Stemming in no small part from a general inability or refusal to recognize what we’re up against. This also includes the inability or refusal to name the foe as he names himself. From the New York Times, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
WASHINGTON, March 13 – Despite a huge investment in security, the American aviation system remains vulnerable to attack by Al Qaeda and other jihadist terrorist groups, with noncommercial planes and helicopters offering terrorists particularly tempting targets, a confidential government report concludes.
Intelligence indicates that Al Qaeda may have discussed plans to hijack chartered planes, helicopters and other general aviation aircraft for attacks because they are less well-guarded than commercial airliners, according to a previously undisclosed 24-page special assessment on aviation security by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security two weeks ago.
But commercial airliners are also “likely to remain a target and a platform for terrorists,” the report says, and members of Al Qaeda appear determined to study and test new American security measures to “uncover weaknesses.”