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Flight 253 passenger says ‘Christmas bomber’ didn’t act alone

In foreign policy, media on February 9, 2010 at 1:37 am

Contradicting claims by the U.S. government and most of the media, one of the passengers aboard flight 253 is telling reporters the man known as the Christmas bomber had an accomplice.

Kurt Haskell and his wife Lori, both Michigan Lawyers, have repeated their story consistently to anyone who will listen. Theyve even dedicated a blog to their experience.

According to Kurt Haskell, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was not alone when he prepared to board the plane in Amsterdam. Haskell says Abdulmutallab was accompanied by a well-dressed Indian man who spoke for him and seemed to be in charge. Haskell said he first noticed them because they seemed to be an odd couple.

After approaching the ticket counter, Haskell says the Indian man tried to convince the agent to let Abdulmutallab board the plane without proper identity saying, This man needs to board the plane and he doesnt have a passport After the ticket agent refused, the Indian man explained to the agent that He [Abdulmutallab] is from Sudan, we do this all the time.

Haskell then says the Indian man and Abdulmutallab were sent down the hall to speak to a manger.

A Jan. 22 article by ABC titled Alert: Female Suicide Bombers May Be Heading Here From Yemen supports Haskells story. Buried at the very end of the article, ABC reporters make this shocking statement:

Federal agents also tell they are attempting to identify a man who passengers said helped Abdulmutallab change planes for Detroit when he landed in Amsterdam from Lagos, Nigeria.

Authorities had initially discounted the passenger accounts, but the agents say there is a growing belief the man have played a role to make sure Abdulmutallab did not get cold feet.

A more recent twist to the official story was reported by the Detroit News. In an article titled Terror Suspect kept visa to avoid tipping off larger investigation, reporter Nathan Hurst says a top State Department official has revealed that Abdulmutallab was intentionally allowed to keep his visa so as not to interfere with a larger investigation. The article claims that:

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.

  1. Jessica,

    Your blog is more a news story than opinion. I commend your research. I also wait to see what happens over the long haul.

    Was the “bomber” assisted. Of course he was. I trust that such assistance is being pursued with great vigor and no publicity.

    Was an accomplice on the plane ready to “go down in flames” along with all others? Maybe, but I have questions about that one. Why did he/she take no action to destroy the plane after the other guy’s pants caught on fire?

    I could also ask many other related questions about what you wrote. But instead I question, WHY you wrote it. Is this another conspriacy theory that the government is covering something up?

    You blogged a few months ago espousing conspiracy theories over 9/11. I find such theories nonsensical. This one seems to have more substance than a “missing plane in PA or the Pentagon” but your previous efforts to discredit the government make me suspicious as well.

    It is like the “little boy that cried Wolf”. Do it once and your credibility comes under a cloud. Do it twice and you go into the ignore column, permanently.

    Not bad reporting, again, based on credible sources such as major news organizations. But for the time being I will continue to trust our law enforcement and intelligence agencies to do the right thing to pursue this matter as far as possible and take action to prevent recurrence.


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