Coming Soon: Senate Hearings on Flight 253
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), chairman of an airline safety panel, will hold hearings early next year to examine the holes in airport screening that allowed a 23-year-old Nigerian to smuggle plastic explosives onto a plane bound for Detroit on Christmas Day. “We have to fully investigate this incident to find accountability for the breakdown in security procedures,” Dorgan said in a statement issued today.
It appears to me that there were serious failures in sharing information among intelligence and other agencies that allowed this alleged terrorist to board an international flight to the United States.
Aside from the reports that the father of the alleged terrorist alerted our intelligence officials about his son, and that fact that his son was on a watch list, an alert should have been raised due simply to his purchase of an airline ticket with cash and his lack of luggage. We need to find out what is working and what is failing in our intelligence sharing.
Dorgan said that hearings on the security breach — as well as those tackling broader transportation security issues — will be scheduled “in the coming weeks.”
The North Dakota Democrat also chastised Republicans for using the incident for political purposes, urging the attackers to ”knock it off.”
“Our country deserves better than to have people try to use a terrorist attack for political gain,” Dorgan said.