December 30, 2009

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 08:46 PM ET

Terror Investigation

U.S. officials say they knew as early as August of communication between extremists in Yemen and a person called "the Nigerian." Could the dots have been connected before the Christmas Day terror attempt? Would that have prevented Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab from getting on a flight to Detroit with explosive materials? Have we learned anything from 9/11? We'll ask Thomas Kean, chairman of the 9/11 commission. We'll also talk to three people who lost loved ones on 9/11.

Trouble for Charlie Sheen?

An EXCLUSIVE tonight: The lawyer for Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen's wife. Mueller called 911 on Christmas morning and reported her husband had a knife to her throat and was making threats. Now, she wants the restraining order against him modified so they can work things out. What's going on? We'll ask Yale Galanter, Mueller's attorney.

And we want to hear from you!

Do you think security in the U.S. has improved since 9/11?

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Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN   December 30th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

HI Larry I do think security has gotten better but i do think that we should start profiling people with Islamic names and put them through tighter security. This war was started by the Islamic radicals that follow the Koran's teachings of hatred of the infidel and go as far as killing any westerner and i think that the Muslims that are peace loving people should not be offended by this. Also since the terrorists use the Koran and it's jihadist teachings for their terror plots and in fact defame Islam i think that all the Muslim states should send thousands of troops to help win this war and if they don't it tells me that they either don't care about the lives of those they kill or are also extremists that wish the death of the western world!

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Good Evening Larry King and CNN staff!

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Egyptian Sayyid Qutb's writings were the foundation for al Qaeda and other radical Islamic movements

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

There is no investigation, CIA purposely omitted the reports by the Nigerian Muslims father. The UK already had the Nigerian Muslim bomber on their no fly and no enter list!

Show us the Nigerian Muslim bombers Passport!

This is a coverup, wake up America!

Willard   December 30th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

someone will lose a job come Thursday, a GS 3 typist or GS 7 clerk typist . Lowman on the totem pole. About this bomb on flight 253 Amsterdam

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

News Flash, Saudi Arabian troops invaded Yemen last month and is fighting the Shiite Muslims backed by Iran that entered Saudi soil. American lives appear to be simply hired guns for Saudi Oil interests. Wake up America!

vicky   December 30th, 2009 10:04 pm ET


Paul doesn’t know what he is taking

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Its holidays and anniversaries!
thats it!
i think it is!
We are at war!
President Obama must keep us safe!!!

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon. Good evening and nice to see you on line

Yes, I agree that we are the world's hired guns! Its time we stop being that.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 30th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Nancy Palosi broke the CIA's back and now our security sucks.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

No draconian security measures further heaped upon American citizens would have prevented a US Diplomat likely working for the CIA from getting that Nigerian Muslim bomber onto that International flight to America without the bomber even having a passport. Wake the hell up!

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

We are creating our own terrorists. We continue to invade other countries. How many of you would like to have another country invade this one. How would you react???

Dianne   December 30th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

If we profile according to last name, how would we have profiled Timothy McVeigh? We would not have. Some Muslims have
English names due to marriage.

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

these crazy radical Islamists must be stopped!
i think it is wrong to be so flippant and so casual!
i think they are serious!
When the Fort Hood massacre happened,so many said it was a digruntled employee! thats disgusting! its wrong to lie and confuse people!

larry   December 30th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Absolutely not and its going to get worse.There has been 8 terrorist arrests or attacks on american soil in the last 6 months and if something isn't done it will only get worse and i would not be surprised if there will be an attack as the new year comes in tomorrow night. You couldn't pay me to be in that crowd tomorrow night. That van that was parked there for almost 2 days and they removed it today could have been a trial run for something to come.I hope and pray nothing happens but it would not shock me at all.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Follow the money, the Patriot Act is expiring this month. Yemen Shiite troups have invaded Saudi Arabia last month. And wars in the middle east pour hundreds of billions of dollars into the US Military, CIA, FBI, and private Military defense contractor corporations.

These folks stand to lose those hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars if there are no ongoing wars. They are virtually being rewarded for these acts of violence upon the American people.

vicky   December 30th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Islamic terrorist danger to the world Obama tried plan A but he has plan A to Z not like G.W. Bush

If we didn’t go after Sadam Hussein by this time we would have killed Osama Bladen destroyed Al- Qaida

Republicans time to Zip their mouth

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I agree with your guest, Larry. Move on and Stop blaming people like Blair or Panetta or the CIA, etc!!!
All Americans must be vigilant!
However, the system must be fixed!

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

profile according to last name will not work as many are not terrorists and all the terrorists have to do is change their last name.

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

okay this is a good guest!
he seems correct in his approach!
we must correct mistakes!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Dick (shooter) Cheney fits the profile of a butt-bomber.

I say deport him to Italy where he can stand before a un-bribe-able Justice System on War Crimes charges against him.

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

South of Detroit is Canada!
I hope Canada is vigilant as America!!!
Americans and Canadians must be vigilant!

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

here was an article on CCTV which stated:

“Al-Qaeda had planned to attack oil facilities, government buildings and the British embassy, said Yemen's National Security Chief Ali Mohammad Al-Ansi.
Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Abdullah Al-Kurbi said the recent months have seen enhanced cooperation between his country and the United States, and the U.S. information had been a "key element" in Yemen's anti-terror operations.”

So Yemen and the US had good communications and relations until this week. What happened?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 30th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

These people are evedently crosing back and forth from Yemen to Somolia we need to break there bridge.

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Obama must be firm!
Obama must lead!
HE must be resolute!!!!!
He cannot show weakness!

larry   December 30th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Dodie get a grip they have already invaded this country .They are in the military and we welcomed then , they are in our schools and come back and forth as they please on dual visas and we let them and we sit by and do nothing until something happens. they can't over power us so they will kill as many as they can from within whether its 2 at a time or 3000 at a time

Daisy21   December 30th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I hear all sorts of complaining by many in the media that Dick Cheney and Republicans dare to criticize President Obama and how he is handling the war on terror (oh, that's right - it's a man caused disaster). I don't recall hearing all that hand wringing when it was liberals and Democrats blasting President Bush almost non-stop. I don't recall many in the media being all worked up when former VP Al Gore screamed at the top of his lungs that George bush "betrayed his country", or when Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton publicly criticized President Bush. It seems the only time the media and liberals are concerned about protocol is when Republicans have the gall to criticize our current President. When it was Democrats throwing barbs in the direction of George Bush, it was just fine.

angela   December 30th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Larry, please stop asking every 5 minutes 'is this a winnable war", nobody can answer this question, and yet you continue to ask over and over, and also "are we safer now". Please stop asking these questions all the time. There are other questions we can ask that have answers.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

We have to ask ourselves... why is the USA experiencing terrorists, but China, Japan, Korea are not! So what is the USA doing to cause this?

roy in ky   December 30th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Does anyone think we can be safe all the time everywhere? Abdsolutely not. You can patch all the airline stuff at great cost and effort and the enemy will just find another genre where we are not looking. The point is no one can be everywhere all the time to guard against one terrrorist. If we want to stop this crap we need to go after the enemy with full military force. Fight them now or wait until they are stronger. We hold ourselves back because of collateral damage, etc. Just like Vietnam they can kill us from the village but we can't shoot back because we might hurt one of their people (who they put at risk). We are so stupidly proper and don't have the guts for war anymore. We are moral to the point where it will destroy us. Stupid ignorance and afraid a political parety might use something against the administration. The election proved that we are fed up with the republicans making political hay over anything they can dig up. They will be the downfall of our country by the way they play politics on everything. If you are tired of people killing us, then support a MAJOR war effort to bring this nonsense to an end. Otherwise your talking heads will have to talk until we arer all dead. Get a clue.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:17 pm ET


Terrorists groups are all over the world.. so what makes us different?

Jennifer   December 30th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

No, we did not get any better after 9/11. We are a reactive country and we need to be PROACTIVE! This could have turned out extremely bad. There are 80 year old grandmas on the no fly list, this guy should have been on that list no questions asked. I thank this kid's father for contacting the US Embassy. Too bad we don't listen. What do we pay the CIA and TSA for?

Stefani G   December 30th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

NO! It is no safer today than it was prior to and during the 9-11 attacks. Maybe we should hire Jack Bauer to protect us!!

B. Kings   December 30th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Dick Cheney is a dangerous man and if America is truly at war with terrorists shame on his administration and shame on him for not standing behind his president. Is he so demonic and egotistical as to be contemplating a run at the republican ticket? I truly hope his heart (what there is of it) gives out and soon!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

A identical Muslim butt-bomber tried to assassinate the Saudi Prince two months ago and blew himself up after he went undetected for at least 30 minutes among bomb sniffing dogs and the Saudi's own security guards. The Saudi Prince survived and world leaders and terror 'experts' around the world stated there would be further attempts using the same Petn up the butt attempts which Muslims posted on the Internet with directions some TWO MONTHS ago.

The US Govt. is acting like this is something they haven't seen, nor even heard about. BS! All world leaders were aware of this months ago.

angela   December 30th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Dodie, please dont blame the USA, we are not causing this, we did not cause 911.

vicky   December 30th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

@ I agree with Dan Christmas terror protect by civilians

When civilians are alert terrorist will be scared even local problems when civilians alert criminals scared

Terrorist and criminals more scare to civilians than law and force

Daisy21   December 30th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Security in this country has gotten worse, especially since January of this year. We have a group in power in Washington who want to treat terrorism as a law enforcement issue. We are not allowed to call it a war on terror any more. Our intelligence agencies have to be worried about law suits brought against them by Barack Obama's Justice Department. Our President would rather spend all his time on health insurance issues rather than focus on our enemies in the world. It took him until September to even nominate a new TSA head. It took him over 3 months to make a decision about Afghanistan. He could barely pull himself off the golf course to make a statement this weekend.

Ginny   December 30th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Security now is a lot better than pre-9/11. It just doesn't seem to keep up with the terrorists' determination and ingenuity.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

My heart goes out to the CIA agents killed in Afghanistan, NOT!

They trained the Taliban how to construct IED's. Trained the Taliban how to torture their victims. Created the Taliban in the 1980's and Created the hated Pakistani ISI agency directly blamed for the Mumbai attack in India.

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

CIA personnel are heroes as are our American soldiers.
This time, a guardian angel was a flying Dutchman, next time if we do not correct certain mistakes, we will not be so lucky!

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 30th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Dodie how many Muslims do you suppose are in China Korea and Japan .

KWAME   December 30th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Larry, please let your guest know that most people in developing countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast buy plane tickets with case. More than 90 percent of the people buy their tickets with CASH. It is not unusual as your guests want us to believe.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

@ angela

Invading other countries cause hate...

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX I have seen quite a few in China.. I cannot answer the other countries...

larry   December 30th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

BOY I BET NIKE APPRECIATES ALL THAT GOOD ADVERTISING THEY ARE GETTING NOW Between tiger and that terrorist with a swish to boggan on they are getting good pub

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Good evening Dodie, indeed although the US Military might blow up a community of innocent villagers in a mistaken bombing run, American tourists 5 years later would be the ones paying a very high price by those people that survived and lost loved ones.

Dana Winner   December 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

NO – Security in US has not improved since 9/11 because the fundamental need is for good quality security information about terrorists. That information would have to be collected in the countries where terrorists are originating and, in general, that kind of information is not collected in those countries, as compared to America where information about people is regularly collected as a continuous process of our way of living. In America we treasure information (facts) as a fundamental element of democratic society so that decisions and judgments can be based on facts (information) whereas in the countries where terrorists are developed, facts and therefore information are not valued as a basis for decisions. We cannot safeguard America from the real terrorists (who are not possible to profile by race or religion) by having reliable high quality information collected in the way that such information is collected and available on a need to know basis in America and Europe.

Larry W.   December 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I am sick and tired of hearing how the body scanners are invasive or comparable to a strip search. If you are afraid of what TSA people will see go to to the gym. If you still have a problem drive a car or take a boat. You don't have to fly!

Maryann Pike   December 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

For Larry King
Why did you have Paul Bremmer on your show and allow him to even talk.
The ultimate Ugly American screw up responsible for
deaths at the UN in Iraq,responsible for the deaths of many
innocent civilians in Fallujah.
He was nothing but a toady for his masters who started the
war in the first and everything became worse unyil he left
He is pure evil. How could you give hom a National pulpit

vicky   December 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

We don’t need to invade any countries we stop the 2nd world war with Bomb we have to do the same now Islamic terrorist = Hitler

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

some of the comments on here are disgusting!

angela   December 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

We need fresh approaches. We need to track who is going into those countries that "offer" certain training programs. Any young man of a certain profile entering into a foreign country for oblique reasons needs to be put on a watch list. Then he needs to be watched when LEAVING the same country. The time frames should be studied as well as many other factors. We need to profile smartly.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Larry King, ask the flight attendants on your show how a person can get on a International Flight to America without having a Passport.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

Very well stated. Thank You

cheryl petersen   December 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

I find it difficult to understand what Mr. cheney is trying to accomplish . is he for or against solving the problem cheryl petersen

Lynn   December 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Dodie, How about how many Christians in those countries compared to USA. We are their sworn enemies–remember the "infidels" comment.. They weren't referring to Dem or Rep or Indep.

larry   December 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Boy it will soon be a year the democrats has held every bit of the power in the usa and they still blame all their prblems on george bush i guess they will blame george bush until they are in the streets in 2012

Arman   December 30th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

If the question is referring to what Americans have learned about security since 9/11 then it is safe to say that many Americans are only now beginning to realize that a war on "terror" is meaningless. It is impossible to wage a war against a feeling. To better understand the issue just compare it to waging a war against the feeling of being "happy," it is easier to understand the emptiness of these types of wars in preemption.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Larry: Our security has improved; however, the terrorists are also more skilled...

Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN   December 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Dodie. If you see a middle-eastern man named John Smith would you want to put him though tighter security?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 30th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

Its said that these people smoke opium before they go into battle maybe drug test needs to apply .

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Since 911 Larry, more international people hate Americans than ever before. International travelers are much more at risk of being kidnapped or murdered by angry foreigners.

Since 911, Larry, more American citizens are losing their lives by a lack of adequate Health Care and severe lack of being unable to pay for their hyper-expensive drugs they need for survival.

Bush-Cheney's grade on making American's safer? A Solid F-

Parveer Jindal   December 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

I fly more than 200K miles per year. I think the security has improved for a common person. However, our intelligence community is not doing enough to stop the people (terrorists) who are real threat to our national security. UK is doing much better than US.

ALLEN GUTWIRTH   December 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET


angela   December 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

December 30th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

@ angela

Invading other countries cause hate...
One could also say entering a friendly good country that has embraced others in their time of need and flying hijacked planes into their office buildings cause deeper hatred. And I stand by my words, no other country is as gracious and good to to others as the USA.

vicky   December 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

@ larry G.W.Bush is good man in person but he is an idiot he was mislead by Karl Rove and Dick Cheney
So he has to take all the blames

larry   December 30th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

OH i should apologize i called him a terrorist he is an isolated extremist that just happened to know all by his self that the perfect seat he had to have to pull this off was 19a. and yet he didn't plan on a hero being there to stop him why in the world he isn't awarded the medal of freedom now is a disgrace

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Lynn... Surprisingly, China has quite a few Christians. Not as many as the us. Why did we not experience terror attacks in the 1950s or 1960s? If it is a true war between Muslim and Christians, wouldn't there be terror attacks at all times... Why more now?

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

OMG! I am beyond upset!
8 CIA agents are dead and now MSNBC reported 4 Canadian soldiers just died!
is this correct reporting?

Dennis   December 30th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

If by improved you mean tighten security AFTER something happens, then yes. Oh, you meant BEFORE something happens...well, people now fly without showing ID and while being on a US watch list...that's an improvement, right?

Cora   December 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I do not think we are safer since 9/11. I just returned from a Christmas trip to DC. flying out of Fort Lauderdale and was astounded at the LACK of security and this was within the time frame of this recent incident. By the way, I was the young secretary at WINZ Radio in 1966 who used to give you your telephone messages each day when you called in 🙂 .

Dr. Leslie Ann Nichols   December 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Security has absolutely improved. Crazy terrorists do crazy things and will continue to. The guy had this stuff in his underwear. Regarding the intelligence agencies, please people get it together. This has been going on since Clinton was president on through Bush and let's not be so hasty to blame the Obama administration, if anyone gets the agencies to communicate with each other it will be Barack Obama.

Ebi   December 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Hi Larry, as a Nigerian who is now a naturalized U.S. citizen, I beleive I can safely say it is not unusual to purchase flight tickets in cash when you are buying the ticket in Nigeria. I think travelling without a luggage in this instance was more of a "red flag" than buying a ticket in cash.

Also being a child of such a prominent Nigerian, I would not be supprised if he boarded the plane thru the back door witn ZERO security checks. It is even possiple that the airport officials might have been bribed to let him bypass security. Is anyone looking at the possibility of corrupt Nigerian airport officials?


Mark   December 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Stop comparing the Bush actions and Obama actions on the attempted bombers. Us Americans don't care. We want to be safe and for our Government to treat these people as war criminals.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

@ angela

I disagree. I lived in another country and personally saw what we did. It was terrible...

leslie,va.   December 30th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

majority of international terrorists are young muslim men recently grad from univ. in countries where there are few professional opportunities, i.e. Egypt, Suadi Arabia etc. Long term war on terrorism must be an international aid effort to help develop home grown businesses and professional opportunities in these developing nations. Global employers are scared to invest because of instability and they need insentives and assurance.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Thanks to the US Dept. of Homeland Security posting the Dutch hero's full name and home address, if violent Muslims there in the Netherlands murder that man, how anxious are future American's to have the same thing happen to them?

angela   December 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

She is right, we are jumping through hoops and we need to stop.

Cora   December 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

P.S. I was a volunteer Mental Health Supervisor for the Red Cross during the aftermath of 9/11 and my heart goes out to all those affected especially in light of this recent breach of security. No, I do not think we are better prepared. Too much bureaucracy and political correctness!! Thanks for listening to my opinions.

Chuk Christian   December 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

It would be nice to know that this man is a Northern Nigerian. This should be noted just like Sunnis and Shites are known in Iraq. There are many radicals like this Umar Farouk guy in Nothern Nigeria who are yet to travel to Yemen.
Most Nigerians love their lives and if they must commit suicide bombing, they would start killing the leaders of that country for wrecking the country for over 40 years.

Ron   December 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Larry, stop bringing up Bush. Yes he made mistakes but your man is responsible for what is going on today. Obama needs to man up and stop blaming Bush for his own shortcomings and lead this country. First thing he should do is fire Napolitano!

Robert Ebert   December 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Dear Larry:

I am incensed that anyone born in the U.S.A. or Canada who is declared a terrorist would be referred to as an American or Canadian. They may be legal citizens but that is all they are.


Tom   December 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

It is not clear to me that security is better. If our borders were secure its seems like we would have stemmed the flow of drugs and hungry Mexicans across our borders. We seem to still have plenty of both. If we can't stop uneducated, poor Mexican peasants from crossing our borders how can we expect our government to stop well funded, trained, terrorists from getting in and causing harm?

mjc   December 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Larry ,

as terrorist continue to assult our way of life and kill our military we have "bleeding hearts" who question out treatment of these individulas. I received an eMail which may or may not be true BUT it sure as right

Subject: Love those Aussies

One thing about blokes from down under is that their hearts and humour are always in the right place!

T. B. Bechtel, a City councilor from Newcastle , Australia , was asked on a local live radio talk show, just what he thought about the allegations of torture of suspected terrorists.

His reply prompted his ejection from the studio, but to thunderous applause from the audience.


'If hooking up one raghead terrorist prisoner's testicles to a car battery to get the truth out of the lying little camelshagger will save just one Australian, American or Canadian life, then I have only three things to say,':

'Red is positive,
Black is negative, and
Make sure his nuts are wet.'

santo ventura   December 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET



Bill D.   December 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

The fault lies with the people who accuse officials of profiling. This looks like an innocent black kid , and if he had been pulled aside and nothing was found, people like Jesse Jackson would have accused the officials of racial profiling and the Yemen people may have done the same thing.

We are at war. We have to stop persecuting people who are doing their job, even when they make a mistake. That's where the problem lies. They are afraid to do their job for fear of facing persecution.

eddard   December 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

i think our president is more concerned with his pleasure than the happenings in the u. s.

Natasha   December 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

No I don't think we are any safer since 9-11.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

A. Smith, Very good point!

Gail   December 30th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Given the recent attempted attack on Christmas day, I'd say that there is lots of room for improvement when it comes to security. No only to airlines, but also public places such as stadiums and mass transit stations. Why are terrorists outsmarting some of the best, most technologically advanced agencies in the world? We're allowing them to be proactive, while we take on a reactive approach.

Julius Warthen   December 30th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Larry the security of America getting worst as each day passess by. How could you have security for a whole country when they can't provide proper security for they own house.
This country is making it too easy for terrorist to attack.. I guess we have to go to war with Nigeria then huh.

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Now I agree with Cheney!
Obama was so flippant in his initial response!!!
and his Homeland Security Secretary didnt help!
nor did his press secretary!!!
obama and his team should act more strong!!!!
stop acting like weak and unsure people!
terrorists and imams , especially evil imams can smell weakness!

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 30th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

What does Dick Cheney and Elmur Fudd have in common ? Niether one of them know's when to quit.

Alex W.   December 30th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

I do think it has improved but I do not believe it has improved enough. This situation falls parallel with 9/11 in the sense that our intelligence had some kind of knowledge ahead of time yet it was ignored. It is completely frustrating to hear this and at the same time makes me wonder was if it was chosen to be ignored for some under-the-table reason. I am not making hasty suggestions that it could be some coverup, but I can understand where that thought-process comes from. Debra B. I feel the same way you do. Once the father walked into the office to report his son, things should have been investigated immediately, and it boggles my mind that it wasn't and we should be extremely thankful that nothing came from this colossal mistake.

noah zark   December 30th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

NO! There is a facade or an illusion of increased security that has an impact on law abiding citizens but has had little impact on the criminals.

The colossal failure of American intelligence that enabled 911 has been repeated. The communication failures have not been corrected. The important information has been ignored. This is not rocket science.

The terrorist's father turned him in and no one did anything about it.

Markopolos turned in Madoff and no one did anything about it.

Get the picture?


bobh   December 30th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

No. Not until people who didn'tact on their authority and responsibility are held accountable, the fight against terrorism is an exercise in futility. Heads should start rolling, for a change. The 1st decade of the 21 st century can be defined as the slacker century. From 9/11, Enron, Katrina, Iraq War, election fraud, Madoff, financial crisis, and on and on, no one is held accountable. We all know that after the "investigation" of this horrendous breach of accountable, no one will be held responsible.

angela   December 30th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Dodie, youre a very intelligent entertaining woman, but your level of anti America thought is noticable and unsettling. Why dont you leave this country if it is so deficient to you? You clearly dont really like this country much, and it wouldnt be a sin to leave if you truly are not happy here.

Iqbal   December 30th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

It's pethatic, and its comdemnable. Are we safer, offcourse not. One major clarity that we need to focus on, is that this suspect's father informed the authority. Other than failure on the part of the authority to act accordingly, dont we think that peaceful and good Muslims are the major source of intelligence and information for us. If we focus on them and make them friends, we will be able to overcome this problem more effectively.

God Bless America.
S Iqbal Virginia

Thomas   December 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Absolute security is an illusion. Americans need to come to terms with the reality that life is risky and that the government has a limited abilty to protect us, especially if we want to maintain our personal liberty. We can have liberty or we can be safe, we can't have both.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Cheney wants us to be at war with everyone!

maria   December 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Larry/CNN: I assume you realize that by "informing the American public" of all the details of the explosive device and its composition, you are informing any terrorist watching of what he can do better the next time? How he can "fix" the problem of the device that did not explode?

As much as I would like to know absolutely everything about the incident, maybe there are things you should NOT inform us about on national television – because if I were a terrorist who had planned an attack, I'd certainly be watching U.S. TV to see how you reacted, and what I did right and what I did wrong, and trying to figure out how to make the next attack even more successful.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Cheney has War Criminal written all over him. He is nothing but a Big Oil puppet for nefarious agendas.

Send Cheney a one way ticket to Italy who would listen to every word that repugnant man has to say under oath.

cmm912   December 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Duh, obviously security is not better now. We need 'terrorist' profiling. No more strip searching my 85 year old grandmother. 100% of airplane terrorists have been 18 to 40 year old Muslim males. This is the profile of a 'terrorist' and the White House and liberal Americans need to WAKE UP to that fact. Our political correctness killed 14 people in Fort Hood, because no one wanted to confront this radicalized Muslim male. Political correctness has got to end!!!! How many more people have to die?!?!?

And yes, obama DOES NOT BELIEVE that we are at war with radical Islamic extremists!!! This TOO will cost more innocent lives!!

don diehl   December 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I flew last week to see my grandson and I was searched. The agent patted me down like he was afraid to touch me. I commented to my wife that the guy did not pat my crotch, under my arms, knees or anyplace where things might be hidden.
The tsa is a bunch of power hungry people who cannot get jobs anywhere else.
also, I think the reason no other terror episodes happened after 911 is because the majority of Americans believe that Cheney is behind the 911

homer wade altevogt   December 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

the usa's complicity in jewish zioinists campaign to gain control of the holy land and of Jerusalem is used by the jihadists to justify their attempts to thwart our support of Israel. Reverse the usa's promtion of the jewish religion and we won't have to worry about counterterrorism. I don't believe in the judeau-christian religion and the fact that my taxes are used to prop up that culture, and subject me and my country to islamic attacks, bugs me. We are wrong to support the Jews belief that a god gave them the holy land and made them his chosen people who someday will rule the world.

Moses   December 30th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Security hasn't improved and I do not undesrtand how all this old people who run this country (republican mostly) always talking bad about illigal people and secure the mexican border, when everybody knows all the terrorist come to this country with american visas and by airplanes,,,,comen this is ridiculuos nobody see it.....

Billy Key   December 30th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

I think the administration is allowing security to get lax on purpose. It is part of the plan of the progressives to condition us into thinking that there is no way we can protect ourselves,then we will accept it and do whatever they want us to do. They are trying to undermine the CIA, FBI, and the Armed Forces, and any other groups of authority. They are trying to take our guns so we want be able to rise up when we realize what has happened.

Debbie   December 30th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Larry We, no the people in charge need to listen to these folks like Debbie & the 2 others on there. I dont think we are near were we should be for this day and age in security. More safe ,only slightly. I worked for several Airlines and I could see so many problems when it came to security. I worked right here at TIA headquarters for the war!! And seen things that made me shake my head. What they are doing is mostly just inconvencing the general public. They need to put someone to work as an airline employee (in all areas), airport employee,(undercover) and take a look around at all the loop holes possible. As for the intellgence, well apparently they are not talking as they should, when his own father gave us warning.. This giving them an attorney instead of intergating them what a joke and on all of us MY TAX Money for this evil person whoes goal in live is to kill Americans!!!
Give me a break as John would say. The president I really dont respect him now.

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

When Obama's Homeland Secretary said terrorists would be American vets, I was livid!!!

anne   December 30th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

why do we give visas to nationals of countries that hate us? cia has failed the american people once again. we have not learned the mistakes of 9/11!! now I can understand what nancy palosi was talking about!! cia is misleading. Shame on them. if they can not perform the service they were hired to do, they are in a wrong job, someone else can do their job!

David Cantu   December 30th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Impossible to know where Islamics will attack next,since they must have cells here in the US. The airline incident may be a diversion.

larry   December 30th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Well reagan bombed quadaffi we didn't hear of him again until obama came in office and he shows up in the un. they dropped 2 big bombs on japan we have had no more problems with them .. until we stop this crap of being politicaal correct we will still have to put up with this crap. If we had went on to baggadad and got sadam in the first gulf war we probably wouldn't be talking about this now. we need to drop the bombs now on the mtns of afgahn and the coast of yemen and we won't be talking about this now

Gordon Strom   December 30th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Yes we are safer, but all it takes is to let our guard down and we'll be right back where we were before. The Christmas day incident is indicative of letting our guard down. Our intelligence and state dept did not do their jobs. This is a war. We should treat terrorists as military combatants, not as criminals.

vicky   December 30th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Dick Cheney frustrated what a joke

Dick Cheney frustrated us we hate Dick Cheney he is criminal

Who ever defend Karl Rove and Dick Cheney they lost their mind

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:43 pm ET


John Hering   December 30th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

again Larry tries to put his own liberal spin on comments made by the
guests,when they spoke of the suspect being lawyered up his only comment was that the same thing happened during the Bush administration, we should know better by now. Larry needs to start holding Obama's administration accountable. He can't blame Bush for everything or his ratings will continue to drop.

George H York   December 30th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Communication between the security agencies has not changed because each one wants the glory of catching the bad guy. They would rather let someone slip by than share info. There needs to be a chain of command which requires them to share. This kind of thing was debated when Homeland Security and Director of National Intelligence were set up and they still thought that power should not be concentrated due to the dangers of what might happen if a top official overstepped his or her bounds. So, nothing really changed, we just got another expansion of the Federal government. This is one of the worst aspects of BIG GOVERNMENT. Bigger is NOT necessarily better. The NY Yankees have the biggest payroll, but they don't win even half the World Series.

Frank Van Breedam   December 30th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

If the American people were not so puritanical when it comes to bodies, we would long ago have had the full body scanning devices in Airports; I'm encouraged that the Dutch will be using these devices for all flights that are coming to the US.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Nearly every Muslim army that America has equipped, trained and supplied deadly weapons to, have ended up America's enemy combatants years later.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

@ angela

Watching this country make a mess of another country does not correlate that I hate this country. If I hated this country, I would have been long gone. I love the US. I have just seen a lot of crap!

It is very naive for anyone to think we are perfect and have not created any damage to others!

Dan   December 30th, 2009 10:44 pm ET


Nooman   December 30th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

It is a tragedy what happened and yes there's no justification for the loss or attempt of loss to any human life- whether he is American, Iraqi, Afghani or Pakistani, especially if he is a civilian. In my opinion, the kind of war mongering you hear on Fox news won't help anyone. People have to be accountable, but only those who have attempted the act....there are numerous reports of innocent people in Gitmo....keeping it open with no possibility of trial for the potential innocents there (even children have been reported to be there) will only perpetuate the views of the people that are being combatted. In addition, you can't fight an unseen enemy- you have to talk to them at some point and bring them out of their mindset.

louis e. burt   December 30th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Tell the x vice president that him and bozo had 8 years to get it right and they failed in everything out there. The fight against terror, the war, capturing or killing osama, katrina, the economy, banking, and you bozos ( the news media) give him the soap box to speak.

Ola   December 30th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

I feel that we have a way to go in our security. It 's sad we made the same mistake we made during the 9/11. Not being able to connect the dots. The devil does not sleep. We need to remember. These people are a cult. They are wicked and they will use any means necessary. We have to improve and out smart the enemy.

larry   December 30th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

I never realized how liberal larry king was until tonitght the older he gets i guess it comes out maybe i should look for something else to watch

g whitley   December 30th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

i think that security was getting better but since obama got into office, it has taken a downwand spiral. he does not think we are at war, he has tried to dismantel the cia, agents are quitting because if they do their jobs, they face procession, if they don't do whats required, they get the blame. who wants that job!!! these terrorest need to be tried in military courts, interigated, and treated as war crininals. they are not a army for say, but are at war with us just the same. vice pres cheny is correct and i admire him.

Mmm, Mmm, Mm   December 30th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

For the first time in my adult life, I have never been more in fear, thanks to the children we have in our government! We stopped becoming safe when we have a president concerned with the US's popularity amongst others, so he closes Gitmo. We have a cowardly Attorney General who calls us cowards when it comes to race, but then dismisses and hides under the rug the new Black Panther members holding sticks and menacingly pacing up and down at a voting place. We have a Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, I think that the she provides to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief. Especially when she lied about dodging bullets at an airport and fortunately, we have Sinbad telling the truth because the Press never would have researched that, unless Gov. Sarah Palin stated that and then the AP would have sent 11 fact checkers. Most of all, we have a complete MORON at the head of Homeland Security who is unqualified and inept, the Michael Brown of FEMA/Katrina levels. Also, this administration is more concerned with trying Navy Seals who gave a terrorist a fat lip then protecting our brave troops. This administration is so concerned with wordplay that terrorist and terrorism is hard for them to pronounce. As is Victory... We have an administration that calls terrorist acts as "Man Made Disasters"! No :Larry, I no longer feel safe, until we have some adults running the show in Washington!

ANTHONY SCOTTO   December 30th, 2009 10:47 pm ET


John Burnette   December 30th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

No we are not safer. I work in the airline industry. We need to stop passengers from bringing on carry on bags. Everyone should go through a body scanner. Every bag that goes under the aircraft should be scanned and then we would be safe. Until that happens everyone is in danger!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

Denise Richardson is likely telling herself, been there, had that done to me before in regards to Charlie abusing his wife.

Once a Wife beater, likely to remain a woman abuser for the rest of his life.

Kate Martin   December 30th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I do not think airline security has improved since 9/11, we just play more games at security checkpoints. I pass through TSA approximately six times / month. A few weeks ago, I had an unopened cup of yogurt confiscated (since I needed a spoon to consume it, I didn't think it was a liquid or gel). Last year I was lectured for not having a wand of mascara in my 1-qt bag w/ other toiletries. A few weeks after 9/11, I was escorted to my car in central parking at Logan Airport by a TSA agent because I wanted to store nail clippers I wasn't allowed to bring through security; it was a 25-min round trip. Meanwhile, we let terrorists w/ no luggage who pay cash for one-way tickets on planes from Amsterdam to Detroit,even after receiving a tip from the nut's father? Totally wrong focus

Ron   December 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Who cares about Charlie Sheen? He's an idiot and should be put away if guilty. But aren't there more interesting and relevant topics to discuss on this show?

Buddy   December 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

hi Larry the question Do you think security in the U.S. has improved since 9/11? I must say yes it did improve but as we can all see it still has a long way to go. I think the question should be do you think the U.S security good enough.

alan   December 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Your guest experts all have it wrong. Most people from third world and developing countries will buy air line tickets by cash. They do not have credit cards as in developed countries. Additionally, they will not check in bags because they buy items in the developed countries they visit.

Rod   December 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET


In reference to the failed bombing attempt at Christmas...
Will someone please remind the GOP that after the Richard Reid failed bombing attempt, 6 days passed before the nation heard from George Bush.

roy sahm   December 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

ALLWAYS follow the money! If everyone getting onto a plane or any other transport (not just into the US) would get naked and probed there would not be a problem! While the airlines have claimed billions in lost profits over the past years it will not surprise anyone as we are stripped and pay for this.

cmm912   December 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Dear Vicky,
We can not and SHOULD NOT depend on citizens to protect us from terror attacks!!! That is crazy! The PRIMARY role of the federal government is to PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY!!! This is what we pay taxes for!! If we tell the government that they don't have to protect us anymore, then what are we paying taxes for?!?!?


joseph allen   December 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Here you go again blaming President Bush for security problems.
Security isn't President Obama's priority since it isn't recorded a win/win issue. He has to appoint competent people, "czars" to head departments, not just political favors. To hear Ms Napolitano on Meet The Press, say it was the duty of the crew and passengers to stop the terrorist's actions. WAKE UP WASHINGTON.

larry   December 30th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

I will tell you who the criminal is and he and all his chronies are sitting in the white house oh excuse me i mean playing golf in hawaii.

mike Card   December 30th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

With over 30 years of working with the intelligence community I agree that there are failures in the intelligence community. HOWEVER, the Captain of an airplane is accountable and responsible for the safety of his passengers, ,just like the Captain of a boat. The commercial airline companies are just as responsible for a security failure as is the U.S. government is with its intelligence failure. Airline cost cutting has probably effected their internal security capabilities as well as as the government's. The airline is culpable for not recognizing independently that a given passenger is a potential threat to the safety of he flight, just like any boat captain. Mike Card

Mike Night   December 30th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

The reason that profiling would not work is because no one would have profiled a Nigerian male prior to this attempted attack. If the terrorists are really that in-tune with where we try criminals and what we know all they will have to do is send someone who does not fit our current profile.

Christopher goodnight   December 30th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

No I really dont think our security over the last years since 9/11 happened has gotten any better. I know from experience people who have accidently brought a box cutter on an air plane and know of people who accidently forgot to take out their pocket knives from their pockets who got on the airplane wihtout getting them found. Does that sound at all like our security has gotten better when suposedly a box cutter is what the terrorist used in 9/11. That is ridiculous and it seems like a scam that the government is protraying this ideal that is not being put into practice just to make the citizens of this country feel secure. That is a load of crap. So no our security is as good as it was when the Japs bombed us at pearl harbor ie. ignorant of the facts right before our faces.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

It's not like Saudi Arabia is swimming in debt. America shouldn't become Saudi Arabia's hired gun whenever some army threatens to invade their country sacrificing the lives of American men and women on the American Taxpayers dime.

Dominick Cortellessa   December 30th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Contrary to your continual subtle criticism of President Bush, his administration took decisive action to stop terrorism on our soil and was successful. President Obama has demonstrated weakness on terrorism and has dismantled those actions that President Bush put in place to stop attacks on the US. President Obama, by his actions, seems to believe that appeasement is the way to deal with these terrorist that want to destroy us. History proves that appeasement never has worked against a ruthless enemy committed to our destruction.

Deb   December 30th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

The recent security measures that TSA is doing means nothing and are being done to make us feel good. The measures such as pat downs, not walking around the cabin for the last hour of the flight, the turning off of the GPS in the plane, even the metal detectors are not effective methods to detect explosives in one's crotch area. The electronic body scans and good intelligence is what will work now. If people feel their rights are being compromised by the body scans, they can chose another mode of transportation or not to travel. I only hope and pray that Obama gets something done very quickly and considers this to be a crisis. If Congress gets involved, it will be another ten years before change is made. The terrorists just figured out how easy it is to bring down an airliner.

Monica   December 30th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Dear Larry,

Unfortunately I have to say that security have not improve, it did for the first year after 9/11, but after 1 year things went back to the same. It seems to me that the American Goverment did not learn the lesson. We have to be stronger and learn from the Israelis security system, that althought they are a smaller country their security is the best in the world. We are dealing with terrorist, these people have a different mentality and cannot be treated like the rest of humanity. I don't feel safe in USA anymore.

A. Kalal   December 30th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Simple idea though difficult to do. For a period of time:
Only US citizens In & out of America...and only especially
authorised Passports with intent of visit and maybe even prior
approval for visits.. It is time to slow down...and stop rushing
around. We should be helping one another in this
lets spread some propagandder nto the terriosist"sworld and brainwash them

mary ca   December 30th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Bush, Cheney same bs

Gretchen   December 30th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

hypocrites! It's so funny that all that talk and OMGs about tiger and other women,but charlie sheen has been in trouble before for abusing women.Where is the outrage and is any of the sponsors of the tv show he's on are they dropping out? A women was choked and a knife pulled on her and a terroristic threat against her life WTF!!!
I hope some of you Tiger haters are seeing the hypocrisy in this whole situation.

cmm912   December 30th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Dear Homer,
Jewish people do not believe that they should 'rule the world' as you say. The religion of Islam believes that THEY should rule the world. I am 52 years old, and my father is Jewish, and I have NEVER heard of such a moronic lie about the Jewish people.

Nooman   December 30th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind...Its justified to take revenge, but if you trangress the extent of the wrong, you are the wrong doer!. According to the Qur'an, forgiveness is better

MUYIWA   December 30th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Please be aware that airline ticket sales in Nigeria are generally cash
transactions. It is not at all extraordinary that this guy paid cash for his ticket. The real problem is having a one-way ticket with a visitor's visa.
That is very unusual.

angela   December 30th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Well I bet there are others in other places that have seen even more crap.

larry   December 30th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

The reasons we don't have a lot of the posts filled in the administration is because obama appointed czars to be in charge so they wouldn't have to be vetted by congress.Thus the reason Van jones and some other czars are now gone because people found out about their Chicago poltics Boy we have a good group up there the Daley chicago machineat its best

Marlene, Canada   December 30th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

You have got to be kidding! Has security in the U.S.A. improved? When someone can walk into the White House and right up to the President right in front of the nose of supposedly the best security in the world. Then you expect Canadians to believe security even exists at the highest levels. Americans have been criticizing, pointing fingers at Canada for years but who seems to be having all the blunders of late? These were major failures on the part of some of what is supposed to be the highest level of security in the world and these two instances happen. I have no problem with long waits at airports, borders anywhere if it is in the best interest of national security. But really, why bother when you don't know how to protect a President in his own home or an American on an American flight to his own land. Perhaps if someone wrote "Security for Dummies" the CIA,FBI,Homeland security might be able to get a few copies and learn a little something.

sterling   December 30th, 2009 10:55 pm ET


Yes we are safer, the sad thing is the American people must be more vigilant. We are our our Brothers keepers, we can't do that if we're busy hating one another. We can all watch for suspicious behavior without racial profiling. As Americans we must be willing to sacrifice some our our rights in order to win this war we find ourselves in. Those who are trying to harm us will not stop, they will keep coming and until all peace loving people throughout the world are willing to to become intelligence agents for our resprective countries, this war will continue. I charge all peace loving citizen to become intelligence agents.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Attempted Felony assault (knife to the throat), threat of Death (knife to the throat, I'm going to kill you). If Charlie was Joe Blow, he would still be in jail with a 1 million dollar bail bond to keep him there. But he's a celebrity, so he'll perhaps get probation, consoling. Unequal Justice here in America, its blind, not balanced and the celebs, rich, and politically connected that are guilty get off with little or no jail time, fines or penalty's regardless of the charges.

Joe   December 30th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Larry, TSA security has not gotten better. It is a joke. I fly often and have accidently left water bottles on my carry on luggage flying from Fort Myers to Philadelphia, and they miss it every time. Today, my fiance was flying and the TSA officer wasn't even looking at the screen as her carry on luggage went through the screener. Patting down people at airports is a joke because they aren't going to pat you in the area where that guy was keeping the bomb. People seem to think that these terrorist are going to originate from flights overseas only. Lets not forget that the 911culprits originated from within the states.

c leary   December 30th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

we have a obama administration that has betrayed america and americans . he has given into the terrorist ... we must understand we our at war with these terrorist in the world and we our the enemy in there minds and eyes and when you kill civilians americans know we our at war ... what is wrong with obama ? he thinks by giving in to them that it will make him look like a good guy and will go down in history ... he does not have the experience to be president ! and it shows every day , and who he puts in his post and its a real shame how americans have been corned by the ceo of ac orn and now persident .. americans should impeach obama !

god bless america and our troops and a safe return home

c leary

mg   December 30th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

how fortunate for Charlie sheens wife that she wasn't injured how is it this attorney really helping matters for her?

Charlie   December 30th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

I believe that security is probably better in some ways and worse in others. The highly visible aspects of security don't help much – the incremental benefits for extreme costs don't help. The wars don't help. More than either of those, the drastic changes in civil liberties and privacy don't help and our willingness to resort to torture and other questionable tactics not only don't work, but harm our place in the world and our moral high ground that we once were able to claim.

An increased focus on intelligence activities is a gain. The way they've been implemented with contractors may not be the best, but they're not as visible to the man on the street.

Honestly, I don't need visible changes feel more secure. I feel less secure and I'm reminded of the bad decisions every time I go through the security theater at the airport. I'm still more worried about a drunk driver every time I'm on the road than a operative of a terrorist organization when I fly. There's bigger threats to the country that are just as violent and just as random but harder to point to when saying "there's the enemy," especially because we can't say "here's an enemy who's different from us."

I'd like to see more discussion of who benefits and who loses from a successful attack or a reaction to an attack or perceived threat. Those are the important issues for understanding the situation. The he said/she said commentary on the news and the partisan politics that seem to be making the news today do very little to move the national understanding of the threat forward.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 30th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Goodnight Larry, great shows as always!

Thanks to my fellow bloggers, I'll see some over with Erica Hill and AC360!

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Good Night Larry King, CNN staff and other bloggers

Dorenda Brown   December 30th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

How the hell can they keep something private when they call a public '911'? Give us a break. If they want privacy, they should not call 911. They should have someone else to call.

Dr. McArthur Mickens   December 30th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Mr. King,

Don't allow your guests to make false statements: Pres. Bush took six (6) days before he held a news conference re-the SHOE-BOMER. Pres. Obame took onaly a couple or so days. We are all Americal. To me there seems to be a lot of talk with little FACTS.

The president will do the right thing. He need our support. WE NEED TO STOP FIGHTING THE PRESIDENT AND START HELPING FIGHTING THE ENEMY.

TO ME, for some people, the do not respect the president because HE IS A STRONG IQ BLACK MAN.


ckelly   December 30th, 2009 11:02 pm ET


With Chris Brown-he was (rightfully so) raked through the coals by the media!!

With Tiger woods Fiasco-need I say more?? At least Tiger wasn't threatening his wife's life.

Why is this OK?? This is not an average-family dispute.

Who cares if Brooke abuses alcohol? What does that have to do with holding a knife to someone's neck and threatening to kill her if she talks??

Charlie Sheen has always given me the creeps-He was an absolute jerk to his last wife and now he's an acting like an abusive psychopath.

Kick him to the curb Brooke-protect yourself and most importantly protect your children!

Kathleen Berry   December 30th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

The CIA has too much power and their responses on your program and other broadcasts reflect their "above the law" attitude, including disdain for their Commander-in-Chief. It reminds me of the attitude that was pervasive when Bill Clinton was the president.
The CIA may have purposely allowed the "Nigerian" to travel to discredit their Commander-in-Chief once an incident happened.

james   December 30th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

We are so non chalant about our security just like we have always been. We think we are the most powerful nation in the world but you know what, these terrorists could care less. We just bury our head in the sand until something happens and when it does we talk politics?? We are more worried about offending someone than doing what we must do. No one has the right to come to our country just because they bought a ticket.The Congress will stay up all night in the middle of the night to pass legislation that a majority of citizens do not want but we cannot stop someone is a known terrorist ,but not on the no fly list, from entering our country so it was ok for him to come here? If he had come to the Uniyed States as a terrorist what were we going to do? Have one undercover cop follow him around 24/7? And now he has rights? I call BS. We may be the stupidist,don't get confused with naive, nation in the world.

Gayle Holman   December 30th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

I have listened to numerous news briefings related to the recent attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner . Of course we cannot know the full details of what did or did not actually occur. I am thankful that the situation ended as it did. My real concern with the situation is that a U.S. "intelligence" agency supposedly knew something about the young man who gained access to the flight to Detroit but did not share this information with others. Seems like I remember that an "inelligence" agency had some information prior to 9/11 and didn't share that information. Deja vu? Perhaps it is time for those who run the intelligence agencies to take a serious look at their processes and revise them, as appropriate, to ensure that important information is shared with those who have a need to know to help prevent these situations from occurring in the future.

c leary   December 30th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

we need to profile terroist no matter where they our in the world and when in the country or coming into the country .. this has been in place from the start of time in history and its always worked ... a samll group of people in this country the have there heads up there butts is what is hearting america and americans and is why america has so many problems. we must make a stand and put america back on track.

god bless america and our troops

Jenny Hurley   December 30th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

Saddam Hussein was totally controlled. There was ONE MILLION Iraqis worshipping in a Christian Church when George Bush started to destroy Iraq and to cause the Muslims to HATE US. That is why they all hate us.
Several months ago a suicide bomber was in Saudi Arabia and he was talking to a man in a room. Suddenly his cell phone rang and the bomb in his rectum went off. I think he was killed but the Saudi man was not killed. How can you defend against something like that? At the time this happened I said that it would be almost impossible to defend against that if that happened on an airplane. The ring of the cell phone detonated the bomb that the man had. Google it. I am surprised that it has not been talked about very much today. Thanks.

antonio j. lo torto   December 30th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

I don't think security increased, I'm sure control did... and it seems worrying to me

raleigh   December 30th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

if you say "YES" you were in denial. No matter who is in office we are going to have this kind of intrusion every now and then. how do you expect other countries to their jobs if those agencies that were assigned to do that responsibilities are not doing it? like the september 11 attack the administration in place at that time did not act on it. my point is stop playing the blame game. both sides had their relapses in security and start firing those employees responsible or capture bin laden to eliminate terrorism forever but i don't want the government to borrow trillions of dollars from china and produce no result.

Volvo   December 30th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

The Charlie Sheen story seems to belong more on the E! or TZM channels. Keep your program CLEAN and focus on world news.

Keep focus on relevant news. We watch CNN for news, not gossip. Don't fall in the tabloid pit.


manfred schmidt   December 30th, 2009 11:28 pm ET

I think that Larry King is trying to condemn the former Vice President because of the comments he has made. Common sense tells us that our fearless leader does not feel we are at war with the muslim world. Through his talk and demeanor he projects that if he will appologize and get the muslims to like us he will remove the threat of terror. GUESS WHAT??? WRONG!!!! The sooner our country will recognize that the muslims are at war with us and are PASSIONATE

Seema Altaf   December 30th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

Hi Larry: I love your show. I just want to make a correction on tonight's program: One of your guests, Deborah Burlingham, misdefined the word, Jihad. It's meaning is very wrongly carried in the Western world. The word meaning for Jihad in the Arabic/ Quranic dictionary is struggle or strive. In the media and among the terrorists, Jihad is used negatively: killing people to seek God's pleasure and heaven? I am a Muslim- American, and it bothers me and all the other peace loving Muslims to see this blunder so arrogantly carried out.. Please convey this message in your program; you will do a huge favor to the societies of both the hemispheres!

Eileen Tulanian   December 30th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

ohmygawd, larry, we have SEVENTEEN intelligence agencies (per your guest tonight, mr. thomas kean)?! seventeen?! why seventeen?! narrowing our agencies to just a couple of agencies, sharing ALL intelligence information, maybe what almost happened christmas day can always be prevented w/just a couple of/ major intelligence agencies. also, we are a nation of computer geniuses, we can't come up w/a computer program (for our agencies) that sends off all kinds of bells and whistles for 'named' or 'suspected' terrorists listed in some data base? and come on, people, the christmas bomber buys a one way ticket, w/cash, has no luggage AND is not clothed properly for landing in detroit..... and the airport slept thru all of that? unbelievable. some heads need to roll.

Beth   December 31st, 2009 1:13 am ET

What are the names of Larry's two female guests tonight talking about Cheney and Obama?

A. Smith, Oregon   December 31st, 2009 1:19 am ET

The FBI Director should immediately go before the American people and explain why the man that was seen by closed circuit security cameras at Amsterdam's International Gate and by two creditable witness's, one who is a US Attorney as sneaking the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber past Amsterdam's security checks and onto a International Flight to America without a passport, Is NOT on the FBI MOST WANTED FUGITIVES LIST.

America's News Media from day ONE, should be demanding the photo of the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber's Passport among the items police collected when that man was treated for his burns and locked into jail.

World News Media from day ONE, should be demanding the security camera photo of the man who sneaked the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber past Amsterdam's security checks and onto a International Flight to America without a passport.

That man was either a US Diplomat, or a US Govt. Agent (CIA), no one else could waive the International law which prohibits passengers without passports from flying from Amsterdam to America without a passport.

That man obviously didn't board the International Flight himself and that seriously suggests he knew the Nigerian man he was sneaking past the Amsterdam's security check points had a bomb on him and was going to bomb that airliner.

Ram   December 31st, 2009 1:20 am ET

I believe that is 100% human failure not the system. Some Individual dropped the "ball" for some reason or other. The system is nothing but a group of people working under some specific guidelines. This individual either "assumed" or "did not see the threat" and did NOT act on what they have.

seema   December 31st, 2009 1:22 am ET

R U kidding security improved I think they r more relaxed than ever.
I travelled to Mexico last week with a bottle of body spray (did not know it was in my carry on) reached and flew back half way with it no security guard caught. it.
another incident is of an Iranian who is always stopped at airports but guess what she had a scissors in her carry on not knowing but travelled without being caught
I really don't know what r they looking at on there screens or are they even looking.

Patricia   December 31st, 2009 1:27 am ET

I think Security is getting worse!!!! I would like to know what the heck is going on>??? Is it because they have cut costs..even on Home Land security?? Someone better come up with some good answers...because I know I don't feel safe in America!!!

jack   December 31st, 2009 1:27 am ET

Let the so called patriot act expire. We live in America. We have a Bill of Rights. All this tax money spent on multiple agencies has not made us one iota safer. I heard one pundit on TV say they should make the watch list bigger. That is stupid talk. They need to make it smaller and pertain to people who might be an actual threat. This would- be killer was already turned in by his father, denied visa to England, and boarded without a pass port and paid with cash. Duh, why would a bigger list be of any use , when this guy slides through? And Mr. Cheney is no longer an elected official. 9/11 happened on his watch. This Nigerian would be bomber was granted visa to US during his tenure. And what's more, they allowed some Yemeni prisoners to return from Gitmo, who allegedly helped train and supply the Nigerian.So, it is ill timing for him to come on like the great hero. Didn't we have eight years of his "leadership"? I thought he was no longer in office. I do not see any agency or general appointing him to lead. Wonder why?

brian   December 31st, 2009 1:31 am ET

Larry Im a white male 50 yr old and was refused a drivers lic renewal because of somthing in another state 25 yrs ago,their reason was
because of the patriot act ! ,what am i to do do they gave a ph
3 to call and no renewal? what are they focusing all with athe the money and act's theyve passed, P.S l have been driving on this one for 25 yrs

Patricia   December 31st, 2009 1:31 am ET

Its all about money and power and its never going to change!! I do think we the American people understand that!!
However I think the polictians think we are stupid!!

J. D. Wright   December 31st, 2009 1:32 am ET

The solution is to put the Republicans in charge of national security. Everybody recognizes that's their forte.

Tucker   December 31st, 2009 1:33 am ET

I believe America is more secure. Our government has done a good job of keeping America safe with "stuff", but Americans are also more aware that it was hate that attacked on 9/11, and I think there is more of an effort not to hate not only the terrorists, but other groups that are unfamiliar or hurtful towards us.

Do I think the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have made us more secure? Possibly. But, other groups (such as Greg Mortenson), are also making a HUGE difference.

Jarae   December 31st, 2009 1:34 am ET

No no and no the US security is NOT better now since 911

Patricia   December 31st, 2009 1:35 am ET

They knew about Uman Farouk Abdulmtallab....His own father alerted the police!!! Now what does that tell you ???? Come on America....WAKE UP!!!!
Think about the last few terror plots......why did someone just walk in the White house party???? That has never happened before!!

Alister   December 31st, 2009 1:36 am ET

No one has mentioned that he was traveling in business class. This incident has shown that the general traveler has been inconvenienced for years, for obviously no reason. In the end they will put the explosives in their body cavities. Stopping them from getting to the airport is key. if they manage to get there they will succeed in the end.

barbara petersen   December 31st, 2009 1:36 am ET

This time I'm really convinced we are not as secure. I will not get on a plane –it will be my car, although I love flying.
What I don't understand is computers could have easily spotted this individual on a plane roster and matched it with the Terror list he was on–just pull the guy right then off the plane–simple. Why is this so complicated? barbara

Dr. John Kohl   December 31st, 2009 1:37 am ET

Until we start profiling at airports and putting people through real screening nothing will change. And we will continue to waste money with people slipping through.

And why not have two lines -at airports – one line for those willing to have full body screening with current technology (that checks for explosives in underwear) , and a second line for those objecting to such screening based on their "privacy concerns" - with private pat downs, thorough hand searches of carry ons, etc. I wonder who would be stand in the second line?

Ann Selby   December 31st, 2009 1:37 am ET

Your question was is security better now than before 9/11? There is not one thing that has been done since 9/11 to make us safer. We jump thru hoops at the airports for what? We need to have the CIA and FBI communicate with each other so one hand knows what the other is doing at the same time. It's a joke, our security.

Patty   December 31st, 2009 1:39 am ET

Obviously we are not doing ENOUGH!

If this terrorist's father had the common sense to report what was happening with his son, WHY DIDN'T our own people have enough sense to check out what he was up to?

The Obama cabinet needs to GET REAL....and take this seriously!

They WILL try again!!!

Bob   December 31st, 2009 1:40 am ET

Well, let's see, Clinton messes up Bush has to deal with the terrorist outcome and the 3000+ dead. Bush secures the US, then Obama in less than 1 year, releases the prisoners from Quit-mo and sends signals to the world we were wrong to lash out for killing thousands of innocent Americans.
So now the released and everyone else is back at the old terrorist game – thanks Democrats! Boy this sure sounds like the Clinton years of mismanagement, denial, and just total ineptness at governing.
Did you not raise my taxes enough, did you not kill the economy, did you not give all of our money to everyone??? what next, the total annihilation of America to support some welfare state!
OPPS wait you are on Vacation in Hawaii!!! which no one else in the US can afford! Thanks!

TxFlyGirl   December 31st, 2009 1:43 am ET

No I don't believe the security is better... I am a flight attendant and we aren't suppose to profile people, but how can't we?? I say everyone on a watch list or do not fly list should fly on one international friendly plane like an arabic airline... that way if they want to bomb up an airline they may kill many of THERE own and not OUR own... For America's security sake!!

Theressa   December 31st, 2009 1:47 am ET

Does these people on your show do not understand that this man did not get on a plan in the United Stated, and you are a patriot why wouldn't stand behind your President??? Anyone who spoke against Bush they were consider unpatriotic!

leslie iglesias   December 31st, 2009 1:47 am ET

Hi Larry
On dec 25th we sent our daughter from hartford to detroit arriving at 11:45. my husband has an iranian passport and was held for 10 minutes even though he was not getting on the flight. the problem here lies on our security agencies not sharing information about potential criminals not harrassing people at US airports.

hampton bucklew   December 31st, 2009 1:47 am ET

America will never be safe as long as Obama is the President. He does not care enough about America to come back from his vacation.He don't want to call the terrorists what they are. Why don't people wake up and see the real Obama. CNN has lost so many viewers because they back him up or are getting paid. Well Americans are tired of the things he and his staff (a joke) are doing,NOTHING to keep us safe. Report the real news CNN. And to close Gitmo is terrible and to let some of them return to their country.,,,COME on report the real news.America made a mistake when we put someone named Barrack Obama.. the name says enough.. He bows to other country leaders.. Come on.. Please wake up and help America become a proud country we once were. A Proud American..

Andre   December 31st, 2009 1:48 am ET

Right now the terrorists, as we are, are looking at what they did right and what went wrong and how to handle it in the future. They know that we are going to improve our info sharing with no fly lists. But do you know how many terrorists there are? This was one of millions that we get tips on and have to process. But what if the next one they use isn't even heard of! Do you think they might think of that after this?! Maybe this incident will at least demonstrate why the war on terror is so important. If not then I hate to think of what else it could take.

Gary Thuro   December 31st, 2009 1:51 am ET

Security of our borders whether by air,land or sea appears to be no better...only much larger in scope to the point where we now have 17 Federal organizations involved, the bureaucracy is overwhelming the attempts of good people to get it right and the leadership at the top is sorely lacking....for napolitano to say what she did is shameful and if she had any sense she would resign.
Certainly the Detroit incident is incredibly disturbing but also think about the millions of people who have crossed our southern border without so much as a challenge, I believe that will be the next avenue the muslim terrorists will pursue and that border is so porous they can probably drive a nuclear weapon across without being disturbed. The Federal government has no greater purpose than to protect our borders but they are failing miserably in my opinion.

jack   December 31st, 2009 1:54 am ET

OK ,shakedown time. Charlie. time for payoff and it will go away. Celebrities and the wealthy are cash cows So why be at a party with a wild kind of guy, if you didn't expect some monkey business sooner or later? Still yet , why marry a guy you already knew had a history of wild behavior? If you didn't like the show, why'd you buy the ticket? He's nuts, and so are you for marrying him.

kadiri   December 31st, 2009 1:54 am ET

Just trying to set some records straight, buying a ticket in africa with cash is something that is very normal ,some on this show keep mentioning cash and one way tickets, let me tell you this, this guy had a round trip ticket and not one way.

jack   December 31st, 2009 2:04 am ET

She wants to continue the marriage after he alledgedly drew knife and threatened to have her killed? That proves she's crazy as a loon. I hope she gets some insight and recovers from her need for abuse. I don't know about the rest of you folks , but if a spouse puts a knife to this guy's throat, I'd be out of there, and wouldn't even consider going back.

David J. Cross   December 31st, 2009 2:04 am ET

I disagee with the comment that "10 years ago the airport staff would have pulled this terrorist Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab a side." It seems most people do not want to be accused of "profiling" of any kind. Profiling won't catch all terrorists. There was many worthy warnings to stop Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab at the security check point of the airport. Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab father did not have to know and report about the incinderating device in his underwear before action to be inititated. If other countries have Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab on a "no fly" list, then it should have triggered a "hold" for the United States to catch them at security points. It seems like law abiding people will suffer the most from this Chritmas incident.

Donn   December 31st, 2009 2:06 am ET

Charlie should be locked up and Brooke should get help. The kids should be with people that can raise them.

No more spot light for these two. The liberal media should shine their light elsewhere.

Have fun – be safe. Some people have real problems!!

Henry James Coleborn   December 31st, 2009 2:12 am ET

I am astounded that so much clear and positive information was gleaned from family and intelligence sources in Yemen about this terrorist that it could not with all of our high tech equipment be securely passed on to all agencies to safe guard and apprehend this killer en route to his mission. Amsterdam failed miserably . I do believe that there are far too many departments and human elements processing this stuff , that it is prone to failure. Further we are far too concerned about these haters of our western civilization , rather than the protection of our citizens that it may well bring about the destruction of our cherished democracy. We need a far more demanding interrogation as they are terrorists and do not deserve the normal judicial process.

M Boyd   December 31st, 2009 2:31 am ET

I feel that at this time the important thing is how to deal with this attacks and not try to politicize and try to use it as the Republicans are trying to do.... Cheney should keep his mouth shut.... He along with the republicans do nothing but harm us and help the enemy!!This is from a former republican.......

Brad Davis   December 31st, 2009 3:55 am ET

Does anybody know whats gonna eliminate all these terrorist issues??? I DO, I DO!!! PICK ME, PICK ME!!!! The easiest way to eliminate the terrorist threat, ELIMINATE THE TERRORISTS!!!! DUHHH!!!!!! Im a 18 year old young man and I've came to this conclusion quite easily. And do you know how to eliminate all the terrorists?? TAKE THE ONE THAT CLAIMS TO SERVE AL-QAEDA AND TORTURE HIM!!!! MAKE HIM TALK!!!!! THE CHINESE HAD A WONDERFUL WAY OF TORTURE: THE THOUSAND NEEDLES TORTURE!! After a few hours, that man is either gone be spilling his guts or begging for death. If he begs for death, give it to him. And i know all you LIMP-WRISTED LIBERALS out there reading this are saying, "Thats inhumane". Really??? Its inhumane for us to eliminate a threat to us by any means necessary but its okay when they fly planes into our buildings and attempt to blow us up all the time??? How twisted is your minds to believe such a thing?? If these are the people running this country then i fear for Americas existence. This is a matter of National Security. Unless you are in the White House, you shouldnt have an opinion on what happens. You are preventing the White House from doing its job. PROTECTING THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!!! If torturing these people is what it takes to Save America then by god do it. If you need someone to torture them, Contact me. I'll do it for yu. Or better yet, how about you bring all our troops home and BLOW THEM OFF THE FACE OF THE PLANET. They had no problem doing it to us now did they. Oh, but you cant do that, because it'll mess up our oil connections wouldnt it. Give me a break. You Liberals make me sick. How about this, you let Achmed come in your house, or your childrens school, or something like that and Blow it up?? See if you change your mind then. It seems like thats what its gonna take for you to get your heads out of your asses and realize that these people dont play no games. They dont play by the rules.

Thank you, and Have a nice day.

Janice Arney   December 31st, 2009 4:23 am ET

Mr. King after watching your show tonight for a few minutes I turned it off sickened for you Mr. King are not at all interested in the fact that a TERRORIST almost killed hundredes of Americans but in protecting President Obama and his Hollywood image. When will you in the media ever ever get it, he is the worst thing that ever happened to America and because of him and his administration our America will never be the same and not in a good way. STOP ALREADY IN PROTECTING HIS BACK SIDE.

santo ventura   December 31st, 2009 4:25 am ET


Mike K.   December 31st, 2009 4:27 am ET

The CIA representative on LKL is reporting that the fault for this is on the airport not the CIA. HELLO? The suspect's father felt it so important that he reported his own son to the CIA as a danger! To not act on this is just plain irresponsible and in my opinion puts a large amount of liability in the lap of the CIA. That should be painfully obvious to anyone with a shred of common sense!

Raymond moss   December 31st, 2009 4:45 am ET

we have NO Control over what happens at overseas airports. Stateside TSA is a farce. No one is in charge of doing anything right. We are lead by people that couldnot get a real job.

Allen   December 31st, 2009 4:46 am ET

I marvel at the guests on your programs who criticize and wring their hands. Certainly they should criticize the President when there's a terrorist situation. Keeps the administration on its tores. But nothing is perfect. There's no way to stop all terrorist attempts. Watch the mouths and body language of these guest pundits as they squirm, stumble and stammer to find ways to criticize. They have their own agenda–self aggrandizement or revibval of the leaderless Republican Party. They're just hot air and poppycock..I suppose they'd be perfact or some Republican like Bush or Cheney would be perfect.

palgye   December 31st, 2009 6:50 am ET

Dear to Larry King

Watched with the mind which thanks at 2009. Gives a thanks with glad mind, does the many expectation even at 2010.

thank you.

palgye   December 31st, 2009 6:52 am ET

and Happy New Year.

-comment erases one and there is not a method which does.

Engr. Stephen N. Obi   December 31st, 2009 7:07 am ET

It is unfortunate that Dick Chenny has made himself the chief spokesman of a failed administration. Wouldn't it have been better for him to shut up his mouth like his Boss and allow the new administration clear the economic, military and social messcreated by their leadership. Chenny should know that if there was no Iraq war, invented by himand his likes, Taliban and Okaida, who were dislodged from power in a matter of days; cannot stand the full weight of America super power for this long. The Iraq war gave these killers the time to re-group, and themselves and fill the rugged Afghanistan terrain with landmines.

Jan Bradford   December 31st, 2009 7:50 am ET

There are constant reports of how new security measures are effecting Americans. It effects us too (British) I think the current security processes do work if it is implimented consistantly. Many of the security officers within airports WORLDWIDE become complacent and this is our weakness.

However, further improvements are needed. The EU should back down over thier issues over the ESTA (Online Visa waver to be completed min 48 before travel for EU citizens) and get this programme started.

When we used to travel from the UK to the US I had to show that I had a valid ticket. Proof of where I was staying and if I had not got a return ticket I had to explain why I didn't have one. This process was there before 9/11 & vanished about 12 months ago. Why?

Body scanners were introduced into our local airport (Manchester a'port code MAN) and were removed after a few days as it 'infringed our human rights' as genitalia could be seen on the X-ray. Who cares? We are all 1 of 3 sexes Male, Female, or mixed gender.

Personally I find it an 'infringement of my human rights' when 'do gooders' stop excellent work into improving our airport security.

I am embarrassed that everytime there is a terrorist attempt there seems to be a connection to the UK. Its all well and good asking what the US security services are doing about this – what are the British doing about it????

Alma Perkins   December 31st, 2009 8:07 am ET

Larry Privacy should be put behine when it comes to people life
I will be willing to be screen naked instead of being bloon up in
a plan

NUTTER4THERAPY Dave W. Dawson   December 31st, 2009 8:55 am ET

The THUMBS UP has been given to GIRLPOWER.
Carry on with the GOOD News Larry.

Ted   December 31st, 2009 10:37 am ET

To all bloggers on this Earth!

I wish you health, wealth, happiness and peace for the coming year.

carl murray   December 31st, 2009 12:07 pm ET

yes, our sercurity is safer now. everyone is more alert. remember this that this man got on the plane, but he got caught. a lot of people are criticizing the president, but the man got caught. No one got hurt.

Segun   December 31st, 2009 12:07 pm ET

this boy called Farouk has brought shame and disgrace to Nigeria,An average Nigerian will never kill himself for money or sentiments, not to talk of attacking an American plane, NOPE!!! i Can't believe this, We Nigerians condemn Terrorism, We cannot and will never be a party to terror. We are peace loving people. MAY THE PEACE OF GOD REIGN IN AMERICA AND THE ENTIRE WORLD IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME. AMEN

Theressa   December 31st, 2009 12:10 pm ET

The same to you and your Family Ted!!! Have a blessed 2010 and many more!

Dodie   December 31st, 2009 12:31 pm ET

Thank You Ted! Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and prosperous 2010. May you always find happiness and peace!

A. Ahmad   December 31st, 2009 1:50 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Definitely the security has been improved. United States is great because of its values: freedom, liberty…. After Sept 11, there is a different image especially in the Middle East. CNN should take its role to explain to the world that we have a tough security system, but American is still America regardless of Sept 11. It is still the dream of many people to come to visit study and do business.
Citizens across Arab countries have limited choices to live with dignity and to enjoy basic rights and freedoms. Unfortunately, Islamic radical movements use this situation to blame the US for having corrupted systems. America should continue to support its allied around the Middle East with pressure for a political reforms. The US will not win the war in terror without winning the hearts and minds of moderate Muslims.

Larry   December 31st, 2009 3:12 pm ET

Please, Why is the American media (CNN) not mentioning that this Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab is also a British citizen?. Why is the American media not mentioning that this guy was traveling with a British P A S S P O R T?. why is the American media not mentioning that the only P A S S P O R T this guy has is a British P A S S P O R T?. Or does it just sound better for the American media to label him a Nigerian national instead of a British citizen? Why is the American media hiding so many information away from the public....The Truth Is Always Bitter. Please tell the truth to the world and leave us Africans alone.

larry   December 31st, 2009 3:48 pm ET

Please sure us his Nigerian passport clear doubts cos we have many black citizens of America, Britain, Europe........... in fact accros the globe.
Let the media show us his passport.
He parents might be from Nigeria but he has a British citizenship.

ckelly   December 31st, 2009 3:49 pm ET

Happy New Year to Everyone!!!!!

Obi S.N.   December 31st, 2009 7:10 pm ET

Although Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is a Nigerian by birth, tagging Nigerians as terrorists is unfair. On the contrary, Nigeria deserves commendation as a reliable Ally in the fight against terrorism. The fact that Farouk’s father informed the necessary authorities of his son’s strange radicalization in attempt to prevent such heinous crimes is unparalleled in history of the war on terror. Nigeria has never allowed any act of Islamic militancy to have any foothold in its territory. The July 2009 Boko Haram Islamic Militant uprising was crushed by our Moslem President, Yar’Adua.

One cannot call US a terrorist nation because of the terrorist act of the home grown terrorists who bombed the Oklahoma City in 1995. Farouk was radicalized in British University, trained and equipped in Yemen and bought his last flight ticket from Ghana. He is more or less no longer a true Nigerian

jack   December 31st, 2009 7:10 pm ET

ckelly@ Thanks, and I say the same also...Intelligent and thoughtful group here.

Roberta Gallant   January 1st, 2010 5:57 pm ET

Hello, Larry. Yes, security has somewhat improved
since September 11, 2001, but the United States
government needs to do more work on making
security even much better. America should have
the right to safety.

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