Amidst continued calls for her to resign or be removed from her post as a result of her past statements, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano followed the long-awaited press briefing by President Barck Obama with her own laundry list of anti-terrorism recommendations.
While the President’s televised comments revealed no surprises — and in fact, disappointed many in the news media and in law enforcement — Napolitano’s press briefing provided some insight. Sadly, prior to his speech, the White House spin doctors characterized Obama’s impending announcement as “shocking” for Americans, but there was neither shock nor substance in the President’s flowery presentation, according to several law enforcement sources.
Immediately following Obama’s briefing, the politically embattled Secretary Napolitano joined White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan to announce several recommendations DHS has made to the President for improving the technology and procedures used to protect aircraft and travelers from acts of terrorism.
Napolitano outlined five recommendations DHS will pursue to upgrade aviation security. President Obama had ordered security reviews following the attempted terrorist attack on December 25, 2009, including recommendations from the intelligence and security communities.
“The attempted attack on Christmas Day is a powerful illustration that terrorists will go to great lengths to try to defeat the security measures that have been put in place since Sept. 11, 2001,”said Secretary Napolitano.
“These recommendations will strengthen aviation security