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Passengers Prevent "Man-Caused Disaster"

As Obama kicks back in Hawaii, brother Abdul Farouk Abdul-Mutallab (a/k/a Umar Farouk Abdul Mudallad), a 23 year-old Nigerian national, who is reportedly an engineering student at University College in London, UK, is the primary suspect in the attempt to detonate an explosive, a mix of powder and liquid, aboard Delta-Northwest Flight 253 as it prepared to land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport just before noon on Christmas Day.

The Nigerian Muslim said he was acting as an agent for al Qaeda, and tried to blow up the Northwest Airlines plane as it was preparing to land in Detroit, but travelers who smelled smoke and heard what sounded like firecrackers rushed to subdue him, passengers and federal officials said.  The device was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used," a federal situational awareness bulletin stated.

A senior U.S. counter-terror official said Abdul-Mutallab attempted to blow up the plane but the explosive device failed, burning his legs.  Passengers vigorously subdued the man and may have prevented him from detonating the explosives, the officials said.

Law enforcement officials stated that federal officials are "extremely interested" in how the suspect was able to circumvent security and bring the explosive device aboard the aircraft.  Although security in Nigeria and at European airports is less restrictive [than inside the U.S], "this is most definitely something that should have attracted the attention of airport security, without any doubt whatsoever."  According to this source, federal authorities are looking at other possible scenarios on how the device made it aboard, and whether any of its components might have already been aboard the connecting flight.

An in-flight emergency was declared when a fire indicator light when on in the cockpit, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.  The pilot asked for airport rescue and firefighting services, and for law enforcement to meet the flight at gate, the TSA said.

Fox News reports that Barack Obama, vacationing in Hawaii, is keeping up to date on what's described as a terror attempt on board a Northwest Airlines plane that was about to land in Detroit.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton released a statement following the incident Friday, saying Obama, "...was notified of the incident this morning between 9:00 and 9:30 Hawaii time by the President's military aide.  Obama subsequently convened a secure conference call with John Brennan, his Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism Adviser, and Denis McDonough, NSS Chief of Staff.

"He asked to arrange a subsequent secure call and in that call instructed that all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air travel.  The President is actively monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates.  There is currently no change to his schedule."

The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that Secretary Janet Napolitano is monitoring the situation "closely."

A White House official said the incident was an attempted act of terrorism -- naturally, not Janet Napolitano, who does not use the word "terrorism," preferring to refer to such events as "man-caused" disasters.  That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that Napolitano wants to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur -- she really said that!

And, of course, Obama, had his usual jihad-related comment -- "I'm not commenting on that."

Connect The Dots

The Hill blog reports Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) said that the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit should "connect the dots" for the Obama administration.

Hoekstra, on Fox News on Saturday, said his biggest concern is that the intelligence community seems to have missed "red flags" about the suspect's ties to al Qaeda and Yemen that had been known to U.S. officials for the past two years.

"The Fort Hood shooter had ties to Yemen.  Are we starting to see a pattern here?  Has the al Qaeda franchise made it part of their strategic plans to attack the United States however it can?"

"Are we seeing a breakdown in our intelligence community so that when we see these red flags we aren't recognizing them?  That's something that's going to have to be investigated in our committees," he said.

When asked what the specific red flags were, Hoekstra said he didn't know yet.  But he said the White House has "been totally unwilling" to share information with lawmakers about red flags that could have prevented terrorist acts.  For example, Hoekstra said officials knew about emails sent from Army Major Nidal Hasan before he opened fire at Fort Hood.

"Congress needs to push to get access to this information to answer these questions," he said.  "Al Qaeda doesn't take a holiday and neither should we."
Why Was Abdulmutallab Flying?
John at Powerline blog says we now know that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (spellings vary; all are phonetically derived from the Arabic) has been on a U.S. government list of persons with known or suspected ties to terrorist organizations for at least the past two years.  This apparently has led the oh-so-cerebral Obama administration to engage in a bit of soul-searching:

Barack Obama's aides are pondering how the government is using terror watch lists after the botched airliner attack in Detroit on Christmas Day.

Obama's national security and policy advisers are asking questions such as:  How is the intelligence community integrating itself?  Did the assumptions used to make terror watch list choices lead to the correct decisions?  Were the right criteria used to reach conclusions?

Such internal questions among Obama's team marked the informal start to what would likely become a formal executive branch inquiry into an attack that failed -- not because of the intelligence community but because, it appears, the suspect's material failed to ignite.

Pardon me if I'm being overly cynical here, but we know the Obama administration has backed off on any number of the Bush administration's anti-terror policies on the ground that they were too draconian.  In pursuit of Obama's policy of "engagement" with those who hate us, has the administration loosened no-fly restrictions?  Has it allowed people like Abdulmutallab to take international flights to the U.S. on the ground they are merely misunderstood ambassadors for a peaceful movement?  Is the administration's soon to be embarked upon review of how the "intelligence community" is "integrating itself" the precursor to a massive transfer of blame from Obama's radical staffers to intelligence professionals?

Hey, at this point it's just a hunch. Stay tuned.
Richy Rich Goes All Jihad
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, one of the ObamaMedia's favorite memes is that poverty is driving jihad.  Well here's another Muslim "Soldier of Allah," and this one comes from privilege with a capital "P."

With his wealth, privilege and education at one of Britain's leading universities, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab had the world at his feet -- able to choose from a range of futures in which to make his mark on the world.

Abdul's home in London

Instead, the son of one of Nigeria's most important figures opted to make his impact in a very different way -- by detonating 80 grams of explosives sewn into his underpants, and trying to destroy a passenger jet as it came in to land at Detroit Airport on Christmas Day.

With his wealth, privilege and education at one of Britain's leading universities, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab had the world at his feet -- able to choose from a range of futures in which to make his mark on the world.

Instead, the son of one of Nigeria's most important figures opted to make his impact in a very different way -- by detonating 80 grams of explosives sewn into his underpants, and trying to destroy a passenger jet as it came in to land at Detroit Airport on Christmas Day.

Abdulmutallab's father, Umaru, is the former economics minister of Nigeria.  He retired earlier this month as the chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria but is still on the boards of several of Nigeria's biggest firms, including Jaiz International, a holding company for the Islamic Bank.  The 70-year-old, who was also educated in London, holds the Commander of the Order of the Niger as well as the Italian Order of Merit.

Dr Mutallab said he was planning to meet with police in Nigeria last night after realizing his son had joined the notorious roster of al-Qa'ida terrorists, and is said to have warned the US authorities about his son's extreme views six months ago.

Complete account of the incident here . . .

Another Islamist terrorist attack and Obama is nowhere to be seen -- has no comment.
Obama's Response To Terror Attack

Not now, I'm putting.
Kristinn says, Friday: nothing.  Saturday: nothing.  Sunday: nothing.

The White House Web site has not been updated since Thursday, Christmas Eve.

Following the refusal of Barack Obama to personally address the Christmas Day terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253, the Obama administration has not posted one word about the attack at  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.

It's like Obama can't be bothered.  And really, he can't.  Today, he played.  The man has his priorities.  He went to the gym, played basketball, had a picnic at the beach as part of his $4000 per day Hawaii vacation.  In the evening, the Obamas had dinner at Alan Wong's restaurant on King Street, causing quite a stir on the Pali Highway.  Some motorists reported they just shut off their engines while roads were closed along the way as Obama, in his larger than normal motorcade, made his way from Kailua to town.

The White House leaked to reporters this evening that Obama will make some remarks on the terror attack, oh, in a couple of days -- "You will see him out there in the course of the next couple of days," the official said, adding that Obama will address the attempted attack on an airliner as it landed in Detroit on Christmas day.

Well, that's mighty presidential of him.

Obama was celebrated by the media for his use of the Internet during his presidential campaign.  Obama engaged his supporters with a steady stream of e-mail updates and video messages from his campaign -- and still do.  He promised that his supporters would be the first to know his pick for vice president, via text message and e-mail.

But when faced with a terror attack that came within a moment of murdering 289 innocents, Obama's Web savviness is gone.

Three days of silence (now four) by Obama when our nation at war is attacked on the home front.  This is a failure of leadership by a man who thinks he is too cool to be president.
Reality Check
Chalk up another outright failure for the Obama administration.

According to Brian Ross at ABC News in a report filed yesterday, the unsuccessful terrorist attack designed to bring down a Northwest Airlines Airbus 330 over Detroit, Michigan was planned and launched by Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen.  Five days before the plan failed on Christmas Morning, Barack Obama’s Justice Department approved the transfer and actually transferred a dozen terrorist detainees from the U.S. detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay -- according to a December 20 Bloomberg report, half of the 12 transferred terrorists went to Afghanistan and Somaliland, while the other half . . . you guessed it . . . went home to Yemen.

Even better, according to Politico, the administration was hoping to send 80 more Yemeni terrorist detainees back home to Yemen from Guantanamo Bay, the secure facility specifically designed to house such creatures.  This, of course, will complicate things to say the least.  From the Politico piece:

Since Yemenis represent almost half of the roughly 200 remaining prisoners at Gitmo, new hurdles to their resettlement could spell more trouble for President Barack Obama’s plan to close the island prison while transferring a limited number of detainees to a prison in the U.S.  Six Yemeni nationals were returned home earlier this month, and officials hoped more transfers would follow.

The relatively weak central government has been working, with U.S. military and diplomatic support, to counter two separate insurgencies, and the nation, Osama Bin Laden’s ancestral home, has become a haven for some members of Al Qaeda.  That instability has contributed to concerns within the Obama administration and from its domestic critics about returning prisoners there for repatriation.

The Nigerian man charged with the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard Northwest Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, reportedly spent time in Yemen after graduating from a London university in 2008.  According to ABC News, Abdulmutallab has told authorities that, while in Yemen, Al Qaeda operatives crafted the explosive device which was sewn into Abdulmutallab’s underwear.

We know the recidivism rate among former inmates at Gitmo.  We know that approximately one in every seven detainees released return to the battlefield to fight, hurt and kill Americans.  We know this, and yet this administration still plans to carry out civilian show trials for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five others in Lower Manhattan, and still aims to shutter the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay in favor of a retrofitted federal prison in Illinois -- a plan that would pose an increased security risk according to a senior Department of Defense official.
Good stuff -- continue reading here . . .
Second Nigerian Arrested
The Telegraph (UK) is reporting that a second Nigerian man has been arrested on a Northwest Airlines jet heading towards Detroit, just 48 hours after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up the same flight -- a day earlier.

Sunday's flight -- Northwest Airlines 253 -- was exactly the same route that Abdulmutallab targeted on Christmas Day -- and you know al-Qaeda likes to do things in bunches.

The pilot alerted the authorities and the plane made an emergency landing and was met by police on its arrival in Detroit.  Police took the passenger, described as "verbally disruptive," into custody for questioning.

The man, who is in his 30s, reportedly locked himself in a toilet for more than an hour as the plane flew over the US.  Before locking himself in to the toilet the man had already been up and down to the same cubicle several times.  Cabin crew became increasingly suspicious, broke the door down and dragged him out.  He is then said to have become irate and verbally aggressive.  He was subdued and the pilot contacted the airport to say there was an emergency on board.  Emergency vehicles gathered on the runway to meet the plane.

The passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane and the man was formally arrested.  Officials said no explosive device had been found on the suspect, who had boarded the flight with no luggage.

A senior US official told Fox News that the man arrested on Sunday was simply a "sick passenger."  Another official told CNN the incident appeared to be "non-serious" and that the disruptive passenger, "does not appear to be a threat."  The FBI gave the all-clear within hours of the latest alert. -- the usual stuff.

Like Abdulmutallab, the passenger had flown from Nigeria to Amsterdam and then picked up Flight 253 to Detroit.  Abdulmutallab, who had studied engineering in London until last year, disappeared into a toilet for a long period of time before trying to set off his device.

The flight, which had 257 passengers and 12 crew on board, landed safely in Detroit at 12.35pm local time.  The plane was removed to a secure area of the airport for additional searches by bomb experts.
"More Like Me"
The Sun (UK) reports failed plane bomber Umar Abdulmutallab has bragged to FBI agents that there are more young men plotting to launch attacks on the West.  The 23-year-old Nigerian has told security chiefs of a sinister network in Yemen who are ready and waiting to strike.

The reports come after The Sun revealed that cops fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners.  The fanatics, in five groups, are now training at secret terror camps in Yemen.

They are due to return to the UK early in 2010 and will then await internet instructions from al-Qaeda on when to strike.  A Scotland Yard source said: "The great fear is Abdulmutallab is the first of many ready to attack planes and kill tens of thousands.  We know there are four or five radicalized British Muslim cells in the Yemen." -- and there's a couple or three American cells.

Yemen has become a principal al Qaeda training ground and the accused suicide bomber told the FBI he was trained for more than a month in Yemen, given 80 grams of a high explosive cleverly sewn into his underpants, undetected by standard security screening.

"They know that this is a weakness and an Achilles' heel in our airport security system," said ABC News consultant and former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke.

Law enforcement authorities say tragedy was averted only because the bomb's detonator did not work.
Was It Really A "Failed" Attack?
Debbie Schussel suggests people should stop calling Islamic Terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attack on Northwest Flight 253 a "failed attack," or an "unsuccessful attack."

Abdulmutallab may not have taken any lives, but Al-Qaeda (which has come forward to claim credit) and Abdulmutallab seem to have been pretty successful to me.  I think this picture shows just how successful.
Al-Qaeda’s "Failed," "Unsuccessful" Attack Was Pretty Damned Successful

Instead of profiling people -- especially Muslim and Arab people -- Americans all over the country missed their flights, missed out on cruises, and had to wait in line for hours, arriving at the airport hours ahead of flights and throwing out lip gloss, toothpaste, and orange juice.

So was it really a "failed" attack?  Not really.  It was actually pretty damn successful.
Al-Qaeda Press Release
The "Al Falojah" terrorist forum just posted a press release from "Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," (Yemen and Saudi Arabia), taking responsibility for the terrorist attempt on the Northwest flight to Detroit.

Beginning of the translation by FReeper J Veritas:

The Operation by Brother Moujahed Omar Al Farouq Al Nigiree As A Retaliation Against the American Aggression Against Yemen

By the grace of Allah the brother and Moujahed hero Omar Al Farouq performed a quality act on the board of an American plane, taking off from the city of the Dutch city of Amsterdam to American city of Detroit, during the celebrations of "Christmas" holidays on Friday, December 25, 2009.  He overcame all their advanced technological devices and security barriers installed in world airports and he did it with courage, bravery, and no fear of death, relying on Allah, destroying the great myth of U.S. and international intelligence, showing its fragility, forcing its nose in the dirt, making what they spent in the development of security techniques grief to them.

The unity of faith and Islamic brotherhood prompted this young rich man from Nigerian roots, brother Moujahedd Omar Al Farouq to retaliate directly against the oppressive American aggression against the Arabian Peninsula, and by the grace of Allah through direct coordination with the moujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula after the brutal bombing using cluster bombs and cruise missiles launched from U.S. ships territories which occupy the Gulf of Aden against the proud Yemeni tribes in Abeen, Arhabm and finally in Shibuwa, and killing dozens of Muslim women and children and where entire families were killed, and these operations were a Yemeni-US-Saudi coordination as well as coordination with a number of neighboring countries.

The brothers Moujahideen in the manufacturing department were able to manufacture by the grace of Allah an explosive device with advanced technology that has been tested and proven effective and has been able to overcome detectors.  Borther Umar was able to reach his target by the grace of Allah, but by Allah will technical error prevented a full explosion but we will continue the way Allah willing until we get what we want, and religion is all for Allah.

We call on every Muslim who are zealots for their religion and dogma to remove the infidels from the Arabian Peninsula, by killing all the crusader working in the embassies and other places, and declare it a total war against each crusader on the island of Muhammad in the land, sea and air.

We call on every soldier working in the crusader armies and puppet governments to repent to Allah and follow the example of the hero Moujahid brother Nidal Hassan, and kill with all available tools every crusader to bring victory to religion of Allah and to keep his word in the land.

Therefore, we say to the American people that because you support your leaders and are standing behind them to kill our women and children then be ready for the worst we came to slaughter you and we prepared for you men love death as you love life, and Allah willing we will bring what you have not seen before, just as you kill you will be killed but tomorrow is very near.

Oh Allah strengthen brother Moujahed Omar Al Farouq to be on the side of the truth, and give him serenity and patience and persistence many folds of the suffering that fell upon him , Oh Allah take his worry and agony, and give him an relief soon.  Oh Allah free him and the other Muslim prisoners from East to West, Oh Allah give victory to your moujahideen in every place and defeat the people of polytheism, and a prayer to thank Allah the lord of the universe.

Al Qaeda in The Arabian Peninsula

Saturday 9 Mouhrarem 1431 Hijra (Saturday December 26 2009)

End of the Translation
Gitmo Grads Behind Crotch Bomber
Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, ABC News is reporting, quoting American officials and citing Department of Defense documents.

American officials agreed to send the two terrorists to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an "art therapy rehabilitation program" and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials, ABC News reported.

Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari (on right), were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody.  Al-Harbi has since changed his name to Muhamad al-Awfi.


According to Politico, Obama is planning to send 80 more Yemeni terrorist detainees back home to Yemen from Guantanamo Bay -- good plan Barry, just what Yemen needs, 80 more terrorists  -- now go take some sun, where you can do limited damage -- besides, you're beginning to look a little pale -- and we can't have that.
"Isolated Extremist"
Obama's knee-jerk reaction to al Qaeda's attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was to minimize the threat -- again.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared that the attempted bombing was not connected to a larger terrorist plot.  Business as usual, nothing to see here, move along, happy holidays.

Not quite.

Obama's reference to the "alleged" Crotch Bomber as an "isolated extremist," and Napolitano saying there was "no indication" that the attack was "part of anything larger," seems to be Obama's default setting when faced with terrorism.  He said as much about the Nov. 5 Fort Hood massacre, even though the FBI had previously monitored communications between shooter Nidal Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical imam and al Qaeda commander born in New Mexico and believed to be in Yemen.

The Crotch Bomber also reportedly is one of al-Awlaki's followers and said he was one of many bombers trained by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who will seek to attack the United States.  Other evidence pointing to a larger plot includes a report that the Crotch Bomber had an accomplice in Amsterdam, the sophistication of the bomb design, and al Qaeda's admission that it was behind the attempt.  Note also that the Crotch Bomber was placed on a terrorist watch list after his father reported to U.S. authorities in Nigeria that his son had fallen in with a group of dangerous radicals.

Somebody should tell Obama that the Crotch Bomber has bragged to FBI agents that there are more young men plotting to launch attacks on the West.  The 23-year-old Nigerian has told security chiefs of a sinister network of isolated extremists in Yemen who are ready and waiting to strike.

The impulse to deny that attacks such as the Crotch-Bomber's jihad and Fort Hood massacre are part of larger plots displays a shocking ignorance of the nature of 21st-century globally networked terrorism.  Terrorists work through highly dispersed, decentralized cell structures that are designed to be difficult to track.  Investigators probably won't find an operations order signed by Osama bin Laden directing an attack on Flight 253, but it is easy to connect the dots.  Minimizing the threat won't make it go away.  As recent history has shown, it may embolden the terrorists to keep trying.

So Obama pleaded, "let's not jump to any conclusions" -- lied, "the system worked" -- and deflected, "lax airport procedures are based on those approved by the previous administration" -- it's Bush's fault -- what a weasel.

And yes, Janet, there is terror, there are terrorists, they are waging war on all things not Islam, and they mean to murder as many Americans as they can.
Yup!  It's Al-Qaeda
It only took a week for the Obamamessiah to come to the conclusion most thinking Americans reached almost immediately.

Yesterday, between the movies and the shaved ice, Barack Obama said it appeared the man suspected of trying to bomb a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas was a member of al Qaeda and had been trained and equipped by the Islamic militant network, and ordered into air travel screening procedures and a "terrorist watch list system."

He called for an immediate study of what he termed "human and systemic failures," and repeated his warning that anyone involved in the Christmas Day attack would be held accountable -- excepting only himself from repercussions.

Appearing on the defensive, Obama used much of his address to outline his administration's actions to keep the country safe, including withdrawing troops from Iraq, boosting troop levels in Afghanistan and strengthening ties with Yemen, where the suspect spent time before the attack.

"I've directed my counterterrorism and homeland security advisor at the White House, John Brennan, to lead these reviews going forward and to present the final results and recommendations to me in the days to come," Obama said.
Report To Shock Americans
Mark Hemingway says that national security adviser James Jones tells USA Today that a report to be released Thursday on the Christmas Day terrorist attack will "shock" the American people:

White House national security adviser James Jones says Americans will feel "a certain shock" when they read an account being released Thursday of the missed clues that could have prevented the alleged Christmas Day bomber from ever boarding the plane.

Obama "is legitimately and correctly alarmed that things that were available, bits of information that were available, patterns of behavior that were available, were not acted on," Jones said in an interview Wednesday with USA TODAY.

"That's two strikes," Obama's top White House aide on defense and foreign policy issues said, referring to the foiled bombing of the Detroit-bound airliner and the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in November.  In that case, too, officials failed to act when red flags were raised about an Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Hasan.  He has been charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32.

Jones said Obama "certainly doesn't want that third strike, and neither does anybody else."

It's hard to tell whether if the White House is trying to be forthright or manage expectations somehow with this announcement.  Considering we already know that the TSA, CIA, DNI, State Department, and White House all appear to have had significant roles in what Obama pronounced a "catastrophic" national security failure, it's hard to tell how much more shocking information about the incident there is to reveal.  But if there is even more damning information to come out, it will not reflect well on the White House and our already tarnished national security apparatus -- to put it mildly

Wooooa Nellie!  Someone needs to remind national security adviser James Jones that the Crotch-Bomber was at least the third strike -- maybe the forty-third -- it's been going on for years.

Jones is conveniently forgetting the 23-year old Army recruiter who was murdered by a Muslim fanatic outside an army recruiting station in Arkansas in June.  A fellow soldier was wounded in the ambush.  The soldiers had just completed their basic training and were talking to potential recruits.  The jihadist, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad was targeting U.S. soldiers, "because of what they had done to Muslims in the past," and was angry about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And, Obama will use this "crisis" as cover for the Democrat's midnight passage of the hated ObamaCare.
100 Hours

Obama finally addresses the Christmas Day terror incident (01:17)
The ad shows Obama playing golf at key points during the 100 hours, and that he waited 97 hours to make any public statement about the Crotch-Bomber incident.

In fact, within three hours of making that statement, he was back on the links as if nothing ever happened.
What Happened At The Airport
Associated Content News is reporting that the Crotch Bomber was babysat by the Customs and Border Protection Police (CBP).

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was babysat by CBP police and whisked away immediately to the hospital at the University of Michigan Medical Center's burn unit after his terror attempt.  These were the first, official (mis)judgments of the government's response (if you can call it that) to the Crotch Bomber's terror attack, in what has now been revealed to be a continuous series of failures.

In an exclusive interview with the AP -- using, however, anonymous law enforcement sources -- US officials detailed the specifics of the Crotch  Bomber's arrest at Detroit Metro Airport.

Abdulmutallab was "badly burned and bleeding" and given to the CBP after he was stripped bare and restrained by the crew and passengers of the flight.  However, what should really and instantly startle any reader who's serious about homeland security is that the first action these cops undertook after receiving Abdulmutallab was to -- I kid you not, though at this point I may well wish I was -- bring him to a hospital courtesy of an ambulance crew.  The cops -- clearly not equipped to handle a proper response to a terror attempt since they're not the military -- were more concerned with his well-being than with...oh, I don't know...maybe handing him over to the military for interrogation to make sure every bit of intelligence is extracted from him!!

Once at the hospital, not only is Mr. Wannabe-terrorist given an actual guard consisting of CBP officers, but he's also spilling, apparently, all kinds of information concerning his terror attempt, yet no qualified interrogator/intel-gatherer is there because it's the cops, and they've decided to take him to the hospital instead!  Wonderful...just wonderful!  Another very important note of fact here is that even if qualified officials were there, because this whole "response" was maltreated as a domestic law enforcement matter, there would actually be legal problems for the prosecutor who would theoretically want to bring charges against Abdulmutallab.  Because what Abdulmutallab spilled was information obtained while getting medical treatment, it could actually invalidate the admissibility of the least according to some judges.

Finally, at about 2:15 PM, the Johnny-come-latelys at the FBI's Detroit bureau come to the hospital; waiting another hour or so (you know, it's never polite to interrupt terrorists with questioning when they're getting their medical treatment, darn it!!) until 3:30 PM, they then begin to ask Abdulmutallab some questions.

This "interview" lasted for about 50 minutes, and it's noteworthy to highlight that during this period, the FBI agents failed to give him his already undue Miranda rights.  Good move, you opine?  Terrorists don't deserve said Miranda rights after all, right?  In this case, however, failing to read Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights would actually be counterproductive because as a criminal suspect in a law enforcement case, he's technically entitled to them.  The overall point is that the 50 minutes of questioning can be basically rendered totally useless as there's a real jeopardy now that some judge would rule his statements inadmissible due to failure to have his Miranda warning.  All this complicated drama could've been avoided, however, if the Obama Administration had just continued the Bush policy of treating terrorists like enemy combatants and recognizing that this is war, doggone it!

Confirming this system of thought, FBI bosses in Washington decided to withdraw this first team of FBI agents and send in a -- I kid you not -- so-called "clean team" to essentially try to erase the errancy of the first team's failure to provide Abdulmutallab with Miranda rights.  Before that, though, Abdulmutallab was again, unduly, treated with kid gloves by the first team who actually ended their interview with him early so he could rest and have the effects of medication wear off!  Again, what's with all this coddling of a terrorist who just tried to mass-murder hundreds of people?!

Despite the machinations of the FBI, all was for naught as when the second FBI team finally told Abdulmutallab about the Miranda rights, he naturally took them and stopped chatting and spilling information.

The moral of the story is that Abdulmutallab should never have been incorrectly treated as though he was a mere criminal suspect.  He should've been handed over to the military immediately and interrogated, not treated like a little baby-waby who needed his little burns in his groin area tended to!  Under Obama, terrorists are treated with kid gloves like this sorry shame of an episode proves, all because Obama refused to follow the successful, Bush standard of treating terrorists like enemy combatants.  Remember when, under Bush, terrorists actually were scared, terror plots were actually foiled, and terrorists knew they would be treated as enemy combatants?  I sure miss those days of a Republican president who was morally clear in the War on Terror.
Terrorism?  War?
In Obama's delayed speech yesterday, I heard The Emasculated One use the "T" word.  I heard Obama utter the word "terrorism."  I heard Obama say, "we are at war?"  Wow!

Terrorists have been attacking us for years, but, NOW, that terrorism has become a direct threat to Obama -- PERSONALLY -- it's terrorism -- it's war.
Its also bovine excrement.

If we are at war, then puzzle me this?  Why is the Crotch-Bomber heading to court today with all the rights of an American citizen, and represented by a taxpayer-paid attorney? 

The word is that the Crotch-Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, will be offered a plea deal.  The prosecutor said her goal was to show the world that Abdulmutallab will get a fair trial -- she really said that.

We are so screwed.
AlMaghrib Institute
In August of 2008, Abdulmutallab, an Islamist student made his way from London to Houston to attend a two-week program put on by the AlMaghrib Institute.  This was his third course with the Institute, including two in London.  On Christmas Day 2009, the very same student, Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, tried to blow up a transatlantic flight with a suicide bomb he had sewn into his underpants.

AlMaghrib's Houston-based director of the 2008 program and national Dean of Academic Affairs, Yasir Qadhi, expressed immediate concern for the aspiring terrorist's feelings of alienation and hatred of the West.

The AlMaghrib program offered "mainstream Islamic stuff," Qadhi told CNN in an interview that did not challenge the claim.

"At some level," he added, "we did not convince him of the validity of our views, and that is cause for regret."

An examination of the views expressed by Qadhi and others at AlMaghrib, however, shows that they are far from moderate and the institute exhorts followers to carry out jihad and not integrate with the West. Such views are exposed to a wide audience, as the CNN report noted that 30,000 students have attended AlMaghrib courses throughout the English-speaking world.

On one hand, Qadhi told CNN that he and AlMaghrib are "trying to carve out a Western Muslim identity among conservative Muslims -- for Muslims to integrate into Western society but maintain their Islamic identity." Yet such statements don't match the rhetoric heard on audio and video collected by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

The videos show Qadhi's hatred of non-Muslims, contempt for Western society, and glorification of jihad.
Obama's Isolated Extremist -- Updated
An "isolated extremist" -- that's how Barack Obama described the Crotch Bomber -- an "isolated extremist."

Janet Napolitano said there was "no indication" that the attack was "part of anything larger."

This seems to be Obama's default setting when faced with terrorism.  He said as much about the Nov. 5 Fort Hood massacre.

The Crotch Bomber turns out to be one of al-Awlaki's followers and was just one of many bombers trained by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who, he says, will seek to attack the United States.  Other evidence pointing to a larger plot includes a report that the Crotch Bomber had an accomplice in Amsterdam, the sophistication of the bomb design, and al Qaeda's admission that it was behind the attempt.

And, now, the AP is reporting that Osama bin Laden has surfaced again in a new audio tape, and claims responsibility for the failed bombing attempt of Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

Al Jazeera aired the tape on Sunday, in which a voice reported to be Osama bin Laden states: "The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous messages sent by the heroes of September 11," he said.

But, now that Osama bin Laden, himself, is claiming credit for Abdulmutallab's attack, Obama -- not to be confused with Osama -- will have to admit what the rest of us have know all along -- the Crotch Bomber incident was not an "isolated" anything -- it was just one more, of what will become an endless string of these jihad events.
Related:  Associated Content News is reporting that the Crotch Bomber was babysat by the Customs and Border Protection Police (CBP) before being whisked away to the hospital for treatment after his bombing attempt.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was babysat by CBP police and whisked away immediately to the hospital at the University of Michigan Medical Center's burn unit after his terror attempt.  These were the first, official (mis)judgments of the government's response to the terror attack, in what has now been revealed to have been a continuous series of blunders and failures.

You really need to read this AP exclusive interview here . . .

Update: 1/25/10 -- Flopping Aces reports that when the Crotch Bomber was taken into custody after his plot to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 over Detroit, he talked to local FBI agents, not terrorism experts, for only 50 minutes.

On Sunday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs defended the decision to read so-called Crotch Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, his Miranda rights after 50 minutes of interrogation, saying that "FBI interrogators believe they got valuable intelligence and were able to get all that they could out of him."

"That decision was made by the Justice Department -- that's Obama's guy, Eric Holder -- and the FBI by experienced FBI interrogators, Gibbs said on "Fox News Sunday."  "But make no mistake Abdulmutallab was interrogated and valuable information was gotten by those experienced interrogators."

After he was read his rights, Abdulmutallab stopped cooperating with investigators.
Holder Says He Made Crotch Bomber Decision
9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America comment on Attorney General Eric Holder saying he made the decision to charge the Crotch Bomber terror suspect in the civilian system with no objection from all the other relevant departments of the government.  In a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the attorney general says that the FBI told its partners in the intelligence community on Christmas Day and again the next day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab would be charged criminally.

Mr. Holder apparently misunderstands his oath of office:

"I (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.  So help me God."

Nowhere within those words or our Constitution are the enemies of the United States afforded the rights of American citizens.  It is reckless to unilaterally provide a fair fight to those waging war against our troops abroad and civilians here at home.

Holder should resign and Obama should replace him with someone with no interest in defending the enemy’s "rights."

In an interview with 60 Minutes last spring, Obama discussed the handling of captured terrorists and challenged those who claimed the "American system of justice was not up to the task of dealing with these terrorists."  Obama said: "I fundamentally disagree with that.  Now -- do these folks deserve Miranda rights?  Do they deserve to be treated like a shoplifter -- down the block?  Of course not."

I don't believe Holder made that decision.  Holder, the Attorney General, and Gates, the Secretary of Defense are peers -- equals.  Both report to Barack Obama.  Gates can't order Holder to do anything.  Holder can't order Gates to do anything.

This decision was made by Obama.
Senator Kit Bond Questions Obama's Motivation
February 4, 2010

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

During my tenure on the Senate Intelligence Committee, I have worked with the Executive Branch to stem the disclosure of sensitive information.  In 2006, for example, I introduced legislation that would aid the Executive Branch in prosecuting individuals engaged in leaks of classified information.  In the realm of national security, sometimes it is necessary to withhold critical information from the public that may be used by our enemies to harm the American people.

Accordingly, I am deeply disturbed with the official handling of vital national security information regarding the recent cooperation by the Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab.  On Monday afternoon, the leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee received notification from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concerning Abdulmutallab’s recent willingness to provide critical information.  FBI officials stressed the importance of not disclosing the fact of his cooperation in order to protect on-going and follow-on operations to neutralize additional threats to the American public; FBI Director Bob Mueller personally stressed to me that keeping the fact of his cooperation quiet was vital to preventing future attacks against the United States.  Handling this information in such a sensitive manner struck me as entirely appropriate.

Twenty-four hours later, however, White House staff assembled members of the media to announce Abdulmutallab’s cooperation and to laud the events that led to his decision to cooperate with law enforcement personnel.  This information immediately hit the air waves globally and, no doubt, reached the ears of our enemies abroad.

At the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Annual World Wide Threats Hearing Tuesday, the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI Director, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency all stated they believe terrorists will attempt another attack on America within the next few months.  I cannot understand, Mr. President, why the sudden cooperation by Abdulmutallab would be broadcast publicly to the media in detail when your intelligence chiefs are unanimously warning that another attack on our country is imminent.  The release of this sensitive information has no doubt been helpful to his terrorist cohorts around the world.

It is deeply disturbing to me that the Intelligence Committee would be advised of sensitive information, and told of the vital imperative to keep such information secret for the sake of national security, only to see this information -- less than twenty-four hours later -- broadcast to the world from the White House.  This distortion of the congressional notification process suggests that other considerations are taking precedence over keeping timely and sensitive information away from our enemies.

Some have tried to use Abdulmutallab’s sudden cooperation as a justification for prosecuting this foreign terrorist in an Article III court, but I believe this development supports an opposing view.  Because we treated him in this fashion, we followed Miranda and advised him of his right to remain silent, losing five crucial weeks for obtaining imminent threat information.  Miranda is issued when statements from the accused are needed to obtain a conviction, but in this case we did not need his own statements as the chemical evidence he was wearing and over 200 witnesses would ably suffice; hence, the decision to mirandize made no sense on a practical or strategic level.  Additionally, Abdulmutallab’s family was key in gaining his cooperation, and in most cases the suicide bomber does not have a moderate Islamic family willing to work with the United States; in fact, the opposite is most often the case (as with the suicide bomber that killed seven CIA officers in Khost, whose wife applauded her husband’s actions).

I urge you, Mr. President, to consider the consequences of publicly disseminating sensitive information vital to the defense of the American people.  I do not believe the American people want this information jeopardized to further political arguments.  The American people rightfully expect the government’s first priority to be their security.  It is also critical that our courageous law enforcement and intelligence professionals know that they can trust that sensitive information vital to their efforts to protect the American people will not be disclosed.


Christopher S. Bond
United States Senator
Obama's Spook Lies
Last Sunday, Obama's spook, John Brennan, who got his job because he scrubbed Obama's passport files, was interviewed by Fox News' Chris Wallace about the circumstances surrounding the events of Christmas and the Crotch Bomber (transcript).

Yesterday, Pete Hoekstra said Brennan lied about the facts in his interview with Wallace.

Rep. Hoekstra (R-MI) disputes Brennan's claims about Christmas briefing  (05:01)
At 3:29 in the video, during a previous interview (03:29) with Perky, Katie Couric asks Obama if he has ruled out conducting the KSM trial in the Big Apple.  Obama responds, "I have not ruled it out."

He didn't say the attorney general has not ruled it out.  I contend that confirms my opinion from the previous item.
New Video Of Training, Martyrdom Statements
ABC News reports that new videos produced by al Qaeda in Yemen show the accused underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and others in his training class firing weapons at a desert camp whose targets included the Jewish star, the British Union Jack and the letters "UN."

The videos, to be broadcast Monday on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, appear to support Abdulmutallab's statements to the FBI that there are "others like me" who also trained with him in Yemen to carry out attacks against U.S. and western targets.

The tape also includes an apparent martyrdom statement in Arabic from the 23-year old Nigerian justifying his actions against "the Jews and the Christians and their agents."  He says, "the enemy is in your lands with their armies, the Jews and the Christians and their agents."  He reads several passages from the Koran and adds, "God said if you do not fight back, He will punish you and replace you."

Abdulmutallab was arrested on Christmas Day in Detroit after he allegedly attempted to set off a bomb on a Northwest Airlines jet.  He has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges but U.S. authorities say he is now cooperating in the investigation.
It’s OK to kill infidels

The Detroit Free press is reporting that The so-called crotch-bomber charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, with 279 passengers and 11 crew members on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb in his underwear, is arguing for his prison release, claiming wrongful imprisonment by the American government.

In a handwritten court document filed today, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, asked the court to release him from prison, arguing that, "The defendant is being unjustly detained in the Unites States of America, and subjected to the Rule of Man," adding he should "only be judged and ruled by the law of the Quran."

In a separate, handwritten court filing, the Nigerian national also wrote that "excessive force" was used to restrain him while he was in his closed cell, during the "holy month of Ramadan." He wrote that, "in defense of Muhammad," he assaulted several officers from his cell, and that as a result, "excessive force" was used to restrain him.

Cry me a river -- I hope the officers gave him a good ass-kickin'.

Authorities have said that Abdulmutallab is an al-Qaida operative trained in Yemen for the suicide mission, which was foiled when a passenger subdued him. He is facing numerous criminal charges, including conspiracy to commit terrorism.

In September, Abdulmutallab fired his government-appointed lawyers and is acting as his own attorney in the case. He suggested that he wanted to plead guilty to some charges, and also asked the court to order that no excessive force be used on him. He has said nothing about a plea since.

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds has appointed prominent criminal defense attorney Anthony Chambers as his standby attorney. Chambers has said that a plea is unlikely, that the case is headed for trial, and "We will challenge everything."
"In late 2009, in fulfillment of a religious obligation, I decided to participate in jihad against the United States. The Quran obliges every able Muslim to participate in jihad and fight in the way of Allah, those who fight you, and kill them wherever you find them. Some parts of the Quran say, 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.'

"I had an agreement with at least one person to attack the United States in retaliation for U.S. support of Israel and in retaliation of the killing of innocent and civilian Muslim populations in Palestine, especially in the blockade of Gaza, and in retaliation for the killing of innocent and civilian Muslim populations in Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan and beyond, most of them women, children and noncombatants.

"As a result, I traveled to Yemen and eventually to the United States, and I agreed with at least one person to carry an explosive device onto an aircraft and attempt to kill those onboard and wreck the aircraft as an act of jihad against the United States for the U.S. killing of my Muslim brothers and sisters around the world.

"I was greatly inspired to participate in jihad by the lectures of the great and rightly guided mujahideen who is alive, Sheik Anwar al-Awlaki, may Allah preserve him and his family and give them victory, Amin, and Allah knows best.

"Participation in jihad against the United States is considered among the most virtuous of deeds in Islam and is highly encouraged in the Quran; however, according to U.S. law, which is unjust and oppressive according to the Quran, my actions make me guilty of a crime in the United States, in particular, the following counts in my indictment.

"Count 1: Conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. So by me traveling to Yemen, then to Djibouti, to Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, the Netherlands and eventually the United States, with an agreement with at least one person to carry an explosive device in an attempt to kill those onboard for the U.S. killing of innocent Muslims, I'm guilty in U.S. law of this count.

"Count 2: Possession of a firearm or destructive device in the furtherance of a crime of violence. I carried with me an explosive device onto Northwest 253, again, to avenge the killing of my innocent Muslim brothers and sisters by the U.S. So I am guilty in U.S. law of this count.

"Count 3: Attempted murder within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, again, in retaliation for U.S. support of Israel and Israel massacres of innocent Palestinians, so I am guilty of this count, too.

"Count 4: Use and carrying of a firearm, destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence by carrying an explosive device and attempting to use it on Flight 253 for the U.S. killing of innocent Muslims. I am guilty of this count, too.

"Count 5: Willfully placing a destructive device in and upon, in proximity to a civil aircraft which was used and operated in interstate, overseas and foreign air commerce, which was likely to have endangered the safety of such aircraft. I intentionally carried an explosive device onto Flight 253 for the United States' tyranny and oppression of Muslims, so I am guilty of this count in U.S. law, but not in the Quran.

"Count 6: Possession of a firearm/destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence. I was in possession of an explosive device intended for use against the United States for U.S. interference in Muslim countries, so I am guilty in U.S. law of this count.

"Count 7: Attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. I attempted to use an explosive device, which in the U.S. law is a weapon of mass destruction, which I call a blessed weapon to save the lives of innocent Muslims, for U.S. use of weapons of mass destruction on Muslim populations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and beyond. So I am guilty in U.S. law of this count and innocent in Muslim law.

"Count 8: Willful attempt to destroy and wreck a civil aircraft. I intended to wreck a civil aircraft for the U.S. wreckage of Muslim lands and property, so I am guilty in U.S. law of this count.

"The United States -- the United States should be warned that if they continue and persist in promoting the blasphemy of Muhammad and the prophets, peace be upon them all, and the U.S. continues to kill and support those who kill innocent Muslims, then the U.S. should await a great calamity that will befall them through the hands of the mujahideen soon by God's willing permission. Or God will strike them directly with a great calamity soon by his will, Amin.

"If you laugh at us now, we will laugh at you later in this life and on the day of judgment by God's will, and our final call is all praise to Allah, the lord of the universe, Allahu Akbar."
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