Copy and paste the HTML below to embed this audio onto your web page.
Audio player code:
The bottom line? People didn't do their jobs. And agencies that were set up in the wake of 9/11 to coordinate the sharing of intelligence, didn't work. Particulars are below.
Meanwhile, the Newark Star Ledger reports last Sunday's security scare, which forced evacuation of a Newark Airport terminal, was caused by a goodbye kiss. Here's the video of the incident, released by Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
3:44 p.m. "I'm less interested in assessing blame... ultimately the buck stops with me."
3:46 p.m. - "We will not succumb to a siege mentality..." He says, "it's not a time for partisanship, it's a time for citizenship."
With that, the president left the room. A reporter shouted, "Does "Mr. Leiter ( the director of the National Counter Terrorism Center) have your full support and confidence." Mr. Obama did not answer.
So what are we left with here. Coupled with the Minneapolis "overshoot," which revealed that the lack of communication between aviation authorities and military authorities had not changed -- as assured -- since 9/11, it is clear that the security bureaucracy that grew up after 9/11 -- including the Department of Homeland Security -- did not work. The question that's not being asked, unfortunately, is can it work. Was the answer to the bureaucratic turf wars that were revealed after 9/11, be solved by creating even more agencies and bureaucracies?
Clearly the intelligence agencies didn't "connect the dots," in this case. The question that needs to be discussed is can intelligence agencies connect the dots?
Here we are nearly a decade after 9/11, and the security lines and the like are still temporary walls, theater-style ropes, junk desks and a floor lamp they must have gotten on special at WalMart. It's hardly excusing what this guy did, but really -- Why is it taking so long to refurbish our facilities in a manner that makes it harder to do stupid stuff like this, gives clear instructions to the patrons, and moves people more efficiently?