• 12/25/09 May or May Not Equal 9/11/01

    UmarFaroukAbdulmutallabRemember last year, when this guy tried to blow up a plane with his underwear? Well, sorry to disappoint anyone who might be planning a run for office by nine elevening twelve twenty-five: according to President Obama's counterterrorism advisor, the numbers don't add up

    John Brennan, the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the security breakdown in the failed bombing of the Northwest Airlines flight was different from the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    "It's not like 9/11," Brennan said, adding that the "system didn't work as it should have" due to "lapses" and "human error."

    "There wasn't an effort to try to conceal information," he said, referring to the well-chronicled competition and turf wars among security agencies prior to the 2001 attacks, which was later blamed for the failure to prevent them.

    Plus thousands of people didn't die and no buildings collapsed, but then again…

    [T]he Republican chairman of the 9/11 commission said Brennan was "wrong when he says this wasn't like 9/11."

    Thomas Kean, a former governor of New Jersey, said both events occurred because the U.S. intelligence community failed to piece together various bits of information it already possessed in the weeks and months prior to the attacks.

    In other words, that time you failed calculus because you didn't remember the formula you'd written in your notebook just two weeks before the exam? Pretty nine eleveny, according to Thomas Kean. Mere "human error," according to John Brennan.

    Either way, the important thing is that we never forget how to use 9/11 for political accusations and fearmongering. Never, never forget.

    Tags: 9/11, John Brennan, Terrorism, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab


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