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Napolitano: Maybe the System Didn't Work So Well?

9:33 AM, Dec 28, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on CNN yesterday:

"One thing I'd like to point out is that the system worked."

And then with some slight modification on ABC:

"[O]nce the incident occurred, the system worked."

Well, perhaps Napolitano was told that if she'd like her direct deposit system to keep working she better come up with a better answer than the system worked because a Nigerian al Qaeda wasn't able to fully detonate the bomb sewn into his underwear even after he'd been put on various terror watch lists and spurred Nigeria's former economics minister (and his own father) to warn the embassy that he posed a very real terrrorist threat. Today Napolitano tried again:

"Our system did not work in this instance," she said on NBC's "Today" show. "No one is happy or satisfied with that. An extensive review is under way."

Napolitano basically went on TV yesterday, looked straight into the cameras, and declared, 'heckuva job, Janet.' But at least we know that no matter what happens, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security's number one priority will be to spin it and attempt to obscure their obvious incompetence with transparent lies -- because this is the most transparent administration in history.