Napolitano: Now ‘We See That International Aviation Is Such an Important Component’ of Security

By Nicholas Ballasy | February 8, 2010 | 3:12 PM EST

( – After a private meeting with Democratic members of the House Committee on Homeland Security on Feb. 4, Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano told that they briefly discussed the failed Christmas Day airline bombing and the general point “that international aviation is such an important component” in “improving international aviation security overall.”
Back on Jan. 27, Napolitano did not attend a hearing of the full committee to discuss the Christmas Day attack, for which she was criticized by both Democrats and Republicans. For the Feb. 4 meeting, the Democratic committee members did not allow the GOP members of the committee or the media to attend.
After she emerged from the gathering with Democrats last Thursday, asked Napolitano, “Did the Christmas day attack come up at all today at the meeting?”
Napolitano answered, “We talked a little bit about it today, indeed.” also asked, “What was the nature of the conversation?”
Napolitano said: “Oh, we were talking about it and I was informing the committee members about what we are doing, you know, now that we see that international aviation is such an important component of this. So, we have an enormous outreach around the world in which there’s an international consensus about improving international aviation security overall.”
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.), who emerged from the meeting before Napolitano, told that the attendees had not discussed the failed Christmas Day bombing.
“Not right now. We’re just talking about process,” Cuellar told