Napolitano: 'The System Worked'

GOP piles on White House over near-bombing on Detroit flight
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2009 10:28 AM CST
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers remarks on the Obama administration's efforts to reform the US immigration system, Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – The Detroit terror incident took center stage on the Sunday talk show circuit today, with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano coming out swinging as the GOP blamed the White House for the lapse. "The system worked," she told State of the Union, and there was "no suggestion that [the bomber] was improperly screened." She did admit, however, that there was no air marshal aboard the flight.

  • Malarkey, says Long Island Rep. Pete King to Napolitano—the system did not work, and "He made it on the plane with explosives." King called the close call "a teaching moment" for the White House.
  • White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told Meet the Press that more air marshals had been added to flights coming into the US.
  • Detroit GOP Rep. Pete Hoekstra continued to pound the administration for having "downplayed" the terrorism threat, noting, "Radicalization is alive, it’s well."

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