contributors, isn't it about time we did just that?

We could solve all our problems by getting rid of 535 dead beats, put millions back to work, shut the crooked banks like Goldman Sachs down, & do business with reputable banks who don't rip US off comeing & going through the Cayman Islands.

Eliminate the two controlling parties, all they do is fail, vote in the other, fail, vote in theother, fail & look where it has US. Trillions in debt, two wars working on three, economy busted, millions out of work, & we call this representation? Only a fool would keep going for this scam! Are there really that many guttles fools in this country?

Why are the American people being whinps about this, let's have some old fashioned justice, be done with it, & get America on track.

Posted by: greyghost1 | December 28, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Yada Yada Yada. Send in the Marines. Attack Attack Attack!

This is just a routine attempt at terrorism. Course, the knuckle heads in the service will be glad to get into another war we cannot win.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 28, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

PERFECT EXAMPLE AS WHY THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET. THEY EMBRACE PEOPLE LIKE TERRORIST BILL AHERS WHO BOMBED A FEDERAL JUDGES HOUSE WHILE HIS FAMILY WAS ASLEEP IN THE HOUSE BUT HAVE UTTER CONTEMPT FOR GUYS LIKE ME WHO PUT OUR LIVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT IDIOTS LIKE MADDOG. WARS WE CAN'T WIN HUH MADDOG. WE COULD WIN EVERY WAR QUICKLY IF IT WERE NOT FOR LIBERALS LIKE YOU WHO JUST WANT TO HOLD HANDS, SMOKE A JOINT AND SAY IT'S ALL GOOD. LITTLE PUNK AS_ LIBERAL.

Posted by: Cobra2 | December 28, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

I see we have another General taking the bait. We don't need anymore wars. It ain't getting us anywhere.

If we can get the common soldier to say they won't fight no more we will be half way home to no more terrorism.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 28, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

hey kids!

barack "fearless f'in president" obama came out from under his bed today and saw his shadow!

he looked at his teleprompter and said, "aaaaaannnnd.. i'm the president. aaaaaaand.. i'm obama. aaaaaaannnd.. i'm awesome. aaaaaaaaand i have to go stand in the 3 foot waves and go pee."

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 28, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

If Obama Wants To Find Out Who Is At Fault And Accountable,All He Has To Do Is, "LOOK IN ANY MIRROW"!!

Posted by: sdavis4 | December 28, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Americans are a wonderful people. Endowed with the inalienable right to question what is right to what is left to what is up to what is down. Over and over and over again. It can't get any better than that in any country around this whole world, can it. No it can't.
So, here we find ourselves, in the middle of having thwarted a terrorist attack against our country and fighting one another, tooth and nail. Did the Civil War end, or not? Oh, ha ha, just a joke.
Here we are with citizens, an international citizen at that, having thwarted a terrorist attack and we can do nothing but put blame on someone. Just like us.
Whatever. Do not, under any circumstances, give up the notion of blaming someone. Oh NO!
Most of all, do NOT ever, under any circumstances, let the average citizen become aware of the fact that they COUNT.
Just call this guy who jumped on the terrorist a "hero" and let him go. Discount what he did with the appellation of "hero" and disregard the fact that our national security actually depends on the likes of him and that airplane crew and those passengers.
Give them a bounce on the television and then get your minds around the "true" reason why this whole thing happened.
And, what is that? Well, we just must simply pay enormous amounts of money to every country in this world to screen us from potential, or real, terrorists. That's all we must do.
We don't have to rely on ourselves to keep an eye out for terrorists. We must simply rely on "systems", which, by the way we are utterly unwilling to pay for, and, bingo: no terrorists because that have been screened ahead of time by "systems" that we are unwilling to pay for, oh yeah.
My point is: we are ALL in this war against terrorism and it is utterly without profit for ANY of us to blame our fellow citizens when our common enemy attempts to defeat us.
Quit blaming our politicians for EVERYTHING. I don't care which political party you belong to. Have we NO feeling of being simply Americans are war?

Posted by: cms1 | December 28, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I would much rather hear some reassurance that something is being done about the meathead drivers texting on their mobiles or the drunks who cause thousands of road deaths a year. I would much rather hear some reassurance that the thousands of gun deaths a year are being remediated by controlling the sale and ownership of guns and putting illegal gun owners behind bars for meaningful sentences, like 25 years. I couldn't care less about the likelihood that the terrorists are going to succeed in blowing up an airplane more than the 1 time in 15,000,000 that they do succeed, which is the actual statistic. I. Don't. Care. I want the government to do something about the everyday violence and stupidity that makes all of our lives precarious, not trying to root out every nutcase in the world with a grudge against the US.

Posted by: PJTramdack | December 28, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

there was not alot that the "already in place USA processes"
would have stopped-in this matter.

remember the facts in this....

the reviews ordered by President Obama are necessary for our processes to be streamlined and upgraded. Not Holland's.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"After a brief delay, Obama returned to the [golf]course."

http://wcbstv.com/breakingnewsalerts/president.obama.ambulance.2.1394219.html

LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"i will not rest until the nation is secure" . . . . "FORE!".

Posted by: rplat | December 28, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

motownlivs:

Yes.

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

We don`t need to be "reassured".We need some action that suggests Obama actually grasps reality.He can drag Hillary and some of the feckless bureaucrats at the State Department in for some answers that focus on why this terrorist`s father was virtually ignored when he warned us.He could fire Napolitano ... a buffoon who finally admitted the system didn`t work.Instead of incarcerating the terrorist in a federal prison,he could have been sent to Gitmo where the CIA could interrogate him,as opposed to the FBI sitting with his lawyer and getting zippo cooperation.After a year in office ,Obama still thinks he can BS his way through or around every crisis or incident.It isn`t working and he appears to be the last person who will figure it out!

Posted by: bowspray | December 28, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter:

Then you shouldn't have quoted "Obama had no executive experience entering the presidency, and by his inactions and lack of resolve has shown he isn't presidential material." Followed by "Not true and you know it."

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

While terrorists are getting closer and closer to actually killing Americans here at home, it's nice to know that Obama is golfing on Hawai'i and promising a full investigation.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | December 28, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Please.

Most critical thinking people know that Janet Napolitano was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security to reward the militant lesbian voting block. Does anyone really believe she was appointed based on her qualification as a Homeland Security expert?

Whow, Watch Out!! Is that Shara behind that tree with a moose gun?!

Posted by: L1ncon | December 28, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

FIRST FIND THE INEPT WHO FAILED TO PUT THIS GUY ON NO FLIGHT LIST DESPITE HIS FATHER TOLD US HE WAS A THREAT. SAME PRE 9/11 FAILURES.STOP THE BULL HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE. PERHAPS I'M ASKING TOO MUCH.

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | December 28, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

meanwhile,

gibbs forgets to turn off his pocket microphone and the press corps hears a glimpse of the REAL white house

"napolitano has f (expletive deleted) up again. she is in time-out--1 more foul up or if the approval ratings drop 5 she is past tense."

"so get the usual BS release ready that we regret to accept her resignation, service to america , understand she will spend time with her family,and my talking points to stab her in the back as she leaves."

"the boss neds a list of gimmes from lieberman if he does axe her, so we need a list of what we want if boss tells lieberman he will fire her for lieberman."

"whats wrong with the idiot from the nyt--she fouled up the question. ice her for 2 days."

"nbc kissed the ring--they have earned a booty call. give them something about to be leaked."

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 28, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

It could be that the incompetent democrats will be tossed out of office in 2010 and the President actually not be reelected. Could our country survive seven more years of this?
There is no rationalization or excuse for the series of blunders of Mr. Obama. Those who watch closely know that he is an uncommitted, tentative, narcissist, and merely reacts with speeches to calm, those he perceives to be idiots.

Posted by: mharwick | December 28, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter:

It is ABSOLUTELY TRUE that Obama had no executive experience. YMMV as to whether he has shown himself to be Presidential material since ; )

Posted by: JakeD

I am not talking about the President. I am addressing the CEO reference. Please pay attention. I agree with you on his executive experience by the way or lack there of.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | December 28, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

well, the new word, i guess is

radicalized...

you can be of any culture, but are you radicalized?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think it's a bit of a conflict of interest to have Anne one day writing an article about women running for the presidency, and the next an article covering Obama? I mean, she didn't even cover in article how Obama acted towards Clinton and Palin last year, his and his campaigns sexist remarks, as well as the media's pro-Obama anti-female attitude. So, are we to assume that she took such an approach to Clinton and Palin's treatment because she didn't want to offend Obama for reporting reasons? I think that's a real shame.

Posted by: motownlivs | December 28, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Lawlady584:

Where's the Islamic rage over terrorist acts? That's my point. I've never witnessed a Muslim group protest in my city nor have I heard of Muslim groups protesting in other Western nation cities against their own terrorist groups and the murdering of the innocent. But I certainly remember the Muslim outrage over a silly Dutch cartoon a few years back that brought millions of protestors out world-wide and resulted in scores dying.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_cartoons_controversy


Posted by: aznavcat | December 28, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

((rolling)

heck no, CEOs are in the back room ripping off your 401k(s)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter:

It is ABSOLUTELY TRUE that Obama had no executive experience. YMMV as to whether he has shown himself to be Presidential material since ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

hold the phone

these reviews were called for immediately....
on friday
(while napilotano was making all the air waves)

he just came out today and publicly announced it.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I feel reassured. Reassured that Napolitano will return to her real job, keeping the southern border open, working on amnisty for illegals and providing a good example for queers.

Posted by: jdonner2 | December 28, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"If a company has a problem, the CEO is immediately available for questions, and has a plan of action.

Obama had no executive experience entering the presidency, and by his inactions and lack of resolve has shown he isn't presidential material."

Posted by: bob59

Not true and you know it. No CEO ever goes before a camera without talking to a lawyer first and then marketing. I find the usual way to get a CEO to answer questions is with a subpoena.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | December 28, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

bob59:

There's no use arguing with someone who actually blamed President BUSH for something that just happened three (3) months ago.

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

cschotta1:

And, GWB choked on a pretzel, right? As I said, thank goodness it was not anything serious : )

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Lawlady584, an immediate statement would have been presidential, it would've show Obama knew what to do.

Instead, Obama dithered for 3 days, waiting for someone to decide what to do, then he read a prepared speech.

If a company has a problem, the CEO is immediately available for questions, and has a plan of action.

Obama had no executive experience entering the presidency, and by his inactions and lack of resolve has shown he isn't presidential material.

Posted by: bob59 | December 28, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Yada Yada Yada. Send in the Marines. Attack Attack Attack!

This is just a routine attempt at terrorism. Course, the knuckle heads in the service will be glad to get into another war we cannot win.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 28, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

PERFECT EXAMPLE AS WHY THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET. THEY EMBRACE PEOPLE LIKE TERRORIST BILL AHERS WHO BOMBED A FEDERAL JUDGES HOUSE WHILE HIS FAMILY WAS ASLEEP IN THE HOUSE BUT HAVE UTTER CONTEMPT FOR GUYS LIKE ME WHO PUT OUR LIVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT IDIOTS LIKE MADDOG. WARS WE CAN'T WIN HUH MADDOG. WE COULD WIN EVERY WAR QUICKLY IF IT WERE NOT FOR LIBERALS LIKE YOU WHO JUST WANT TO HOLD HANDS, SMOKE A JOINT AND SAY IT'S ALL GOOD. LITTLE PUNK AS_ LIBERAL.

Posted by: Cobra2 | December 28, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

AMBULANCE CALLED TO OBAMA VACATION HOME!!!

Posted by: JakeD
________________________________________

Michelle must have choked on a chicken bone!

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 28, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness, CNN is reporting it was just a family FRIEND with minor injuries from a surfboard accident. Back to the topic:

"We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable" ... now watch this drive.

pResident Obama 12/28/09

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Since when has everyone on the right become little but petty partisan hacks, incapable of discussing any matter that so clearly concerns us all as Americans, simply as Americans.

What a bunch of pathetic, vindictive losers, tripping all over themselves and each other to get in utterly predictable dittohead talking points and mind-numbingly immature schoolyard insults that would shame even 3rd graders to toss about.

Grow up. And stop so obviously rooting for the death of more of your fellow Americans in the hope that it will advance a political agenda repudiated by the American people in the last election.

Posted by: washpost29 | December 28, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse


allegedly, President came out and talked because Napolitano was getting raked over the coals.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

POOR OBAMA!!

HE ACTED LIKE IT WAS SUCH AN INCONVENIENCE TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT! NO TELEPROMPTER EITHER!

HE COULDN'T EVEN BE BOTHERED WITH A TIE!!

SUCH A DISRUPTION TO MY VACATION WAS HIS BODY LANGUAGE!!!

“WE WILL NOT REST” HE SAYS, AS HE LAYS ON THE BEACH IN HAWAII,
PLAYING GOLF DAILY!!!!

He is having trouble assuring himself. Took him three days to say anything!!

Wake up Anne!!!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | December 28, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

What passion!!! I wonder how he reacts if he's really upset. And how very nice that the terrorist gets such wonderful healthcare and a lawyer (paid for by we taxpayers). His behind should be sitting in Gitmo.

Posted by: Linda7 | December 28, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Obama,
Keep your sorry As_ off the Golf Course. You have no business out there just like Bill Clinton. You can't break 100 on your best day and all you do is mess up the course for us real golfers. Also saw your jump shot on the news. Not much of an athlete are you? You have golfed more time in your first year in office the Bush in first 4 years. So again, keep off the course and how about firing that idiot DHS Director.

Posted by: Cobra2 | December 28, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

There seems to be lot of focus on Homeland Security and screening of passangers prior to boarding. Why is no one focussing on the State Department's visa practices. Issuing a five year multi-entry visa to a foreign student in a third country doesn't seem like very good screening to me. Didn't all the 9/11 folk have visas. Maybe some of the billions questionably being spent guarding the USA from Canadians should be used for visa screening instead.

Posted by: WilliamLundy | December 28, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Yada Yada Yada. Send in the Marines. Attack Attack Attack!

This is just a routine attempt at terrorism. Course, the knuckle heads in the service will be glad to get into another war we cannot win.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 28, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I feel so much better and safer now that I know Obama is on the case. I suppose he means he will not rest until these savages who want to kill us are all dead.
What a guy.
for those who know history he could be another Audy Murphy or maybe even Sergeant York.

Posted by: nychap44 | December 28, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

AMBULANCE CALLED TO OBAMA VACATION HOME!!!

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Bob59, I'm sure it would have made you feel much, much better for Obama to immediately call a press conference and then breathe fire and vow revenge, yada yada, as Bush was wont to do, but of course that would be playing into the terrorists' hands, wouldn't it? Terrorists more than anything else want to spread fear. If Obama had come out and made a huge deal of it they would have counted it as a propaganda victory. It's nuance like that which the imbecilic Bush and his band of dancing sycophants never got.

It did not make sense to have Obama come out immediately with a strong statement because it would have reinforced the terrorists' sense of having destabilized the airline industry. Seems to me the only reason he said anything today was because our citizenry has gotten so used to leadership through hysteria that he felt compelled just to give the masses what they wanted, a little reassurance and sympathetic cluck-clucking.

Posted by: Lawlady584 | December 28, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse


there we no us marshalls on the plane.
.... it originated out of amsterdam.

this issue needs to use a bit of diplomacy. President ordering reviews of our processes is called for.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The 911 Terrorist were in the country for several years during the Clinton Administration planning their attack. They were able to get drivers licenses in many states without proper documentation. They moved freely while planning their attacks. Clinton ignored the intel regarding Saudi's who were taking flying lessons all over the US. Let's not forget that it was the Clinton Administration who prohibited government agencies from sharing intellegence information. Liberals are the best when it comes to rewriting history to meet their agenda. The facts are the facts. Those that opposed the Bush Administration at every turn when they tried to protect America from further attacks are now in the White House. How comforting is that? Let's now also forget that 3 days after 911, a new Liberal Group called Answers was formed to put pressure on the Bush Administration to not go after our enemies. Again, that group is made up of Liberals. Jimmy Carter Move Over my Man. You are now #2 on the list of the worst Presidents in US History. So the next time you liberals try and tell us true Patriots that you love this country, you can stick that statement right up your AS_. As a 22 year retired Marine who served under, Carter, Reagan, Bush & Clinton, I know the difference. Moral was at an all time low during Carter & Clinton. Liberals Suck!!

Posted by: Cobra2 | December 28, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh YES! Walk noisily (with plenty of bluster) and carry no stick at all. Bush III sounds just like Bush II.

Posted by: yard80197 | December 28, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Lawlady584:

Care to retract your earlier allegations re: said MUSLIMS contacting authorities just three (3) months ago rather than over one (1) year ago?

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable"

Does this mean he is going to track down and hold responsible the human non-peaceful potential criminal and associates, or does it mean he's going to find who in his administration dropped the ball?

Posted by: horace1 | December 28, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The man of many words and few actions.

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 28, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

uh um..

we did not let him on the plane.

we didn't know he was on the plane, in flight,
where I am sure we could have pulled out one of the five watch lists out of our desks and double check them.

now the passenger manifesto may prove something but who gets those?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Aznavcat, upon what do you base your assumption that moderate Muslims are doing nothing about terrorism? Take a look around. It was the MUSLIM community and the actual MUSLIM parents of those five young men from Northern Virginia who alerted the FBI to their sons' possible plans to join jihad. It's the mosque leaders in other communities who have reported missing young Somali men who apparently have left the U.S. to join the jihad. This is probably not enough for you since it's a constant Republican meme to assert that moderates are doing nothing when in fact they're doing quite a lot, but you're making yourself seem uninformed by repeating the nonsense.

Posted by: Lawlady584 | December 28, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I heard the air marshalls and TSA have acted stupidly in this case.

Posted by: cr10 | December 28, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

cms1:

That assumes that Obama was even born in Hawaii and is legally President.

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse


i heard that travellers are not having a great time.
The one hour on the tarmac thing was changed to "at the discretion of the pilot and crew" I believe. Trying to make you feel better.

not to mention the frustration and anger this will all cause.

i can't believe we were so messed up with TSA and these watch lists.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, why WOULDN'T the President seek to reassure the American people when we are vulnerable to falling into an absolute panic over anything at all?
Of course he would. He presides over a people who seem to believe that terrorist attacks won't ever happen again because we have all these systems in operation to protect us.
He presides over a people who are smart enough to take off in their cars during a blizzard in the MIdwest, for example, and then be surprised that they got stranded in their cars.
He presides over a people who believe that there is no danger in climbing Mt. Hood in the middle of winter, for example, and then, when they die, expect all the rest of us to risk our lives trying to rescue their bodies.
He presides over a people who believe it is perfectly o.k. to do anything, and everything, we simply wish to do whenever we wish to do it, and then be OUTRAGED when our fellow citizens are required to become responsible for THEIR choices.
Of course, he must reassure us. We are more immature than his own daughters. We can't "take" anything at all.
One would never know, from the outside, that this is a country involved in 2 wars on the ground and a larger war, against terrorism.
We act like nothing has happened. Except, I must say, for those people on the airplane who saved us from the latest terrorist attack.
The rest of us act like we are entitled to nature, herself, bending to our will, forever.

Posted by: cms1 | December 28, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm ok with the plan as long as it was ok'd by Lieberman, Bauchus, Nelson, and the "Blue Dogs."

Posted by: singleseatbiggermeat | December 28, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Boy, the anti-Obama wingnuts are out in force today. Hey guys, instead of criticizing Obama and Napolitano, maybe you should look at just when Captain Underpants got his multiple entry visa into the U.S. Could it be ... during the BUSH ADMINISTRATION?!! Why yes, it could. The young man's father told the BUSH administration about his son and yet they did NOT put him on the no-fly list. Another example of bumbling neo-con incompetency.
Posted by: Lawlady584 | December 28, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse
Let’s see. The attempted terrorist attack took place Dec. 25th 2009. The father of the terrorist contacted the US embassy and several other agencies 3 months ago. So that means in Sept./Oct. 2009. Yes as I though. Obama was president. Can you really be this big of an id10t????

Posted by: askgees | December 28, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Three days after the attack Obama has the courage to come out of his cave and "reassure" Americans he's in charge.

After reading his prepared speech, Obama ran away.

Obama could've sacrificed more than 10 minutes of his Hawaiian vacation to talk about himself, and his concern for Iranians (who, by the way, hate Americans).

If Obama had announced his resignation, America would feel much more secure.

Posted by: bob59 | December 28, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I fly a lot and wasn't alarmed until I read that Obama was seeking to reassure us. Now, I'm in a panic.

Please Barry, just be quiet until we can vote you out of office.

Posted by: hill_marty | December 28, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans will need to be very careful with what they say in opposition to President Obama. Terror changes everything, as they themselves argued after 9/11.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | December 28, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Boy, the anti-Obama wingnuts are out in force today. Hey guys, instead of criticizing Obama and Napolitano, maybe you should look at just when Captain Underpants got his multiple entry visa into the U.S. Could it be ... during the BUSH ADMINISTRATION?!! Why yes, it could. The young man's father told the BUSH administration about his son and yet they did NOT put him on the no-fly list. Another example of bumbling neo-con incompetency.

Posted by: Lawlady584 | December 28, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

President Obama needs to challenge moderate Muslims (supposedly they exist) to stand firm against their radical Islamic brothers and be VOCAL about it! Otherwise, the U.S. is headed for a constitutional crisis when we have to weigh the right to protect our citizens against the civil liberties of U.S. Muslims (some are sworn enemies of the West and many more are anti-U.S. sympathizers). After all, how can we tell when a "nice" Muslim has gone Jihad? That's the problem.

Posted by: aznavcat | December 28, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Now that Obama has told me what I already knew, I really feel safe. He was inspiring, and reinforced my original convictions about him as a president. He's an empty suit.

Posted by: jemvbcarmagh06 | December 28, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I like President Obama, and I like that he is able to remain calm under unbearable pressure, as evidenced during the brutal presidential campaign.

However, he is a man. He is fallible and he will make mistakes.

This is not as bad as GWB continuing to read to a classroom of kids after being informed that a plane had just been rammed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, however, this delayed response leaves alot to be desired.

The American sheeple, that means most of you, need to be hypnotized into a false sense of security created by tough talk by politicians; in this case, the president.

Otherwise, the sheeple begin to react with such erratic gullibility that they lean to their extremes to seek solace and counsel. Careless of the fact that it is those extremes where the terrorist breed.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 28, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"We will not rest....." What BS ! Obama has already decided there is no war on Islamoterrorism, that it's merely a law enforcement problem. Thus the shoe bomber will get his Miranda rights, etc. In fact he is a combatant in a guerilla war to exterminate the West and Western values. He shouldn't even have Geneva rights and should be turned over for military justice.

Posted by: dan1138 | December 28, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse


Very reassuring words from our President.

A third grader could tell you that if a suspect's name is on the hit list - you don't let them on the airplane. And, to add insult to injury, this clod had chemicals attached to his BVD's.

This gives us a real warm and fuzzy from the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Now, if they can just find a way to blame this on President Bush.

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Posted by: adjjones | December 28, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

It sure sounds like this US President (who is obviously a puppet for George Bush) is going to escalate the wars until we're in World War III. He'll use any excuse and even stage phoney attacks (like 911 was. Yes, I believe it was a fake staged attack perpetuated by the US government) to have the justification to War where he wants.

Posted by: cloudyone | December 28, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

So we travelers in the US must endure arriving at the airport four hours in advance, can't keep our coats in our lap, can't go to the restroom for the last hour of a flight all because Obama, Holder, and the ACLU scream if we profile. What they have done is profile all travelers rather than a specific segment of the population for more stringent checking. Maybe if Pelosi, Reid and the others had to fly domestic they would change the procedures quickly!

What are the delays going to do to commerce and the potential future of airline travel?

All the while Obama can't respond until he is told what to say and the speech is in the teleprompter. Come on media when are you going to stop overlooking the incompetence of this administration and holding them accountable!!!

Posted by: georgiarat | December 28, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

A picture is worth a thousand words - a combat cameraman apparently was there and filmed not only the incident but the whole flight.

Posted by: kingfish20815 | December 28, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is great.

He'll get results.

Republicans know that there's no way for them to beat him in 2012.

That's why they'll do anything to tear him down.

Its not going to work.

We love the guy.

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | December 28, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama wants to find his cousin's again?

Posted by: dottydo | December 28, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

behind the scenes in hawaii

president obama-- you may speak

staffer: sir, here is your speech, preloaded on teleprompter

president obama--the choreography??

staffer-- preloaded sir,

we start out with a
somber serious #22,

then you shift into righteous indignat
16(b) with intense glare,

then to grim determination 10

president obama- (practicing choreography in mirror)-

no no switch somber serious 22 to final fury 77--

you never follow a somber serious 22 with a 16 b

do i have to explain everything??

staffer-yes sir brillant selection sir

president obama--any big words?

staffer --no sir

president obama--what is this speech about??

staffer --about 3 minutes

president obama- good

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 28, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Nothing will ever come of this...Obama will never turn on a fellow muslim...they take care of their own first and above all....just watch...this guy will get wisked away to Bermuda, St Maarten or whatever island they are sending them to

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 28, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse


he boarded in amsterdam, didn't he?
the plane didn't stop, did it?

no wonder the PTEN device he had on him backfired.
those flights are long, and he sat there with it for that long.

we had no way of knowing he got on the plane with it. - if that be the case

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I knew he was a fraud, and a joke from day one, but Obama's getting really dangerous now..

Posted by: wewintheylose | December 28, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse


guess it would come down to what information does one take as viable, or important?
And can you cover all the viable information coming in?

Like in 1996, when all info indicted planes could be used as weapons.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, start with the US Embassy employee who gave him a multi-entrance visa, and then with the airline employees and 'security' people who let him on board, since they had to check his ID. Because the guy was on the terrorist watch list.

Posted by: marcel1 | December 28, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"We will not rest until we find all who were...", says BO, several days after the incident. Does this mean he is cutting short his vacation? TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | December 28, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

NAPOLITANO-- PROFILE IN SYSTEMIC INCOMPETENCE

To be truly SYSTEMICALLY incompetent, inept and incoherent like Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security

1. Disregard a personal warning expressed by the Terrorist's FATHER to the USA ambassador at Lagos Nigeria.

This is as good intel as you get--based upon personal knowledge, direct from the source, no money or other agenda.

Napolitano has set up a polically correct neverland that disregards the warning.

2. Disregard the fact the British DENIED the Terrorist a visa.

This is SYSTEMIC incompetence of Napolitano--how hard to add denied visas from other countries to our list???

3. After 1 and 2. do NOT even ask the Dutch to conduct a personal exam of
the Terrorist.

This is another example of SYSTEMIC not OPERATIONAL incompetence of Napolitano.

All the pieces were there, BUT

Napolitano has created a false reality in which Muslim's can NOT be suspected of a Terrorism--even with a warning from the Father-in her demented sacrifice of the security of the United States of America at the altar of political correctness.

Will we have to wait until we see a mushroom cloud over the United States before Napolitano is relieved of duties????

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 28, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Reassure my **ss.

DHS looks like a bunch of bumbling idiots.

Napalitano should be fired now. She's a disgrace.

Posted by: Jaymand | December 28, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

BOTCHED AIRLINER BOMBING NARRATIVE: JUST TOO CONVENIENT?
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/botched-airliner-bombing-narrative-just-too-convenient OR www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

***

U.S. SILENTLY TORTURES AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVES, SATELLITES, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Secret Bush legacy multi-agency federal program uses cell tower/GPS satellite microwave/laser electromagnetic radiation attack system to torture, impair, subjugate "targeted" citizens -- and oversees local "community watch" vigilante terrorism and financial sabotage campaigns.

See story at: http://Poynter.org ("Reporting" section); OR www.nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 28, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

yea, cause it's Al Qaeda

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 28, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable" ... now watch this drive.

pResident Obama 12/28/09

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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