Congressman Al Green (TX-09) cautioned witnesses against profiling suspected terrorists only on the basis of religion at today's House Homeland Security Committee's oversight hearing investigating the attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day. The hearing entitled, "Flight 253: Learning Lessons from an Averted Tragedy," examined the circumstances that surrounded the incident, providing the public with insight into the event and the security lapses that led to a systemic failure of the intelligence community.
"The failed bombing attempt on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in our fight against terrorism. In doing so, we must create a multi-layered security system that can detect and apprehend not only the Umar Farouk Abdulmutallabs of the world, but those who are not suspects but intend to do us harm as well," stated Congressman Green.
The Congressman stated further that, "while this incident may have been a failure of intelligence, it is not by any means, a failure of all intelligence personnel. I commend the men and women who stand on the frontlines lines protecting and safeguarding our country against terrorists."
Hearing witnesses included Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, Department of State, and Michael E. Leiter, Director, National Counterterrorism Center.