Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Yemen Officials Had Warned U.S. Of Possible Attack
More information has surfaced about how the system failed to prevent the attempted attack on a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.
The New York Times is reporting that officials in Yemen had warned U.S. officials that a Nigerian national was being prepared by al Qaeda in that nation for an attack.
The information is particularly disturbing in light of the fact that the alleged terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had raised other red flags. Which, in combination, should have prevented him from every getting on the Northwest Airlines Flight.
He had been denied entry into the United Kingdom - a fact that should have been shared with United States officials and should have led to a similar decision by them.
He had been in Yemen.
He is Nigerian.
He purchased a $3,000 one-way ticket to the United States in cash.
He had no checked luggage.
His father, who had been a prominent Nigerian banker, was so concerned about his son's Islamic radicalization that he visited the U.S. Embassy in Lagos and reported his worries to the CIA.
In light of this, and other aspects of the incident that have surfaced, President Obama told the nation there was a "systemic failure" in security that allowed for the failed attempt to occur.