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.

Specifically,
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:

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."

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
regulations….”

Indeed:

  • 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:

Did
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.