Sunday, December 27, 2009

Who is Umar Abdulmutallab? Muslim Charged in Northwest Airline Terrorist Attack; More Red Flags & Myth Debunking on Islamic Terror; Father Warned US

Debbie Schlussel

While I was away observing the Jewish Sabbath, news broke that a Muslim Nigerian attempted to bomb a Detroit-bound Northwest Airline (now Delta) flight from Europe, Flight 253. Apparently the liquid and powder bomb he had strapped to his leg blew up and his lap caught on fire . . . which, if you ask me, is poetic justice.

New just broke that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was charged in a federal criminal complaint for the attempted Islamic terrorist attack. READ THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL COMPLAINT, just publicly filed in Detroit (at the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Michigan) within the last hour or so. I’m glad to see that the Federal Judge presiding over this case is the always wise Judge Paul D. Borman, who–as I’ve reported on this site–takes no BS from Islamic terrorists and their supporters.

Also note, though, that the Assistant U.S. Attorneys on this case are Eric M. Straus (known for having a dartboard in his office with the picture of the FBI Detroit’s top terrorism intelligence agent, Paul George, on it) and Jonathan Tukel, who wantonly outed the name of a terrorism confidential informant to the Detroit Free Press and other news sources, in an attempt to get revenge on a rival. The informant was my client, and, as I noted, I believe he’s dead because of the outrageous conduct of Tukel, giving out his name. These two lawyers are total sleazebags, so good luck, America. Abdulmutallab–from a prominent, wealthy, religious Muslim Nigerian family–was recruited to become a jihadist, not in his native Nigeria, but in Great Britain, where he spent three years as a student at University College London. It’s yet another reason why the Visa Waiver program (granting certain designated Western countries an exemption from the usually more stringent visa process to travel to the U.S.) is a huge mistake. We know Muslims come to the U.S. from various assorted Western Visa Waiver countries, and even though Abdulmutallab did not, he was recruited and radicalized in a Visa Waiver Country, Britain, where British nationals are also recruited for Islamic terrorism.

We gave Abdulmutallab a two-year visa to come to the U.S. Yup, there is simply no decent background checking when it comes to Muslims seeking U.S. visas. We just rubber stamp them and say, “Come on over.”

Abdulmutallab later went to Yemen, where he was further radicalized. So, ain’t it great, that we are releasing so many Gitmo terrorists there, so they can get trained to do it again, just as he was likely trained there?

This incident is also yet another weight on the overwhelming evidence refuting the still often uttered claim that Muslims are driven to terrorism because they are poor or do not have economic and educational opportunities. Not only was he studying in London, but his father, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, is a wealthy, prominent Nigerian banker, who is the immediate past chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria and a former Nigerian government minister. But as indicated by the “Alhaji” prefix on his fathers name, the elder Mutallab was apparently a religious Muslim, who went on the hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

It also brings into question the policy of banning liquids in excess of 3-ounce containers in a quart bag, since this man–though his attempt failed–was able to get liquid aboard the flight, undetected, and to make explosives. (He boarded in Amsterdam, where presumably there are TSA agents checking flights to the U.S., and if there aren’t, why?) While you and I must throw out a tube of toothpaste that barely contains any toothpaste if the size of the tube exceeds 3 ounces, this guy was able to bring a liquid bomb aboard an American-bound flight. If we simply profiled Muslims, Arabs, and other suspicious people, as the Israelis do, he likely wouldn’t have gotten aboard the flight.

Additionally, as I’ve said over and over again, no-fly lists are largely useless, because Islamic terrorists will always recruit someone without a past that would put him/her on the list. This man, Abdulmutallab, was not on the no-fly list.

And, like I said, here’s the best part of it, below. We, Americans and Westerners, of course, are humane and the flames igniting his crotch were doused. If this were the Islamic world, or Muslims had set a Westerner’s crotch on fire, he’d be burned to bits:

Stephanie van Herk, a passenger from the Netherlands who was in seat 18B, said the plane had lowered its landing gear when she heard a loud bang. At first she thought the plane might have blown a tire, she said, but then she saw flames leap from the lap of a man in the row behind her in the window seat 19A. “It was higher than the seat,” said Ms. van Herk, 22 years old.

“Then everyone started screaming,” she said. “It was panic.” Flight attendants shouted “What are you doing? What are you doing?” They called for water, and the man began pulling down his burning pants, said Ms. van Herk. She and other passengers got water from the galley and the man was doused.

On Saturday, a Dutch passenger who first subdued the terror told CNN that he jumped over several seats and “acted without hesitation” as soon as he saw smoke and fire.

In the televised interview, the passenger, identified on screen as Jasper Schuringa, said that when he reached the suspect, there was “some kind of object that was already melting and smoking” near the seat. “I was screaming for water, water.” Mr. Schuringa added that he believed the suspect “was trying to blow up the plane.”

Don’t worry, though. American taxpayers are already being soaked for his healthcare needs, which–I assure you–are above and beyond what anyone would get through ObamaCare. His burned crotch and other extremities are being treated at the University of Michigan Medical Center, one of the best hospitals in the world.

Your tax dollars at work.

**** UPDATE: Abdulmutallab’s father Alhaji Umaru Mutallab claims he warned the U.S. Embassy that his son was radicalized and dangerous. Given that, why the heck wasn’t this guy on the no-fly list, and why the heck was he given a two-year visa to come here? Sadly, he isn’t the first and won’t be the last. Like I always say, America is Desperate But NOT Serious in the war against Islamic terrorism. And, hey, aren’t you glad the INS was reorganized and the Department of Homeland Security created to solve this problem? HA.

Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, the father of the suspect, warned U.S. officials at the American embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, in recent weeks that he feared his son had been “radicalized” during his trips outside the West African country, according to a senior U.S. official briefed on the exchange.

Mr. Mutallab’s concerns about his son weren’t specific nor did they point to any imminent threat against the U.S., according to the official. But the State Department did share the father’s views with officials from the U.S. government’s intelligence and counterterrorism bureaus, according to the official.

Mr. Mutallab is a prominent Nigerian banker and a highly respected leader in the nation’s banking and business community. He retired this month from his position as chairman of First Bank of Nigeria PLC after 13 years on the board. The retirement announcement was made on his 70th birthday.

Under Mr. Mutallab, the bank expanded to nine subsidiaries in Nigeria and added a bank in the U.K., known as FBN Bank Ltd., as well as a branch in Paris and offices in South Africa and China. He is from Katsina Town, Katsina State, a mostly Muslim state in northern Nigeria, on the border of Niger.

According to a report in the Nigerian newspaper This Day Mr. Abudulmutallab attended the British International School in Lome, Togo. Students called him “Alfa,” a local name for an Islamic scholar, the newspaper reported. . . .

While in London, it appears that Mr. Abdulmutallab lived in comfort. Public-records database indicates that an “Umar Mutallab” lived at an address in the upscale Marleybone section of London, in a luxury building on a quiet street.

Comment: This is about ideology-has nothing to do with poverty or downtrodden-the sooner the West acknowledges this fact the sooner we can begin to accurately and properly fight our enemies.


Anonymous said...

I am somewhat familiar with visa waiver, countries included, ESTA, and B1, D1, diplomatic, and student visas. I don't understand what "Muslims come to the U.S. from various assorted Western Visa Waiver countries" means. It is the country of citizenship that matters, not where one resides. A Yemen citizen living in London is never going to be eligible for visa waiver. Yes, some terrorists have been BORN in western Europe, thus have citizenships qualifying for visa waiver. But many have also been born on US soil and have US citizenship. That is the REAL FAILURE - we should repeal that law. Anyone who can scratch or claw their way onto US soil and pop out a baby has a US citizen anchor child.

GS Don Morris, Ph.D./Chana Givon said...

Agreed and several other laws/protocols as well.