Janet Napolitano: Aviation is Biggest Terror Target

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Terrorists continue to target aviation more than any other U.S. vulnerability, according to Department of Homeland Securiy secretary Janet Napolitano.

As the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks draw near, she said she expects Americans to question whether or not we are safer now than a decade ago. "The answer is yes, but there are no guarantees in a world of ever-evolving threats," she told the Associated Press.

The nature of terrorist threats is indeed evolving. The emphasis rests less on the fear that a nuclear weapon might fall into the hands of terrorists, as was a major concern in the days immediately following 9/11. Rather, it is unknown terror operatives that have officials fearful.

And what of all those TSA patdowns, full-body scanners and other security measures that Americans gripe about? It's for a reason: "Aviation continues to be the most-often referenced intel that we receive," said Napolitano.

In reaction to the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government staged its largest reorganization in years and amped up spending to bolster our terror defenses. The Department of Homeland Security, which came out of that, was a merger of more than 20 agencies.

A report released Thursday by the department reports the progress Homeland Security is making towards the implementation of recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission – a third of which were directed at DHS. Napolitano tells the AP that her department has made "significant progress."

Some Americans complain that the security measures they are forced to endure serve little purpose other than inconvenience. But, that's not entirely the case according to the report. For instance:

Passenger Name Record Data helped identify individuals with terrorist ties in 3,000 cases. And, in 2010, about a quarter of individuals denied entry into the country for terrorist ties were identified through PNR.

Since 2010, through pre-departure vetting, Customs and Border Protection identified more than 2,800 passengers who would have likely been admissible upon arrival in the U.S.

But, the co-chairmen of the commission believe there's more work to be done by DHS, which could do more in terms of streamlining first responder disaster communication, as well as instituting a biometric system to track foreigners leaving the U.S.


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Wentao Zhang

can anyone tell me the name of the person who wrote this article thnx

September 20 2011 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Topper

I think the Terrorists have got us where they want us. The Terrorists say," We are going to do something to the USA..." and the Goverment jumps. Now we have to indure patdowns that if it happened on the street would be call rape. Full body scans and The TSA say no scan will ever be showen anywhere but, We all have seen them, NO Body Parts, HUMMMM! Right!!!!! The TSA should be doing what the Isralies are doing. Profiling!!! Start right from the time we get to the Airports to see who is not acting normal. Plus, TSA need to keep an eye on the so call "Soft Targets" Trains, Ships and Highways. Times have change I know but, we all need to do our part in this matter. If we see something that does not look right report it.

July 23 2011 at 7:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Weisser Hai

HOW MUCH FURTHER ARE WE WILLING TO GO TO PLEASE THESE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO DENY US EVEN THE RIGHT TO EXISTENCE(what is to you country without laws or lawless country in respect to your personal rights, but the one that in contrast to your denied basic human rights recognizes you extremely liable when payments are due) !!?

IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!!!!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!!


VISIT(google text if links don't work) "DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION" http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ ...TO LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO EXILED WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who want to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT"(STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!!

July 22 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JC

Note to Janet Napolitano: it's the MUSLIMS! The MUSLIMS! The MUSLIMS!

July 22 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
69usmc73

Janet Napolitano has no idea what she is talking about.... You Damn Obama lover....

July 22 2011 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jjkrjw

obama, holder, napolitano. Biggest anti-American liars to ever hit Washington.

July 22 2011 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobby

Our Security Head Janet N does not belong head of this Dept. We are so lucky more hasen't happened to us than what has. She also says our borders are secure. What a joke she is. Can't wait for 2012 to get rid of all the NON- AMERICANS in these DEPTS. and in CONGRESS to go. That means both sides of the ISLE.
BOBBY.

July 22 2011 at 10:54 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
craigmmeyer

Janet doesn't count the 500,000 invaders we get every year a threat to our country? Interesting. If she can't stop the illegal invaders with a work force of Homeland est to be 150,000 what is she doing? What does Homeland Security actually do? I read her to ten, number 7 was to provide some security, the rest was retention of her masses, employee satisfaction and raises for those excelling at their "job". She needs more offices, wider scope to authority but to do what?

July 22 2011 at 10:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Kathy Noltze

From the example given, notice that it is intelligence (PNR information), not pat-downs, that gets results.

Kathy Noltze

July 22 2011 at 9:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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