December 27, 2009, - 1:25 pm

EPIC FAIL: Terrorist Abdulmutallab Allowed on Flt 253 w/out Passport b/c of “Sharp-Dressed Man”

By Debbie Schlussel

The more we learn about Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the more absurd the whole situation seems because it not only could have been prevented, but because every single U.S. agency and authority involved behaved with incompetence.


Kurt & Lori Haskell Say NWA Flt 253 Terrorist AbdulMutallab Had No Passport

The latest is the allegation that Abdulmutallab was able to get on the flight even though he had NO PASSPORT! (I can’t even go to Canada for a few hours, without a passport.)  Given that, I have to laugh at the diaries that the Wall Street Journal published from the Shoe Bomber Abdel Rahim a/k/a Richard Reid.  Reid detailed the tremendous trouble he went through in 2001, to mask his passport prior to boarding a U.S.-bound flight from Amsterdam and trying to bomb it.  Reid didn’t want his British passport to reflect that he’s traveled to the Middle East.  So he tore out those pages, threw his passport in his jeans pocket and put it in a laundry washing machine repeatedly.  Then, when he went to get a replacement passport and told officials his story about “accidentally” throwing his passport in the laundry, suspicious officials issued him a new passport anyway.

Well, apparently, security was stricter back then.  Because, eight years later, Abdulmutallab didn’t even need a passport.  Passengers on Flight 253 say they watched a “sharp dressed man” (cue the ZZ Top song) convince authorities to let Abdul Mutallab on the flight WITHOUT a passport.  You let a dude from a Muslim country and no luggage on a U.S.-bound plane with NO passport?!  Hellooooo . . .?:

A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport.

Kurt Haskell of Newport, Mich. . . . confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday.

Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man. . . .

While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.’”

Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.

The ticket agent referred Mutallab and his companion to her manager down the hall, and Haskell didn’t see Mutallab again until after he allegedly tried to detonate an explosive on the plane. . . .

About an hour after landing, Haskell said he saw another man being taken into custody. But a spokeswoman from the FBI in Detroit said Mutallab was the only person taken into custody.

I doubt very much that in the time between when Haskell saw this guy trying to get on the plane without a passport and the time when he boarded, he suddenly manufactured a passport out of wholecloth. If it’s true–and it sure sounds like it–that this guy, Abdul Mutallab, a Muslim foreigner, was allowed to board the plane without a passport, it’s epic incompetence.

Oh, and who was the other guy the FBI took into custody? I’m not buying the agency’s story that no-one else was arrested, given what the Haskells report.

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43 Responses

Debbie, I think he had to go without a passport because his Nigerian passport would have revealed extensive travels to Yemen – a known al Qaeda stronghold and he would have been denied boarding. The UK banned him from entry as a national security risk. So his lack of a passport should have set off red flags at Schipol. One wonders why he and his companion were not detained then and there. There are too many unanswered questions about how he was so easily able to fly straight to the US without any one’s suspicions being aroused.

NormanF on December 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    You don’t get it. This is just another false flag operation by the Israelis. The goal here was not to down a plane, but rather make it to the headlines. Did this idiot “terrorist” group really think they can down a plane like that? No, because that wasn’t the goal.

    Plane is safe, people are safe, but it made the headlines, and thats what matters here.

    The company that runs the security in Schipol Airport is Israeli.

    He was allowed on the plane without a passport by a “Sharp-Dressed Man.” He probably worked for the security company.

    Sean on December 28, 2009 at 12:39 am

Did the Haskell’s report what they saw at Schipol to the authorities? Will there be an investigation of the “sharp-dressed man”, or will it remain a mystery, like the “girl in the polka dot dress” at the RFK assassination?

Joe on December 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I’m sure the Haskells were interviewed both by Customs/ICE and the FBI. Officials are now acknowledging only a failed detonator saved Flt 253. Had it gone off we would have been looking at the largest mass murder on US soil since 9/11. And you can bet the terrorists aren’t going to let this failure deter them from trying again until they do succeed. The new security restrictions if anything will make them more determined to attain their objective.

NormanF on December 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Muslims and Muslim countries should pay entirely for increased security at airport as well as the war to control their most genocidal groups. Their illegal monopolies and stealing of previously agreed Oil concession should be confiscated as well. If they lived by what they actually produced and not what they had confiscated they would not have the money to attack non-Muslim groups.

madman on December 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    You Sir, are an idiot.

    It will take you years to know why, but most probably never.

    Sean on December 28, 2009 at 12:27 am

The most hilarious aspect of all this is to hear Janet “The Lesbionic Woman” Napolitano inform the press: “The system worked.”

Freakin’ hilarious!

NormanF on December 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    The system has worked for her. She has not been fired yet.

    Worry01 on December 27, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    check out little napolian napolitano deftly move around matt laurer this morning on the today show. she is f…… clueless.

    mark m on December 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

She actually said that on Youtube: I don’t know html is good here but here goes:

Janet Napolitano: The System Worked

NormanF on December 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

UPDATE: A second Nigerian man on board Flt 253 was just arrested. The plot thickens…

Debbie – see here:

Second Man Arrested On Jet In Detroit

A second Nigerian man was been taken into custody aboard a jetliner in Detroit after locking himself in the airliner’s bathroom, The Associated Press reported.

A law enforcement official told the AP that the incident took place aboard the same Northwest flight that was attacked on Christmas Day. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the incident was ongoing.

A Delta spokeswoman said all 256 passengers have been safely taken off the plane. Delta operates the Northwest flight.

Same flight. Who was this “mystery man?” Debbie, do let us know what your sources tell you about him.

NF: I quoted this couple as saying a second man was arrested, and the FBI lying and denying it. See, yet another example where the passengers should not be doubted, and the authorities aren’t to be believed for a second. DS

NormanF on December 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm

On a related tangent Israel checks people, not objects. El Al’s stringent security measures has led to a crisis between Israel and South Africa. El Al refuses to back down on profiling passengers You heard that right. As reported in the Hebrew Palestinian daily, Haaretz:

South Africa Slams El Al For Stringent Security Checks

The airline’s refusal to kowtow to the gods of political correctness is refreshing. Israelis are getting back on track with getting the 10% of the passengers responsible for terror attacks aboard planes. Meanwhile the rest of the West still hasn’t a clue.

NormanF on December 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Turns out an Israeli firm is responsible for the security at Schiphol and allowed the man on without a passport, but with explosives. Hmmm??

Jennifer on December 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm

FAIL? I think this is standard operating procedures for the HUSSEIN oBAMA and J.NO. No passport? You are on watch list? Hey no problem, you are sharp dressed. Get on board.

CaliforniaScreaming on December 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Just incredible…this guy got a break at the gate that most others (obvious westerners) would not have. When will this ridiculous political correctness end?
And how about the Detroit papers quoting the members of the Nigerian mosque in Detroit…largely populated by Nigerian, Gambian and other African moslems…how did they all get here? Do we just have a total “open door” policy for any third world moslems to come to America for any reason? Our government leaders are insane!

Ed H on December 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Aren’t we just considering them all “refugees” because of the slaughter of Christians by muslims in all those African countries — Sudan, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Somalia, etc. Problem is we let the muslim attackers come over rather than the Christian victims. Smart move. It is definitely a plot to “third world” the U.S. Of course, Kennedy started it with his 1965 immigration act that he assured us would not change the country. (Told somebody that, and he thought I was being racist. He was so sure an Irish person had as much chance to come here as a Nigerian. I told him to look it up.)

    And of course now, Obama is hurrying it along. Get rid of the middle class and move in the third world poor. Then his little oligarchy can run the place just like Mugabe.

    Chrisitan etc etc. on May 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm

edh, yes the US has an “open door” policy for Muslim immigration. I was struck by a point made by Mark Steyn: the father is an assimilated member of the transnational elite. The son in contrast wants to reconstruct the world along Wahhabist lines. So in the Muslim World, there’s a kind of global de-assimilation process underway with the next generation. Where the parents wanted to become part of the West and enjoy its benefits, the children reject it and its legacy. We are facing an entire future generation of people who hate us and our way of life and all that it represents and in the face of all that we’re still living in denial.

NormanF on December 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm

California, the US tolerates illegal immigration. If you’re going to allow it, why bother with passport inspections? As Debbie has told her readers often on this site, a lot of the illegals are people who have overstayed their tourist visas and the US has no effective way to find them much less than to deport them. The fact the government caught Abdulmullatab is just a fortunate accident.

NormanF on December 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I find it hard to believe this story (the guy being allowed to board w/o a PP). On the other hand, if true then it wouldn’t overly surprise me given the stupidity and insanity of TSA. Oh well…it doesn’t really matter. As long as TSA spends time patting down elderly white ladies and confiscating toothpaste, but not profiling Muslims nothing will appreciably change, and we can expect more of the same. In a saner world Muslims would not be allowed into the country, but that’s where we are at in America, today.

Michael on December 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm

The point is TSA searches 100% of the passengers with zero results. On the other hand, the Israelis search 10% of the passengers with effective results. It all depends on how you conduct security checks. The difference is the US prefers to regulate goods while Israel looks at people. But we’re skittish about doing any sort of profiling so the terrorists can get around the ever more absurd restrictions on goods one can carry aboard a plane.

NormanF on December 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm

It has always been/and it will always be, public relations over public safety.

#1 Vato on December 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm

[NormanF – The most hilarious aspect of all this is to hear Janet “The Lesbionic Woman” Napolitano inform the press: “The system worked.]

I don’t think the problem is that she said this. The fact of the matter is that if you consider this statement based on her expectations and based on what we can expect from her and the rest of DHS, the statement is probably accurate. THAT is the problem.

I_AM_ME on December 27, 2009 at 7:02 pm

[Turns out an Israeli firm is responsible for the security at Schiphol and allowed the man on without a passport, but with explosives. Hmmm??
Jennifer on December 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm]

Hmmm… indeed. Was this an honest mistake or is something smelling rotten in Denmark?

NB: That would be Holland/the Netherlands. And, sadly, those Israelis are bound by our stupid laws against discrimination, in which we give Muslims every benefit of the doubt. Had this been for an Israel-bound flight and Israeli law governed it, this guy would’ve gotten as far as the Shoe Bomber did on the El Al flight he took (they beat him up, then sat him between two Israeli air marshals at the back of the plane and he was unable to try a thing). DS

Norman Blitzer on December 27, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Abdulmutallab was allowed on the plane without a passport at the last minute according to these witnesses:

I would say that this guy as well as Major Hassan were brainwahed products of some kind of CIA MK Ultra-type program we have going to manufacture “terrorists” to keep the War on Terror stoked up. I expect a few little incidents like this, just to keep the U.S. population on board with the war in Afghanistan. Then some time in early 2012, we will see a big one, martial law will be declared and it will be all over but the Seig Heiling.

Tony Wicher on December 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Hard to believe this discussion in US of A.
For a start, the cheap labor of illegal immigrants has what has built your country up, and continues too.
And do you wonder why it is that there is a big influx of people coming from the countries that US of A happens to be bombing at the time??
The so called security in the west is a joke. Hippie backpackers are routinely searched for drugs, while the well dressed suits walk straight through customs.
The govts of the west need a few more ‘terrorist strikes’, to be able to justify there bombing of Af/pak/iraq/yemen/somali/sudan/etc.

david on December 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I’ll tell you how this works. I’m from there. There are many Third World country people such as Iraqis, Sudanese etc. who come to Holland to benefit from the welfare state there. They don’t want to go back to the hellhole they came from, so they “lose” their passport, usually in the airplane toilet. Then they show up at Dutch customs without their nationality papers and they are given amnesty because they are considered “refugees” and get to stay in Holland. They can’t be sent back because they now can’t prove where they are from. It’s left wing political correctness gone crazy. My theory is Al Qaeda knows about this loophole, works the system accordingly and gets him on a US bound airliner using the sympathy factor.

Marjo on December 27, 2009 at 11:05 pm

You don’t get it. This is just another false flag operation by the Israelis. The goal here was not to down a plane, but rather make it to the headlines. Did this idiot “terrorist” group really think they can down a plane like that? No, because that wasn’t the goal.

Plane is safe, people are safe, but it made the headlines, and thats what matters here.

The company that runs the security in Schipol Airport is Israeli.

He was allowed on the plane without a passport by a “Sharp-Dressed Man.” He probably worked for the security company.

Sean on December 28, 2009 at 12:38 am

In response to Marjo’s comment, the US will be emulating Holland’s policy in short order, beginning Jan 4, when new DHS policy orders the prompt release of anyone showing up at our air or land border ports, with or without documents/proof of identity and claim “fear” of returning to whatever country they claim to be from, and give a statement as verification of their identity. The motivation for this being, of course, the pro-illegal advocates and attorneys and NGOs that now have majority voice in advising J-No on who should or shouldn’t be detained, and how and where they are detained (with the consensus now to not detain)- and passed off as “reforms.” Because after all, all aliens from poor or Islamic countries tell the absolute truth when they have no other way to get in the US, for good or bad reasons, right? So in a week, not only do they get expedited entry and release inside the US, nad are eligible for a work permit, until they get their hearing – in a few years.

LSmith on December 28, 2009 at 1:29 am

Some suggest full body search of all passengers, others racial profiling. What about implementation of normal procedures? You do not enter the US without a valid passport furnished with a valid visa. The airline is responsible to ensure to check that each passenger has these formalities in order as it is otherwise liable to fly the passenger back to where he came from. No airline would take that risk.

If a sharply dressed man is able to talk the airline staff into accepting a passenger without papers he is obviously in a position of authority whether that authority is formal and legal or otherwise. It should be remembered that “security” at Schiphol is run by Israelis but it could also be one of their US errand boys. It is crucial to get to the bottom of this story. In the meantime all passengers are advised to take pictures of all suspicious persons at embarkation, especially people who appear to hold authority.

ben benar on December 28, 2009 at 3:09 am

Another false flag attack.

How the American people STILL trust what our government says is understandable… one reason might be due to the fact that 50 percent of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level. 20 percent of Americans are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level. Nearly half of all Americans read so poorly that they cannot find a single piece of information when reading a short publication.

So it’s no wonder that most Americans rely on television for their news… and the news is allowed by law to lie to the American people, look it up.

Revolution News on December 28, 2009 at 5:18 am

You must not travel much if you think this is true. Its hearsay. First, you don’t show your passport at security, you show it at PASSPORT CONTROL. And there is NO way they went through passport control without a passport.

Wanna buy a bridge? Real cheap. Just for you.

Steve on December 28, 2009 at 11:52 am

Linked at Bread upon the Waters

Quite Rightly on December 28, 2009 at 12:02 pm

typical GOP paranoid LIES!

Airlines DO NOT let you fly without a passport!


nick on December 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I’ve flown in and out of Schipple and a many other international airports….and as far as I know there is only ONE way you are going to get on a flight to another country without a passport or relevant visa. This it would take cooperation from the RECEIVING COUNTRY, the USA being the receiving country in this instance. Couple that requirement with a well dressed man……and this man saying “we” do this all the time and it’s feasible for me to believe the bomber may have left Amsterdam with the help of one of our CONSULAR/EMBASSY officials…I sure hope this is not the case.

Thomas Unkeep on December 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Excuse me! Nigeria is NOT a Muslim country. To call Nigeria a Muslim country would be propaganda! I am Nigerian and the least you can say is that the country is split 50/50 between Christians and Muslims. The embedded ‘virtues’ of all religions instigate fundamentalism. The bigger the faith in one’s belief the bigger the ‘worship’ complex. It is not about terrorism but the revolt of conscience. People just don’t care anymore. They have been hurt so bad, they need to get out of the corner. Evil minds exploit this.

Scaremongering has become such a craft. This is all about America justifying its unlawful incursions into Afghanistan, Pakistan and lately Yemen, especially Yemen. I live in Nigeria, and yes, there are some measure of religious fundamentalism but last time I checked it was everywhere. Whatever indoctrination Muttalab got, it wasn’t from Nigeria. The kid lived and went to school in London and visited Yemen. His father is Muslim and as difficult as it must have been for him, he reported his growing suspicions to the relevant authorities. And what did those authorities go and do? They let him float into America like a Ghost, sitting on some explosives. That is not epic incompetence, it is treason! It is the greatest act of sabotage that can be inflicted on a country by its own citizens.

The news is not Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab but an exposure in the extent to which some would go to instigate and justify war. From witness accounts the kid was not normal on arrival. He was on fire and sat perfectly still, he admitted his role and affiliations with Al Qada. He was polite and well mannered. In other words, there was the complete absence of a deep-seated hatred that drives most acts of terrorism. As for the second Nigerian man, he had a running stomach and the air hostesses kept screaming at him to get out of the convenience. You can better imagine his astonishment and resentment. The rest is just manure.

Egoigwe on December 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm

More BS from the department of Lies and Deceptions. This is another CIA / Israeli stunt that has become all too familiar.
Why the sheep drink the kool aid, I’ll never know.
The security co., ICTS was the same one for all 911 airports, Madrid (311), London 7/7 run by convicted felon Menachom Atzmon. When will people see the fact that Israel pulls these evil stunts and then uses mind challenged Muslims/ Arabs as patsies? It’s classic divide and conquer. They have taken down America just like Russia 1917 and Wiemar Germany. They create false flag attacks and get the US to kowtow to any war they want fought. This is pure disgusting behavior by the world communists.

the Large Kahoona on December 29, 2009 at 12:00 am

Turns out the guy’s passport and visa were scanned in in Lagos, where his info was checked electronically.. so he was NOT allowed to fly without a passport. These lawyers lied about the second arrest and probably lied about the sharp-dressed man. Dutch military are going through the surveillance tapes and investigating. If these lawyers had seen what they claim, why did they not give a simple heads-up to airlines and authorities in Schipol? BECAUSE THEY MADE UP A BS STORY TO GET 15 MINUTES OF FAME. They are divorce lawyers. Lots of divorce lawyers are lying scum bottom-feeders.

lawyersareliars on December 29, 2009 at 11:13 am

“You don’t get it. This is just another false flag operation by the Israelis. The goal here was not to down a plane, but rather make it to the headlines. Did this idiot “terrorist” group really think they can down a plane like that? No, because that wasn’t the goal.
Sean on December 28, 2009 at 12:38 am”

Little dude…. the Muslims and Palestineans have been using this high explosive for DECADES, since the 1960s at least. And it can easily drop an airliner. It has many times. Trust me, this dope would have brought the plane down if he could. Enough with the Israeli devil plots. Jeeze.

JLin on December 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm

@lawyersareliars: Turns out the guy’s passport and visa were scanned in in Lagos, where his info was checked electronically.. so he was NOT allowed to fly without a passport.

Lagos is in Nigeria.

The lawyer witnessed Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in AMSTERDAM without a passport.

curious on December 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Nigeria is not a muslim country.The majority of the population are Christians.Get that into your thick skull.

Iyke on December 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm

“The company that runs the security in Schipol Airport is Israeli. Sean 28 December”

Actually security at Amsterdam airport is outsourced I believe to G4S (Group4Securicor). Their main offices are in London. Here is the board and COs. Which of them are Israeli?

Krarup, Thorleif 57
Lerenius, Bo
Seligman, Mark 53
Elliott, Mark 59
Lord Condon, Paul 62
Duch-Pedersen, Alf
Cowden, Irene
Lundsberg-Nielsen, Soren 54
Niven, Ken
Gibson, Grahame
Dighton, Trevor 59
Buckles, Nick 48 r

Mrs J on January 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm

C’mon, Debbie, a sharp gal like you knows…uh, that the Dutch work closely with our own CIA. They’re kind of like background folks like the Israelis want to be, but aren’t. By the way, who provides at least some of the security for the Amsterdam airport involved in this fiasco? Answer: the Israelis. Check it out. They’re like the Bush-Walkers who provided security for 2-3 of the target sites on 9/11. If interested parties are the ones providing the security, where’s the security?

Jim Barlucci on January 9, 2010 at 11:02 am

False information.Nigeria is not a Muslim country.Yes, they have muslims in their country just like they have xtians but it still doesnt mean it is a muslim country.If you cannot get that fact right about Nigeria,how will i believe your conspiracy theory about a ‘sharp dressed man’?. Pure Drivel.

ajii on January 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm

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