But there were those, including Mr. Bush, who thought it was a swell idea. So we now have the behemoth in place.
The System FailedIt's refreshing to think that the New York Times is on the side of those who see the government having taken a step backward in its terror fighting efforts when it developed the massive DHS.
New York Times editorial
Only luck and the courage of passengers on Northwest Flight 253 averted a tragedy on Christmas Day. When a Nigerian man allegedly tried to blow a hole in the airplane’s side, the explosive powder he had concealed failed to detonate properly and passengers subdued him before he could do any more damage.
Terrorists will always look for new ways to breach security, and let’s hope luck and courage don’t ever run out. But as this case makes chillingly clear, the airport security systems put in place after the Sept. 11 attacks — complicated, expensive and hugely onerous for travelers — have serious flaws. And so do the bureaucracies that run them.
Let us be clear: the system did not work. It is disturbing that Janet Napolitano, the secretary for homeland security, seemed to suggest, even briefly, that it had.
What makes this so much worse is that officials had something they can’t always expect: fair warning. [link]
The Times editorialists' recommended solution to the problem?
As soon as Congress gets back to Washington, it must confirm the heads of the T.S.A. and the customs agency, both of which have been under interim management for a year. There is no excuse for more politicking or delay with the nation’s security.Lost in the wilderness. My God, they're all just lost in the wilderness.