All travelers flying into the U.S. from foreign countries will receive tightened random screening, and 100 percent of passengers from 14 terrorism-prone countries will be patted down and have their carry-ons searched, the Obama administration was notifying airlines on Sunday.
All passengers from countries on the State Department’s “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list – plus all passengers from other “countries of interest” such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen — will receive “full body pat-down and physical inspection of property,” the official said.
The countries on the State Department list are Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria. Other countries covered by the TSA directive include Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia. A complete list was not released.
U.S. and U.K. Shut Embassies in Yemen Over Qaeda Threats
The United States and Britain shut their embassies in the Yemen capital on Sunday, with the Americans citing unspecified but “ongoing threats by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” the regional branch responsible for the failed Christmas Day effort to blow up a U.S. airliner headed to Detroit. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/middleeast/04yemen.html?hp=&pagewanted=print
Re. #1, he might have tried that after getting the threat info prior to Christmas, although, it might have messed with his Hawaiian vacation. He was probably trying to score some pineapple waffles at the time. Too busy.
Romney is largely stepping away from Washington’s daily partisan political fights and ideological clashes within the right. He has expressed little interest in getting involved in competitive primaries, many of which have become contentious clashes over the GOP’s direction. Romney is unlikely to pick a side in Senate primaries in Florida or California, or for governor of Texas, according to his spokesman.
“Generally speaking, we shy away from primaries unless there’s a compelling reason to get involved,’’ said Fehrnstrom. “One of the criteria we use to determine if we should get involved in the primary is whether a particular candidate has been helpful to Mitt – because we’re loyal and return favors.’’
In 2009, Romney appeared on behalf of 29 candidates at rallies and fund-raisers, but the campaign most watched by party leaders was one that never made Romney’s schedule. Other potential 2012 presidential candidates rushed to upstate New York before a November special congressional election to support third-party conservative candidate Doug Hoffman against a moderate Republican, but Romney stayed home. Hoffman helped push the Republican from the race, but eventually lost to the Democratic nominee.