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Napolitano: NYC car bomb is 'a potential terrorist attack'

By Matt DeLong

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano took to the Sunday talk shows this morning, ostensibly to talk about efforts to protect the Gulf Coast from a potential ecological disaster due to a massive oil slick headed for land. However, Napolitano instead found herself talking about the apparent failed car bombing Saturday night in New York's Times Square.

"We're taking this very seriously," Napolitano said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We're treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack." She said that the FBI, New York Police Department and the Joint Terrorism Task Force are cooperating on the investigation. During an earlier appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Napolitano described the explosive device as "an amateurish type of bomb." She told NBC's David Gregory that it was "too soon to tell ... who or what groups were responsible."

On ABC's "This Week," Napolitano said that tapes from the many surveillance cameras in Times Square are being reviewed, and traditional forensic work to identify the perpetrator is ongoing. While she said the attack appeared to be an isolated incident, Napolitano urged New Yorkers to "be on their toes."

"Times Square, I think, is now safe," she said, adding that "right now we have no information other than it is a one-off."

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This is exactly the reason that the USA has to make everyone here identify themselves. To many people are in this Country illegally. Wake up America, we are still in a war. Any terrorist could come into our Country through the Mexican borders.

Posted by: randykree | May 2, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

It is quite obvious that these particular terrorists don't watch Mythbusters, where they regularly try to generate propane tanks one way or another to verify or refute myths. To get a really devastating explosion they have to gaff the tanks and then pull really unusual stunts. WHEN they do they do get impressive explosions, but detonating even one propane tank with a fire cracker isn't likely to accomplish anything.

Obama hasn't ever said that we can talk demented radicals out of demented actions, just that by being willing to talk with our enemies we can deter the not so demented radicals out of trying.

Still, of the recent terrorist actions, NONE were anything that ANY administration could prevent. The plane crash was just demented, and the underwear bomber got on well outside the sphere of control of the TSA.

The Obaminators, however, are desperate for something they can use against Obama that rates to be like 9/11. So far that eludes them, and we are going on a year past Georgie's folly.

Since Obama actually listens to his intelligence briefs, and since he isn't looking for an excuse for a war, it is quite unlikely that HE will have the equivalent of 9/11 on his watch.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 2, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Democrats dont want illegals deported. full stop. They like having a low life around so that they feel elitist.Farmers or anyone who pays low wages should be prosecuted. If full wages were paid then US workers would be employed.I have a son trimming grapevines.He loves it and has a lot of friends.Pays well too.I thought Americans stood for fair play.Well its not FAIR PAY.Stuff the farmers,they can afford it.There is no such thing as a poor farmer nowdays.

Posted by: captgrumpy | May 2, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Keep spewing that OBAMA and his aren/t keeping this country safe.

Just remember that within 9 months in office THE CHIMP and CHENEY had over 3000 dead.

OBAMA-- well he has an underwear bomber (not so bright) and a poorly constructed gas bomb AND NO CASUALTIES - except for the egos of all you stupid haters who will find fault with the black guy in office.

poor poor losers --- this bomb was most likely one from your LOSER ilk who don't have the common sense and know how to read how to put a proper bomb together.

Posted by: racerdoc | May 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

This reeks of radical conservative, teabagger action, complete with the amateurish nature of the device. Since they no longer have anyone in office to randomly lie about potential threats and arbitrarily raise the national alert status, they've resorted to terrorist tactics. You'd think with all of their experience bombing abortion clinics and the Atlanta Olympic Games they'd have done a better job. I suppose it's a function of all of that home schooling.

Posted by: tkoho | May 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Car bomb in Times Squared started to detonate, but did not. Terrorist attacks fail due to poor execution or U.S. citizens thwart the attacks. Obama government does little to prevent attacks; however, is quick to respond with news releases that they will investigate and then nothing ever happens. What happened to the Ft. Hood investigation?

FBI and Homeland Security officials have often repeated warnings that al-Qaeda and related groups have expressed plans to pack limousines or other vehicles with propane tanks or explosives to hit "soft" civilian targets such as theaters and clubs.

The FBI is trying to do their job while Homeland Security is half asleep under the Obama administration. The White House Obama Democrats assume Islam terrorist attacks are going to happen and the Islamic Republic of Iran will develop nuclear weapons sooner than latter and yet, what do they do? Obama administration looks passively on while maintaining hot pursuit of transforming and reforming U.S. into a socialist government with more and more government control in health law and regulation of U.S. private financial institutions.

The American people plea for ousting liberal Democrats and bring in conservative Republicans who value their country’s hard working citizens and fiscal responsibility.

Posted by: klausdmk | May 2, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Car bomb in Times Squared started to detonate, but did not. Terrorist attacks fail due to poor execution or U.S. citizens thwart the attacks. Obama government does little to prevent attacks; however, is quick to respond with news releases that they will investigate and then nothing ever happens. What happened to the Ft. Hood investigation?

FBI and Homeland Security officials have often repeated warnings that al-Qaeda and related groups have expressed plans to pack limousines or other vehicles with propane tanks or explosives to hit "soft" civilian targets such as theaters and clubs.

The FBI is trying to do their job while Homeland Security is half asleep under the Obama administration. The White House Obama Democrats assume Islam terrorist attacks are going to happen and the Islamic Republic of Iran will develop nuclear weapons sooner than latter and yet, what do they do? Obama administration looks passively on while maintaining hot pursuit of transforming and reforming U.S. into a socialist government with more and more government control in health law and regulation of U.S. private financial institutions.

The American people plea for ousting liberal Democrats and bring in conservative Republicans who value their country’s hard working citizens and fiscal responsibility.

Posted by: klausdmk | May 2, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Hi J . Donner : Take Heart. That spin the Left is putting out , along with the ACLU won't fool a fool. We are all behind Arizona and people like you who have to swallow the insults and the inaction by the Head Boob, and the two Nabobs who ran the country for 16 years before him. They are playing with your lives those in America with any brains know full well , the reason. For the almighty vote. Keep the borders open, spread the lie that they can't get rid of the 11 Million Illegals here, and give Amnest to 30 Million more. We're with you , and so will more States as this moves on . Don't despair, we're not ready to give our country over to Mexico , or the Muslim in our White House

Posted by: puck-101 | May 2, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

After they find the guys, check and see where they were when the Oil Rig blew up. I'll never believe that was an accident. Too many of the in-crowd and followers of Al FatAzz Gore and his merry band of green and clean jumped ugly at the opening of the Drilling pass. And too much money will be lost by all the Mid-EAst Oil Magnates, and their Muslim Brothuhs.

Posted by: puck-101 | May 2, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Janet Napolitano - Homeland Security Secretary . Here's a Broad that can't cross the street by herself, and the Head Boob makes her the head honcho for security. She's the same Boob who is against the Arizona Law. What the Hell is the matter with we Americans? Letting trash like this run our country.

Posted by: puck-101 | May 2, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Janet Napolitano - Homeland Security Secretary . Here's a Broad that can't cross the street by herself, and the Head Boob makes her the head honcho for security. She's the same Boob who is against the Arizona Law. What the Hell is the matter with we Americans. Letting trash like this run our country.

Posted by: puck-101 | May 2, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if carter will put money where his fingers are?

I bet 10:1... one dollar gets you ten, that the bomb was made by a "muslim zealot".

carter? pretty good bet if you BELIEVE what you write.

Posted by: docwhocuts | May 2, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

This little homemade bomb scene reeks of Domestic terrorism.

Why is the media and gov't over playing their hysteria into the hands of a U.S., Numb Nut?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | May 2, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

“potential terrorist attack”

It IS a terrorist attack! And I suppose the fender-bender I was involved in last week was a ‘potential accident’. This is one of our fearless leaders? If you’re going to be a political leader, or play one on television, for crap’s sake, at least master the use of your native language!

Yup, it was a terrorist attack alright, now the terrorist and his/hers/their motivation are yet to be discovered… let the conspiracy theories begin…oh, wait, I see they already have…

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 2, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

“potential terrorist attack”

This IS a terrorist attack! And I suppose the fender-bender I was involved in last week was a ‘potential accident’. Napolitano is one of our fearless leaders? If you’re going to be a political leader, or play one on television, for crap’s sake, at least master the use of your native language!

Yup, it was a terrorist attack alright, now the terrorist and his/hers/their motivation are yet to be discovered...let the conspiracy theories begin…wait, I see they already have...

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 2, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I used to be alarmed when I read stories of terrorist's attempted bonbings in New York. But I am from Arizona and we have recently been told by the Feds and most of the rest of the Country to learn to live with illegals and the problems they bring. My new attitude is that New York needs to learn to live with terrorists and the problems they bring. And I think the Feds should take the same hands off attitude towards terrorists that it takes toward illegals.

Posted by: jdonner2 | May 2, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The guy(s) who built this utterly incompetent car-bomb certainly only did it to enjoy watching the reaction.

Congratulations to DHS for having given them the public reaction they wanted.

I mean really: a propane tank with a firecracker on it, and the headline is "Obama briefed on terrorist threat"?

Posted by: 12008N1 | May 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

That's several attacks on US soil in just over a year.

Seems that policy of appeasement and talking nice isn't working out so well.

Just a thought, maybe these religious zealots are... well zealots and dont listen to reason... maybe

Posted by: docwhocuts | May 2, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

URGENT TO JANET NAPOLITANO: ARE YOU BEING 'PLAYED?'

Maybe it's all part of the same matrix. Panic. Fear. Economic collapse. Then the racists, supremacists and neo-fascists can cement their hold over those who think everything that happens is "God's plan."

Government has a microwave/radio frequency "directed energy weapon" system that can manipulate the jet stream. Why are the prevailing Gulf winds blowing northward? Could ungodly people have their fingers on the button of a 'God machine?'

HOMELAND CELLULAR 'TORTURE TOWERS' DOMESTIC WEAPON SYSTEM
ENSLAVES AMERICANS IN MICROWAVE GHETTO: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• "Mr. President, you could stop a rogue bureaucracy from committing crimes against humanity with a few executive orders -- and some CONSEQUENCES, for a change."

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

(Vic Livingston is now on Facebook -- those postings that aren't censored, that is. Read about it in his "Notes" section.)

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 2, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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