Somewhat predictably, the episode involving the relatively wealthy Abdulmutallab prompted some to complain yet again that it is nonsense to even suggest that poverty or powerlessness helps to breed the resentment that feeds jihadist flames. That seems roughly analogous to experiencing an unseasonably cold spell and citing it as incontrovertible evidence that global warming is a hoax.
The US can do all sorts of tactical measures to secure its homeland from terrorism, but unless it makes a strategic shift in its global policies, it will never rid itself of the threat from extremist militants. For some strange reason there seems to be a total lack of acceptance by the US policy makers, especially Congress, of the impact of their policies including their tactical knee-jerk measures relating to security, that it is at the strategic level where the problem lies.
The alliance with the US needs to be reassessed and the Pakistan military should make it clear to the US that it can take care of its own problem if the US stays out and does not exacerbate it.
There have already been calls for more extensive use of "profiling", an overly broad expansion of the "no-fly" lists and a lowering of the threshold of what constitutes sufficient grounds to be placed on the terrorism "watch list", and more extensive use of more sophisticated scanning equipment that some have complained are highly intrusive, in that they create a virtual "strip search" image of passengers. Some of the proposals are but a worn out rehashing of the kind of alarmist and bigoted ideas that surfaced after 9/11. They were shot down then, and more thoughtful congressional leaders have shot them down again in recent days.