Friday, December 25, 2009

Muslim Passenger Ignites Explosive on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam, Al Qaeda Connection Reported, He Was On the Terror Watch List, TSA Needs To Secondary Search All Muslim Males

Muslim Passenger Ignites Explosive on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam, Al Qaeda Connection Reported, He Was On the Terror Watch List WTF !

A male passenger (Muslim) possibly linked to terrorist organization Al Qaeda ignited a powdery substance prior to landing on a Delta Airlines flight to Detroit Friday, Fox News confirmed. The man is believed to be Nigerian.  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) identified the suspect as 23-year-old Abdul Mudallad of Nigeria, and King said Mudallad "definitely has connections" to Al Qaeda. White House officials confirmed Friday that the attack was an attempted act of terrorism.

New information has emerged on Flight 253 terror suspect. The terror suspect has been identified as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23, a Nigerian citizen who was born on December 22, 1986. Mutallab has been on the terror watch list but not on the no fly list, as mentioned by congressman Rep Peter King, (R) New York on CNN.

Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab photo

The Nigerian terror suspect was earlier named as Abdul Mudallad. Mudallad’s name popped up on Terror Watch List Database, said Congressman Peter King on CNN today.

TSA, SECONDARY SEARCH ALL MUSLIM MALES, it is called ”Aviation Direct Access Screening Program” (ADASP). This new secondary search is intended to include physical hand searches of carry on baggage; secondary search for explosive devises with a mobile detection device; double checking of identification and boarding passes.

Several people were hurt and one person, possibly the suspect, was admitted to the University of Michigan Medical Center at Ann Arbor, hospital spokeswoman Tracy Justice said. An emergency was declared aboard the flight, operated as Northwest flight 253, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson.

The suspect, who ABC reported suffered second-degree burns, told federal investigators he was connected to Al Qaeda, though authorities are questioning the veracity of that statement, Fox News confirmed. A federal situational awareness bulletin noted that the explosive was acquired in Yemen with instructions as to when it should be used, ABC said.

The FBI was on the scene, Detroit office spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold told NewsCore. Berchtold declined to comment on the reports of a terrorist connection.

President Barack Obama was notified of the incident by a military aide while vacationing with his family in Hawaii and convened a secure conference call with Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism Adviser John Brennan and NSS Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to discuss it, White House spokesman Bill Burton said.

"He asked to arrange a subsequent secure call and in that call instructed that all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air travel. The President is actively monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates," Burton said in a statement.

Early reports suggested the suspect ignited firecrackers on board the Airbus A330 wide-body jet, but a law enforcement official told Fox News the explosive has not yet been identified.

All 278 passengers on the plane, which landed around noon local time, deplaned at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Delta spokesperson Susan Elliott said, more from this source..........

Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam, Muslim suspect was not identified. He was being questioned Friday evening, according to one of the officials, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

"He appears to have had some kind of incendiary device he tried to ignite," said one of the U.S. officials. Authorities initially believed thepassenger had set off firecrackers that caused some minor injuries.

Delta Air Lines spokeswoman Susan Elliott said the passenger was subdued immediately. She had no details on the injuries. Delta and Northwest have merged. One passenger from the flight was taken to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, hospital spokeswoman Tracy Justice said. She didn't know the person's condition, or whether the person was a man or woman. She referred all inquiries to the FBI.

An FBI spokeswoman in Detroit said the incident is being investigated. It came just as the flight, an Airbus 330 carrying 278 passengers, was arriving in Detroit from Amsterdam. Passenger Syed Jafri, a U.S. citizen who had flown from the United Arab Emirates, said the incident occurred during the plane's descent. Jafri said he was seated three rows behind the passenger and said he saw a glow, and noticed a smoke smell. Then, he said, "a young man behind me jumped on him." more from this source...............