Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Failure to Revoke Terror Suspect's Visa Resulted in Near Attack on US Airliner

"Al-Qaida In The Arabian Peninsula Claims Responsibility For Attempted Airliner Attack"
Philip Elliott
Associated Press writers Jennifer Loven, Matt Lee, Eileen Sullivan, Lolita Baldor and Devlin Barrett in Washington; Pamela Hess in New York; Ed White in Detroit; Jon Gambrell in Lagos, Nigeria; Donna Abu-Nasr in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Mark Niesse in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, contributed to this report.

"President Barack Obama on Monday vowed to use 'every element of our national power' to keep Americans safe and said the failed Christmas Day plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner was "a serious reminder" of the need to continually adapt security measures against changing terrorist threats.

But even as Obama spoke, word came that a State Department warning had failed to trigger an effort to revoke the alleged attacker's visa. And officials in Yemen confirmed that the would-be bomber had been living in that country, where terrorist elements quickly sought to take credit for his actions.

The incident prompted stiffer airport boarding measures and authorities warned holiday travelers to expect extra delays as they return home this week and beyond.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, charged with trying to destroy an aircraft, is being held at the federal prison in Milan, Mich. A court hearing that had been scheduled for Monday to determine whether the government can get DNA from him was postponed until Jan. 8. No reason was given."

Read the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/28/al-qaida-in-the-arabian-p_n_405177.html

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