December 28, 2009

Tonight on LKL

Posted: 08:27 PM ET

Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility For Failed Attack

Tom Ridge, America's first Secretary of Homeland Security, reacts to Al Qaeda's claim of responsibility for the attempted plane bombing on Christmas!

Plus, were two of the men behind the attempted Christmas attack firmly in U.S. custody - and then released?

And we'll discuss the politics of the situation, which leads to our question of the day:

How do you think the Obama administration has dealt with the attempted Christmas terror attack?

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Ed St. Clairsville, OH   December 28th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

I am still wondering how these people are slipping through the cracks and getting on these planes. Have we not learned anything from 9-11?

A. Ahmad   December 28th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

All people who love peace regardless of their religious beliefs: Christine, Muslims, Jew …should support the president statement “will not rest" until all those behind an alleged plot to bomb a US plane are brought to justice. However security failure should be investigated and improved.

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 28th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

The whole reason why they slip through is because we do not have a system at all, they are far too busy trying to find a way to take away the American people's rights at every turn they blame the American people so they try and make laws to attack you! They do not care about so-called Terrorists they want you to give up your rights! If you do the Founding Fathers will look upon you with total scorn, at what you have thrown away for a fake sense of safety that will not last a month, when the next attack comes, how safe will you feel then, once your rights are totally gone!

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 28th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Never give up your rights for anything even safety, or soon your will be slave, remember all governments are corrupt to the core! They will always seek to gain more power over you and what you can do!

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

@ Rich, Kankakee, IL.

At what point must we lose our privacy in order to maintain security? Or will we just lose our privacy and never have the wanted security? It’s a paradoxical question!

Mark Borsenik   December 28th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I think we should have Israeli type-tight security @ all air,land & sea-ports. Including buses, trains, planes, and taxi drivers offices.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

@ Rich, Kankakee, IL.

You will understand this!

None are more hopelessly enslaved..
Than those who falsely believe that they are free

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

NO RED FLAGS???   December 28th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

So, please explain how someone traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit without luggage who paid cash for his ticket did not raise any questions with Amsterdam security, Northwest Airlines or anyone along the chain.... OK, so now we blame it on lack of communications between agencies... how about blaming it on lack of common sense and accountability! Idiots running the asylum still!!

Gretchen   December 28th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

why so many questions about did Pres.Obama react quick enough? He is not homeland security,or the FBI or CIA he's not our cop and chief.I seem to remember a president who continued to read a book about a goat while over 3,000 americans were being blown to bits,how dare anyone question the presidents response.

JSO   December 28th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

I have heard this over and over again that the suspected terrorist paid cash for her ticket. In most pace of Africa with the exception of few countries, tickets are paid for with cash.

Diane   December 28th, 2009 10:22 pm ET


So, please explain how someone traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit without luggage who paid cash for his ticket did not raise any questions with Amsterdam security, Northwest Airlines or anyone along the chain.... OK, so now we blame it on lack of communications between agencies... how about blaming it on lack of common sense and accountability! Idiots running the asylum still!!

JSO   December 28th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

December 28th, 2009 10:21 pm ET
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I have heard this over and over again that the suspected terrorist paid cash for his ticket. In most pace of Africa with the exception of few countries, tickets are paid for with cash.

Joyce   December 28th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

I would like to know why this guy was allowed to board that plane! Yes, Obama has taken the correct action but thanks to the hero on that flight Obama only had to react to an attempt!

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

More seizure of cosmetics and bottled water ought to fix this, I can hardly wait to see what idiotic improvements this incident will prompt. Why didnt they just go after him after his father reported him, if they can not act on information EFFECTIVELY, there is no point at all in any of this precautionary crap.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I think President Obama and Homeland Security should at least be honest with the American People and tell them that a Muslim butt-bomber attempted the very same thing on Oct. 2009, and world leaders and terror experts around the world were 'expecting' another attack in the same fashion to occur.

Ramon   December 28th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

This guy was coming to US from another country. How can the American people control this kind of situations? This incident started in Amsterdam if I am not mistaken. Airports should have dogs to sniff everyone. This situation is not to be blamed in Obama's administration since it is something that originated in another country. The administration can only advice these countries of been more alert and to spend more money in security including to have dogs sniffing everyone.

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Larry, please put "whatta ya make of it" to rest, there are other ways to ask an opinion.

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Good evening Larry King, and good evening Dodie. Interesting story tonight....

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

We do not want to spend the money on proper scanning machines, it is very costly. It is cheaper to go to war.

William   December 28th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Make peace with these fools and stop the terror to all of us who dont deserve this.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Larry, a US Attorney happened to be at the Amsterdam Security Gate at the same moment as the Muslim butt-bomber passed thru that area.

That same US Attorney stated he observed the Muslim butt-bomber was accompanied by a older well dressed man.

Where are the security camera photos of that other man?

Why is News Media silent about the person that obviously appears to be guiding the Muslim butt-bomber thru and past Amsterdam Security checks?

Was that man CIA, Pakistani ISI or was he the Muslim handler?

Lilarose in Bandon, OR   December 28th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Apparently my post was not allowed. I will try again.

I do not understand why CNN is going after Napolitano on nearly every program today.

CNN knows her original comments were taken out of context as she stated this morning.

Yet CNN still refers to this non-story. I expect better from Larry King's show.

There, is that better?

Bob Macmaster   December 28th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

in response to Larry's question, "DO YOU THINK TIGHTER AIRPORT SECURITY WILL MAKE FLYING SAFER?", the answer is a resounding "NO". Underwear bombs are non-detectable except by extreme measures. The only way to prevent them is to require all passengers to fly nude! That would yield a secondary benefit for the nation's airlines by increasing ticket sales, particularly if the stewardesses participated. nOW LET'S GET REAL. The reaction to the occasional terrorist threat costs many times more than the actual damage potential of the terrorist. LET'S TAKE REASONABLE steps to detect and thwart terrorists, and assume the remaining risk as less costly than the current anti-terror campaigns and wars.

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Dodie I think Rich is right to mention that giving up more rights than we already have for safety that we obviously will never completely have 100% is a bad idea. We may not have much privacy now, but I don't want to give up more and more let alone my rights.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

I agree with you. that would be nice

Ah, Good Evening Brandon. Thought I would see you here tonight! I just cannot even entertain the thought of a butt bomb! OUCH!!!

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

the butt bomber? thats priceless, he has redefined "hotpants", lol

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

@ Brandon... I completely agree with you. I think A. Smith and Rich plus many more feel the exact same way. I do love my privacy!

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

@A. Smith, Oregon you know in some cases if our government already knows something it doesn't mean you automatically get to know...some things are on a need to know basis....they can't just go and share every last bit of information with the American people...Not saying they do know who this guy was...but if they did maybe there would be a reason no information will be released on him...

P. Schepp   December 28th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Pure Luck that plane did not blow up like a bottle rocket.
Why is this terrorist afforded the same legal rights as a US citizen ?
We are at war. Wake up America!

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

angela... I would suggest more than hot pants... good one!

Gilby HI   December 28th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Thank you Larry for working this weekend, "Live", your are a true news man. A eye witness said a sharp dressed man escorted the pantie bomber on the airliner, the bomber did not have a passport and the escort told the ticketing agent that, "We do this all the time" with Sudanese refugees. Please ask if this was the policy at the terminal security.

Maxwell   December 28th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

How did the accused young man got a visa at the embassy? who was the officer that granted him a visa? what were the documents presented at the embassy before the visa was issued. Did anybody showed up at the embassy unbehalf of umar farouk. This are the questions the public would like to know.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Brandon... isn't everything on a need to know basis?

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

@Dodie I know that privacy is mostly a thing of the past especially since domestic internet traffic and phone calls can be monitored without needing permission from the court....however it's nice to know dumb little privacy stuff isn't supposed to be shared and that you have some rights...they just want to make sure you're not going to blow stuff

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Wahoo... Just love this ATM line

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Well it wasnt done because he has a muslim name and he is black, I am sick sick sick of these people getting special treatment while normal everyday people give up their rights to even travel without undergoing search and seizure.

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 10:35 pm ET you can know when stuff is on sale at your grocery store without being special 😀 lol.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Brandon.. like under panty search.. they may find more then they bargained for!!!

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

@Angela well they wouldn't want to "profile" or anything....heaven forbid if they feel like you may because you fit in the same catagory of everyone else that's tried lol...

Emmanuel   December 28th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Most passengers in Nigeria, Ghana, and other countries in Africa purchase airline tickets with cash. Credit card system is not yet widely used mainly because of fraud. So, it is not a credible or valid indicator to view all who buy tickets with cash as terrorists. neither does anyone who bought a one-way ticket. I bought a one-way ticket from Lagos to Dulles via Amsterdam last year when British airways messed me up on my return journey from Nigeria. I bought with cash. That does not make me a terrorists. More credible intelligence criteria with high specificity asnwe use in research should be used instead.

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

@Dodie suppose that's the job they choose 😛

Popsicle   December 28th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Looks like the guy was wearing women's underwear, (panties) LOL. Perhaps all men should be forced to wear boxers on flights

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Brandon... I must get myself one of these ATM lines.... I am just flying... like a free bird... now that reminds me of a song.... One of my favorite!

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Dodie... I wonder if he had his 'go -go" boots on too, lol, lol,

Popsicle   December 28th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

I think Obama waited way too long to respond to this. Guess Hawaii was more important!

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Man, those undies took a beating.....

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

@ Emmanuel

right on target! Yes, in countries that I fly into, no one uses credit cards. Always bring cash

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

@Emmanuel I guess if they look you over based on those facts...better safe than sorry. It sucks...but still...not worth missing someone.

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 28th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

None of you know that we almost went into a nuclear war in 1996 because governmental officials did not inform countries like Russia that we were doing a missile test in the Pacific Ocean. If it were not for a Russia Major not following his set orders this country and many others would be a wasteland. 20 minutes is far to close to nuclear war!

Our government do not communicate with other nations or within our different departments of our government, they care more about how much power they have then about the safety and security of the U.S. They care about how they can stay in office rather then being good and doing their jobs correctly, that is what makes our country secure, not putting on airs.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Todays CNN 3D full body scanner did not penetrate the skin in the test photos. A deviant Muslim MD. is surely going to implant a block of C4 or a pound of Petn inside some faithful Muslim bomber's stomach and simply suture that opening shut.

Undetectable short of being Xrayed or Fluro-Scoped.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

angela... well I suspect he is an it now!!! ouch, just the thought of it hurts and I am not even male!

Jean   December 28th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I have full confidence in your President Obama. He is a concerned US President. People should not be so quick to criticize him for keeping silent as they stated. He did what he had to under the circumstances.
If there were fatalities, i.e., if the plane was bombed and crashed with everyone aboard, rest assured that President Obama would have immediately spoken to the US nationals and left Hawaii for the US.
The fact that there were no fatalities and the terrorist was held and plane was intact and landed safely on US soil, it was not necessary for him to talk to the US people. He had his Homeland Security who took care of such matters until he could talk to the US people. President Obama did not abandon the US nationals. He heard and listened to the outcome of the situation.

Gretchen   December 28th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

We as Americans need to remain vigilant in these times of war we as Americans are very lazy and always thinking that we should just let the government handle everything in concerning our safety.We should give all our bright ideas about security to the powers that be and keep a look out and be prepared for whatever goes down.Just like that passenger got up and took that terrorist down.We may all be in a situation such as that.Riding the subway at the mall etc..,We know we have enemies that hate us,and our borders are still open.I fear one day we will all have to be soldiers.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

@ Rich, Kankakee, IL

I think we have been close to war numerous times. In some ways, I am glad I did not know that!

@ A. Smith Yes, surgery is next. They will always be one step ahead of us...

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

I think he just said it will always have these crazies and they will find a way....all you can do is manage it and make them try harder....they'll always be here.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

OK TTYL I have co-workers now pulling on my arm. I have to leave with everyone else. Security.. you know. Oh how I love this ATM line.

Good NIght. LKL, staff...

A. Smith have a wonderful evening. Always a pleasure seeing you on line. Thanks for all the info.

Brandon... your a hoot!

Angela... love the 'hot pants' that was great.

Matt   December 28th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

The suspect could have been allowed to slip through the cracks by Republicans or other Obama opponents in an attempt to undermine and embarrass the administration.

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 28th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

People in our government spend far too much time bathing in the prestige of the office that they are currently in to do their jobs these days, for some reason they think that makes them special, if they would only do their job they will be rewarded handsomely, but if they fail or neglect their job fire them as soon as possible! Cut off the head of the snake or it will continue to bite you in the butt! Everyone who handle the documents up the chain of command needs to be fire right now, no second chances they failed!

C Miller   December 28th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

I met a lady who was in Nigeria and could not get out of the country even when her visa expired. The lady from Maryland, a Miss Damilola Rhodes went to the US Embassy for help and was laughed at. No one there checked her passport or any passport records to see if she was legitimately in Nigeria as an American citizen. I emailed the state department and got an email stating that there were Nigerian scams about Americans stranded in Nigeria–but no one check to see her passport and whether or not her need for emergency assistance was legitimate.

People in the embassy are to distant toward Americans that really need help. I complain about this over 6 months ago and my letters and other correspondance was completely ignored.

Gordon Miller   December 28th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Shame on those trying to make the terrorism threat a partisan issue. Both major parties have failed to follow Tom Ridge's advice that we should be even more vigilant against terrorists now than we were the day after the World Trade Center catastrophe. The parties should join efforts for new legislation and policies to increase our defenses against terrorists, instead of taking political shots at each other over who to blame for failures. A central agency should be established to collect and distribute information about potential threats and those committing or caught trying to commit atrocities should be dealt with as war criminals, not the same way U.S. citizens are immune from self-incrimination in court. Those demanding closing of Guantanomo can now see the result of their political rhetoric.

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

I admire this mans parents and his father in particular. It took courage and guts and sacifice to turn in his own son, its too bad it made no real difference. I guess that sets a terrible example to other families in the future. They will think, whats the point?

The information wasnt "missed" CNN, it was utterly IGNORED.

glenn waldo   December 28th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

how much good does it do to show "simulated" airplanes blowing up?
flying is still the safest mode of transportation and it seems this will scare people into not flying, something the airlines can't afford...GW

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

And the reward for the brave Dutch Man who leaped into action in disarming the Muslim butt-bomber and likely saving the lives of all the passengers by directly placing himself and his hands in harms why was:

US Homeland Security publicly posted the man's Full Name and Home Address. Muslims in the Dutch region well known for their violence now will likely attempt to murder that man in the years ahead.

American citizens wanting to help prevent further Muslim attacks in airport terminals are being told that Muslim organizations will sue them if they report any Muslim for suspicious behavior.

So if you help you could be sued, and Homeland Security posts your name and home address so Muslims can get their revenge on you?


Frank   December 28th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Rep. Lee is a simple waste of airtime. I rarely find anything she says to actually contribute anything to the discussion. She sure uses many words to say very little.

The Obama administration, esp. Napolitano, are just showing their lack of experience and are really putting us in danger. This is not a case for law enforcement and lawyers and miranda rights should not apply to the Detroit bomber.

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Its not a war, it is a crime. A premeditated crime. Like banks lock up money, we need to start taking physical measures to prevent the physical acts of terriorism from taking place. Scanning devices work, they should be BUiLT into the aircraft. I repeat BUILT into the aircraft.
These incidents are isolated and preventable and part of life now. Shut these idiot panelist up if all they can do is scream war war war. It is a problem, it is solvable.

Cherie   December 28th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

What has concerned me in this entire matter is that NO official has addressed the fact that the attack was directed not only on an airplane, which is bad enough, but also on a heavily populated metropolitan area. I happen to live in the Detroit area and, had that attack succeeded, it could have been as big a disaster on the ground as in the air.

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 28th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Congress can't do anything they gave up their right to declare war to any President, congress keeps failing the American people over and over again. If they truly cared they would get rid of the Federal Reserve Right now, then we can get our fiscal house back in order. Andrew Jackson was right not to get involved with central private banks!

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 28th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Ron Paul is right

Gretchen   December 28th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

great point A.Smith,Oregon WTF

karen   December 28th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

i have not flown in over 6 years because the last time i did ,i was taken out of line, while flying from salt lake to las vegas, patted down and my purse was completely gone through. I have a white american! was born and raised in this country. the only forgien country i ever been to was australia, i have a scandinavan last name. it was embarrassing, since they did it at the gate with all the other passengers looking on, when i ask why i and the 2 other white passengers, one female, and one male were target, they said it was random. as far as i am concerned the idiots working at the airports should all be fired they are not doing thier jobs. cia and fbi, and all the other law enforcement should get thier act together, and communicate its not making our country any safer by delaying and harrassing american people

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

Larry King, Ask John Paul if Osama bin Ladin was on the CIA Payroll during the 1980's when Osama fought the Russian Troops

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 28th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

Sorry Ben we do start some of this mess!

angela   December 28th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Oh these panelist are despicable, this is an utter freak show, shut them up.

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 28th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

We are in 75+ countries we need to bring our people home and defend our own nation fro once! Because right now we are wide open for attack, it would take days to get our people back to the U.S. to fight off an attack!

Gretchen   December 28th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Larry King,I like the way you just let them go,then we see the real true person

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 28th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

We bomb we demand pipelines, and then we invade!

angela   December 28th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

Rich, you are absolutely correct. All these idiots keep failing to see whay you and I see. We will bleed out if we do not solidify soon. This is the real reason I am anti war, it is pointless at this stage. They will not change, it makes no difference if we catch Bin Ladin now. I just do not get it.

William   December 28th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Its terrible how these guess talk over each other, sure doesnt say much for the show. Outright rudeness.

angela   December 28th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

Is it possible that the crotch area was part of some strateagery?
The terrorist know how personal the crotch area is to us, this is an area that will not be scanned without great debate. The bomb could have been placed anywhere really, but alas it was in the crotch. They sure have balls. WHich leads to my next question...any takers?

Rebecca   December 28th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

I hope he suffers...hopefully Medicaid will reject his bills and daddy will have to pay for them.

angela   December 28th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

well daddy tryed to do the right thing, I dont blame him at all.

Rebecca   December 28th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

u can see how brainwashed he is in his eyes. What a scum

Rebecca   December 28th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

Daddy will get the bill and we all know this!

thomas   December 28th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

Gretchen is correct..Pres GWBush continued to read a book about a "pet Goat" while the twin towers were being demolished...

Rebecca   December 28th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

Goin from ALB TO MCO I got checked more then they did to this idiot. All I wanted to do is get some sun, maybe some flat soda and peanuts in between. Sorry folks...we got to step it up! Just another attack we missed...why is the US always last to know.

tony   December 29th, 2009 12:24 am ET

I think the president is doing the best they can . this Nigerian and all al queda terrorists are willing to take their life in a split second . To me this is the easy way out . Plus they think they're going as heroes . what America should do with these arrested people is they should lock them up in prison with true American prisoners for the rest of their life .let's see how long these terrorists last in jail surrounded by true American prisoners that have lost family and friends from 911 . To to me being in lock up for 50 years to life with people that lost families and friends from 911 is true punishment .taking their lives in a few seconds of an attack is peanuts

Johnny (Ringo) Masseria   December 29th, 2009 12:24 am ET

I have watched these so called news shows for some time. I voluntered and joined the military as vietnam was at it's tail end. It wasn't very popular to be in the military then or during the six years i've served. I have seen and learned alot about Politics, the Military, the American Public Business and World opinion. I am very dissapointed as an american and a former USAF Staff Sergeant. Here we are 30 years after it really began when the Embassy was taken in Iran and I voluntered to go to Saudi Arabia in November 1979. We new then there were numerous terrorists coming out of Yemen. While I was there, there was an attack at Mecca. There were terrorists in Saudi Arabia then and now. I learned alot from my Yemen interpretor It sickens me to know that who ever is getting more intelligence that I had access to is sticking their heads in the arabian sand. Who is really the bigger threat? We as americans are at a crossroad. We could of had bin laden. Do they really want to get him? Nothing has changed it has only gotten worse. The military still pays ridiculous amounts of money for hammers, toilet seats and other defective parts/equipment.. We loss alot of respect with the rest of the world during Vietnam. We slowly gained respect from the rest of the world during the Reagan, Bush and Clinton years. We've known about Yemen and activities going on in that country for over 30 Years its the same old nonsence. When we were attacked back on 911, I listened to President George W. Bush's speaches. One of the things I thought when I heard him speak and try to work towards peace between Isreal and the Palestenians. And especially when he spoke those words your either with us or against us. And we would go anywhere to take out terrorists and/or their terrorist camps. If he stayed the course he possibly could have went down as one of the greatess presidents of this country by stamping out terrorists. He lost the respect of the american people and the rest of the world in such a short period of time. His presidency will probably be know as one of the biggest blunders in history. Was it greed? It was clear as a bright sunny day to me. Yes! We had to go to Afganistan. But, Iraq we were all over them with fly overs, etc. It wasn't a priority unless you were looking to make alot of money. We put Saddam there to do our dirty work, like Noriega. I know North Korea, Iran, Syria, Yemen, China, etc. were a bigger threat.. Was it greed or what we had an opportunity of a life time as far as combating terrorism. We had the world with us. Was it greed or what? Defense lobbyists? If I was President I would have kept that eye in the sky along with other intelligence. Then I would have bombed the camp/camps off the face of whatever country it was. Then I would have sent in an appropriate amount of special forces to sweep up and then pull back. And quite simply keep doing the same thing anywhere and everywhere there is a deffinate threat. Maybe readjust as they try to regroup. But, once again that is to simple of a solution and not costly enough in dollars. I know all those countries would start cleaning house and would be worried where we would hit next. Once again we wouldn't be spending money and lives, The countries where the terrorists are would be, but what do I know I'm just a high school drop out. I guess the tax payers of this country are suppose to pay to police the whole world. I'm sorry are we just sheep or what? The boys at the top know we are, they couldn't be much more arrogant. This coun And because of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld , Senators, congressmen and Highly ranked Military men/woman, defense contractors and lobbyists/corporations they have cost this country Ridiculous amounts of money along with many brave troops lives and many, many more disabled for life. What comes next? This country is taking a path that resembles the civil war. Republicans against Democrats! Haves and have nots! Maybe those boys want us to worry alot about terrorists so were distracted while there selling us out to China, India, indonesia, etc. There will eventually be a revolution/civil war at this pace. Because the upper middle, middle and lower income people will just be poor people with big brother keeping everyone in check and it won't be america land of the free as we know it. Why do politicians like President eisenhower who was a Top Military General make speaches to people like us warning us about are own military, lobbyists, etc.? What's the point were just sheep waiting to be silenced.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 29th, 2009 1:29 am ET

On CNN tonight, Erica Hill interviewed Kurt Haskell a fellow passenger on the bombers international flight who described what sounds like a Pakistani ISI agent accompanying the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber thru the Amsterdam Security gate.

Kurt Haskell and his wife noticed the 'Indian' looking man talked for the Muslim butt-bomber and stated the Nigerian didn't have a passport! Whereupon Kurt Haskell relates the trio (Muslim butt-bomber, his Muslim handler and the security screener) disappeared to 'talk' to the screeners supervisor.

Who was this well dressed middle aged Indian appearing man? A CIA Agent, Pakistani ISI Agent or some well heeled Saudi Muslim handler with diplomatic papers?

Why isn't the American public being allowed to see photos of that man? What are they hiding?

joe   December 29th, 2009 1:45 am ET

Larry, let me ask you a question.
We are providing this guy with rights as he is a US citizen; we are providing him an attorney and a blanket. Have we forgotten that the 2 US soldiers captured in Iraq were never provided with any of that but they were gutted out, their private parts were shoved down their throats and they were stuffed with explosives in order to kill more US soldiers?

Larry   December 29th, 2009 2:05 am ET

Your quest tonight forget this act originated in a foreign country not America. We are not in total control in other countries.


John Lindfield   December 29th, 2009 2:14 am ET

Larry , I actually met you a few years ago at a restaurant in Beverly Hills ,"The Palm" you were with your family . I am really interested in tonights show as you had RON PAUL on who really is the only intellengent choice to run this country , and Ben Stein ought to stick to what ever it is he thinks he knows – security is not it! I am an ex service man form the Vietnam era and I can tell you WE shoulda have got OUT of Afghanistan and Iraq ,and used our intelligence to fight this war , using our brains not brawn.It is costing this country too much in money and lives .Ron Paul is right, but he is not as good looking as some of the people in charge, so no one takes him seriously, but he has more brains than all of them put together. Well Thats my take . Best regards , Love your show ,John

Walt   December 29th, 2009 2:15 am ET

I just watched Larry King laughing because he set up an argument between 2 republicans disagreeing on the very serious issue of our security and safety which is becoming more compromised each passing day under the incompetent Obama administration. Larry, give up your left wing idealogy for a change or perhaps better yet please quit!! He finds this funny but doesnt take seriously Janet Neopolino's disturbing and inconsistent statements or Obama's golfing for 3 days before even bothering to make a statement.Or perhaps how Obama's policies will now make it impossible to get good information from the terrorist on who his accompices were.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 29th, 2009 2:39 am ET

CNN appears to be busy in verifying the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber did not have a passport as stated in the Erica Hill – Kurt Haskell interview.

When that is verified, it should be very clear that the so-called security lapse wasn't due to Amsterdam nor American Security measures, it was due to a CIA, or Pakistani ISI agent that walked that bomber thru and past Amsterdam's very strict security screeners. That 'well dressed' middle aged Indian looking man had to have flashed a diplomatic badge or official document to get the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber on board without a passport.

I doubt the Dept. of Homeland Security can lie themselves out of explaining to the American people how a faithful Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber got on board a international flight bound for America without a passport.

Luis Weber   December 29th, 2009 3:09 am ET

With all the respect to the most wonderfull and priceless document
as the Costitution of U.S.A. but: there is a problem. The time when –
this document was writen, is at all far diferent than the present time.
And may be better for the safety of the country, to make some adjus-
ment"s to this document, in order to make an stronger tool for the -
safety of America. Not only U.S.,but also U.K. and democratic coun-
trys across Europ, should maybe double check on the rights provi-
ded by its constitutions to individuals allowed to entry the country.
Example; No way I"m gonna let anybody from outside,to protest a-
bout anything I do in my own house.

Bill Carney   December 29th, 2009 7:18 am ET

Larry?, is it really necessary to continue to parade around talking brain stems such as Tom Ridge? This idiot is the guy who loved to play with colors with his useless "Terror Alert Threat Level" and told us to duck tape our windows. Now he spouts off about foreigners not being afforded constitutional rights while in America? We already have (2) systems of justice in this country, one for the wealthy/privileged and one for the regular or poor guy. Do we really need another one to deal with alleged or actual terrorists? What we don't need are bone-headed morons such as Tom Ridge telling us what we need!

Joel Oghide - England   December 29th, 2009 7:21 am ET

I have no understanding for the hypocrisy and dishonesty of Republicans who throw potshots at every progressive and logical policy of the Obama Adminstration aimed at tackling the gargantuan socio-political and economic problems they left behind. In one breath the Republicans accuse Democrats of generating 'big government' and in another, accuse the government of not being large enough to have eyes, ears and mouth to protect every citizen of America. It makes absolute sence for the President to call on citizens to be vigillant as part of the comprehensive Home Land Security measures

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   December 29th, 2009 9:06 am ET

A. Smith Oregon.
Unbelieveable. The no-passport thingy.
Will the US occupy Yemen like you did in Iraq??

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   December 29th, 2009 9:24 am ET

Hello world
Too many heavy-hitting comments. Let's chill.
Did the guy lose his manhood?.
If so, that's punishment enough. LOL.

Gerrie   December 29th, 2009 10:27 am ET

These people are willing to dye for their beliefs. I just wish we had
a few more Americans that were willing to give up just one beer or
one party for their beliefs. We throw out our back doors more than most of these people get in a life time. I know it is a danger, but
I do NOT want my crouch searched at an airport!!!!

GOTCLEVER Dave W. Dawson   December 29th, 2009 10:50 am ET

And if you've always been a Slave to Love, then you've never done wrong.
Haven't I just always been a Slave to Love eh Larry?
Then I've never done wrong.
And everyone else that's a Slave to Love?
I'm on the side that LOVES EVERYONE OF 'EM.
But are Al Quaeda Slaves to Love yet?
I'd advise Osama Bin Laden & Crew to never get into a Power Struggle against US the Slaves to Love ever again.
If Al Qaeda ain't doing there bit for PEACE, then they should reconsider that mixing with the RIGHT People is the RIGHT thing to do.
Can we help those who mix in the WRONG circles?
There were many who examined the ERRORS OF THEIR WAYS on 9-11-2001AD.
Don't ever rate yourself stronger than me Al Qaeda.
I laugh & joke in the Valley of the Shadow of Death because that's what it's fit for.
Am I too happy Al Qaeda?
And why don't I watch the TV Al Qaeda?
The Slaves of Love know better.
They NEVER were MY ERRORS Al Quaeda.
If your place is in the Community, then your place is in the Community.

Vallary   December 29th, 2009 11:16 am ET

Well this is a fact that this is the life we live now. I wonder why the ball keeps being drop. If you look back on history all the signs, signals etc are there. this guy should have been looked at closer, paid cash for a one way ticket, no suitcases, come on that don't show a red flag. why does it always have to be linked to a group. look at timothy macfay, look at washing snipper, look at Fort hood, these are all one man shows. they were link to a group . Some times the answer are right in front of you

thomas   December 29th, 2009 1:01 pm ET

John Lindfield says it like it is, he should be the president..END the WARS. bring the troops HOME >>>

Anne   December 29th, 2009 1:16 pm ET

The GOP politics of fear won't work anymore. No more color coded terror alerts to scare the hell out of people in order to win elections. Get over it. No one cares about a bombing that never happened.

A. Ahmad   December 29th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

The problem is that who turned this Nigerian man into terrorist. He left Nigeria to London young looking for education and left London a dangerous terrorist.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 29th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

@ Idzan Ismail, if it is verified that man was able thru the 'well dressed' middle aged man of Indian decent to get thru Amsterdam's heavy security checks and BOARD a international flight bound for America WITHOUT a passport, this entire security hoopla has nothing whatsoever with sticking Americans with stricter and move invasive body searches and everything to do with a Governmental Conspiricy to commit mass fraud upon the American people.

IF that man did not have a passport, the ONLY WAY he got on that plan was by a US Diplomat or Governmental Agent pushing him past the Amsterdam security staff and onto that plane. Not even a flight stewart would allow anyone on a international flight without a passport.

It is impossible for the Nigerian citizen by himself to talk himself or get his self onto a international flight bound to America without a passport. This man appears to be a patsy that was used by Diplomatic Agents to screw the American citizens and public.

Travis Garner   December 29th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

There has been an increase in security at our airports since the Christmas Terror Attack. Should security have been any less to begin with? Security should not discriminate on behalf of people who are opposed to privacy issues. Either people want security or you dont.

Dodie   December 29th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

I have a question so please anyone who feels like answering, please do. I understand this morning the full scan machine will scan everyplace except for the crotch area. Now, isn’t that where this last attempt placed the bomb? What sense does a full scanning machine do, if not EVERYTHING is scanned?? This would include children and pets. I, personally, have no problem going through a full scanning device especially if it will decrease the potential of someone blowing up the aircraft at 30,000 feet. I do have a problem on limiting the bathrooms to no use within 1 hour prior to landing. That would place a lot of stress on those who have a medical condition that requires frequent bathroom use.

I guess at this point in time everyone has to make the decision of: whether to fly and lose our privacy, or whether to not fly and keep our privacy!

Dodie   December 29th, 2009 3:29 pm ET

To occupy still another country will NOT solve anything and probably make a bad situation even worse. It would only continue to drain the US. It would be very foolish for us to do that! Terrorists are everywhere!

I feel like we are a dog chasing our tail!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 29th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

@ Dodie, if the body scan is not invasive enough to penetrate the skin and the body organs then some deviant Muslim MD. is likely to implant Petn inside the would be Muslim bomber's stomach or just as likely remove one of their kidney's, sell that for $$$'s and replace that with 6oz. of Petn (approx. 2x more than that used by the butt-bomber) encapsulated in a plastic container making it virtually undetectable to dogs and bomb swab machines.

The 3D body scanner reviewed by the CNN staff, did not penetrate the skin. The only way to do that is either the slow ultra scan equipment commonly used for prenatal observations, or various Xray Machines whose ionizing radiation easily penetrates the skin and organs of the body but not medically acceptable for children and young women without a medical need greater than the risk!

Dodie   December 29th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

Good Afternoon A. Smith!

Thank you so much for responding to my question. What about RF power scanners? We all are being bombarded with RF frequencies on a daily basis from all electronic components, lights etc. Obviously, we are all surviving it. How about using an electromagnetic wave because it experiences a refraction effect when passing between mediums with different densities. You have more knowledge in this area than I do. Could we devise a RF or electromagnetic scanner where the scan would penetrate our body without too much damage? Ultrasound requires complete contact with the device and that would mean a full strip prior to the scan. I have no problems stripping if it means this is the only way to save my life, but I am sure there are many who would strongly object! Not to mention it would take 8 hours to board a plane instead of 4 hours. John Bradley is always a nightmare! Maybe digital X-ray or a form of laser light? I am just throwing ideas out there. I prefer to be in the solution of something than stuck in the problem. What do you think?

It sounds like the Medical and scientific field should band together in order to devise something we can use that would be effective and at the same time, not harmful!

I completely agree with you. I could see the next level of terrorists having their kidney removed so a plastic explosive device could be inserted. Then selling the kidney for $$$ in order to purchase more explosive devices. I have this vision of an Ad: Person wanted who is ready to be with Allah. Must have blood type AB negative.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 29th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

@ Dodie, these 3D Scanners as mentioned previously are not powerful enough to penetrate the skin and organs of the body being scanned so they would be 'worthless' and a mere placebo if the Muslim bomber had the explosive surgically implanted in his stomach or kidney cavity.

Normally EMF that penetrates deeply into the body is going to energize various chemical compounds in the body and tissue causing various reactions, all of which would likely be unwanted.

It might be possible to send a reasonably powerful one time 'pulse' of EMF that was extremely tuned to any reflections from nitrogen based compounds. The receiving part of the device would have to filter thru normal Nitrogen Based compounds in the body vs those of a explosive which would take a great deal of inventive wisdom to figure out and implement.

The Nigerian bomber appears to have had an official that simply walked the man thru and past heavy security checkpoints, so what's the point of all of these additional draconian measures heaped upon the American people?

Jim Fisher   December 29th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

The recent attack on the USA on Christmas day has brought to forefront of how the Obama Administration has failed the American people. With too much concern of being political correct and certain human rights being violated is why a terriost almost killed serval Americans. The Liberals need to wake up and see that this a new area of war where they are cowards who lay under Muslem Releiogon and want to kill innocent Americans They know that can not defeat us by a war of power but by a power of terriost tactics. All of the measures that the Bush Adminstartion had kept us safe. and my I bring to your attention that while Geroge Bush was President nothing happen since 9/11. Keep in place what he did and take all tools to seek out those who attempt to do harm and bring them to justice. Liberals wake up our country is at war!!!!!!!!!!!

Dodie   December 29th, 2009 6:12 pm ET

@ A. Smith: Thank you so much for responding to my questions and statements. We have no power or control over other countries’ policies. We can restrict people from certain countries entering the US. But if this person had no passport and was allowed to bypass security and still made it on a jetliner headed for the US, I am not sure what we could do…….. other than convert some of our military bases in Germany and other parts of Europe into mini airports which would be the only way anyone could fly into the US. Since bases in Germany, England maybe France are considered American soil, we could implement very strict security. Do you have any ideas on how to solve this situation?

A. Smith, Oregon   December 29th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

IF a State Dept. Diplomat or US Govt. Agent is going to walk a bomber around various security check points, in order to get that bomber on a flight to America, there is no additional draconian torture upon American airline travelers that is going to prevent that bomber from getting on that airplane.

All of these knee jerk reactions appear to be misdirection, window dressing and placebo's designed to cover up what two creditable witness's described on the flight that was attacked.

Perhaps in REALITY they are designed to steer President Obama into a predictable bombing campaign upon Yemen and pour hundreds of billions more taxpayer dollars into 'Homeland Security'.

Tahreg   December 29th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I have only one question on my mind:–Did the airport security at Amsterdam have the info on abutalleb? Something is wrong with vital information.....

russell   December 29th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

i just want to say that mr. stein's ignorance should be an embarrassment to republican's. this man is a fool of course what they do is wrong, but killing more people isn't going to solve anything. maybe these people just want the western involvment in there countrys to stop.

Ryan   December 29th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

there is a plausible reason the cia never released the info on the suspect, they wanted him to succeed. with another disaster they could save us all from evil all in the name of security. too bad joe passenger ruined it for them.

Ryan   December 29th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

Ben Stein and the United States are a tool for isreal.

roy in ky   December 29th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

@angela – I like your style, especially about the naive talking heads, etc. You go girl. But war is necessary. We either kill them now or we will have to do it later when it is harder. And remember, They are trying to kill us.

Ted   December 30th, 2009 2:27 pm ET

@ roy in ky

That is the spirit, we just kill them all! For your information during the past 10 years we killed well over 100,000 men, women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and just now in Yemen, all moslems. Who is killing whom, my friend?

Ted   December 30th, 2009 2:33 pm ET

A. Smith, Oregon

If the information you blog is correct than this sounds like a screwed up CIA or NSA operation for a purpose I cannot understand.
If you are correct than the hero of the day is also an intelligence agent from Holland and the indian looking man was an american agent. No pakistani agent would ever be able to put someone on an american plane bound to the USA!!!!!
I have the feeling heads will be rolling at the CIA or NSA, or both.

Luis Weber   December 31st, 2009 4:10 am ET

Maybe the U.S. shall focus more on solve its own intern problems,
But the big problem is on my view, that american people has lost
the ability to see the reality. We are not smart anymore.We are not
thinking clearlly no more. By not using the inteligence, we allowed
the former administ. to brought us, where we are now. Please wake
up. If anybody outhere want"s to know the very true reazon for Irak
war, Afganistan, etc....simply start analysing; wy 9/11 happen"s, -
Who allowed to happen, or who make it happen? America, wake

Luis Weber   January 22nd, 2010 3:27 am ET

This is unreal: the democrats just help republicans to unveil the
next president of U.S. At this point I dont know if democrats maybe
including the president, are aware of the real mess they are into
now. I agree with Pat Buccanan, this guy is carismatic, and I am
sure he is allready the focus of the republicans, as the one they
where waiting for. Personally I have a lot of admiration for president
Obama, I like the democratic party but: what:s going on? Wy this
big mistakes, knowing what was involve on that massachusset
election? Now everything was build-up, is back to the ground.
One of the problems is that P. Obama waist to much time trying
on bipartisan decisions. At this point: Where are the president ad_
visers? What are they doing to help him?

Luis Weber   February 17th, 2010 1:59 am ET

Larry, please try to find out the ratings every time you bring Mr. Maher
to the show, Im sure the numbers go to the roof. What I mind is that
you shall bring him back, at least twice a month, so people in this country has more chances to listen to a person, who really talk in a
very realistic, reasonablly, accurate way. I hope people pay attention
to what Mr Maher say's. Personally I agree 100% with Bill Maher on
all his opinions, and answers to each and every cuestions on tonight's
LKL. Show. People in this country await dems. to step up, forget about
bipartisanship, before is to late. Hello, Can you hear me now? Or can you heard the claims of almost everybody in this country?

Luis Weber   March 9th, 2010 3:53 am ET

It is a real shame what"s going on in this country at the present.
While we pretend to be #1 Nation on this planet, maybe other Nations
are just wachting how far back we really are, on terms of provide to
the people with the rights and benefits they are entitled to, by simple
and natural norms of procedurements. It is not knowledge of so much
strugle on other countries, to provide their own people with a healt
insurance plan that shows the goverment really cares about its cityzens. That is not happen in this country, so what are we pretending

Luis Weber   March 24th, 2010 2:31 am ET

As I said before, people in this country is not smart anymore. Starting
on the 9/11 event"s and up to date, millions of americans has been just blinded by a very efective program of disinformation. With the historic pass of the Health Reform, people shall got informed of the real facts and benefits on this bill, before start making ridiculous comments and opposing what they dont know about, just by listen the same people who create the economic mess we are on to, and people who dont want any kind progress for this country. this people
(GOP) only think about themselfs, they dont want anybody to be granted with something we deserve as Americans.

Luis   May 26th, 2010 1:32 am ET

I make a suggestion day's ago wich I named plan C. Two days later
they where trying exactly that, but did not work because by doing that way they ignore the amount of pressure out of the breach. I personally think that a pipe around that hole, acting as a funnell in order to drive
the oil flow to an especific point, in this case tankers on the surface;
But where are those tankers? wy they are not around? Or maybe I'm
suggesting something to dificult to understand? The ugly reality is that
this people dont know nothing at all, to manage the situation, they never elaborate an emergency plan. I wonder what kind rocket scientist they count on to solve this problem. Believed or not this is, among other calamities part of G. Bush legacy, focused on make as much damage as possible to this country. Remenber the oilers?

Luis   May 26th, 2010 2:17 am ET

Okay; what if they make a pipe around the breach, something like a funnell, in order to drive the oil to an especific point on the surface,
in this case tankers; But where are those tankers? They suppost to be there long ago, sucking-up if not all but much of the oil. For sure
that would minimize the damage. Of course this is not happen on BP.
hometown coasts. Do I'm suggesting something to dificult to understand? If I'm not wrong, before this happen they where doing
just that: Sucking-up oil trought a pipe line to somewhere on surface,
If right now it is not a real solution to stop the flow, let channellize it
to recipient's. Tankers, as many as possible. We all know many people and corp's. etc...must be accountable, but the main priority
right now is stop the oil from keep spreadind around.

Luis   May 27th, 2010 2:23 am ET

Like millions of people on U.S. I have a high level of admiration for our
current president, and many times we think of situations that where
supossed to be allready fixed from him. but that's what a single person is thinking, out of millions .That do no match the reality. We mi-
llions think of him( one)while him(one)think of millions(us)He is trying
to do as many president's try on the pass except; you know( the oilers)
to work hard for a better and brilliant future for America.Unfortunatelly
his predecesor did not care at all of any kind of better days for this co_
untry, just because all his decissions where focused on leave the worst possible situationn including everything(unreazonable wars,
historyc economic disaster's, corruption's at all levels, like the one
that lead's to the biggest enviromental disaster on U.S history,

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