Janet Napolitano Concedes Security Failure
Janet Napolitano conceded that US Homeland Security measures failed, and that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab should never have been allowed to board Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit. Previously, Janet Napolitano said that security measures had worked properly. The only element that actually worked was that a passenger, Jasper Shuringa, stepped up and tackled the would-be suicide bomber.
Abdulmutallab had been put on a watch list in May after his father, a prominent Nigerian banker, reported concerns about his son's extreme religious views to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria.
Security experts also said airport "puffer" machines that blow air on a passenger to collect and analyze residues would probably have detected the powder.
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