Sunday, February 07, 2010


Congressional hearing reveals US intelligence agencies shielded Flight 253 bomber

By Alex Lantier
3 February 2010
A January 27 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security established that US intelligence agencies stopped the State Department from revoking the US visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

The hearing was reported in a brief article posted January 27 on the web site of the Detroit News, headlined, “Terror Suspect Kept Visa to Avoid Tipping Off Larger Investigation.”

As of this writing, nearly a week after the hearing, the NYT, WSJ, WaPo and LA Times have published no articles on the subject
strained credulity from the outset

Abdulmutallab’s father, a former Nigerian government minister and prominent banker, went to the US embassy in Abuja in November to warn that his son was involved with radical Islamists in Yemen

In his prepared statement to the House Committee on Homeland Security on Jan 27, State Dept Under-Sec for Management Patrick Kennedy said:

on the day following his father’s Nov 19 visit to the Embassy, we sen

Kennedy explained why the State Dept might not revoke

And one of the members, and we’d be glad to give you that in private, said, ‘Please, do not revoke this visa. We have eyes on this person. We are following this person who has the visa for the purpose of trying to roll up an entire network, not just stop one person.’

Amazingly, the US government did not declare AQAP a terrorist group until Jan 19 2010

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