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U.S. Counterterrorism Officials Insisted that Crotch Bomber Be Let Into Country

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Undersecretary for management at the State Department, Patrick F.
Kennedy, told Congress that the State Department wanted to keep crotch
bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab out of the U.S., but that intelligence
agencies insisted that Abdulmutallab be let into the country.

on January 27th, Kennedy told the House Committee on Homeland Security
that intelligence agencies blocked revocation of Abdulmutallab's visa
because it would have foiled a "larger investigation" into Al Qaeda.

As noted by The Detroit News:

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

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.


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."

This is eerily similar to 9/11:

  • One of al-Qaeda’s top trainers in terrorism and how to hijack airplanes, who was a very close associate of Bin Laden, was an American citizen who was an operative for the FBI, the CIA, and the Army (see this article from the San Francisco Chronicle and this article
    from the Globe and Mail). Indeed, while he was acting as an FBI
    informant, he smuggled Bin Laden in and out of Afghanistan, helped plan
    the attacks on US embassies in Africa, and apparently played a pivotal
    role in planning 9/11.


    According to a 1995 Boston Globe report, his entry into the country was made possible by “clandestine CIA sponsorship.” According to West Point's Combatting Terrorism Center, the terrorist was:

Given a visa waiver under
a “little known visa waiver program that allows the CIA and other
security agencies to bring valuable agents into the country, bypassing
the usual immigration formalities.” While perhaps “little known,” this
authority was granted to the Director of National Intelligence by the
Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949 and codified in 50 U.S.C.
§403h, which states that if “the admission of a particular alien into
the United States for permanent residence is in the interest of
national security or essential to the furtherance of the national
intelligence mission, such alien and his immediate family shall be
admitted to the United States for permanent residence without regard to
their inadmissibility under the immigration or any other laws and


  • An Al Qaeda operative very close to one of the top Al Qaeda leaders was a CIA informant

And U.S. and allied intelligence services had penetrated the highest levels of Al Qaeda prior to 9/11. For example:

In addition, U.S. and allied intelligence services followed the hijacker's every move:

Moreover, the U.S. intercepted many high-level Al Qaeda phone calls:

Moreover, the financiers for Al Qaeda were not mysterious and unknown before 9/11:

Other facts point towards penetration of the highest levels of Al Qaeda:

9/11 - like the crotch bombing - also involve U.S. intelligence
services letting smaller terrorists into the U.S. so that they could
catch the "big fish"?

If so, this would be ironic, since the U.S. could have killed Bin Laden in 2001 and again in 2007, but chose not to do so.


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Sun, 02/07/2010 - 11:55 | Link to Comment Gimp
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Deflect and distract the peoples attention. Unemployment going up in December, underwear bomber happens, distract the people from their real problems.

Governments/Rulers have been using this technique for centuries and will continue to do so. We have a great enemy Al Qaeda which we can milk for decades.

C'est, la Vie mon ami.

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 04:27 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 02/07/2010 - 02:24 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 02/07/2010 - 02:21 | Link to Comment polizeros
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This post is as crazy as saying Lee Harvey Oswald defected to the USSR, married the daughter of a KGB Colonel, said he wanted to come back home, and was allowed to no questions asked.

Oh wait, that happened, didn't it....

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 01:25 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 02/07/2010 - 01:05 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sat, 02/06/2010 - 16:46 | Link to Comment sgt_doom
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Oh come on now, certainly you're not suggesting the real reason they allowed this underwear bomber onto that Detroit flight was to make national news --- just when the voting down of the Dorgan Amendment, with the support of the White House and the anti-votes of many a so-called Democrat --- just began to make the national news.

And now, of course, few people recall that the Dorgan Amendment was the closest thing to a public option to come out of the US Senate.

Next you'll be suggesting that those immigration/Hispanic marches, of several years back during the Bush administration, were to kick that warrentless wiretapping off the front pages of the USA Today!

Just because those marches were organized over the Spanish-language radio stations, owned by the Blackstone Group (gee whiz, those were the guys who brokered the fastest and largest real estate sale in NYC's history, the World Trade Center, OMG!!!!), who also happened to be the recipient of that captive insurance fund for the relatives of the victims of the 9/11 attacks (which they structured as a quite-profitable hedge fund, OMG! OMG!), is anything other than a coincidence, for gosh sakes!!!!!

Just had to get in my sarcasm - and thanks for this post - today....

Seriously, though, hasn't anyone ever heard the term "cutouts" before?  It was quite common when many of us served in military intelligence eons ago! (Yeah, right...sure the CIA penetrated al Qaeda, like they really needed to...)

And hasn't anyone ever read Zbig Brzezinski's memoirs, for gosh sakes?  Al Qaeda is simply an ongoing intel operation, used by the Paks, the Brits, the Americans and certain other parties willing to pay their price.

Catch a clue, doods.

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 00:50 | Link to Comment Orly
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On the money.  Again.

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 00:48 | Link to Comment Seer
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Yup!  Everyone's playing their parts...  Wouldn't want to people to pick up on the notion that we don't need leaders (who in turn grab power for the select few)...



Sat, 02/06/2010 - 15:26 | Link to Comment bchbum
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I just thought of a good defense for khalid Sheikh Mohammed.  The CIA made me do it.

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 00:44 | Link to Comment Seer
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LOL! (and then... I kind of quit laughing because, well...)

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 14:45 | Link to Comment 10044
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Of course it was an inside job, just watch Kurt Haskell's interview (also on CNN) saying the kid was brought on to the plane with a sharp dressed man WITHOUT PASSPORT!! Watch the interview, don't believe me. Also make sure you listen to Kurt on Alex Jones who reveals EVERYTHING! Watch "fabled enemies" and "9/11 coincidences" on utube back to back, then you will learn what the hell is going on.

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 11:15 | Link to Comment Master Bates
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I know I'm getting credible news when Alex Jones is the source. *rolls eyes*

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 15:29 | Link to Comment bchbum
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why would he want to get on the plane w/out a passport?  Wasn't the flaw in our system that he should of had his visa revoked?  Visas go in passports.

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 00:10 | Link to Comment Rick64
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They found a passport intact, but those damn elusive black boxes.

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 18:07 | Link to Comment 10044
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because the whole thing was a setup, from the start. to introduce body scanners and profit from it, more importantly for people to give up their freedom more and more everyday.

In the history of mankind (more importantly architecture), only 3 steel framed structures gave in to fire, and that happened on 9/11.... something to think about

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 17:21 | Link to Comment WaterWings
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This isn't a chicken/egg problem. This is a complete WTF.

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 14:11 | Link to Comment Hammer59
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The futile "war on terrorism" is bankrupting us, as it did the Soviet Union. And we are not winning that war. We were soundly defeated by the "test monkeys" in Vietnam (who were armed by the USSR), and we will be defeated again in Afghanistan.

Pierre LaGrande demonizes the world's largest religion. It must be easier to have your imperialist, nationalism/hatred spoon fed to you by the msm than to befriend our Muslim neighbors, or learn what the Koran really says. Ah, the "ugly American". The mind-set that ushers in the new Dark Age.

Cognitive, my friend...we are truly just beginning to experience a massive "sea change" in the declining living standards of the developed countries, so the days of bliss and unbridled consumption that we have enjoyed is ending quickly. As you sow, so shall you reap.

GW, I always look forward to your diverse and thought provoking posts. Well done, sir.


Sat, 02/06/2010 - 21:30 | Link to Comment PierreLegrand
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The MSM does not EVER say a bad thing about the Muslim religion. The US government does not EVER say a bad thing about the Muslim religion. My goodness Bush broke bread with a few KNOWN terrorists the same goddamn week that 3,000 were killed.

If one reads history one comes up against the fact that Islam was imperalistic...for a long long time. They want that back. Doesn't mean that the Bankers are not fucks, or that the left aren't a bunch of assholes or that the Republicans aren't trying to fix things for their biggest donors, it means that in real life you can have more than one enemy.

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 11:14 | Link to Comment Master Bates
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Yes, because Faux News isn't mainstream.

They just spew a bunch of garbage that plays to the majority of tin foilers out there.

Since they have the most viewers, that makes them the "alternative media" huh?

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 00:41 | Link to Comment Seer
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Saying it so doesn't make it so.  Do you ever listen to what you're saying?

Two words: Manifest Destiny (so proclaimed by the "Christian Nation")

One word: Piousness

How's the reading up on Operation Northwoods coming?

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 08:02 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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Behind all the political rhetoric being hurled at us from abroad, we are bringing home one unassailable fact--[terrorism is] a criime by any civilized standard, committed against innocent people, away from the scene of political conflict, and must be dealt with as a crime...

[I]n our recognition of the nature of terrorism as a crime lies our best hope of dealing with it...

[L]et us use the tools that we have.  Let us invoke the cooperation we have the right to expect around the world, and with that cooperation let us shrink the dark and dank areas of sanctuary until these cowardly marauders are held to answer as criminals in an open and public trial for the crimes they have committed, and receive the punishment they so richly deserve. - William Webster, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, October 15, 1985

GW - I suggest you take a look at the report drafted for the OSD by officers assigned to the Army War College in 1989 & 1990 relating to the development and expanding of the operative conditions necessary for the incorporation and deployment of increased national technical means in operations, foreign and domestic for some of the answers you seek.  The fact remains that after Iran-Contra there were influential individuals more certain than ever of their belief that the rule of law was/is a barrier to the executive branch leading to the fuller application of the policy of judicial exclusion.  These actions were augmented with efforts to lay the ground work necessary to render the rule of law moot with respect to all executive branch operations. The rest has been and is now our unfolding history as a nation of a unified political apparatus dedicated to the elimination of the concept of the rule of law and the professionals dedicated to its defense from national life as THE impediment to; "Preserving, protecting and defending The Constitution of The United States of America".

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 13:23 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sat, 02/06/2010 - 13:14 | Link to Comment cocoablini
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This isn't a conspiracy. It was an entrapment technique. Cops use it all the time. A blunder by the USG to go for a bigger prize-and putting a bunch of people at risk on that airplane.
I'm willing to bet that the USG didn't actually plot 9-11, but let these cats meader around trying to get a bigger prize and blew it. They lost track,got the wrong dates whatever. Condi Rice was put on the hot seat for knowing there was a plot way before 9-11 happened. I'll give that moron credit and just say she was incompetent and screwed up. She should be in jail.
The one thing you can count on in life is that any government and it's agencies are incompetent. And it only gets worse when it's malicious and incompetent at the SAME time.
How is this post relevant to finance?
The governments of the world are hiding their ponzi finance problems by drumming up terrorism scares. Everytime the government gets in trouble, or the ponzi starts unravelling, terrorism pops up. Videos of Osama,plots, alert rises. And in a world of complex financial interdependence and collusion, you can't just go bomb China. And China can't just go dump treasuries and kill us off. So the military and government class can drum up the esoteric terrorist threat to keep the money flowing to the right people. You think we couldn't get Osama by now? It's a headless hydra, invented by Western Governments.
What do you think those clowns in Davos are doing in private rooms(when there are no hookers)?

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 17:15 | Link to Comment WaterWings
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I'll give that moron credit and just say she was incompetent and screwed up. She should be in jail.

Gross criminal negligence in every direction. I would say the same thing about flooded New Orleans, but I always get shrugs whenever I bring up the fact that all involved kept their jobs or weren't prosected to the full extent of the law. 

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 11:11 | Link to Comment Master Bates
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New Orleans?  Why, that was "school bus Nagan".  Bush could never fail at anything he's ever done.  It was the state and local governments, not the federal government.

We all know that the feds are here to protect us and keep us safe and warm.

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 13:12 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sat, 02/06/2010 - 12:17 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sat, 02/06/2010 - 11:57 | Link to Comment Lou629
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Sigh...more bovine excrement from the conspiracy crowd with an agenda all their own.  The sources they cite are usually dubious at best, dubious being very charitable about it. 

They do nothing for ZH other than to detract from the otherwise high credibility of ZH, a reputation which it is both noted for and, the same reputation it will eventually lose entirely if the lunatic fringe is allowed to take it over. 

Thankfully it appears there is one less wingnut among us these days, since PM doesn't seem to have put up a post on this site for weeks - HooRah!!  Hopefully GW will go join him.  Soon.  

Flame away now, lunatic fringe.  LOL...

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 11:06 | Link to Comment Master Bates
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Nice.  You know it's true when five people flag it as junk.  Happens to me all the time too.

b...b.b.b.ut!!!  GOLD bitchez!  And ammo, and canned hams!  The world will end in three days, following the return of Jesus!  That's why I only get the physical...

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 00:33 | Link to Comment Seer
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Two words: Operation Northwoods (you can go to the US government itself and find the released material [released as part of an inquiry into the death of JFK]).

Just because That operation didn't occur, it doesn't mean that such suggested tactics have not occurred (look up "agent provocateur"/CIA).

Oh, two more words: Manhattan Project (imagine something this big kept as a secret- so MANY people; makes you wonder how That was possible? 9/11 WAS a conspiracy; what's NOT known is who all contributed to it- sorry, if it's not brought out in a court of law any such "findings" are about as trustworthy as edicts from the Kremlin).

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 20:12 | Link to Comment lawrence1
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¨Lunatic fringe,¨ that group of lemmings that doesnt drown with the masses. Typical namecalling... wingnut ... lunatic fringe.... instead of reasoned arguments.  Let ZH worry about their reputation and I suspect they will survive.

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 17:12 | Link to Comment WaterWings
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I knew you would be around here somewhere! Hi, Lou!

You're a broken record.

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 11:55 | Link to Comment Ruth
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I don't know about all your conspiracy theories, this I do know.  My neighbor's brother-in-law was one of the pilots of the 2nd plane, so remote control stuff just sounds false.  I have listened to the 5 videos from Sibel Edmonds, hired the week of 9/11 as an FBI translator, her testimony sounds authentic, maybe you should listen, which will support the idea that her attempts to report the truth were ignored and prevented from being exposed within her own dept.  I respect George's attempt to bring things to light.  Light is our only disinfectant at this stage.

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 11:49 | Link to Comment chinaguy
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Thanks "Intelligence" A-holes.

I'll remember this next time I miss a flight due to a one hour security screening line.

Glad to know you are both wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of productive time as well as defeating the purpose for wasting that time.

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 11:04 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 02/07/2010 - 20:50 | Link to Comment Seer
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And complicating the matter is the US, of course.  Consider that the ruling family is aging and no real succession is clear.  The US MUST be in that country not only to protect the existing rulers, but it must be there in case the existing rulers fail.  It serves both parties well for there to be fanaticals on display (though it's anyone's guess as to who is really doing the deeds- given that Osama bin Laden was on the CIA's payroll shows what a tangled web this all is).

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 11:04 | Link to Comment Master Bates
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You'd think more people knew this, but sadly... people still think that the hijackers were Iraqis with nuclear weapons that failed to detonate...

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 11:00 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Sat, 02/06/2010 - 21:25 | Link to Comment PierreLegrand
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I am a pilot and it wouldnt be that hard...landing is hard...running into things not hard.

But lets ask  you if it was amateurs piloting those planes who was it?

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 00:24 | Link to Comment Seer
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You're baiting things into a dead-end.  Without actual suspects in place, and put through a thorough trial (and keep in mind, given the numerous exonerations that regularly occur, just because someone is convicted it still doesn't rest as absolute fact) we could hardly know, now could we?

Someone asked that civil discussion take place, and I agree.  That's why I ONLY concentrate on the question of how WTC 7 came down- no pilots to mess with, no planes or pilots to haggle over here...

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 04:01 | Link to Comment Cistercian
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 Controlled demolition.Watch the tapes of it's collapse then watch tapes of other controlled demolitions.

  For extra fun, watch tapes of demolitions done badly and see just how expertly it was performed.Fire induced collapse?....what an unswallowable crock of excrement.

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 20:42 | Link to Comment Seer
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I was asking somewhat rhetorically...  I've spent countless hours hashing over all of this. I understand physics, meaning, the "official" story can not be true...

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 17:41 | Link to Comment WaterWings
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They skipped learning about how to land. The 9/11 investigation was the cover-up. If you question the completeness of the inquiry you experience immediate ad hominem attacks, as CD expertly fleshed out for us.

Adding to what Orly pointed out about being more vulnerable to cognitive dissonance in the 50's/60's I would agree. We had just saved the world from Nazi and Bushido ideologies, yet were completely unaware of the mass torture, imprisonment, and murder of millions of Soviets. Before the internet how could you even know anything about MK Ultra experiments without being involved in the program?

Detractors never explain alternative viewpoints because the truth is hidden in [plane] sight.

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 10:22 | Link to Comment illyia
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Thanks... as many suspected...

Sat, 02/06/2010 - 11:04 | Link to Comment Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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Sigh. Facepalm. Can't anyone debate this stuff without coming off like either a) a nutjob or b) a religious bigot? I am sure, if folks try very hard, we can have an (ahem) intelligent, intellectual debate about all of this without resorting to name calling and delusional rants.



Sat, 02/06/2010 - 10:20 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 02/07/2010 - 11:00 | Link to Comment Master Bates
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I'm glad that there are people against the war and know that its b.s. now.

I remember how lonely I felt in 2002 telling people that there were no wmd's, and that the premises of the war were lies.
People looked at me like I was mad.  I'm surprised they didn't call the FBI on me for questioning the commander in chief during a time of war.  No, seriously.

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 20:40 | Link to Comment Seer
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Yeah, I had my share of intimidations (like 4 strapping guys run a pickup truck at me- I stood my ground and challenged them- they backed down [smart of them]).  Food thrown at me...  And just after 9/11 (day of), my "ex" looks at me like I was a terrorist when I asked "what did we do to piss them off?"  Of course, cause and affect is always alive- Chalmers Johnson spelled it all out in Blowback.


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