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February 5, 2010

Let Them Fly – Case of Undie Bomber Revealed (updated)

I can’t say I’m a big fan of the World Socialist Web Site, but they’ve got a real scoop here. They take a Detroit News article that reveals:

The State Department didn’t revoke the visa of foiled terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab because federal counterterrorism officials had begged off revocation, a top State Department official revealed Wednesday.

Patrick F. Kennedy, an undersecretary for management at the State Department, said Abdulmutallab’s visa wasn’t taken away because intelligence officials asked his agency not to deny a visa to the suspected terrorist over concerns that a denial would’ve foiled a larger investigation into al-Qaida threats against the United States.

“Revocation action would’ve disclosed what they were doing,” Kennedy said in testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security. Allowing Adbulmutallab to keep the visa increased chances federal investigators would be able to get closer to apprehending the terror network he is accused of working with, “rather than simply knocking out one solider in that effort.”

And run with it. Read the whole thing.

1 Comment »

  1. The key question is what US intel knew about Abdulmutallab’s plans. Evidently we are supposed to believe the intel community was caught off guard and had no idea Abdulmutallab was carrying a concealed explosive device. Should we also believe 9/11 was the same sort of reckless surveillance op? US intel was caught by surprise when the planes were hijacked? Twenty months wasn’t enough time to learn what the al Qaeda operatives were doing in the US?

    Comment by Mike — February 5, 2010 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

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