Archive for Friday, January 8, 2010

Tiahrt: Napolitano should step down

January 8, 2010


U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., on Thursday called for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign after her initial response to the Christmas Day bombing attempt.

“Secretary Napolitano’s job is to help protect our homeland — not defend the administration’s system of failure,” said Tiahrt, who represents the state’s 4th congressional district. “It is imperative that we have a secretary of Homeland Security who understands the reality of the global war on terror and who has the resolve to implement a strong and effective system that stops terrorists before they act.”

Several lawmakers have ridiculed Napolitano for saying two days after the incident that “the system worked” in response to the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight approaching Detroit.

Tiahrt is seeking the GOP nomination for Sam Brownback’s U.S. Senate seat. Brownback is running for governor.


LloydDobbler 8 years, 3 months ago

Gee, Todd...things must be looking pretty good from the cheap seats. It's easy to criticize someone when you have made your full time job criticizing people. Get a job where you actually have to do something, Todd, and let's see how you do.

Scott Drummond 8 years, 3 months ago

So if I understand the press release here: because it is possible to use a willing corporate media to shamelessly twist a statement made immediately after this incident to a meaning that was clearly not intended, that establishes that Ms. Napolitano lacks an understanding of the threat and the resolve to effectively address it. I guess there is a reason the right wingers find their support chiefly among the less intellligent citizens.

Below the context of the Napolitano comment, for those who care to understand what the AP/LJW apparently did not see fit to include in this rather one sided bit of "news" reporting.

CNN reporter: “Has there been any evidence to the Al Qaeda ties this suspect has been claiming?”

Napolitano: “Right now that is part of the criminal justice investigation that is ongoing and I think it would be inappropriate to speculate as to whether or not he has such ties. What we're focused on is making sure the air environment remains safe and people are confident when they travel. And one thing I'd like to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. Within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight. We instituted new measures on the ground at screening areas both here in the United States and in Europe where this flight originated. So the whole process of making sure that we respond, properly, correctly and effectively went very smoothly.”

leedavid 8 years, 3 months ago

Scott.....Geez. the system is that when potiential terrorist is identified they are put on a list. That list is published and relevant people take appropriate action. No-fly list, pat downs, and the like.

There was a huge breakdown with the system. The President has had to speak on several occassions explaining how the system failed.

If you are talking about a system on the plane....I'm sure the system does not call for passengers to attack fellow passengers and put the bomb out. It happens, but it better not be apart of a published operations instructions...

georgiahawk 8 years, 3 months ago

Does anybody really care what Tiarht says or thinks? He is a stooge. Why is it news when a repub tows the party line, it would be news if one of them thought for themselves!

Richard Heckler 8 years, 3 months ago

Tiahrt is simply playing stupid poltics.

Notice no one stepped down after 9/11/01. Tihart is off base.

9/11/01 might be the most significant national secruity failure in the history of the USA. What was the BUSHCO excuse?

9/11/01 culprits aka known terrorists learned to fly in Florida and none were interested in learning landing.

9/11/01 culprits had been living for two years only blocks away for Gen. Michael Hayden director of National Security Agency/Central Security Service. Michael Hayden is still there. Tihart should be asking for a resignation from Hayden. Hayden did not authorize the FBI to pursue the known cell of terrorists . According to news agencies the FBI was wondering why they were not being allowed to investigate and pursue.

Tiahrt should step down and not be considered for election.

average 8 years, 3 months ago

Tiahrt should logically call for the resignation of the head of the TSA. Except, of course, that the GOP has refused a vote on the nominee (and specifically not because of the qualities of the nominee).

Richard Heckler 8 years, 3 months ago

Obama is taking steps to prevent..... apparently Bush forgot about the intelligence sharing problem.

Obama orders up more air security, intel sharing

leedavid 8 years, 3 months ago

Average: We don't have a head of TSA because the person Obama nominated, can not pass a background check to be an employee of TSA. There is a FBI case against him.

I bet there is someone better than this person out there, lets pick that person.

jaywalker 8 years, 3 months ago

"because it is possible to use a willing corporate media"

Just threw up my breakfast.

Thinking_Out_Loud 8 years, 3 months ago

I wonder, is there anyone in this administration whose resignation the Congressman would think is a BAD idea?

anon1958 8 years, 3 months ago

LOL Tiahart.

Anyone remember or know if Tiahart clamored for the resignation of FEMA Director Michael D. Brown after the Katrina disaster and Bush administration fiasco response.

Maybe this will jog your memory "Heck of a job Brownie" a classic Bush nitwitticism gained widespread use as a deragotory remark for someone screwing up. Not as well known as "Mission Accomplished" but memorable nonetheless.

Tiahart really is one of the more contemptible politicians from Kansas.

Mike Ford 8 years, 3 months ago

I love how these "know-nothings" like Tiahrt clamor to be re-elected so that they can get the opportunity to do what they tried to do before, "NOTHING!" Republicans want to get elected so that they can run the U.S. Government into the ground on their watch and then claim that it doesn't work only because their goal is to permanently destabilize a centralized government at the public's expense for their political gains.

purplesage 8 years, 3 months ago

Obama should step down, too.

Napolitano grand-standed her way to the governor's office by freezing the assets of the Baptist Foundation of AZ. It eventually entered bankruptcy and cost investors around 8 years and about 30% of their investment. There is real question as to whether the foundation was as insolvent as she claimed. Her attention grabbing antics remind me of the former governor of this state. Both AZ and KS are lucky to be rid of these political opportunists. It is so frustrating when people are so much more interested in talking around an issue than addressing failures, their own or that of organizations they represent. Kind of reminds us of the President himself, doesn't it?

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