- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 26, 2010

The United States is safer now than it was in 2009, though terrorists continue to make attempts on domestic targets, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday.

“Everything is objectively better than it was two years ago, particularly in the aviation environment,” Ms. Napolitano said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” one year after a Nigerian man attempted to blow up a Detriot-bound plane on Christmas Day.

She also said that screening airline passengers with full-body scanners and pat-downs at U.S airports across the country will continue into the “foreseeable future,” despite criticism about the intrusiveness of the procedures.

Ms. Napolitano said U.S. law enforcement always is looking for ways to improve security through technology and training, but the new methods are “objectively safer for our traveling public.”