FACT: Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged Christmas Day UNDERWEAR BOY terrorist had been in the U.S. government's many terror databases for over a year. The CIA has been aware of him for months.
FACT: Umar's father in November told the US embassy officials in Nigeria about visits to Yemen where his spiritual leader Imam Anwar al-Aulaqi and military leader al-Shihri (Released GITMO detainee No. 372) reside.
FACT: The U.S. government (NSA electronic intercepts) had intelligence from Yemen in September 2009, that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about "a Nigerian" being prepared for a terrorist attack.
FACT: Umar got on the Northwest plane and attempted to blow it up.
This man’s name was in a database of people with suspicion of ties to terrorists, but he wasn’t on the no-fly list. Why don’t security officials give people such as him close scrutiny, including cavity searches? Why are there people who would still regard this as profiling? This is merely common sense.
A farmer would be more worried about a fox snooping around his henhouse than a rabbit. How often does a rabbit scare the chickens?
And when I read that the man is a “suspect,” I consider that a poor choice of words. This guy is a downright criminal, caught in the act. Let’s drop this courtesy of using words like suspect; he is a terrorist in the strict sense of the word.
Many of us who read the newspaper made flights over the holidays, and all of us would feel safer knowing that the Homeland Security Department is going to be diligent in screening these crazies, even if some shortsighted people refer to it as profiling.