Don’t trust corporate media, and don’t trust corporate-run government. Consider this key point slapped onto the end of an ABC story about the Boy Who Couldn’t Blow Up His Underpants:

Published reports in Nigeria said Abdulmutallab’s father had contacted the U.S. embassy six months ago about concerns his son had become radicalized and could pose a threat to the U.S. One report said the father could not understand why his son was allowed to board a flight to the U.S. given his warning.

The rest of the story reads like a summary of a breathless John le Carré knock-off, with all the outlandish details supplied by the requisite anonymous “authorities.” Even if every detail offered (and dutifully transcribed without question by ABC) is true, though, evidently the young man with the makeshift M80 in his knickers wasn’t competent enough to bring the world’s most powerful nation to its knees (again). Maybe his alleged handlers should have given him a boxcutter, instead. In any case, the goof-ball wasn’t considered enough of a threat to keep him from flying, but after the fact he’s treated like the latest evil genius to almost make the sky fall on the Home of the Brave.

So now even more taxpayer money will likely be shoved at any number of ‘national security contractors’, and U.S. and U.S.-bound passengers will certainly be subject to even more intense and nonsensical rituals of humiliation and delay for a while. Are ya feelin’ the Change that you had Hope for? Personally, I’m left asking one question:

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