The British 'Bobby' effect ...
I take no credit ... at all ... in saying what I am about to say, because, to me, anyone with a halfpenny of common sense will tell you exactly the same thing. The biggest problem with trying to fight terrorism is that bureaucrats are calling the shots. It is as simple, simple as that.
Why do I use the title I have? Well, again, to me, it is all about a simple process of having boots on the ground, hands on the job and people keeping their eyes open and thinking for themselves. If you had 'Bobbies' on the street you would have less crime. Yes, amazingly so - but we have way too many sat at a desk doing what a secretary should be doing - all in the name of efficiency and cost cutting, of course. And yes - that is a dig at those who cry foul on paying taxes!
So, if we don't want another idiot getting on a plane with the intentions of blowing innocent people to smithereens - get people to check visa's! Don't. for the love of God, simply rely on another civil servant ticking the right box on a computer screen. Physically check them, all of them, all the time!
It isn't the terrorists who have created the morass of asinine travel restrictions. They are thoughtlessly piled on by CYA-schooled public servants willing to do anything but really seriously think about what they are doing. And, like Janet Napolitano, they stand ever ready to take credit for an accident as a direct result of their planning.
There is something about terrorism that seems to bring out the absolute worst in bureaucracy in attempting to match wits with terrorists as untoward events take place.
It may seems obvious to us - those of the clan of common sense, but this is what happens. You have enough correctly trained people (which will cost money) and you will stop an awful lot of attempts, basically because the terrorist, as always and is known by all those in charge of our daily lives, will go for the easiest target. Terrorists are, indeed, cowards.
It is really simple, the American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria screwed up bigtime. Even a minor consular officer like a grade 6 Foreign Service Officer can understand that, even if no one in the press or the Obama Administration seems to. Unfortunately it appears no minor consular officer ever got their hands on this in Lagos. This screw up was handled by the big guys at the Embassy.
That's it, "end of" as we say in the UK.
I really do not care one jot if some PCer comes out and says this is some kind of profiling. A very polite "Could you just give me a few minutes to check this visa application (or whatever)" would have meant that this particular drone would not have entered any plane, at all.
The Department of State did a cursory derogatory information sweep on Abdulmutullab on November 20th and found nothing. Then on November 23rd The Department of State referred the matter to the Department of Justice which concluded with his being added to the TIDE database. There is no evidence that any attempt was made to contact British authorities where the young man had lived in a 4 million pound flat while on a student visa to the UK. His American visa had been issued in London. If they had, they might have learned the British had already pulled Abdulmutullab's visa last May.
Apparently no one ever considered the easiest, simplest step to review the multiple entry visa and associated travel records to see if something had changed that might lend credence to the father's concern.
Read the full story on The Huff - I agreed with it, and I think so will you.
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