Gee, that must have been hard work "persuading" them. The guy's father had practically been banging the door down at the US Embassy in Nigeria, trying to get the dimwits inside to listen to his warning, *before* his son boarded a commercial airliner with a bomb strapped to his crotch.
What a total waste of taxpayer money for those agents to fly over there. At most, all that was needed was to send them plane tickets, visas, and a written promise of a comfortable hotel room or apartment for their stay in the US. And given that the father is a well-off retired banker, and was very eager to help intercept his son's terrorist activities before they "got off the ground", it's quite likely that he'd have been happy to come over on his own dime.
...Since Christmas Day when fate foiled 23-year old Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallabs attempt to bring down a jetliner over Detroit one has watched in dismay as his father, Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru AbdulMutallab and the rest of his family embarked on a subtle PR ploy to cast themselves as unfortunate victims of their sons indiscretion. Some, particularly in the popular press seem to have bought into their ploy: In a side bar, The New York Times proclaimed: Parents of Suspect Offer Help. From his London base, one Eddie Iroh in comments made in Nigerias Next newspaper was quick to praise Mutallab, the father for alerting Nigerian authorities and the US Embassy in Nigeria that his son had gone AWOL.
My reading and assessment of Alhaji (Dr.) Mutallabs alert is that he simply dialed 911 to for help that could bring his son back to him. The family statement confirmed as much: We were hopeful that they would find and return him home, it reads in part. The US Embassy cared less and rightly so, to use their system to help a man who pays neither tax nor tight to sustain it to look for his son and bring him home. That US authorities simply inserted the lads name into the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE, the extensive collection of data on more than 500,000 people, instead of the far smaller no-fly list, which has only 4,000 names, or the so-called selectee list of 14,000 names of people who are subjected to more thorough searches at checkpoints underscores the validity of my assessment even further. As for the Nigerian authorities, its premature at this point to even bother to infer why they wouldnt bate an eyelid in response to Mutallabs distress call. That fact will unfold clearly a little later in this piece....
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Thank you for this article. The father himself is a an Islamic fundamentalist but of different persuasions, the type you find in the northern Nigeria - the Feudo-Caliphal establishment in northern Nigeria whose only investment in the Nigerian project is a lazy and parasitic dependency on other peoples oil in the Niger Delta. Of course he was conscious of implication of his estranged terrorist son to his shady business interests and romance with the global terrorists, funding his numerous business empire - the Islamic bank which he has been trying to float for a while now and his ownership of First Bank, among others. So the only option he had was to self report the lost son (talk of sacrificial lamb!) so as to shift attention from his own crime in case the boy got caught. I hope the CIA will beyond this acting and unravel the fathers link with the world terrorist groups.