Archive for December, 2009

Terror probes - what you’re not being told

Terror probes – what you’re not being told

By Douglas J. Hagmann

31 December 2009: On August 1, 2001, Hollywood actor James Woods witnessed four men of Middle Eastern appearance engaged in suspicious behavior on a transcontinental flight from Boston to Los Angeles. Mr. Woods’ first public recounting of his observations was five months after 9/11 on The O’Reilly Factor. During that February 15, 2002 broadcast, Mr. Woods stated that the suspicious behavior of the four men “would have been blatantly obvious to the most casual observer.”  Investigation ultimately confirmed that the actor witnessed a “practice run” for the 9/11 hijackings. He ultimately learned that all four men he observed aboard his flight were terrorists who took part in the murderous hijackings on 9/11 – and that they were not all on the same plane during the actual hijackings.

Fast forward to Christmas Day 2009, when Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdul-Mutallab carried PETN onto Delta-Northwest flight 253 and attempted to detonate the explosive package using a catalyst in a syringe. As some “assembly” was required, Abdul-Mutallab used the lavatory prior to his attempt at mass murder. Note carefully witness accounts glossed over by the media, downplayed or denied by officials, such as a second person allegedly taken into custody while another aboard the aircraft reportedly took video.

Intelligence analysis confirmed that Islamic terrorists always use such practice runs, often dubbed “dry runs” or probes to assess operational logistics and various aspects of airline security.  Knowing that and having better hindsight after 9/11, why haven’t we seen media reports, DHS, FBI or TSA acknowledgement of such probes prior to the Christmas Day bombing attempt? Was there a practice run for flight 253? What about the second person reportedly arrested, and reports of a bomb sniffing dog hitting on luggage in the possession of a man a witness described as a 30 year-old male, possibly from India, while the passengers were being held for individual questioning by the FBI?

Answers to some of these questions might be found in the statement obtained by this investigator on behalf of Canada Free Press and the Northeast Intelligence Network from a passenger aboard the very same flight from Amsterdam to Detroit exactly one week before Christmas Day. While filling in on the Schnitt Radio Show, nationally known talk radio host Pat Campbell received a call from Howard, a passenger aboard flight 253 one week before the attempted bombing. Howard recounted the odd behavior of two passengers during the flight, one well dressed man in his mid 30’s and a female of European origin. While Howard reported the incident, there appeared to be little official interest in his observations.

Howard provided his contact information to Pat Campbell, who in turn provided his contact information to this investigator. The information obtained by this investigator is contained in this report [PDF format]. While it is possible that the observations documented in the report could have a rational explanation, the events must be considered through the template of the actions we know took place aboard the Christmas Day flight.

Through the documentation provided by Howard, this investigator verified he was indeed a passenger aboard that flight. Further, the description of one of the passengers is indeed consistent with the as-yet unidentified male witnessed at the terminal.

The meaning of this is simple: the security of our airlines are being probed and probed heavily by al Qaeda and Islamic terrorists. Failing to admit and make public this tactic is endangering the lives of everyone flying this holiday season – and beyond. We have been proven ineffective in our fight against such probes not by the savvy nature of the terrorists, but by the neutering of our pre-flight security for fear of ethnic and religious profiling and outright failure to identify our enemy and provide an honest portrayal of their objectives. We are advised to report suspicious activity, yet are ridiculed and even threatened with predatory lawsuits when we do, as in the case of USAir Flight 300 in November 2006.

The time to identify threats to our citizens aboard our aircraft is on the ground, not at 35, 000 feet, and certainly not in a forensic lab in some makeshift morgue. Had things happened differently above Detroit on Christmas Day, it is likely that government officials, the media and others would be lamenting the continued problems associated with center fuel tank explosions, citing TWA Flight 800 as the last example.

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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.

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ANOTHER security incident aboard same Delta flight TODAY

ANOTHER security incident aboard same Delta flight TODAY

By Douglas J. Hagmann

27 December 2009: Investigators are reporting yet another “security incident” involving a suspicious, disruptive Nigerian passenger aboard Delta flight 253 that landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport  today at 12:35 pm ET. This is the same flight that 23 year-old Muslim terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow-up on Christmas Day. According to investigators, the flight crew requested emergency assistance Sunday upon landing in Detroit. The flight landed without incident.

According to on-site reports, a Nigerian man locked himself in the lavatory of the aircraft and would not exit when requested to do so. He also became verbally abusive to the flight crew during the incident, and was taken into custody shortly after the aircraft landed. The remaining 255 passengers were removed safely from the aircraft.

Our investigation into this incident is continuing.

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Islamic Terrorism on Christmas Day

Sean Osborne, Associate Director

26 December 2009: After an extremely pleasant and enjoyable day celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with my family yesterday, I settled down to watch the 9 PM news broadcast on WCAU (NBC-owned Channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA). The lead report was about how passengers onboard Delta-Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan helped to disrupt an in-progress attempt by an Islamic terrorist from Nigeria to blow up the aircraft as it prepared to land in Detroit.

The all-to-brief respite from the reality of a world at war came to an abrupt end. It became immediately apparent to myself that while the overt Islamic objective to destroy the aircraft while killing all aboard and unknown numbers on the ground below had been averted, the other Islamic objective had succeeded - terror has been struck into our hearts, the hearts of the unbelivers, the infidels, those who reject submission to the false god “allah” (Islam) and his equally false prophet Muhammed. There is no question that terror struck the hearts of all the passengers, crew and family members of those onboard Delta-Northwest 253. That terror even reached our living rooms if we watched the faces of those passengers who were interviewed.

The Quran, Sura 8, Al-Anfal (The Spoils of War) verses 59 and 60:

“Let not those who disbelieve think that they can get away with it; they can never escape. You shall prepare for them all the power you can muster, and all the equipment you can mobilize, that you may terrorize the enemies of Allah, your enemies, as well as others who are not known to you; Allah knows them. Whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be repaid to you generously, without the least injustice.”

Therefore, in the sum of all things and contrary to most media reporting on this attack, this prime example of Islamic jihad in action was not a “failed terrorist attack.” It was as successful as all previous the Islamic terrorist attacks have been on our commercial airliners has been, irregardless of whether or not the physical destruction of the aircraft occured and human lives lost. We cannot deny that the objective of terrorizing us was unachieved. Muslims committing so-called ‘dry run’ terrorst acts succeed as well as those which destroy and kill in suicide attacks.

And yet again we are being subjected to the disinformational mass media reporting that this attack was a failure, the non-representative of Islam suspect was apprehended and our national and international commercial aircraft are safe and your security is assured while flying.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

UPDATE 26 December: See this report and this anlysis for additional and specific details which raise serious concerns of why the Obama Administration and U.S. Counter-Terrorism officials allowed this foreign national receive a visa and to fly into the country onboard a U.S. commercial aircraft. What ever happened to our terror threat no-fly watchlist?

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Muslim terrorist attempts to detonate explosive aboard Detroit bound plane

By Douglas J, Hagmann

UPDATE 9:00 pm ET 25 December 2009: Abdul Farouk Abdul-Mutallab (a/k/a Umar Farouk Abdul Mudallad), a 23 year-old Nigerian national, who is reportedly an engineering student at University College in London, UK, is the primary suspect in the attempt to detonate an explosive aboard Delta-Northwest Flight 253 as it prepared to land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport just before noon today. The suspect’s air travel originated in Lagos, Nigeria when he boarded board KLM Flight 588 to Amsterdam, where he then made the connecting flight aboard Delta-Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit. According to officials in Amsterdam, the suspect’s  stated purpose for traveling to Detroit was to attend an Islamic ceremony in Michigan. The suspect, who suffered second and third-degree burns on his upper extremities, is being treated at the University of Michigan Medical Center and will be transferred into federal custody.

According to a law enforcement source speaking to this investigator, the suspect is on several terrorism watch lists and is also reportedly on a federal no-fly list, although there is some confusion about the latter. “It might be the result of variations of the suspect’s name,” stated this source, although this source admitted it would be unusual due to the methods currently employed to guard against such omissions. This source also stated that there is “direct intelligence that links this suspect to al Qaeda in other countries beyond Nigeria, including persons of interest currently living in the UK and the United States.” The investigation in the U.S. is just beginning, and it is expected that “federal authorities will be interviewing at least three other individuals in the greater Detroit area,” he added. “The status of other aircraft and flights are also of significant concern,” stated this source.

Speaking to this investigator exclusively for Canada Free Press and the Northeast Intelligence Network, this law enforcement official stated that federal officials are “extremely interested” in how the suspect was able to circumvent security and bring the explosive device aboard the aircraft. Although security in Nigeria and at European airports is less restrictive [than inside the U.S], “this is most definitely something that should have attracted the attention of airport security, without any doubt whatsoever.” According to this source, federal authorities are looking at other possible scenarios on how the device made it aboard, and whether any of its components might have already been aboard the connecting flight.

Although the official response so far has not been to officially increase the air travel alert level, holiday travelers should be prepared for longer security inspections and extra screening. The timing of this attempt against an airliner destined for the U.S. could be significant, and this might not be an isolated incident. It was eight years ago this week that Richard Reid, also known as Abdul Raheem and Tariq Raja, was arrested for trying to detonate an explosive in his shoe during a flight from Paris to Miami aboard American Airlines Flight 63, a Boeing 767.

25 December 2009: An Islamic terrorist reportedly of Nigerian origin attempted to detonate a crude explosive device aboard Delta-Northwest Airlines Flight 253, flying from Amsterdam to Detroit as the plane was beginning to land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.  According to a law enforcement source close to the Northeast Intelligence Network spoke to this investigator approximately 45 minutes after the man was taken into custody, the man who attempted to blow up the plane over U.S. soil is on numerous “watch lists and a no-fly list” and is known to have al Qaeda connections and contacts in the U.S. and abroad.

According to our law enforcement source, the Airbus 330 was carrying 238 passengers and was in final preparations for landing at Detroit Metro at approximately 11:30 am local time.  “As the passengers were being prepared for final approach, the suspect successfully lit a small, crudely fashioned powdered-filled device. It is believed that the device malfunctioned, although there was a relatively small popping noise heard throughout the cabin that amounted to what some described as a firecracker,” stated this source.  “Almost immediately, passengers near the suspect physically subdued him, and were assisted by two members of the flight crew,” added this source.

Additional information about the suspect, the device, and how the explosive was able to be brought aboard will be forthcoming.

It should be noted that the Northeast Intelligence Network and Canada Free Press and have been at the forefront of reporting with regard to numerous recent disturbances aboard aircraft by Muslim travelers.

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Terrorists in our midst

“Nearly four years after our initial investigative report about a domestic terrorist group was made public, we can provide readers the first in a series of exclusive comprehensive updates about Jamaat ul Fuqra’s presence and activities in the U.S. and Canada. While much has been written about this terrorist group and their ‘training compounds,’ the cold, hard facts are far more disturbing than the Internet folklore they attract.”

By Douglas J, Hagmann

Editors’ note: This is the first installment of updated information a combined investigation between Douglas J. Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network and Judi McLeod, founding editor of Canada Free Press.

18 December 2009: Readers of Canada Free Press and the Northeast East Intelligence Network will recall our initial report published in February 2006 about Jamaat ul Fuqra, an Islamic terrorist group operating under the guise of legitimacy by adopting benign sounding identities such as the International Quranic Open University and the Muslims of the Americas. The reality is that Jamaat ul Fuqra is a fully operational Islamic terrorist organization firmly embedded throughout the U.S. and Canada and led by top Pakistani terror leader Shiek Mubarek Ali Gilani of Lahore, Pakistan. Gilani is most well known for his role in the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a claim denied by Gilani and the subject of an ongoing dispute among terrorism investigators.

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The Fort Hood massacre & “Toronto 18” connection

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director,  & Judi McLeod, Editor, Canada Free Press

15 December 2009: There is a direct connection between the Islamic terrorist attack at Fort Hood to the members of the so-called “Toronto 18,” an Islamic terrorist cell broken up by counter-terrorism authorities in 2006. That nexus is Anwar Nasser al-Awlaki (a/k/a Aulaqi), the former Imam of the Dar al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. Al Awlaki privately counseled at least three of the 9/11 terrorists in the months prior to 9/11, and was found to be in contact with Nidal Malik HASAN, the Muslim terrorist who murdered 14 Americans (including one unborn child) at Fort Hood on November 7, 2009 in the weeks and months leading up to that attack.

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Islamic attacks on our airline industry

Islamic attacks on our airline industry

By Douglas J. Hagmann

14 December 2009: Once aboard the plane, they spoke loudly in Arabic. They changed seats without authorization. They roamed the plane over the objections of the flight attendants, entering the first class area without permission or legitimate purpose. They moved their stowed luggage from the overhead bins for no apparent reason. One even attempted to open the cockpit door, explaining that he mistakenly thought it was the lavatory. Their behavior was described as disruptive and suspicious, which so alarmed the flight crew that the Muslim passengers were removed from the airplane by order of the captain.

The above describes the activities of Hamdan al-Shalawi and Muhammed al-Qudhaieen, two passengers aboard an America West flight from Phoenix to Washington, DC in November 1999. Despite the FBI’s eventual admission that this incident was a “dry run” to assess airline security and flight crew response in preparation for the 9/11 terrorist hijackings, the incident earned only a footnote in the 9/11 Commission Report and its significance was deliberately downplayed. At that time, there were allegations of profiling by the airline, flight crew and authorities, and accusations of hypersensitivity and hysterics by many who believed that witnesses were making “too much” of the incident.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) immediately came to the aid of the two Muslim passengers and arranged their legal representation to file racial profiling suits against America West, which is now part of US Airways, and others. It was later established that the two “victims” of racial profiling were actually al Qaeda recruits from Saudi Arabia who had received explosives training in Afghanistan. Interestingly, their tickets were purchased by the government of Saudi Arabia, which is a known source of funding for CAIR, and they were both attending college in the U.S. on Saudi visas. The suit was eventually dismissed and in 2003, and Muhammed al-Qudhaieen and Hamdan al-Shalawi were eventually deported back to Saudi Arabia.

The suspicious behavior of al Qaeda recruits al-Shalawi and al-Qudhaieen is consistent with the behavior exhibited by the Muslim passengers aboard AirTran Flight 297 on November 17, 2009, AirTran Flight 175 on January 1, 2009 and the more recent incident involving Muslim passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 227 last Wednesday. Many of the same activities are also consistent with the behavior of a group of Muslim “musicians” aboard Northeast Airlines Flight 327 flying from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 29, 2004. That incident was the subject of a book written by eyewitness and author Annie Jacobsen titled Terror in the Skies, which details the event from the actions witnessed aboard the plane to the handling of the incident by the airline and federal authorities.

In each case referenced above, the incidents were downplayed, the credibility of the witnesses was attacked, and concerted efforts were made to “debunk” each incident.

The list of incidents involving Muslim passengers disrupting flight operations aboard domestic aircraft are increasing, while criminal charges against the suspicious and disruptive Muslim passengers are not. Instead, accusations of racial profiling, alarmist and reactionary responses by the airlines, flight crews and passengers are becoming more widespread, despite the historical significance of such incidents and the consequential devastation and loss of life caused by these very same “dry runs” footnoted in the 9/11 Commission Report.

Rather than handling such incidents as security issues, it is clear that airlines and federal authorities consider these “customer service” problems.  This method is undoubtedly the result of the extensive lobbying efforts made by such groups as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the highest levels of our government, especially but not limited to the U.S. Justice Department. Doing so has paved the way for civil litigation against those who dare to identify suspicious activity aboard an aircraft, from the passengers to the flight crew to the responding authorities as illustrated by the success of the flying Imams” case from November 20, 2006.

In that case, six religious leaders were removed from USAir Flight 300 for suspicious behavior, which was well documented in this police report.  Three years later, the six Imams, represented by CAIR lawyers, hit the airline discrimination suit “lottery” when their discrimination case was settled for an undisclosed sum in favor of the Imams. They have embraced their victory by assisting other Muslims members of the flying public with their web site “Flying While Muslim” and a fill-in-the-blank form to report discriminatory actions by airlines, passengers, flight crews, and even police who react to suspicious activity for the safety of the flight. The Council on American Islamic Relations also has published an online reference for Muslims titled Know Your Legal Rights as an Airline Passenger to essentially streamline the litigation process.

Also, it appears hardly coincidental that Omar Shahin, one of the six Imams removed from USAir Flight 300 and acted as their spokesperson, had direct ties to Muhammed al-Qudhaieen and Hamdan al-Shalawi from the 1999 incident. Shahin was a leader at the Saudi-backed Islamic Center of Tucson, where al-Qudhaieen and al-Shalawi attended. According to the best-selling book “Muslim Mafia,” Shahin admitted to being “a former supporter of Osama bin Laden while running the Saudi-backed Islamic Center of Tucson, which functioned as one of al-Qaida’s main hubs in North America.”

It is to our peril that the numerous incidents aboard our aircraft by Muslim passengers are being purposely downplayed and debunked as hype or even urban legend. The integrity and credibility of those reporting such incidents are under attack as alarmists, racists, or liars. The incidents are aggressively being “debunked” by self-appointed online arbiters of fact, relying on “official” statements made by those having a specific agenda.

Meanwhile, the flying public becomes more vulnerable. Perhaps the ever growing lists of suspicious incidents involving Muslims on airplanes will warrant more than a footnote when the next investigative commission into the attacks on America is published.

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Flashback: AirTran Flight 175

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

6 December 2009: It was January 1, 2009 when passengers aboard an AirTran flight 175 departing from Reagan National Airport became alarmed by a conversation they overheard between two other passengers, dressed in Muslim attire, talking about the safest place to sit on board an aircraft in the event a bomb was aboard. The two Muslim passengers were among a party of nine traveling together from Washington DC to Orlando, Florida to attend an Islamic conference.

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Security incident aboard AirTran Flight 297 suggests terror “Dry Run”

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

3 December 2009: On November 17, an incident took place aboard AirTran Flight 297 scheduled to fly from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport to Houston that the media does not want to cover and everyone from the airline to the TSA and other government agencies want to keep very quiet. The reasons, I have been told, is fear of predatory lawsuits, negative publicity from accusations of religious profiling, and the obligatory subjugation to mindless mandatory Muslim sensitivity training that make a mockery of our American system of values. Interestingly, one airline official told me “we don’t want to become another flight 300,” which is a reference to a very similar scenario that took place aboard US Airways Flight 300 exactly three years ago.

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