President Barack Obama said a "catastrophic breach" of security led to the Christmas Day attempted bombing on a Detroit-bound airplane. "A systemic failure has occurred and I consider that totally unacceptable. There was a mix of human and systemic failure that contributed to this catastrophic breach of security," he said.http://online.wsj.com/home-
Heads should roll in Amsterdam (and perhaps in the U.S. too) where this terrorist boarded with his bomb materials. The people on that flight were fortunate his scheme failed.
This from the WSJ:
"Investigators in the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Middle East are racing to determine how the son of a Nigerian banker became the first person in eight years to try to set off an explosive aboard a U.S. commercial airliner.
President Barack Obama on Sunday ordered a review of government procedures for screening airline passengers and for tracking individuals suspected of terrorist ties. The administration also said it was tightening security procedures, which airlines and passengers say is already causing delays on international flights.
Lawmakers of both parties expressed concerns that the man charged in the Christmas Day attempt to bomb Northwest Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was able to board an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight with a hidden cache of explosives even though he was on a terrorist watch list."
President Obama in an AP story on 12/29/09 is quoted:
"We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us."