- The Washington Times - Friday, January 8, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

After the attempted Christmas Day bombing, President Obama said, “the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way” and he resolved to “do better.” I was appalled at the solution he then proposed: more bureaucracy. If there is anything we should learn from this attack, it is that bureaucracy cannot save us. Nor can airport security be expected to stop every potential threat.

No matter how many processes are added, terrorists will come up with tools that cannot be detected in the security setup du jour. Short of mind-reading or polygraphing every flier, we will not know their intentions unless we go on the offensive. And that is why I am appalled - because as Mr. Obama outlines his defensive approach, the real solution is sitting in a jail cell under the protection of his lawyer. Accused bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab knows the names of those he trained with, he knows the tactics he was trained in, he knows the locations of the al Qaeda facilities where he was trained.

After spending months in Yemen with radical jihadists, he could have provided us with the answers that we seek. Instead, ideologically-driven Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. chose yet again to make a political statement to the detriment of American security by treating this terrorist as a common criminal. He chose to willfully blindfold our nation to the true threat so that the porous net of airport security is all that stands between us and the next attempt. Is our only hope that “technical difficulties” will save us when the terrorists try again?

CLAIRE POLLOCK

Sterling, Va.

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