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What You Should Know / December 27, 2009 -- When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's father in Nigeria reported concern over his son's "radicalization" to the U.S. Embassy there last month, intelligence officials in the United States deemed the information insufficient to pursue. The young man's name was added to the half-million entries in a computer database in McLean and largely forgotten.

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  • 1. mr. mike  |  December 28th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    I think Umar Abdul Mutallab was a wannabe Al-Q “operative”, but if it turns out that he was ordered to do this lame attack by whatever Al-Quaida knockoff/franchise he was hanging around with then that shows they’re really running on empty when it comes to terrorism. “Lone wolves” might sound cool but they’re more like school shooters: random and with no chance of any follow through (more attacks on the same sorts of targets.) Al-Q was a competent terrorist outfit before 9/11; now they’re more of an international mujaheddin disliked by their former ally in Afghanistan and a force dispised in Iraq.

  • 2. Plamen Petkov  |  December 28th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    maybe they actually CAN and they let the poor schmuck through so he can be a fall guy. Notice how quickly they tied Yemen to the Ali Queda story? I do not expect to learn anything resembling the truth from an article from a mainstream corporate owned media, just 100% pure bullsh*t.

  • 3. mr. mike  |  December 28th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    It would have been far more impressive to have blown up the aircraft and then claimed responsability (which Al-Quaida now has) then send in a screwup to botch this thing. I still think Umar is a wannabe, which means that Al-Q is desperate to still show that they can project force. BTW, it was Abdulmutallib’s father that made these “my son has run off with Al-Quaida” accusations; for all I know, the kid might have been running around with the Yemeni version of Islamic Jihad (unless this whole thing was a false-flag operation run by the US to keep the Islamoterrorfear going.)

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