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U.S. Investigates Attacker's Ties (VIDEO)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-27-09 | U.S. Investigates Attacker's Ties

Posted on 12/27/2009 12:16:34 PM PST by GOP_Lady

Man on Flight to Detroit Claims al Qaeda Ties; Father Warned U.S. Officials

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has "no indication" that an attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight was part of a larger plot by a terrorist group, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

"Right now we have no indication that it is part of anything larger, but obviously the investigation continues," she said on CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday.

A 23-year-old Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was charged on Saturday with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest airliner on Christmas Day. Passengers said the suspect apparently set off a device strapped to his body as the plane was approaching the Detroit airport, causing a small fire that was quickly put out by passengers and crew.

The suspect claimed connections with al Qaeda, officials said, but the formal charges don't mention the terrorist network.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abdulmutallab; bhogwot; firenapolitano; flight253; janetnapolitano; napoleonitano; napolitano; resignwitchresign; tm; wot

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is shown in this undated photograph. U.S. authorities on Saturday
charged Mr. Abdulmutallab with trying to blow Northwest Flight 253 with explosives.

1 posted on 12/27/2009 12:16:35 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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2 posted on 12/27/2009 12:17:02 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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It always amazes me that the FBI has information at their fingertips. I think it was 2 days after 9-11 that we pretty much knew “stories” of the 19 men.


3 posted on 12/27/2009 12:20:02 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: GOP_Lady

December 2, 2009 West Point

“President Obama made only a vague reference to the size of the al Qaeda presence in his speech at West Point, when he said, “al Qaeda has not reemerged in Afghanistan in the same number as before 9/11, but they retain their safe havens along the border.”

Zero certainly is playing down the threats emerging.

President Pantywaist is over his head.


4 posted on 12/27/2009 12:23:35 PM PST by OpusatFR (Tagline not State Approved. Thoughts not State Approved. Actions not State Approved)
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To: Sacajaweau
The US government wants us to believe its the work of a lone wingnut. I'm not buying it.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

5 posted on 12/27/2009 12:23:40 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
We don't even know at this point just how the guy got on the plane. He certainly didn't gain access through the usual channels since he didn't have a passport. He was seen being directed from the ticket agent to a manager and the next thing we know he is trying to detonate something on final approach to Detroit. We don't know if he was subjected to any kind of security procedures or was simply allowed to board the plane.

In any event there was at least one other person involved and that's the guy who presented him to the ticket agent. And the whole thing is complicated by the fact the flight originated in Amsterdam. I doubt we have the ability to check up on things there as we did the 9/11 events.

I see this event as having the potential to be very troublesome for Obama et al. We came within a split second of having the first major terrorist success on American soil since 9/11. The only thing that saved those 300 people was the failure of the device. The failure had absolutely NOTHING to do with our system that is supposed to protect us from such occurrences.

6 posted on 12/27/2009 12:35:10 PM PST by jwparkerjr
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I’m afraid these are little dummies are just distractions..and there’s something bigger in the works...I sure hope not and am praying for God to protect us.


7 posted on 12/27/2009 12:36:07 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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The U.S. has "no indication" that an attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight was part of a larger plot by a terrorist group, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

Which is why the second incident, same flight number, will be just a "sick Nigerian", who locked himself in the can for an hour.

Of course I would not be displeased it his sickness turns out to be a skull bashed in by passengers wielding seat belt extensions.

8 posted on 12/27/2009 12:37:02 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Sacajaweau
I’m afraid these are little dummies are just distractions..and there’s something bigger in the works

I had exactly the same thought.

9 posted on 12/27/2009 12:38:20 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato
I think it's a natural thought....In every case....the object is "big"..the Twin Towers, the Cole, the Capitol, the Kobe Towers...

I keep thinking Detroit...but I keep hearing in my head...."Chicago"....

10 posted on 12/27/2009 12:44:59 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: GOP_Lady

Why Was He On The Plane In The First Place

?????????????????


11 posted on 12/27/2009 4:02:44 PM PST by Blonde
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