The ALLEGED bomber of Northwest 253 pleaded not guilty in a US Criminal Court yesterday through his lawyers as he is facing six charges that could lead to life in prison.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did speak to confirm his name (more on that whole pesky "name" thing in a moment) and the fact that he is 23.
Lawyers in suits; the ALLEGED terrorist in a nice pair of beige pants and yet somehow we managed to mess this up. How could anyone think it was a good idea to charge him as a criminal? To give him the same process as a shoplifter? How could anyone think he would not qualify as "enemy combatant" and take him for military interrogation? How is Janet Nepolitano still in work? I really do feel we have fallen through the looking glass sometimes.
Meanwhile eight pages of the Presidents report on the "incident" have been declassified and if you read through it you will discover that Google apparently has better technology than US Intelligence. Look at this!
Mr. Abdulmutallab possessed a U.S. visa, but this fact was not correlated with the concerns of Mr. Abdulmutallab's father about Mr. Abdulmutallab's potential radicalization. A misspelling of Mr. Abdulmutallab's name initially resulted in the State Department believing he did not have a valid U.S. visa. First of all, I simply LOVE how we call him "Mr Abdulmutallab". I can't wait to read the one than speaks of "Mr Bin Laden"...
We don't have anything in US Intelligence that is equivalent to Google's "Did You Mean?" Ap which picks up typos and bad spellings of words and suggests the correct ones?
And how comforting is it that we just told the enemy about this lack of technology! Don't you just love that?
Meanwhile if you read that piece from the report again, you will realize that had the State Department or whoever had that Google tool, then they would have realized that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did in fact have a valid US Visa and therefore could have come here perfectly legitimately which is exactly what he did. Once they tied that up with the intelligence we received from HIS DAD, then perhaps we might of actually stopped him getting on the plane.
I'm sure you're resting much easier now.
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