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  • Holder: It was my decision to charge crotch bomber as civilian

    02/03/2010 12:09:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 992+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 3, 2010
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he made the decision to charge the Christmas Day 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 wrote 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.
  • Official Says Terrorism Suspect Is Cooperating (See? Mirandizing him worked!)

    02/03/2010 11:30:06 AM PST · by pabianice · 16 replies · 380+ views
    New York Times Fishwrap ^ | 2/3/10 | Zeleny et al
    WASHINGTON — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Dec. 25, started talking to investigators after two of his family members arrived in the United States and helped earn his cooperation, a senior administration official said Tuesday evening. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Mr. Abdulmutallab, 23, began speaking to F.B.I. agents last week in Detroit and has not stopped, two government officials said. The officials declined to disclose what information was obtained from him, but said it was aiding in the investigation of the attempted terrorist attack. “With the family, the...
  • Terror suspected in plot to blow up Northwest jet

    12/25/2009 3:53:18 PM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 72 replies · 2,678+ views
    Houston Chronicle via AP ^ | 12/25/09 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said a Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria said he was acting on behalf of al-Qaida when he tried to blow up a flight Friday as it landed in Detroit. And a White House official called the Christmas incident an attempted act of terrorism. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit. One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it. The passenger...
  • White House Confirms Attempted Terrorist Attack on Northwest Airlines Flight - Video 12/25/09

    12/25/2009 9:46:35 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 912+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 25, 2009 | Brian
    Here is a video report on what the White House has confirmed as an attempted "terrorist attack" aboard a Northwest Airlines flight that was about to land in Detroit. A Nigerian national sought to ignite an explosive device aboard the plane, and was burned in the attempt: A male passenger on an international flight bound for Detroit Friday tried to blow up the plane with an explosive device in an incident that the White House is labeling an attempted act of terrorism. Several people were hurt on the plane, which had Delta markings, but was listed as Northwest Flight 253....
  • More CYA From The Obama White House…Christmas Day Bomber Now Talking Because Of Family

    02/03/2010 9:07:14 AM PST · by Starman417 · 23 replies · 479+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-03-10 | Curt
    It only took a public thrashing to get Obama and pals to figure out that hey, maybe we want to get this Christmas Day Bomber to cooperate after all: The Nigerian man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day has been cooperating with investigators since last week, discussing his contacts in Yemen and providing intelligence in multiple terrorism investigations, officials said Tuesday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s cooperation could prove to be a national security victory and a political vindication for President Barack Obama, who has been under fire...
  • WH claims to use family to crack EunuchBomber ( Christmas Day Bomber )

    02/03/2010 10:16:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 418+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 10:55 am on February 3, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    After being embarrassed by a report on the breakdown of counterterrorism efforts before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a Northwest flight in Amsterdam for Detroit and a series of Congressional appearances that demonstrated a lack of communication in the decision to treat the terrorist as a criminal rather than an enemy at war, the White House has begun to push back.  Citing unnamed “officials,” the AP reports that the FBI and the CIA have begun to get information from Abdulmutallab despite having clammed up after getting Mirandized.  The key, they claim, was to get his family involved in breaking his resistance:...
  • Intel Chief Admits Dropping Ball on Christmas Plot, 'New Mistake' Inevitable

    01/20/2010 7:44:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies · 243+ views
    FoxNews.Com ^ | January 20, 2010 | FoxNews
    Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, in a candid assessment of what went wrong before and after the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas, said he had wrongly caved to external "pressure" to trim the no-fly list and even admitted the intelligence community would probably drop the ball in the future. The visibly frustrated director spoke Wednesday alongside other top officials in a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The intelligence director as well as Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism
  • The French establish profiling in airports - based on Israeli counterterrorism measures

    01/13/2010 7:37:05 AM PST · by drzz · 10 replies · 629+ views
    Article (in French) ^ | 01132010 | drzz
    French newspaper Le FIGARO announces today that profiling will be used in French airports. The French authorities have approved security measures based on Israeli counter-terrorism modus operandi. The slightest sign of nervosity could warn an agent, which will have the possibility to investigate suspects at any time and any place in the airport. Israeli profiling has been of much interest for French authorities since the aborted plot of Flight 253 in Detroit last month.