On January 9, 2010, an apparently fit, though slightly limping Umar Abdulmutallab entered the courtroom wearing the familiar khaki trousers, plain white t-shirt, and ankle bracelets that are the usual uniform of federal prisoners. The defendant was flanked by his attorney, a federal public defender, Miriam Siefer. Abdulmutallab was arraigned in a Detroit federal court. The 23-year-old Nigerian stood before a magistrate, and Siefer pled not guilty to all charges on behalf of her client.
It took just 37 minutes for a jury in Wichita, Kansas, to find anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder guilty of murdering later-term abortionist George Tiller.
Eight-year-old Mikey Hicks is a New Jersey school boy, a Cub Scout, and a suspected terrorist. His mother, Najlah Hicks, told the CBS Early Show the first time the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) singled out Mikey at an airport he was only four months old, and the family was headed to Florida for his baptism. They couldn't get him a seat on the plane because an airline official said his name "was on the list."
Everyday major media outlets document the inexplicable and inexcusable dereliction of duty on the part of agencies within the U.S. government charged with safeguarding the skies and shores of the United States from terrorist attack. The latest recrimination comes from the Wall Street Journal where a story was printed Tuesday that exposed frightening failures in the functioning of government intelligence and security officials.