It’s a busy week in homeland security here in the U.S., what with the news of an alleged Iranian attempt on the life of a key Saudi diplomat (a case that wasn’t exactly news to select members of the Obama administration), and now a new chapter to an even older story with a prepackaged, media-generated catchphrase you may recall: “underwear bomber.”
Christmas 2009 was not particularly cheery in Nigeria. A poor economic climate, an epileptic power supply and scarcity of petroleum products ensured that the celebrations were low-key. As if these challenges were not enough, news of an attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner by a Nigerian filtered in on Christmas Day. The nation’s heart sank.
The White House’s decision to release information that points to why U.S. intelligence agencies failed to nab the foiled underwear bomber before he boarded Northwest Flight 253 on Dec. 25 may have something to do with publicly shaming those agencies ... (continued)