by Tom Burghardt January 5, 2010
Despite some $40 billion dollars spent by the American people on airline security since 2001, allegedly to thwart attacks on the Heimat, the botched attempt by Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 over Detroit on Christmas Day was foiled, not by a bloated counterterrorist bureaucracy, but by the passengers themselves.
Talk about validating that old Wobbly slogan: Direct action gets the goods!
And yet, the closer one looks at the available evidence surrounding the strange case of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the more sinister alleged “intelligence failures” become. As this story unfolds it is becoming abundantly clear that U.S. security officials had far more information on the would-be lap bomber than we've been told.
Phi Beta Iota: This is absolutely worth a full read. If the person video-taping the entire event (easily identified from their seat number) is not broiught forward, then this is absolutely a classic Operation Northwoods sponsored by the US Intelligence Community intended to frighten and mislead. John Brennan's fingerprints are all over this–the hubris and arrogance is spectacularly treasonous. President Obama needs to decide if his life and his place in history are to be defined by “going along” with a national security complex that is pathologically dysfunctional and a betrayal of the public trust; or if he would like to restore the ability of government to serve the public. At a minimum this appears to be a false flag operation with the intent of using the “lawyering up” of the patsy to push back the limits on rendition and torture. The key question is: does President Obama realize HE is the patsy here, not just the Nigerian? “The truth at any cost reduces all other costs.”