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Muslim Tried To Blow Up Plane To Detroit

From ABC News:

[AP caption: This picture provided by J.P. Karas shows Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. A passenger aboard the plane set off firecrackers Friday, causing a commotion and some minor injuries, a Delta official said. Delta and Northwest have merged.]

Man Attempts to Set Off Explosives on Plane

Two Injured in Northwest Airlines Flight from Amsterdam to Detroit

Dec. 25, 2009

Federal officials and police are interviewing a Nigerian man, who allegedly tried to "explode" a powdery substance aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, injuring himself and two other passengers, law enforcement officials said.

The man said he was directed by al Qaeda to explode a small device in flight, over U.S. soil, ABC News has learned. Authorities have no corroboration of that information and the credibility of the suspect’s statements are being questioned, officials said.

"The subject is claiming to have extremist affiliation and that the device was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used," a federal situational awareness bulletin added.

Northwest Airlines flight 253 landed safely in Detroit at 11:53 a.m. The man, whose flight started in Nigeria before stopping in Amsterdam, was taken into custody at the Detroit airport and was interviewed by authorities there. He was then taken to an area hospital to be treated for burns.

Delta spokeswoman Susan Chana Elliott said that "as the plane was getting ready to land" in Detroit "a passenger caused a disturbance" by trying to ignite what was reported to be firecrackers.

The man was "subdued immediately," Elliott said. Northwest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta.

An in-flight emergency was declared when a fire indicator light when on in the cockpit, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot asked for airport rescue and firefighting services and for law enforcement to meet the flight at gate, the TSA said.

It is unclear how powerful the explosive could have been and what the man’s intentions were. Initial reports were that fireworks or firecrackers had gone off on the plane.

The man suffered second-degree burns, which is consistent with a small fireworks device, police sources said.

Weirdly, the print version of the same ABC News story reads:

Man Attempts to Set Off Explosives on Plane


Dec. 25, 2009—Federal officials and police are interviewing a man, believed to be Nigerian, who allegedly was trying to ignite a powdery substance today aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Northwest Airlines flight 253 landed safely in Detroit at 11:42 a.m. Only two passengers suffered minor injuries, according to law enforcement officials. The man is in custody at the airport and being interviewed by authorities.

It is unclear how powerful the explosive could have been and what the man’s intentions were. Initial reports were that fireworks or firecrackers had gone off on the plane.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Sandra R. Berchtold from the Detroit office confirmed that the FBI was at the airport but would not comment further.

The Transportation Security Administration, which handles aircraft and airplane safety, said it would be issuing a statement on the incident shortly.

The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, twin jet carrying 178 passengers.

So why would ABC News rewrite it so?


From an disappointed Associated Press:

AP sources: Al-Qaida link in failed plane attack

By Larry Margasak And Lara Jakes, Associated Press Writer

December 25, 2009

WASHINGTON – A Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria, who said he was acting on al-Qaida’s instructions, tried to blow up the plane Friday as it was landing in Detroit, law enforcement and national security officials said.

Passengers subdued the man and may have prevented him from detonating the explosives, the officials said.

"We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism," a White House official said.

Federal officials imposed stricter screening measures after the incident.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., ranking GOP member of the House Homeland Security Committee, identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad, a Nigerian. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit. There were 278 passengers aboard the Airbus 330…

One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it…

All the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

One law enforcement source said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil.

The official said an official determination of a terrorist act would have to come from the attorney general.

The official added that additional security measures are being taken without raising the airline threat level.

The official declined to describe what additional measures law enforcement was taking.

The White House was coordinating briefings for the president through the Homeland Security Department, the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI.

A law enforcement source said the explosives may have been strapped to the man’s body but investigators weren’t immediately certain, partly because of the struggle with other passengers…

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

"We encourage those with future travel plans to stay in touch with their airline and to visit http://www.tsa.gov for updates," Homeland Security Department said in a statement.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been briefed on the incident and is closely monitoring the situation.

The department encouraged travelers to be observant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement officials.

Why didn’t the White House official tell us that the perpetrator is a Muslim?

(Just kidding.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Muslim Tried To Blow Up Plane To Detroit”

  1. lunaticcringeradio says:

    you know if the government would just profile these guys and make some thing like a no fly list where they wont allow these nuts on an airplanes it would help protect the normal tax payers.
    oh i love being a sarcastic ass when the almighty all-knowing government fails.

    can’t wait for our health care to be managed with this kind of oversight.

  2. BillK says:

    I love how Fox News is careful to soft-pedal the Al Qaeda comment:

    The suspect, who ABC reported suffered second-degree burns, told federal investigators he was connected to Al Qaeda, though authorities are questioning the veracity of that statement, Fox News confirmed. A federal situational awareness bulletin noted that the explosive was acquired in Yemen with instructions as to when it should be used, ABC said.


    So even when they succeed in their task, any possible link to terrorism must be downplayed.

    Otherwise people might think there’s still a threat…

  3. DANEgerus says:

    He just wanted to murder in front of the home-crowd in Dearbornistan.

  4. DANEgerus says:

    How many Islamic officials will issue an apology for this attack by an extremist who couldn’t possibly be representing his religion?

    [Crickets Chirping]

    Will the MainStreamMedia wet themselves apologizing for an Islamic attack on this Christian Holiday?

    [Tick Tock Tick Tock…]

    Will the MainStreamMedia wet themselves squealing that Muslims also think Jesus is a holy figure in Islam?

    [3… 2… 1…]

  5. BillK says:

    It’s getting better; various news sources are saying that the man was listed on the no-fly list.

    So much for TSA security. (Remember that even though the plane boarded overseas, TSA is ultimately responsible for the security of all aircraft entering the United States.)

    The Wall Street Journal has a great article up now, and doesn’t mince words in its headline:

    Midair Bomb Attempt Fails

    By Peter Speigel, Cam Simpson and Neal E. Boudette

    DETROIT– A passenger on a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight tried to detonate an explosive device that was strapped to his leg and later told investigators that he was trying to blow up the plane and had affiliations with al Qaeda, according to a senior U.S. official.

    The passenger was identified by authorities as Abdul Mudallad, a 23-year-old Nigerian national, according to Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who is the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

    The device was technologically advanced and potentially devastating, Mr. King said. “This was not a firecracker,” he said.

    Stephanie van Herk, a passenger from the Netherlands who was in seat 18B, said the Northwest plane had lowered its landing gear when she heard a loud bang. At first she thought the plane might have gotten a flat tire, but then she said saw a flame leap from the lap of a man sitting in the row behind her in the window seat, 19A.

    It was higher than the seat,” said Ms. van Herk, who was traveling to Detroit on route to a vacation in New York.

    “Then everyone started screaming. It was panic,” Ms. van Herk, 22 years old, said. She said the flight attendants shouted, “What are you doing? What are you doing?”

    Mr. King said the suspect’s name did not appear on any of the terrorist watch lists maintained by U.S. authorities, but that the Nigerian national did turn up “hot” in other terrorism-related databases maintained by intelligence officials.

    Mr. Mudallad suffered 3rd-degree burns when the device detonated on approach to Detroit, according to Mr. King. He said none of the other passengers was seriously injured.

    The man told investigators that he was given the device by al Qaeda operatives in Yemen, where he was also given instructions on how to detonate it, the U.S. official said.

    “This guy claims he is tied to al Qaeda, specifically in Yemen,” the official said. “He claims he was on orders from al Qaeda in Yemen.” …


    The article continues:

    There’s definitely a terrorist nexus — that’s the term being used by the people I’m talking to in Washington,” Mr. King said following his briefings Friday. He would not say, however, whether there was a direct link to al Qaeda.

    Mr. King said authorities were scrambling to find out where a security breach might have occurred. The plane departed from Lagos, Nigeria, and had a stopover in Amsterdam before flying to Detroit, according to Mr. King. He also said there was no intelligence indicating it was part of a wider plot involving other attempted attacks, but that authorities weren’t taking any chances.

    So he was able to get it on the plane in Nigeria, and then pass through security in Amsterdam with the device as well.

    So much for Amsterdam’s airport security as well.

    Let’s hear it for even Europeans who now realize that being docile can be fatal:

    Once passengers realized the suspect’s pants were on fire, they called for water, according to Ms. Van Herk, her sister, Dominique van Herk, and their cousin, Celeste van Herk.

    The man was pulling his burning pants down, Stephanie van Herk said. She and several other passengers got water from the galley and the man was doused with water. Then a male Dutch passenger jumped on the perpetrator, Ms. van Herk said.

    Meanwhile, it’s nice to see the FAA and airlines continue to act like ostriches in the face of threats:

    Regardless of what the investigation uncovers about the suspect’s motives or the material that ignited, Friday’s incident is likely to renew debate over whether additional security systems are necessary to allow flight attendants to alert cockpit crews about cabin emergencies.

    In addition to calling pilots on the intercom, airlines and security experts for years have debated the concept of providing cabin crews with additional ways to warn pilots about potential threats from passengers, Video cameras, wireless alerting devices or some type of discreet alarm switch have all been discussed.

    So far, the Federal Aviation Administration and many airlines have been resisting such mandates, arguing that they would be expensive and unnecessary.

    Just attack the flight attendants and the pilots won’t know anything until it’s too late.

    It worked great eight years ago, why change?

    At least they won’t have far to transport this guy – from Detroit to Illinois.

    Meanwhile the NYT and much of the mainstream media is still in full-bore downplay mode, stating the man just “claimed” ties to al Qaeda and simply detonated some “innocent firecrackers.” Yeah.

  6. canary says:

    Bilk, I hear ya, I just now caught it on FOX and their alert caption was
    “WH: Recent airplane incident attempted terrorist attack” and the reporter didn’t tell his muslim name, and no one got hurt. I thought 2 were “HARMED”? I guess if he’d put a hole in the plane and 280 died, but

    an “INCIDENT” ?
    an “ATTEMPTED” attack”? he carried it out.

  7. proreason says:

    TSA has been instucted to not be judgemental.

    Just because a guy wants to put himself on fire and blow a plane up doesn’t mean he’s trying to create a man-made disaster.

    Maybe somebody keyed his car. Or maybe he had trouble getting dates.

    But one thing we know for sure…….there hasn’t been a manmade disaster by a granny in this country since 9/11. We make damn sure THOSE teabaggers can’t do any damage to one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.

  8. canary says:

    While, FOX O’Rielly laughes, CNN is doing continued live coverage. One reporter said this was suppose to be a bigger attack the main target on our soldiers overseas.

    A government official said he had a file in security data base and on “no fly” list, and that he did not go through 2nd screening at Amsterdam’s high security airport.

    One passenger said the terrorist was screaming like a maniac about Allah and Afganistan and 5 large men pined him down.

    One reporter said he used a sophisticated device. One reporter said she heard he used hydrogen peroxide “powder” for hair treatments you can get at beauty shops. She said they’ve been putting the powder in batteries and into their cameras.

    Obama will probably extradite him back to Yemen, after he get’s the finest free medical health care.

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    So………..what is the “Threat Color” now?
    Are we still ‘yellow’ ….as the prez would have us or are we down graded to “Green”?

    Who popped the red smoke grenade?

    • canary says:

      I heard the status color has not gone up, with some hee-humming debate if the government should raise it.
      All the liberal lawmakers, CZAR’s & HSD are probably sleeping on flights to Hawaii after it was said they stayed up all night and doubled the numbers the medicare reductions.
      I can’t believe plane employees don’t even have pepper spray, yet alone something for when this happens. Imagine the passengers feared beating the terrorists to at least unconsciousness, they be arrested and labeled extremists, by terrorist empathizing Obama.
      Yet another ATTACK, that Obama refuses to admit under his reign, as warned by Cheney.

  10. Steve says:

    The perpetrator has been identified as Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, an engineering student at University College London.

    Notice how once again this would be terrorist is not poor or disenfranchised, as Mr. Obama and the rest assure us they all are.

  11. canary says:

    Terror alert will not be elevated, nor any extra precautions ordered, according to spokesman for Head of DHS.

    Guess, Tea-partiers, U.S. soldiers still top
    the list.
    Since anti-tax payers is on the list, how come Obama is only rewarding and giving jobs to all of the tax-cheats bankrupting America.

  12. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “The perpetrator has been identified as Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab”

    Alas, another fine, red-haired Irish boy gone astray. *sigh*

    If only there was a way we could identify these perpetrators…..a visual means by which we could monitor our suspicions.

  13. proreason says:

    2 observations:

    Point 1:
    Why has the administration been so quick to label this a terrorist attack? Obviiously, it is, but consider. The man acted alone. Nobody was injured. There was very little (perhaps no) evidence when they said he was a terrorist. Contrast the incident with the Fort Hood massacre, in which Hasan killed 14, had loudly proclaimed his fealty with radical Islam for years, was in direct contact with known terrorist abettors, had been tracked by the FBI and CIA for years, and screamed Allahu Akbar while he murdered his innocent victims.

    I don’t know the answer to that, but it seems strange, doesn’t it? It couldn’t be that Hasan was well known to the authorities, and probably had been reviewed by Holder and perhaps by the Moron, could it? Or that the intelligence about him only became crystal clear on the Moron’s watch? Or that the level of mayhem would obviously be a blot on the Moronistration if the admitted what that the man is a terrorist?
    a) Basically, it’s a massive coverup to protect the administration.
    b) There is little down-side to calling the latest nutter a terrorist. Nobody got hurt.
    c) They can blame everything on Bush. He put the TSA in place.

    Point 2:
    How many billions of dollars have been spent on the TSA over the last 8 years? Thousands of employees, imense spending on databases and screening technology. Coordination with dozens of foreign security agencies. One of the highest priorities in the government. Huge public debate about methods and procedures. Massive impositions on the lives of travelers.

    And the nutter was brought down by a few passengers.

    But I’m sure things will be different with ObamyCare. With 2700 pages of carefully reasoned legislation, to be followed by hundreds of thousands of pages of detailed procedures, very little will be left to chance.

    We are in good hands.

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