Source: US Knew Of Terror Suspect


suspect-airlineAn official briefed on the attack on a Detroit airliner says the US has known for at least two years that the suspect in the attack could have terrorist ties. The official tells the Associated Press that the Nigerian suspect, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, has been on a list that includes people with known or suspected contact or ties to a terrorist or terrorist organization.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The list is maintained by the US National Counterterrorism Center. It includes about 550,000 names. People on the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment list are not necessarily on the no-fly list. New York congressman Peter King says Mutallab was not on the no-fly list.

Meanwhile, British police searched a London apartment Saturday as authorities probed Mutallab’s background. A prestigious London university said Saturday that a man with a similar name had studied mechanical engineering at the school for three years.

University College London said a man called Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was enrolled at the school from September 2005 to June 2008. In Nigeria, the father of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab – identified by US officials as the man who set a fire on a Detroit-bound jetliner – said his son had been a student in London, but had left the city to travel.

Mutallab is accused of trying to destroy Northwest Airlines Flight 253, which was minutes away from touching down in Detroit after leaving Amsterdam earlier yesterday.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson called the thwarted attack a “potentially serious security threat” and said British investigators were working with their American counterparts. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he had spoken with the head of London’s Metropolitan Police about the incident.

University College London said that while they could say that a student with a very similar name had attended the school, “it must be stressed that the university has no evidence that this is the same person currently being referred to in the media.”

At London’s Heathrow Airport – one of Europe’s busiest – security measures for travelers to the US were tightened at the request of American authorities.

British Airways said all carriers were asked to revise their security arrangements, which would include additional screening passengers and their hand luggage. The airline restricted carryon luggage to one bag per passenger – and let travelers know about the before they arrived at the airport.

{Chicago Sun Times/ Newscenter}


  1. I look very “Rabbinic”. My wife, very Rebbitzin-like. Our names are ordinary Jewish American names. Yet, in spite of all that, we have travelled on DOMESTIC flights where we have taken off our shoes, my wife was taken behind a screen and checked by a female agent, and we have had personal size bottles of mouthwash, liquid soap, etc, confiscated lest we be carrying some binary-explosive that we will be mixing together, etc. AND YET, THIS GUY, WHOSE NAME ALONE GIVES ME THE CREEPS, AND WHOM, IF I SAW HIM WALKING ON MY SIDE OF THE STREET I WOULD CROSS OVER, HE IS ABLE TO GET AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE OF SOME SORT ONTO AN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT??? I don’t get it!!

  2. First you’re angry that you get profiled.

    Then you’re angry that he didn’t.

    Then you admit that you profile against such people in your life.

    So basically … you’re in support of profiling other people, but you are outraged that you get profiled?

    The truth is that there about a billion Muslims in the world, and only a tiny fraction are radicalized to this point. To profile all of them would be ridiculous.

  3. #1, relax.
    he had a syringe filled with the explosive liquid; security personal generally let such things on the plane due to people who have diabetes who need them.

  4. #2

    If only you were correct about mosloms and their religion (I suggest you review its history- and their introduction of “convert or death”. the others got it from them