Yes, Richard Reid attempted his own airplane bombing, which was also bungled while Bush was still President but as a lame duck, with Obama having already won the election.
I had suspected that I had somehow fallen through a crack in the space-time continuum into a parallel universe when I read this statement -- but, alas -- a simple Google search revealed that I had not, and it was, perhaps Mike who is from another world since Reid's attempt was, indeed, Dec. 22, 2001. At which point I don't think America had much even heard of Barack Obama, let alone elected him President.
Yes, and I'm sure it was under Bush. It would be good for Obama to take notes. Luck will not hold out forever.
Note -- the BUSH era No-Fly-List policy is being changed -- which we can believe in:
The Department of Homeland Security is changing its no-fly list update policies to prevent a repeat of what happened Monday, when the suspect in the Times Square attempted bombing was allowed to board a plane despite his name being on the no-fly list, a DHS official told CNN Wednesday.
The official said the Transportation Security Administration will require airlines to check the no-fly list within two hours of being electronically notified of additions or changes. Previously, airlines were required to re-check the list within 24 hours.
We've had four acts of Islamic terrorism SINCE Obama took office.
NONE of which were thwarted by the Government.
Well, okay, if you're keeping score -- are you going to count the BIG ONE -- 9/11? Or are you just counting SINCE 9/11? If so -- in the BUSH column you'll need to tally these:
The anthrax scare. Shortly after 9/11, letters laced with anthrax began appearing in the U.S. mail. Letters went to U.S. senators and news organizations. Before it was over, five Americans were killed and another 17 were injured. "The nation was terrorized in what became the worst biological attacks in U.S. history," according to the FBI.
The shoe bomber. In December 2001, admitted al-Qaida member Richard Reid boarded a plane in Miami with plastic explosives packed in special hollowed-out shoes. The bomb failed to ignite properly and no passengers were hurt. The incident, however, led to Americans having to remove their shoes during airport security screening.
The D.C. sniper case. John Allen Muhammad was convicted on capital terrorism charges for his part in the shooting of 16 people in and around the D.C. area in September and October 2002. Muhammad was executed last year. His 17-year-old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, was sentenced to life in prison.
All three events occurred after Sept. 11 and have been considered terror plots by the federal and state governments.
Media Matters For America, a liberal group that analyzes the news media, documented other examples of U.S. terrorism:
2002 attack against El Al ticket counter at LAX. Hesham Mohamed Hadayet opened fire at an El Al Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport, killing two people and wounding four others before being shot dead. Media Matters found a 2004 Justice Department report that Hadayet's case had been "officially designated as an act of international terrorism."
Campus attack at UNC. In March 2006, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate drove an SUV onto campus, striking nine pedestrians. Reza Taheri-azar reportedly stated in a letter: "I was aiming to follow in the footsteps of one of my role models, Mohammad Atta, one of the 9/11/01 hijackers, who obtained a doctorate degree."
Actually, there are people disappointed that it was a Muslim. They would have much rather preferred him to be a right-wing tea-partyer, enraged by talk radio.
"I get frustrated and there was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country" --MSNBC host Contessa Brewer on the Times Square attempted bomber
And you leap to this conclusion Mike because in your mind no one hates America as much as Islamic Extremists and Tea-Partiers?