Saturday, December 26, 2009

Why was Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab allowed to travel in the U.S., to fly on a domestic jet? A distinction that should not have a difference..

From this ABC news story:

Authorities say the suspected bomber was traveling on a visa issued by the State Department on June 16, 2008 and valid until June 12, 2010. Officials tell ABC News he was on a U.S. "terror watch list" but not on the "no fly" list, which would have prevented him from boarding the flight.

He had previously traveled to the U.S. on an 11-day trip to Houston in Aug. 2008.

Published reports in Nigeria said Abdulmutallab’s father had contacted the U.S. embassy six months ago about concerns his son had become radicalized and could pose a threat to the U.S. One report said the father could not understand why his son was allowed to board a flight to the U.S. given his warning.

Do I need to say the material in red is my highlighting?

Oh, but there's more:

According to the authorities, Abdulmutallab says he made contact via the internet with a radical imam in Yemen who then connected him with al Qaeda leaders in a village north of the country's capital, Sanaa. Authorities say they do not yet know if the imam was the same one who was in contact with Maj. Nidal Hasan prior to his alleged attack on soldiers at Fort Hood last month. American-born Anwar Awlaki has lived in Yemen since 2002 and is considered a major recruiter for al Qaeda by U.S. authorities. He survived a U.S.-backed air strike earlier this week.

What is particularly galling though is that there is an exploitable gap, nay a freaking Grand Canyon, in our Homeland Security procedures vis-a'-vis potential terrorists:

Apparently it is logically possible for one to be on the "terror watch list" and not be included on the "no-fly list"


How is that morally justified after 9-11-01?

These barbarians were that close to having successfully executed a much sought-after Christmas mass murder because we deem it proper to allow some people on the terror watch list to fly, and even go so far as to give these Huns visas so they can train in the fine art of crafting and detonating Captain Underpants explosives? Are you freaking kidding me?

If it weren't for a fast thinking Danish film director, there would have been a man-caused-disaster of terrible proportions.

As it stands now, the rest of us will, no doubt, have to remove not only our shoes, but our underpants, or at least be subjected to close X-ray, or wanding of our nether-regions.

Well, at least Farouk did a fair job of roasting his. Justice of a sort.