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The CIA Was Monitoring ‘The Nigerian’

From a weirdly discreet CBS News:

Abdulmutallab’s Missing Months in Yemen

Bomb Suspect’s Mysterious Activities Leading Up to Plot Investigated as U.S. Reportedly Mulls Retaliation Strikes

SAN’A, Yemen, Dec. 30, 2009

Officials in Yemen were investigating Tuesday whether the Nigerian suspected in the attempted Christmas Day attack on a U.S. airliner spent time with al Qaeda militants in the country in the months leading up to the botched bombing.

Administrators, teachers and fellow students at the San’a Institute for the Arabic Language, where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had enrolled to study Arabic, told The Associated Press that he attended school for only the month of Ramadan, which began in late August. That has raised questions about what he did during the rest of his stay, which continued into December.

Abdulmutallab, 23, told U.S. officials after his arrest that he’d received training and instructions from al Qaeda operatives in Yemen, a law enforcement official has said.

According to a report by "Leadership Nigeria," Abdulmutallab sent his parents a text message from Yemen sometime after October 2009 telling them he was no longer their son, that he would not be in contact any more and that he would never return home.

It was that text which prompted the young man’s father to speak to Nigerian intelligence officials and, in turn, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, according to the report.

CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports exclusively that the CIA was picking up information on a person of interest dubbed "The Nigerian" as early as August of 2009. The individual was suspected of meeting with "terrorist elements" in Yemen.

Sources tell CBS News "The Nigerian" turned out to be Abdulmutallab. But that connection was not made when his father went to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria three months later, on November 19, 2009.

People at the school in Yemen who knew Abdulmutallab said he was not openly extremist, though he expressed anger over Israel’s actions against Palestinians in Gaza. Abdulmutallab’s roomate at the school in the Yemeni capital told the AP on Wednesday that he would sometimes disappear without explanation.

One of the Nigerian’s teachers in Yemen, Ahmed Mohammed, said Abdulmutallab spent the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan sequestered in a mosque and attended barely four hours of the 20-hour course he enrolled in. Ramadan ended in late September…

Isn’t it amazing how CBS buries its own exclusive scoop in the middle of this article?

Do they want to downplay that the CIA was tracking Mr. Abdulmutallab, and yet he still managed to buy a one-way ticket with cash, hop on a plane to the US with just a carry on bag – without anyone batting an eye?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “The CIA Was Monitoring ‘The Nigerian’”

  1. proreason says:

    How much has Obamy’s handicap improved since his election?

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What I’m seeing unfold here is that the news and the president himself is looking to find the ways where the US failed. OK, I get that. But this is typical deflection for this president. “Finding and holding the people responsible for this” is one thing. How about DOING something about it, as in, going and getting the people who trained this little tool of terrorism. Or, will you do a Clinton-esque launch a few missiles and see what pans out? Or, how about making a new law making it illegal for Yemens to practice terrorism? Yeah, that ought to do it.

    Come on, boy. Time to put on your big-boy pants and take some action rather than just find more Americans to punish. All that will do is show the terrorist groups that every time they succeed in anything, you will simply kick some other infidel’s butts and yell and scream a lot. In other words, they will laugh at us all the more.

    My god this guy is beyond inept….unless of course, you take into account that that’s how he wants to play it all along.

    • Petronius says:

      Incisive post, Rusty.

      As Ben Franklin said, “Never confuse motion with action.”

    • proreason says:

      We should prepare ouselves for the emergence of most hard-nosed terror-fighter of all time….Barack Obama.

      After observing the repeated failures of the hapless processes put in place by the feckless Bush, the leader of the crack team of Harvard geniuses will implement the most brilliant anti-terrorism measures ever conceived….and it will all happen in time for the State of the Union speech in January.

      And this will all happen while still observing the rights of enemy compatants and respecting the contributions of Muslims living peacefully in one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.

      Some will say that the measures to be implemented will be uncannilly similar to the Bushite clown policies, but they will be corporate tools who are playing politics with national security to get their lap-dogs back in power.

  3. TwilightZoned says:

    “…the CIA was picking up information on a person of interest dubbed “The Nigerian” as early as August of 2009.”

    So was the CIA’s information supposed to be a cover Barry’s watch is actually on top of things or make the CIA look incompetent? The WH spin will try to incorporate both undoubtedly.

  4. jobeth says:

    “Do they want to downplay that the CIA was tracking Mr. Abdulmutallab, and yet he still managed to buy a one-way ticket with cash, hop on a plane to the US with just a carry on bag – without anyone batting an eye? ”

    And wasn’t he helped to get on board with out a passport by someone saying he was a refugee? Off hand can’t remember from where. But let one of us try to get on a flight from Europe to the US and see how far we would get. And we don’t even look like a terrorist.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Clintonistas are working the WH and it shows…..BIG TIME!!!!
    (history repeating itself as far as Intel gathering and reaction)

    It ain’t over yet!!

  6. canary says:

    Fox repeatedly reported OBAMA himslef knew of plot Tues prior.

    I think they had connected Abdulmutallab with Hasan’s mentor & praiser Alika (sp?)and were watching him & all activity.

    Don’t forget 2000 New Years Eve a muslim tried cyber-attack and in prison

    I believed at the get go, Obama knew prior, and only speck I can only pray the SYTEM DID NOT WORK is that they did not think it would be on airplane, and they want to catch these terrorists in the act so they have IRON CLAD cases, which even then, with Obama and his “alleged” “don’t jump to conclusions” and his Obama’s Gitmo Insanity. Obama wouldn’t care if the entire country was against Gitmo trials, Obama is a control psycho.
    The idea has to be his, to begin with, and if all are against he’s more apt to show he does what ever in hell he wants.

    Don’t forget the terrorist threat of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, where the
    mayor or governor in California made the decision to warn not to take the bridge, and Federal Law Enforcement were furious at him because they wanted to study them more and catch them in the act. But, to play dumb, and lie as Obama & administration continues to do, as things come out, means there can not be one speck of trust in Obama. Amazing how the feeling of do not trust one bit, can grow to feeling Obama is for the side of the terrorists.

    • proreason says:

      Give a link to what fox is saying, canary.

      If there is proof that Obamy was briefed about the panty-bomber before the incident, he’s in deep doo-doo.

      The way I read the reports, some people knew, were preparing a report but waiting on a picture. That’s a lot different than if Obama himself knew and made some kind of hair-brained decision to let the guy go ahead.

  7. canary says:

    Pro I will look for a link. It was a couple of evenings, at first I thought they meant people under Obama, but I believe it was Greta’s show that said Obama knew since Tues. prior to his trip to Hawaii.
    Before your request I picked the first link on the California Governor who warned of bridges. It says 4 major bridges, and the Governor telling CNN
    why he felt he did the right thing. It caused traffic jams and all.


    Also, I posted an article on Sweetness & Link, last week where Israel with high technology, prior to U.S. or UK media of the incident already warned days prior to Christmas for Israels in Africa gave out alerts of Jews in Africa not to travel at all. (Nigeria was one of the specific area mentioned that Jews should not travel, this was not just airplanes, they told me to not travel locally. Also, Israel is the country that is updating of the recent surge of killing Christians. Israel keeps their people updated. They have even sent maps, showing what will happen If Iran nukes them.

    Pro, at first I thought Fox, by saying Obama knew, meant people under him, so I watched, and they said he was notified on Tues, prior to leaving for Hawaii.

    One of the things I’ve seen with Federal law enforcement, is they don’t want people panicking. When the Governor warned of the threats, it caused major traffic. There are federal agency’s like FTA, not excluding newspapers that receive bomb threats daily. They can’t possibly do fire-drills or people would be afraid to work, or not get work done. I have copies of federal gov steps as to these threats, and the signs that they see that means it’s a true threat, and not some angry vigilante.

  8. canary says:

    U.S. Knew of Airline Terror Plot Before Christmas


    The U.S. government had intelligence from Yemen before Christmas that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about “a Nigerian” being prepared for a terrorist attack.

    The U.S. government had intelligence from Yemen before Christmas that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about “a Nigerian” being prepared for a terrorist attack, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

    A senior official told the Times that
    ~~~President Obama was told in a private meeting Tuesday~~~ while vacationing in Hawaii that the government had a variety of information in its possession
    ~~~before the failed bombing on a Detroit-bound flight last week~~~ that would have been a clear warning sign had it been shared among intelligence agencies…

    “Had that information been shared… [he] might have been denied passage on the Northwest Airlines flight,” the source reportedly said.

    The AP contributed to this report.


  9. canary says:


    Officials knew of threat 4 monthes ago that threat from Nigeria

  10. artboyusa says:

    COLT LUGER, CIA Torture Master, rings in the New Year as he returns to face the peril at home in “The Frame Up”!
    (Co-starring DUDLEY CRAVEN, State Department flunkey)

    Dudley Craven, State Department flunkey, reached for the telephone. Having worked through his morning’s heavy schedule of retreating, appeasing and apologizing, he had time now to phone his wife Kerri Craven. Golden tressed, firm breasted, pert buttocked, with legs all the way up to her thorax Kerri, home all alone with time on her hands. Or so Dudley thought…

    He and Kerri had been through some tough times lately but things were back on track now. Sure, he still had to sleep downstairs in the dog’s bed but it was only a matter of time before they got over that little glitch. He’d sure miss his quiet time with Lady though.

    Dudley knew that his marriage woes were all his fault. He’d always been a workaholic but with this new administration and its fresh agenda of scuttle and cringe, now he was an appeaseaholic and an apologizeaholic too. He was hardly ever home and Kerri, well, if she got a little lonesome and needed some, you know, masculine attention, well that was only to be expected.

    Dudley couldn’t blame Kerri for spending so much time with that ski instructor she was just friends with. Or her golf coach. Or her chiropractor. Or her personal trainer. Or the aromatherapist who helped her with those tension headaches she was always getting.

    Still, he loved Kerri and Kerri loved him and somehow Dudley just knew they were going to be okay…

    “Hi Honey, it’s me” announced Dudley. “How’s your day going? You sound all out of breath…oh. I see. Whose voice is that? Colt Luger? Oh no, no. Aw, honey…not again! You said it was over. You promised! No, I don’t want to talk to him…no don’t put him on. Hey Colt! How you doing, buddy? Uh huh. Hey, that’s great! Yeah, sure. Let’s get together real soon. Could you put Kerri back on? What? She can’t talk now? Busy doing something? Oh. Okay. Right. Bye bye”.

    “BASTARD!” Dudley slammed the phone down in its cradle. “Damn you Colt!”

    His best friend! And his wife! Again! Again and again and then again some more! His brain swirled with a lurid kaleidoscope of obscene imagery. He felt a rush of hot anger pass through his WASPy veins.This would not stand!

    The cuckolded diplomat paused for a moment’s thought and then a grim smile crossed his wholesome Episcopalian features….he had a plan! A plan for revenge. A plan so cunning, so subtle, so perfect in design that he snickered in delighted anticipation.

    Hehehehe he snickered. Hehehehehehe…Dudley stretched out a manicured hand for the telephone.

    “Put me through to Julius Rosenberg at the Ministry of Propaganda, I mean the New York Times” ordered Dudley.

    “News Desk” said a familiar voice. “Rosenberg here”.

    “Julius -hi! Dud Craven at State. How are you?”

    “Oh hi, Deep Throat” answered the newshound. “What’s up?”

    “Don’t call me that!” fumed Dudley. “It was one time! I was drunk! I was curious! I honestly thought it was a woman! Get off my back!”

    “Sorry, sorry. How’s the wife?”

    “Fine, fine. Keeping busy. Listen up, Julius, I’ve got a news tip for you, a real hot tip”.

    “Now hold on, Dudley; I have to be careful. I have my reputation and that of the paper to consider. This tip of yours; could it damage the national interest if we published it?”


    “Great! And would it compromise national security?”

    “Guess so”.

    “Excellent! Just let me grab a pencil and a notepad…”

    Colt Luger, CIA Torture Master, frowned at the crossword puzzle book. “They couldn’t spy their way out of a paper bag” was the clue. Three letters. Colt shook his head. No idea.

    Let’s try another. “Synonym for overfunded, incompetent and unaccountable Federal agency”. Three letters again. Gee, what a toughie. Who did they think he was, Marilyn vos Savant or something?


    The insistent buzzing so concisely described above startled Colt. The red phone! It was the Chief!

    “Yes, Chief?” said Colt, holding the crimson instrument to his ear and then wincing in sudden pain at the torrent of abuse flowing from the receiver.

    “Yes, Chief. Yes, Chief. Today’s Times you say? No Chief, I haven’t seen it…sorry, Chief. Yes, Chief. Right away, Chief. I’m on my way”.

    Colt hurried down the echoing corridors, past the framed oil paintings of great CIA heroes: E Howard Hunt, Aldrich Ames, Valerie Plame…past the banners bearing the proud mottoes of the world’s fourth best intelligence organization: “Live and Let Live”, “Its Not Our Fault”, “Oops! Nobody’s Perfect”…to the formidable doors of the office of the Director.

    Colt gave the secret knock –knockitty knock knock he knocked.

    Knock knock echoed from inside and the massive portal swung open. Colt stepped across the threshold and five minutes later he stepped out again, in handcuffs and leg irons this time, dragged by two beefy security guards.

    “How dare you bring the name of my beautiful and unaccountable agency into disrepute with your unsound methods!” roared Diecror Panetta. “Luger, you’re fired!”

    “But, but, but…” stammered Colt. “But, but, but…”

    “You sound like a freaking go cart! What were you thinking, blabbing to the Times, you big blabbermouth you? That’s my job”.

    “But they said it was off the record. They said it was on background!”

    “Hah! And you believed them? You dupe!”

    “All I said was that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to let all those terrorists go after we had them in custody!” wailed Colt.

    “Shut up! They’re not terrorists, they’re violent extremists! The president said so himself!

    “But if we hadn’t let them go, maybe we’d have fewer terrorist attacks. It’s only common sense!”

    Common sense doesn’t factor in government policy – you should know that. And its ‘man made disasters’ these days, you unnuanced, insensitive jerk. Now get him out of here!”

    “But, but, but…”
    “Arrested? Waterboarded? Fired? Facing charges? No bail? Gosh Colt, that’s terrible news” cooed Dudley Craven. “Really terrible. Yeah, I saw the paper. Uh huh. That orange jumpsuit is not a good look for you, definitely not. Help you? Gee Colt; I really wish I could but you know how it is. I mean, what can I do?”

    Grinning from ear to ear Dudley listened as Colt pleaded for help. “Uh huh. Uh huh. Well, I wish you the best of luck with that Colt, I really do but I’m, uh, gonna have to go now. Urgent matters of state, treaties and such like. You know how it is. Right away, Mr President! Yeah. Bye Colt”.

    Dudley punched the air and danced around his office while, in Leavenworth, a glum Colt Luger glumly hung up the telephone and glumly stepped aside so the next prisoner in line could make a call.

    “There’s something fishy about this” mused Colt. “Fishier than a big glass tank full of fish. Really big fish too. If only I could figure out what…”

  11. joeblough says:

    Um, maybe I have fallen prey to the forces of cosmic evil and lost my soul. So check me on this …

    This dirtbag was a foreigner in a foreign country.

    The CIA was tracking him.

    His intentions were pretty clear.

    The authorities had their hands on him a couple of times before he ever got near the US.

    His own daddy was begging for somebody to deal with him.

    And the reason we didn’t bust a cap in his butt was exactly what ???

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