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December 26th, 2009
10:33 AM ET

Isolated Incident or Part of Something Bigger?

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  1. Michelle

    Haven't you all heard? There is no war on terrorism anymore. Terrorists were a figment of George Bush's and Tony Blair's imaginations. This president thought all that 9/11 and past terrorist stuff happened because we were so MEAN to the rest of the world....because we're so hated by the rest of the world. Why weren't we just "talking" to the bad guys. Why weren't we just following a "turn the cheek" policy. Didn't we know that electing such a nice guy as president would fix everything. That he'd charm them out of terrorism.

    So how's your "extend a hand, appease the enemy" policy working so far, Mr. President? At least the president is being forced to finally get a clue. Funny how he's starting to sound and act just like Bush more and more every day. So let's all repeat together for those of you who keep not getting it, "We are in the middle of a global war on Islamic Extremism."

    December 26, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  2. Nancy

    Please report the news. but refrain from agitating. So often when there is news, your reporters go out of their way to manufacture outrage to prolong the story. Comments that OMG the authorities haven't YET come out with new guidelines for passengers!! Calm down and stop being part of the problem. .

    December 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  3. tata

    this guy play witch to bring that device. if there's a devil sweety there's a witch. what kind of human being will do such thing and don't show any emotion? come on Americans think outside the box for once. Nigerians are known very well as a voodoo country. that guy have something to do with such thing.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  4. steve

    maybe if we hurry and Barack Obama go to Yemen and say he is sorry and apologize for the USA we can reduce the lines at the airports!

    thank you very much

    December 26, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  5. Monroe

    A nigerian national, picked up device in yemen, flew by way of amsterdam, and attempted to blow up a plane on US soil? This sounds like a trial run for something bigger. Whenever Yemen is involved, it is always brought back to a terrorist group. I think we are not being told everythinng. Any investigators going to Yemen?

    December 26, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  6. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    These people are going to continue to look for holes in the system and sooner or later there going to find one we are at war with radicals and until this war ends none profiling is nothing more then stupidity.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  7. John E.

    On September 29, my wife and I were on US Airways flight 633 from Pittsburgh to Phoenix. We were in row 11, seats D (aisle) and E. During the flight, the passenger in 11A lit a cigarette and started smoking it, trying to hide it. Several passengers (including my wife and I) smelled the smoke, and determined who was smoking. We informed a flight attendant, who was with a food/beverage cart around row 9, but he would not do anything. We started yelling at the smoker to stop, and he put out his cigarette. The flight attendant still did nothing. Then, we had to coerce the flight attendant into confiscating the smoker's lighter, which he finally did. Another flight attendant was also notified, but she said she couldn't do anything, due to liability concerns.
    Here is something even scarier: the woman in 11C (across the aisle from me, and two seats to the right of the smoker) was on oxygen. Her tank was under the seat in front of her. This was extremely dangerous, and could have caused a major explosion. The woman was in tears. Still, the flight attendants did nothing.
    It is my understanding that, when we landed and the smoker got off the plane, that he was questioned, but not otherwise detained. My wife followed up with US Airways, but they had no interest in pursuing it.
    From the smoker's behavior (not just smoking, but his other behavior and demeanor), I think he was mentally unstable. At a minimum, I think he should have been restrained on the flight, and then arrested once the flight landed. Also, the flight attendants should have been reprimanded or suspended. Their lack of action put all of the passengers at both emotional and physical risk.
    Now I have heard about this latest incident. How can this would-be bomber, and the smoker, get away with these things? In the meantime, they are strip-searching 85 year old seniors.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  8. Michelle

    To the moderator: This is why your ratings are going through the floor. You mean you have to censor the very unoffensive blog I posted hours ago just because it goes against your politics? Well, I also copy each of my blogs that you censor, and send it out to the ether for OBJECTIVE people to analyze, and it only fuels the belief that CNN is not centrist but is left-leaning. When are you people going to wake up? Just how far to your ratings have to drop for you to return to the professionalism of the early days of CNN?

    December 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  9. Paul Ernest show

    It was terrorism and could have been bigger but thank God it was not. Regardless of who is president, terrorists will continue to seek ways to attack those nations they consider as enemy nations. We just have to be prepared for it. It has nothing to do with our present president. It will continue to be a fact of life for decades to come. And about the Northwest airline terrorist yesterday, I sincerely doubt his origin is Nigeria. He could have been a terrorist wanna-be positioned in Nigeria, or a foreign born who easily bought Nigerian citizenship, a child of a foreign born national who relocated to Nigeria. Except lured by big money, no true Nigerian with long, birth lineage will assist any terrorists. And if he is, the Nigerian government should promptly execute him. Read Paulernestblog for more comments on this idiot.

    December 26, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  10. Randy Dube

    Why is this isolated radical not being compared with Tim McVie, Son of Sam, or some other associated lunatic? Giving this radical ties to organized terrorist extremeists only boosts the terrorist organizations and confuses the Public and Public Security Forces, another victory for the terrorist organizations!!

    December 27, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  11. Lori C.

    In my opinion this guy probably found Islam online, fell in love with the idea of becoming radical so he was recruited online and ended up on a plane with a bomb. It's a shame that the internet makes it so easy for people who are lonely to find a "sham" cause online that wants to use this misguided person's loyalty to kill innocent victims. The thing that's the hardest for me to understand is how so many angry terrorists out there can truly believe that their faith would actually direct them to kill innocent people??? Too me no matter what religion you are that religion would not want you to kill in it's name. And what is a high death toll going to accomplish? If you want people to understand your cause you have to get them to listen and no one will listen when you are killing people...

    December 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  12. Dan from Santa Barbara, Ca

    If Yemen lacks resources, and the Saudis are our allies, then why don't the Saudis step up? It IS in their back yard after all!

    December 28, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  13. stormy lady

    No wonder the president didn't run out grab the mike acting all hysterical, and shouting, screaming like the republicans and media giving the evil guys the attention. The president sent the orders and was on top of the incident, but some one else was asleep at the wheels, who? remember the white house gate crashers? No one ever said there are no terrorists in the world, what would you call those who kill in our neighborhoods and it is not breaking news, no outcry, not a whisper, just more violence against innocent people, shootings are common and maybe that is how this world is with all the violence, we have to get use to it, no one to blame, but the evil actors who commit such vicious acts. no one man, can resolve it. it has been going on forever. Someone tell Mr. McCain and Peter King to stop whining, it is all Americans responibility to protect and care for each other, even in neighborhoods, where we feel the pain and suffering, now!

    December 28, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  14. Dodie

    @ Dan from Santa Barbara, Ca

    I completely agree. Also, Al Qaeda is broken up into cells all over the world. I feel like we are a dog chasing our tail!

    Dodie from Irvine

    December 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm |