Both DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Barack Obama used language that emphasizes the isolated terrorist or lone terrorist concept in their response to the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bombing attempt.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said officials so far have no indication that the attempt by a Nigerian man to ignite an explosive device aboard a Northwest Airlines plane Friday “is part of anything larger”
President Barack Obama’s remarks, which took three days to come forth at the podium, also hinted at the lone terrorist line of thinking. Here is an excerpt from his remarks made Monday, December 28, 2009 — part of a statement to update people on the attempted terrorist attack that occurred December 25th.
Finally, the American people should remain vigilant, but also be confident. Those plotting against us seek not only to undermine our security, but also the open society and the values that we cherish as Americans. This incident, like several that have preceded it, demonstrates that an alert and courageous citizenry are far more resilient than an isolated extremist.
— President Barack Obama
SOURCES: Washington Post Transcript of Obama remarks on airline security and terror watch lists