April 27, 2010
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the bedazzled underwear non-bomber, has debuted in an al-Qaeda video. The cartoonish video of black-clad Muslims running around in the desert firing Kalashnikovs is intended to underscore Abdulmutallab’s assertion — according to the FBI — that “others like me” are ready to wage holy war against the United States.
On Christmas Day, 2009, Abdulmutallab set his underwear on fire aboard a Northwest Airlines plane carrying 290 people from Amsterdam to Detroit. The corporate media immediately assumed the foiled attack was linked to al-Qaeda and has labored to make that connection ever since.
Detroit lawyer Kurt Haskell, who was on the flight and witnessed the attack, has maintained that he saw a well-dressed Indian man aid the accused bomber as he boarded the plane despite the fact that he had no passport and was on a terror watch list.
Undersecretary for management at the State Department, Patrick F. Kennedy, told Congress in February that the State Department wanted to keep Abdulmutallab out of the country but intelligence agencies insisted he be allowed in.
British officials knew Abdulmutallab was “reaching out” to extremists whom MI5 had under surveillance while he was studying at University College London. Officials said the 23-year-old Nigerian was “starting out on a journey” in Britain that culminated in his attempt to bring down flight 253 as it prepared to land in Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day, according to the Australian.
The corporate media portrayed Abdulmutallab as a former president of the Islamic Society at University College London where he advertised speakers including political figures, human rights lawyers and former Guantánamo detainees.
U.S. born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki allegedly sent Abdulmutallab to Yemen for training prior to his underwear stunt. “In tracing the path of Abdulmutallab, intelligence officials say he apparently attended a sermon at the [London] Finsbury Park Mosque in the fall of 2006 or 2007. He went to listen to the man who would become his mentor and perhaps his al-Qaida recruiter: Awlaki,” NPR reported in February.
Awlaki also appears in the video. He is marked for assassination by the U.S. government.
A large number of patsies and dupes were connected to the Finsbury Park Mosque, including the doltish shoe bomber, Richard Reid, supposed 7/7 suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan, Nizar Trabelsi, Zacarias Moussaoui, Feroz Abbasi, and others. The Finsbury Park Mosque also served as a center for the the Islamic Army of Aden, said to be an al-Qaeda affiliate.
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The British MI-5 is notorious for breeding “Londonistan” dupes and patsies who are then passed off as serious threats to national security. For instance Abu Qatada, said to have links to the 9/11 hijackers, was protected and sheltered by MI-5. ”
“Abu Qatada boasted to MI5 that he could prevent terrorist attacks and offered to expose dangerous extremists, while all along he was setting up a haven for his terror organization in Britain,” the Times Online reported in 2004. “Among the scores of young militants who came to visit him in London was the chief suspect in the Madrid train bombings. His followers also included people who wanted to be suicide bombers for al-Qaeda, such as Richard Reid, the shoe bomber.”
In July of 2005, former Justice Department prosecutor John Loftus appeared on Fox’s Day Side and revealed that another patsy-terrorist, Haroon Rashid Aswat, was linked to British intelligence. Aswat was said to be the “mastermind” behind the July 7 London bombings. “Back in 1999 he came to America. The Justice Department wanted to indict him in Seattle because him and his buddy were trying to set up a terrorist training school in Oregon… we’ve just learned that the headquarters of the US Justice Department ordered the Seattle prosecutors not to touch Aswat… apparently Aswat was working for British intelligence,” said Loftus.
CIA contractor Billy Waugh admitted he had trained al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen. Waugh worked there during the 1994 civil war, when the U.S. supported the religiously-oriented North Yemen against the breakaway south, according to his autobiography. Both the U.S. and Osama bin Laden supported North Yemen.
It is interesting to note that many of the faces in the Abdulmutallab al-Qaeda training video are blurred. “The other people in the video are presumably the people we are still looking for,” said Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant and former White House counter-terrorism official.
The appearance of the video arrives as Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Odein Ajugomobia calls for the U.S. to give Abdulmutallab a fair trial. “He said the foreign affairs ministry has appealed to US government to treat Farouk according to the rule of law,” the Daily Trust reports today.
On April 13, federal prosecutors shared hundreds of documents and other evidence with Abdulmutallab’s lawyer, including video. “Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathleen Corken said the government has turned over a substantial amount of evidence, including FBI reports and video surveillance, but that more still needs to be done. She did not elaborate on what the video shows,” the Associated Press reported.