"The system worked," said the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano. Did those words really escape the barriers of her teeth? Was this a talking point? Certainly, the passengers worked... certainly, the crotch-rocket didn't work... certainly, the system went into high gear after the failure of the system.... maybe parts of the system worked, if by working, one means that inputs begat outputs and an airplane of passengers wasn't blasted out of the sky. If she had said, "the system worked, but it's proven inadequate," then there'd be less heat. But...
Rep. Peter King, on Face The Nation:
Secretary Napolitano said the system worked. The fact is the system did not work. And we have to find a bipartisan way to fix it. He made it on the plane with explosives and he detonated the explosives. If that had been successful, the plane would have come down and we would have had a Christmas Day massacre with almost 300 people murdered. So this came within probably seconds or inches of working. And thank God there were brave people on board, and thank God that the terrorist was not able to successfully carry out the detonation. But he got right to the one-yard line
The traveling public is very, very safe in this air environment