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The AP Tries To Sanitize Terrorist Attack

From an artfully discreet Associated Press:

Passengers help foil attack on Detroit-bound plane

By Jim Irwin, Associated Press Writer

December 26, 2009

ROMULUS, Mich. – An attempted terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight began with a pop and a puff of smoke — sending passengers scrambling to subdue a Nigerian man who claimed to be acting on orders from al-Qaida to blow up the airliner, officials and travelers said.

It was not “an attempted terrorist attack.” It was a failed terrorist attack.

The commotion began as Northwest Airlines Flight 253, carrying 278 passengers and 11 crew members from Amsterdam, prepared to land in Detroit just before noon Friday. Travelers said they smelled smoke, saw a glow, and heard what sounded like firecrackers. At least one person climbed over others and jumped on the man, who officials say was trying to ignite an explosive device.

"It sounded like a firecracker in a pillowcase," said Peter Smith, a passenger from the Netherlands. "First there was a pop, and then (there) was smoke."

Smith said one passenger, sitting opposite the man, climbed over passengers, went across the aisle and tried to restrain the man. The heroic passenger appeared to have been burned.

How surprising that the AP should call this passenger “heroic.”

Perhaps they are being sarcastic.

Afterward, the suspect was taken to a front-row seat with his pants cut off and his legs burned. Multiple law enforcement officials also said the man appeared badly burned on his legs, indicating the explosive was strapped there. The components were apparently mixed in-flight and included a powdery substance, multiple law enforcement and counterterrorism officials said.

The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel…

Again, it was not “an attempted terrorist attack.” It was a failed terrorist attack.

The latest of quite a number in recent months.

Multiple law enforcement officials identified the suspect in Friday’s attempted attack as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. He was described as Nigerian.

One law enforcement official said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil, but other law enforcement officials cautioned that such claims could not be verified immediately, and said the man may have been acting independently — inspired but not specifically trained or ordered by terror groups

Yes, we must not jump to any conclusions.

One law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mutallab’s name had surfaced earlier on at least one U.S. intelligence database, but he was not on a watch list or a no-fly list.

Which contradicts other reports, which say he was listed on a “watch list.”

A spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Akin Olukunle, said all passengers and their luggage are screened before boarding international flights. He also said the airport in Lagos cleared a U.S. Transportation Security Administration audit in November.

"We had a pass mark," Olukunle said. "We actually are up to standards in all senses." …

University College London issued a statement saying a student named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab studied mechanical engineering there between September 2005 and June 2008. But the college said it wasn’t certain the student was the same person who was on the plane…

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said in a statement he would hold hearings in January to look into the incident and related security issues…

Now that’s a relief.

President Barack Obama was notified of the incident and discussed it with security officials, the White House said. Officials said he is monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates from his vacation spot in Hawaii.

Mr. Obama was notified more than three hours after the plane landed.

We must not disturb his majesty during his rest with such petty incidents.

By the way did you see any mention in this article of Mr. Mutallab’s religious persuasion? Or any possible motive?

We didn’t either.

Why is that?


An update from his fans at CBS News:

Official: Explosive PETN Used in Attack

Highly Explosive Compound Carried on Board Northwest Flight 253 in Plastic Container, Possibly a Condom

December 26, 2009

(CBS/AP)  The suspect in the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 used a highly explosive substance called PETN, a law enforcement official told CBS News Saturday.

The explosives were carried in a soft plastic container – possibly a condom – though much of the packaging was destroyed in the fire, the official said.

The FBI is questioning the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who claimed to be acting on orders from al Qaeda to blow up the airliner, officials said.

A claim that is now being reported as “retracted.”

A high-ranking law enforcement official told CBS News that the suspect apparently used a syringe to inject a chemical into the powder, which was located near his groin. It is a technique not seen in previous attempted attacks and it’s possible that this incident was a test of whether the materials could pass screening and how effective they might be at causing damage, the source said.

According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, PETN is a highly explosive, colorless organic compound, and is related to nitroglycerin. Introduced as an explosive after World War I, PETN is "valued for its shattering force and efficiency … and is the least stable of the common military explosives but retains its properties in storage for longer periods than nitroglycerin or cellulose nitrate (nitrocellulose) does." …

Isn’t peculiar how the details of this attack are being slowly trickled out.

And how carefully our media watchdogs are avoiding any mention of the word “Muslim.”

It’s understandable, of course.

After all those Muslim backlashes we have experienced after the last fifty or sixty Muslim terrorist attacks.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “The AP Tries To Sanitize Terrorist Attack”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “University College London issued a statement saying a student named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab studied mechanical engineering there between September 2005 and June 2008. But the college said it wasn’t certain the student was the same person who was on the plane…”

    Oh COME ON!

    Yes, that name is as common as Bill Smith or Kim Li So….how could you possibly know?

  2. Howard Roark says:

    University College London issued a statement saying a student named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab studied mechanical engineering there between September 2005 and June 2008.

    Wow…that was pretty quick action by a university–on a Christmas holiday–to have attendance records from 2 years after he left ready to give to the press. Is it possible that the UK had this jihadist under some form of surveillance for years, now?

    Where was the air marshal? Has Barry halted the US practice of installing air marshalls on all US flights over 2 hours?

    Is it possible that the Commander-in-chief is actively inviting another 911 (or worse) so as to re-motivate his fan base? Poor Barry has lost some of his luster and appeal in recent months, and the little imp has nothing left to do to get it back other than allow some cataclysmic horror onto our shores.

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Usually there are no air marshals assigned to overseas flights “to” the U.S.. The “sending” airport/airline has a “no-fly check sheet and screening process that should make the need for an air-marshal moot. Specific requests are and can be made at any time for marshals I believe.

    • Howard Roark says:

      Wrong. From the GAO’s documentation on FAMS (Federal Air Marshall Service) from July 09:

      By deploying armed air marshals onboard selected flights, the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), a component of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), plays a key role in helping to protect approximately 29,000 domestic and international flights operated daily by U.S. air carriers.
      In assigning air marshals, FAMS seeks to maximize coverage of flights in 10 targeted high-risk categories, which are based on consideration of threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences. [source]

      And from the TSA’s own website:

      President George W. Bush ordered the rapid expansion of the Federal Air Marshal Service. Over 200,000 applications were initially received, from which several thousand qualified Federal Air Marshals were selected. Those who were hired came from a diverse background of experience including other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and the military.

      Today, Federal Air Marshals serve as the primary law enforcement entity within the Transportation Security Administration and are deployed on flights around the world and in the United States. [ source]

  4. VMAN says:

    I am surprised that they actually gave this scums name. We wouldn’t want any backlash on the “good, peace loving” Muslim citizens of this country.

  5. Petronius says:

    “President Barack Obama was notified of the incident and discussed it with security officials . . . .”

    Notified him? What for? They might as well be advising one bloody terrorist about the activities and techniques of another bloody terrorist.

    And why bother to disturb him now, there on his holiday, at this time of year, when he’s fasting for Ashura or celebrating Kwanza or whatever, with his glistening pectorals basking in the sunshine at Waikiki, whilst he busily thumbs through his much-read, well-worn, and dog-earred copy of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” (autographed 1st edition, 1971, with author’s personal annotations hand-written in the margins)?

    • Howard Roark says:

      Dare they interrupt him while visiting Frank Marshall Davis historical markers? After all, going home to where he was introduced to his mentor Davis has got to rank high in this Manchurian candidate’s programmed mind. A little of his devotion to Davis is witnessed from Barry’s own lips:

      It made me smile, thinking back on Frank and his old Black Power, dashiki self. In some ways he was as incurable as my mother, as certain in his faith, living in the same sixties time warp that Hawaii had created. Dreams From My Father

      and after choosing Chicago to launch his community activism/political identity from, he is driven to consider his surrogate father’s possible approval of how he’d turned out. The heroworshipping is evident from Barry once again:

      I imagined Frank in a baggy suit and wide lapels, standing in front of the old Regal Theatre, waiting to see Duke or Ella emerge from a gig. Dreams From My Father

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