Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Who believes no-passport gain entry to international flight?

What's startling about the situation of a passenger whose attempt to take down an in-flight plane bound for Detroit with an incendiary powder but the attempt was thwarted is this:

reportedly, he did not have a 'passport' yet he was permitted to board an airplane in Amsterdam?

Terror Attempt Seen as Man Tries to Ignite Device on Jet

A Nigerian man tried to ignite an explosive device aboard a trans-Atlantic Northwest Airlines flight as the plane prepared to land in Detroit on Friday, in an incident the United States believes was “an attempted act of terrorism,” according to a White House official who declined to be identified...

...Mr. Abdulmutallab told law enforcement authorities, the official said, that he had had explosive powder taped to his leg and that he had mixed it with chemicals held in a syringe...


Does anybody believe the man was simply let through without a passport? Did somebody high up 'vouch' for the man?

We believe that had to have happened.

Some reports cite witnesses stating they saw just that, yet officials claim it's unlikely the man's passport was never checked in the process leading up to his boarding the plane.

Accomplice may have helped Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's alleged terror plane plane
Reuters From: Reuters December 28, 2009

Dutch military police are investigating the possibility that an accomplice may have helped the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, a spokesman said on Monday.

A U.S. couple on the flight, Kurt and Lori Haskell, told Reuters and other news agencies that they saw a tall, well-dressed man aged about 50 with the suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Friday morning at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

The Haskells have claimed the man spoke for Abdulmutallab and attempted to get him aboard Northwest flight 253 without a passport.

"At this moment we have no information on whether there was another guy," the Dutch military police spokesman said. "We are checking all clues and information we get."

The spokesman added that the military police and the counter-terrorism agency NCTb were reviewing CCTV video and other evidence to see if the accomplice story bears out...

...The military police have already said Abdulmutallab did not go through passport control at Schiphol when he arrived from Lagos.

But the spokesman said it would be unlikely the man could board the plane without showing his passport at some point in the boarding process...


And was the man dressed in casual clothing, and seriously, powder was 'sewn' into his underwear? Yet there are no means to well sniff out such at any airport from anywhere into the United States of America?

If it were that easy to smuggle in an explosive powder right under the noses of airport security/law enforcement, there would be so much drug trafficking going on that way...


May be on to something.

Drug smuggling rampant in those parts unrestrained because officials look the other way when people don't have passports and somebody nicely dressed vouches for them...

Worse, the man was on a watch list and reportedly obtained a United States Visa?

Come on. The whole episode smells and it smells like a 'testing' of the system how to get onto a plane without a passport but have a U.S. Visa and just slip on in.

Yet Ms. Napolitano says the man was "properly screened" before getting on the flight from Amsterdam bound for Detroit!

Talk about double talk. What does she know and when does she know it, first question.

U.S. security for air travel under new scrutiny
Authorities try to reassure public, although system didn't detect bomber

...Even so, airport security and intelligence played no role in thwarting the plot. Abdulmutallab was carrying PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, the same material convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid used when he tried to destroy a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 with explosives hidden in his shoes. Abdulmutallab is alleged to have carried the explosive in condom-like pouches attached to his body.

Despite being in the database of people with suspected terrorist ties, Abdulmutallab, who comes from a prominent and wealthy Nigerian family, had a multiple-entry U.S. visa. It was issued last year.

Napolitano said Abdulmutallab was properly screened before getting on the flight to Detroit from Amsterdam...



NY Post


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