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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ballad of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab

Nice, huh? 12 months into President Obama's term, we get an attempted terrorist attack. At least, the only one that we've heard of. This time we have a new Richard Reid on our hands-- but this time, it's the underwear, not the shoes. Great, they were having us take our shoes off...can you imagine what they'll make us do now?

But airport frustrations aside. Just like every other terrorist incident, there's always a story behind the story that none of the news organizations cover. In this case, we have eye witness accounts of a well-dressed man that escorted the 'Detroit Bomber' Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab to the airport terminal in Amsterdam for the infamous Christmas Day flight. Apparently, the bomber did not even have a passport(!). Lori and Kurt Haskell, two Michigan lawyers, observed the poorly-dressed Mutallab (who was apparently dazed and "out-of-it"), being escorted to the ticket counter by a well-dressed "friend". Haskell said he heard the man say "'He's from Sudan and we do this all the time." And Mutallab got on the plane. Are you shitting me? My god, bartenders climb up your ass when they ID you for a drink-- but flying internationally WITHOUT A PASSPORT?! And who was this well-dressed man? There were other witnesses that say that the man was taken into custody, but the FBI flatly denies this.

On top of that, ANOTHER Nigerian terrorist was arrested on the 27th (Sunday), on the SAME flight!

Does this mean war in Yemen now? I mean, we're already in about 3 wars right now-- if you include the secret war in Pakistan. And the bombing in Somalia. And since we've already been bombing Yemen, I guess we'll find a way to make more of a pre-emptive move.

Keep watching this one...I have a feeling we'll be hearing a lot more about it.

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