US press silence on Abdulmutallab story was, at first, near-total–and then total‏

A worrisome addendum, from Michael Green, to Michael Collins’ item on the TSA.

What’s worrisome about it isn’t just the revelation that the US government deliberately allowed the terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, 2009. More troubling still is the near-total silence on the story by the US media, except for the Detroit News–which then hastily retracted its report the following day (see attachment) – Detroit News Article.



Because you posted Michael Collins’s article on TSA, I am forwarding the email that I sent to him.

The USG intelligence community stated that it deliberately decided to let Abdulmutallab board the plane in the service of a greater security operation. The only newspaper reporting the relevant Congressional testimony of Patrick Kennedy was the Detroit News. No other media went near it. The News retracted its facts without explanation the next day.

First, the facts (below). For the (forced) retraction see the attached. (Detroit News Article)

As Assange opined recently at the Oslo media forum, the charm of a centralized electronic memory bank is that history may be seamlessly rewritten with no trace of that ugly glue which

Stalin had to use when he insisted that the Soviet Encyclopedia enlarge its entry on the Bering Straits after what’s-his-name (Beria) passed into oblivion.

Michael Green

—– Original Message —–

From: Michael Green

To: Collins, Michael

Sent: Friday, November 19, 2010 7:03 PM

Subject: The Bizarre Tale of Graft and Sleazy Political Opportunism That Brought Us the ‘Porno Scanners’ : Information Clearing House: ICH

From Michael Collins’ piece:

Would Scanners Have Stopped Abdulmutallab?

We know that federal law enforcement quietly allowed the Haskells’ story to stand through the statement to Brian Ross. Since key elements of the story have not been formally investigated, we don’t know if Abdulmutallab went through normal check-in or if, as witnessed and indicated, he somehow bypassed normal security requirements. We don’t know who the sharp dressed man is. We don’t know the full extent of the system breakdown that allowed all of this to happen.

Michael Green adds:

But we do, and there was no breakdown.

Amid media blackout

Congressional hearing reveals US intelligence agencies shielded Flight 253 bomber
By Alex Lantier
3 February 2010

A January 27 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security established that US intelligence agencies stopped the State Department from revoking the US visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The Nigerian student, whom US officials suspected of being affiliated with the Yemeni terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, attempted to set off a bomb on Northwest Flight 253 into Detroit on Christmas Day. Revocation of Abdulmutallab’s visa would have prevented him from boarding the airplane.

The hearing was reported in a brief article posted January 27 on the web site of the Detroit News, headlined, “Terror Suspect Kept Visa to Avoid Tipping Off Larger Investigation.”

The revelation that US intelligence agencies made a deliberate decision to allow Abdulmutallab to board the commercial flight, without any special airport screening, has been buried in the media. As of this writing, nearly a week after the hearing, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times have published no articles on the subject. Nor have the broadcast or cable media reported on it.

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