Skip to comments.Plane Bomber Was Anti-War Activist in London (Freeper Research Thread)
Posted on 12/29/2009 5:44:58 PM PST by kristinn
Keying off an article in the UK Times Online about Northwest Airlines flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab organizing an antiwar seminar called "War on Terror Week", I did some quick research before the links get scrubbed.
From the Times:
According to isocnews.com, an online magazine for Muslim students, War on Terror Week at University College London was one of the events of the year in 2007. There was a slick video advertisement for the event, an eye-catching poster and packed lecture theatres for five days of discussions about Guantánamo Bay, allegations of torture and the subject of Jihad v Terrorism.
The website reported the week of talks as informative, relevant and always entertaining the audience got involved with a good mixture of Muslim and non-Muslim attendees asking tough questions of the speakers. In a corner of the poster, the event is declared to have been approved by Umar Farook, president of UCLU Islamic Society. The speakers advertised included George Galloway, the Respect MP; Geoffrey Bindman, the human rights lawyer; and former Guantánamo Bay detainees.
The Nigerian student who organised War on Terror Week in January 2007 is now better known as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be suicide bomber who tried to blow up a transatlantic airliner last week.
Mr Galloway said last night that he did not attend any of the events in War on Terror Week and had no record in his parliamentary diary of any contact with UCL Islamic Society. Mr Bindman, a visiting professor at UCL, said that he could not recall the event or meeting Mr Abdulmutallab.
Little Green Footballs ran a thread about it back then and saved the promo poster:
In the lower left hand corner one can see "approved by Umar Farouk..."
Here's a larger version hosted at imageshack.us from the Ummah.com thread about War on Terror Week:
Umar and his pals at UCL Islamic Society were savvy enough to put a video up on YouTube at the UCLU channel promoting the event.
Click here to view video.
The Islamic Society's partner in War on Terror Week, UCL Union Stop the War Society, posted six pictures at their Web site from the event. Here are two:
The UCL Islamic Society was pretty excited about the event. They posted at their Web site about a big pre-WOTW night out on the town:
Night out 2 Pandoos!
Well before the intensity of the War on Terror hits us, we felt the need to organise a night out and what better way to relax and enjoy yourselves than to, chill, sit back and enjoy some good halal food! Add to that the fact that it will be discounted heavily and your in for a right treat! For Â£5, you'll get half a chicken, chips and a drink, and this isn't just any old chicken, it's a Pandoos chicken!
To join us as we chill ISoc style, be sure to meet us at 5pm outside Bloomsbury Theatre (Gordon Street) and we'll make our way to the infamous Brick Lane.
Date: Friday 26th January (i.e. Tonight)
Meeting Place: Bloomsbury Theatre
Restaurant: Pandoos (Brick Lane)
UCLU Islamic Society
That a terrorist would emerge from the antiwar movement is no surprise to those who are paying attention. Obama's pal Bill Ayers went from anti-war activist to terrorist in a short time.
The modern antiwar movement in America works hand in hand with Islamic terrorists and, like the Stop the War Society, works with radical 'Islamic Societies.'
The antiwar movement has one other tie to Umar the bomber. He claims he went to Yemen to study Arabic. Funny, so did this character with Iraq Veterans Against the War:
From the Yemen Times, 2008
A former U.S. Navy lieutenant has been living in Sanaa for seven months, having resigned in protest from serving in Iraq. Harvey Tharp was a full lieutenant in the U.S. Navy when he was called to serve in Iraq due to his knowledge of the Arabic language. Upon his departure from Yemen, he spoke to The Yemen Times about the moral challenges he faced, which led to the ending of his military career, and what he learned from his time spent with Yemeni people.
What will you do when you return to the U.S.?
Im a member of the Iraq Veterans Against the War. As the only officer who has joined, Im the highest ranked. When I was in military school, I was taught that if you find yourself completely alone in your stance, youre probably wrong. This time, though, I dont think Im wrong.
Im going to Washington, D.C. for the winter soldier hearings from March 13-16. Fifty members from the Iraq Veterans Against the War will testify to war crimes they witnessed or even participated in and Ill be there in support.
Why did you come to Yemen?
Due to my time in Iraq, I developed post-traumatic stress disorder, so Im unable to work and I have some spare time. I wanted to improve my Arabic to see if I could get back into translating and I heard that the Yemeni dialect is very close to standard Arabic, as well as that it seemed like a very interesting place to visit.
Who are you going to vote for in the upcoming U.S. presidential election?
Im disappointed that Barack Obama who campaigned against the war from the start hasnt committed to pulling troops out of Iraq immediately. However, hes the best anti-war candidate, so Ill vote for him.
Let me be clear, I'm not accusing Harvey Tharp of being a terrorist. I'm just pointing out that he went to Yemen, of all places, to study Arabic just like Umar the bomber. Just a coincidence that two antiwar activists go to Yemen, that's all.
P.S., here is the You Tube video by the UCL Islamic Society for Justice Week 2008. Nice of them to do it in English for us.
Please add more if you find it.
Antiwar protests are a dime a dozen, but that title raises my eyebrows. “War On Terror Week”?!?
No worries, the CIA has been on it since August.
Good God. It’s just like the 60’s. Mirror image.
Thank you for the information!!!!
Once again, I just want to say I want to be you when i grow up. Excellent work!
I wonder what his DU name was.
Thank you, Kristinn. Great find! Someone should alert Drudge to this.
We've seen this crap before from John "Hanoi Boi" Kerry's "winter soldiers". Every one was proven to be a liar and a fraud. I imagine this will be the same all over again. If they do testify to committing "war crimes", they should immediately be arrested and handed over to their pals in the World Kangaroo Court. They can have them.
Fifth Column to the Core! Definite National Security risks.
Seems it’s always the “anti-war” and “social justice” types that are always the first to resort to violence and infringing on the rights of others. You see this constantly, whether it’s the underpants bomber or in the U.S. on campus or in the media.
Thanks for the heads up. Save to disk.
Only VC sappers weren't shoving explosives up their rectums and boarding commercial airliners....... It took the muslims to combine an 8th century mentality with 20th century technology to give us these results....
Now if only we could use American ingenuity to combine Robespierre's guillotine with Henry Ford's (dis)assembly line.
Excellent thread, kristinn.
A FReeper on another thread wondered how Abdulmutallab was able to obtain the particular seat he got on the flight. (Sorry, I can’t remember who or what thread.)
That is a very interesting question I think, considering he paid cash for a last-minute booking. Was it “luck” for him to get a seat right over the gas tank or did a co-conspirator book that seat and then cancel at the last minute to make it possible for Abdulmutallab to then occupy that seat?
They have a different definition of tolerance than people who desire true peace and justice.
“No worries, the CIA has been on it since August”.
THAT’S EXACTLY WHY I AM WORRIED!
An officer in the U.S. Navy? He looks like a grade school girl.
Great find! Umar has been actively anti-U.S. for at least three years.
And he was left off the no-fly list?