Plane bomber’s U.S. connections

By Douglas J. Hagmann

As initially reported by this investigator on Canada Free Press and the Northeast Intelligence Network, authorities have been investigating U.S. links to Muslim terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. As detailed in our update posted at 9:00 pm ET on December 25, 2009, we were the first to report that federal investigators were interviewing at least three other individuals said to be in the Detroit area in relation to this bombing plot.

Authorities have now revealed that Abdulmutallab attended a two-week seminar at the Al-Maghrib Islamic Institute in Houston in 2008. The Al-Maghrib Institute has direct ties to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which was named by the U.S. Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. Most notably in this matter, it has a branch in greater Detroit, identified on their web site as the Windsor/Dearborn location.

As reported yesterday by the Star Telegram, Abdulmutallab spent two weeks in Houston in August, 2008 “attending a seminar” at the Houston Islamic center. Investigators have now broadened their scope to include the contacts made by Abdulmutallab in Houston, including at least three other individuals who have since relocated to the greater Detroit area.

As detailed in an extensive 2007 report about this Islamic center, “Al-Maghrib instructors also regular [sic] speak with other extremist preachers advocating for terrorism and violent jihad.” According to extensive investigative reports published since 9/11, instructors and staff from that institute have been associated with numerous supporters of terrorist acts, including homicide bombings.