In 2010, on this day President Barack Obama announced a massive overhaul of homeland security following an embarrassing series of breaches inside the continental United States. On Christmas Day, a Nigerian national, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight. And just a week later, the remaining detainees from Guatanemo Bay escaped whilst en route to trial in New York City.
The Worst of the WorstThe ten Yemeni and Uighur terrorists were considered the "worst of the worse" with this stigmatization due in part to the US Government's failure to convince other friendly nations to accept the prisoners at any price. Under pressure to make a self-imposed deadline of emptying Gitmo by January 2010, the White House unwisely decided to ship the prisoners to a maximum security prison where they be taken to a criminal trial in New York City.
"I heard you were dead"Obama announced that the task of recapturing the terrorists had been assigned to S.D. "Snake" Plissken (pictured). A former U.S. Army Lieutenant who obtained two Purple Hearts whilst serving under Special Forces Unit Black Flight, Plissken had been reactivated from obscurity for this mission. At the press conference, Obama presented Plissken with the statement "I heard you were dead", to which he retorted "I heard you were taller".
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