Everything in the case of
Umar Farouk suggests that there's a lot more than storms and clouds in the air.
Suddenly, after a long
silence in regard to global terrorist operations against aviation security, Umar
Farouk Abdul Mutallab shows up, or indeed, is made to show up, as part of a new
terrorist ploy in the form of powdery explosives hidden in his underwear! This
means that Muslim and Arab travelers, in order to cross security checkpoints at
the world’s airports, must now remove their pants to certify their security
credentials! And as you know, this very stressful process is enough to push a
person to travel in their underwear if only to avoid delays and the humiliation
that comes from being subject to such doubt and suspicion!
I don't why I have such an overwhelming
feeling that what this Nigerian “punk” did is just an old, worn-out and poorly-planned
intelligence and media ploy, parts of which we've seen in Hollywood spy movies
and action films. Perhaps it's because of the way this operation was executed,
which suggests it was merely a set-up to lure the media and expand the scope and
depth of a new chapter in the war on terror.
Every detail about the
Nigerian youth raises doubts, question marks and fear. How was Mutallab able to
travel from Yemen in the South to Britain in the North, go through the
difficult process of getting his hands on an American visa - no easy task for a
Third Worlder - and then attempt to blow up a plane from Amsterdam as it came in for a landing at the U.S. airport in Detroit rather than up in the air, as
a suicide attempt of this kind normally requires?
Also strange and surprising
is that Western intelligence services claim to have had detailed information about
this young man from Nigeria, including about his extremism
and warnings from his father about his behavior! And despite all this, he moves
and flies freely, traveling around the world, coming and going in comfort whenever
he likes until the last moment when he bursts out at the level of the American
From my observations of the
West, I can confirm that many Western intelligence services attract extremists
and provide them with asylum and residency permits, passports, travel
documents, freedom of movement and the capacity to hold meetings and
communicate with members of other cells.
All of this is strictly
monitored and controlled. And when they want to score political, media or
security points, all of this information is exposed at once. For example, in
Norway there is a visible presence of many extremist fundamentalist groups,
including former ministers of the Taliban government, as well as refugees with extremist
views who openly proclaim their animosity toward the West and its values. They
live openly in various European countries without causing the least suspicion,
because the hand of the intelligence services maintains a very tight grip over
their movements and leaves nothing to chance. But they become fodder for local
media every time their statements cause an uproar.
For example, just before
President Barack Obama's recent visit to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize,
Norwegian police announced they had detained a Pakistani extremist called
“Bati” until the departure of the American president. Everything is under
control unless there are specific and clear objectives. Then the lid of the
genie bottle is opened and all of the demons and information is released at
The case of Umar Farouk Abdul
Mutallab of Nigeria suggests that there's a hidden hand behind it, and that there
are more than storms and clouds in the air! This is terrorism on demand.