On the morning of December 28, Janet Napolitano confidently reported that “there is no indication that the man who attempted to destroy an airliner in Detroit on Christmas Day is part of a larger terrorist plot.” Larger than what? Tea bag protests? Right-wing religious nuts who shamefully display Christmas trees? She also assured us: “Despite Abdulmutallab’s success at getting dangerous chemicals on board the plane, commercial flying is safe.” Compared to what? Going for a casual stroll in Juarez? Well, it’s still a big relief.

There was, of course, some incredulity when Secretary Napolitano (in the interest of national security) feigned ebullience earlier, maintaining that “the system worked” and “everything happened that should have.” Her comments were immediately taken out of context by the right-wing nuts who are out to get this fine civil servant fired, unjustly. Put into the proper context, she was obviously correct. There were no complaints from CAIR — a highly regarded group protective of the rights of downtrodden and oppressed Muslims in the United States — and the full quotas of eighty-year-old Episcopalian bishops and three-year-old toddlers were immediately subjected to close airport scrutiny.

Nevertheless, leaving no room for error, those screening efforts will be further intensified immediately, as will those of suspected tea party protesters and other right-wing extremist enemies of the state who oppose ObamaCare. We must be mindful of the clear and present dangers they present, and must be thankful that not even one of them has thus far managed to explode a large airliner over a heavily populated city. Credit where it’s due.

More or less concurrently with Ms. Napolitano’s morning revelation on December 28 that there was no “larger terrorist plot,” it was speciously reported by ABC News that:

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, told FBI agents there were more just like him in Yemen who would strike soon.

And in a tape released four days before the attempted destruction of the Detroit-bound Northwest plane, the leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen boasted of what was planned for Americans, saying, “We are carrying a bomb to hit the enemies of God.”

Two days before Ms. Napolitano’s assuring comments that there was no indication that a larger terrorist plot was involved, ABC News had reported the following:

The plot to blow up an American passenger jet over Detroit was organized and launched by al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect’s underwear before sending him on his mission, federal authorities tell ABC News.

Even the pristine mainstream media are trying to cause panic and can’t be trusted. It’s great to get the real scoop from Ms. Napolitano. It is also comforting to learn that she is keeping current with world events and that under her wise guidance we are all safe.