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The Underwear Bomber and Obama’s Anti-Terror Policy


The last few weeks have been intense in the grounds of national security. The Christmas Day underwear bomber, a 23-year-old Nigerian willing to give up his own life in a Jihadist act through his clumsy terror attempt in an airliner, provoked a series of collateral implications; from extreme pressure to implement contingency security plans in the United States and worldwide airports, to presidential and U.S. top security officials’ contradictory declarations.

Thanks either to divine intervention or by his mere ineptitude, the hidden bomb in Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s shorts did not go off, and there were no casualties in the frustrated attack. Despite the plot failure, the victory for Al Qaeda resides in having the ability to throw the world into chaos by the multiplied effects of a frail plot. Disturbingly, is in such ability where the terror organization’s power resides.

On January 7th, the White House released a declassified review of the incident on which was stated that a “failure to connect the dots” and «human errors and a series of systematic breakdowns failed to stop Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before he was able to detonate an explosive device onboard flight 253.»

The question is how the White House dares to point fingers to any intelligence officials if political correctness is being dictated from the very top? Let’s just rewind the sequence of terror-related events during the last six months.

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On June 1, 2009, a Muslim terrorist killed one soldier and wounded another on a military recruiting center in Arkansas. There was no big buzz, the press reported the hard news and after that, pretty much forgot about it. Then, during the first week of November, we had the Fort Hood massacre. Obama never called it an act of terror. Now, we had the underwear bomber on Christmas Day, whom initially was called “an isolated extremist” by the president. It seems the president has not yet realized we are at war, also in the homeland.

The fact that the three previously mentioned terror plots have happened in American soil, does not mean their masterminds have different motivations than the ones of terrorists propagating Jihadist ideology in Afghanistan.  President Obama needs to understand once for all, that Al Qaida wants to kill us, that they are the bad guys, and not us.

While the U.S. Armed Forces use drones to successfully execute terrorists, the whole deal falls apart when they are captured, as Obama’s policy is to Mirandize and offer all the legal rights of an American citizen, to foreign Jihadists. That is exactly what happened once again, with Abdulmutallab who has now lawyered up and sealed his lips.

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Obama’s new anti-terror policy is equivalent to tell Al Qaeda: hey guys, don’t stay in Afghanistan, come to the U.S. and kill us here, blow us up here and you’ll be granted legal and human rights.

There is no question that captured Al Qaeda members should be subject to interrogation and placed in military, not civilian prisons; but the Obama administration has dismantled and reversed so many U.S. anti-terror programs that the perception is that they care more about the rights of terrorists than protecting the American people.

Al Qaeda is testing the Obama administration from many fronts and eager to use any resources. We can see it by just analyzing their willingness to utilize a confused, on the verge of depression, 23-year-old kid, in an operation far from the sophistication of the 9/11 attack.

The denial of the administration over the gravity of the problem it’s a problem in itself. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano first stated that the system «worked,» only to come back 24 hours later and admit it did not. Briefing reporters about the release of the incident’s review, the President’s top counter terrorism advisor, John Brennan said he was “shocked” to learn «the fact that they [Al Qaeda] had moved forward to try to execute this attack against the homeland […] we didn’t know they had progressed to the point of actually launching individuals here.”  Napolitano agreed in this perception. Shocked? Are you serious?

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As per the accountability for this third terror plot in U.S. soil in six months, no heads have rolled. During the briefing Brennan added «I told the President today, I let him down […] I told him I will do better and we will do better as a team.»  Brennan was given 30 days to report on the progress of intelligence corrective actions, but -considering that on his second day in office, Obama issued executive orders banning torture and closing the secret prisons run by the Central Intelligence Agency, within others- the possibilities of such progress will mainly depend on a renewed, and a much more aggressive approach from Obama himself, to the war on terror.

Obama waited three days after the attack to address the underwear bomber failed attack, but when he did, he referred to it as talking about a police report involving a suspect, an alleged attack, an isolated extremist. It took the president a subsequent public appearance to use the term «we are at war,» emotionless. People perceive the detachment and that’s why are worried.

Aurelia Fierros
(Spanish version after this) Aurelia Fierros has lived in the Los Angeles area for nearly 10 years. During her journalism career years, she has been a reporter, script writer, producer and host for TV and Radio newscasts, as well as columnist and article writer for print media in Mexico City. After her arrival to the US in 2000, Aurelia has worked as a freelance reporter, as a corporate communications specialist and as a translator. She has extensive experience and a natural ability for dissecting political and current general issues. Aurelia obtained a Bachelor Degree in Communications Sciences from the University of Sonora, in Hermosillo, Mexico. Locally, she has completed several courses of the Certificate Program in Journalism with concentration in Print and Broadcast Media, at UCLA. *** Nació en Hermosillo, Sonora, México. Ha sido reportera, guionista, productora y conductora de noticieros de TV y radio; articulista y columnista de medios impresos en su país natal. Presenció desde “adentro” la corrupción de la política mexicana cuando al formar parte de la cobertura de la campaña presidencial de 1994, asesinan a Luis Donaldo Colosio, candidato por el entonces partido en el poder, el PRI. A partir de su llegada a los Estados Unidos, en el año 2000, Aurelia se ha desempeñado como periodista independiente, especialista en comunicación corporativa y traductora. Egresada de la facultad de ciencias sociales de la Universidad de Sonora como Licenciada en Ciencias de la Comunicación. Localmente, ha acreditado diversos cursos del Programa de Certificación en Periodismo con concentración en medios impresos y electrónicos de UCLA.


  1. I appreciate you reading this piece EEM.
    As many know, the unfortunate events involving terror plots in the homeland during the last six months have been perpetrated by terrorists that have happened to be Muslim extremists. Recalling recent history –starting with the 9/11 attacks- we can also remember that all of those radicals that believed having the mission of killing the ‘infidels,’ were also Muslims; which of course, is very different than saying that all Muslims are terrorists. No Islamic-phobia or racism is such appreciation. Despite the clear differentiation, I guess that’s where the debate still gets a little hideous.

    I truly believe that any remarks condemning the fundamentalism of the Jihadists will continue to be a perfect occasion for some to make an argument in defense of Islam. But since we are talking about two different issues and -despite any efforts- radical minds are unable to be rational; political correctness is exactly the last thing this country needs as it can make the difference between life and death for many Americans.

    Thank you once more for reading and for your contribution.

  2. So right, so right. The trend seems to be to create a total de-Islamisation of Islamic Jihadist terror, that is, treating each case as if it were an irrational or otherwise flawed individual bent on destruction of lives for mysterious reasons. In fact, from Fort Hood to Somali pirates to raided churches in Malaysia to the Christmas failed attack, it is a state of pandemic aggression from Jihadist supremacists to the rest of humankind. Yet, calling this Holy War spade a spade is deemed so politically incorrect, and purposefully presented as Islamophobia (an Islamist invention) or racism. A pleasure to read Aurelia.b

  3. Thank you for your interest on this issue Johnny. I truly believe that right and left should be united in the U.S. in just one front against terrorism. We cannot continue divided on such delicate matter, Al Qaeda will get us through our weakest-link which is our legal system being put in a silver platter for them to come to the homeland and strike us right here in the U.S. Obama has to stop granting the same legal protection of U.S. citizens to these massive assassins.

  4. So the terrorists still have a victory even if their suicidal goon fails in his primary mission, because now people are scared? Good point.

    I found it interesting that this jackass didn’t just go to the bathroom and light himself up there where no one would have a chance to stop him. When you think about, the heads of Al Quaeda probably prefer it when a lone nut like this doesn’t actually blow anything up, because not only are people scared shitless, they lose trust in the government’s protection, and better for them the liberal wimps in charge right now will not feel the need to retaliate on a grand scale since «no one was really harmed».

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