Even this early after the event there are attributed news stories to say certain officials in government wanted Umar AdulMuttalib to enter the US, even though they knew of his terrorist ties. The rational was his presence would lead actionable intelligence, bigger fish during his visit in America. If intelligence knew of his connection to Awlaki who it’s said is in Yemen, who could be bigger than that on the shores of America? Frankly, the answer is no one, but what AbdulMuttalib’s failed attempt did do for the government was to allow intelligence officers to go on record saying, under certain circumstances, they could and would target American citizens for assassination no matter where they were in the world and continuing the previous administration’s assault on the US Constitution . Building on the Bush administration’s precedent of proclaiming a war on terror, something the neocons have claimed Obama is no longer prosecuting, the present administration has taken the step of reinterpreting the 5th amendment’s proscription of violating one’s life, liberty or property without due process, and in the process established future precedent which could allow for extra judicial killing of any American, any where in the world. For a government that finds its purpose in massive military expenditures and the perpetuity of conflict, the risks to the general public of allowing Muttalib into the country were dwarfed by the benefits to the government of a citizenry motivated by fear to allow constitutional and fiscal excesses .