FBI E-mail Warning of Terror plot, Mistaken for Nigerian Banking Scam

Washington, D.C. – History has repeated itself as the failed terror attack in Detroit has shown eerie similarities to the security failures leading up to 9/11. Like the Phoenix e-mail memo warning of the 9/11 terrorists flight training was ignored, so to was an e-mail about the Nigerian suspect in the terror plot. However this time the failure was the FBI’s spam filter, not human failure. Umar Mutallab, former Chairman of Nigeria’s First Bank PLC and father of the suspect, had warned authorities of his son’s religious behavior. The information was being passes along by e-mail and got caught up … Continue reading FBI E-mail Warning of Terror plot, Mistaken for Nigerian Banking Scam

Pakistan seeks terrorism charges against Americans

Pakistan seeks terrorism charges against Americans Kamran Haider ISLAMABAD Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:01am EST // // // Related News Pakistan’s embattled Zardari vows to defend democracy Sun, Dec 27 2009 Taliban planned to use Americans in Pakistan attacks Sat, Dec 26 2009 Suicide bomber kills 3 in key northwest Pakistan town Tue, Dec 22 2009 Pakistan seeks clues on jailed Americans Mon, Dec 14 2009 Pakistan PM backtracks on Waziristan remarks Sat, Dec 12 2009 // ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani police will ask a court to charge five Americans detained in the country this month with planning terrorist attacks … Continue reading Pakistan seeks terrorism charges against Americans

Radical Embitterment: The Unconscious Psychology of Terrorists

Radical Embitterment: The Unconscious Psychology of Terrorists (Part Two) Do terrorists tend to suffer from unconscious psychological conflicts? Published on December 29, 2009 Forensic psychologists and psychiatrists routinely interview and evaluate criminal defendants. Some are charged with minor non-violent crimes, and others with major violent crimes such as assault, armed robbery, rape, murder or attempted murder. On Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to murder almost three-hundred people. He was the alleged would-be suicide bomber on Northwest Airlines flight 253. (See Part One.) What transforms someone from mild-mannered, studious, ambitious, amiable, spiritually-oriented mechanical engineer to a suspected cold-blooded, homicidal, suicide bomber … Continue reading Radical Embitterment: The Unconscious Psychology of Terrorists

Muslim Youth Radicalization or Politically Correct Islamophobia?

A few weeks ago, five young Muslim men were arrested in Pakistan for allegedly seeking to join militant groups. The boys’ sudden disappearance coupled by a “farewell” video reignited the media’s obsession with homegrown terrorism and radicalization. Yet this time, the media was joined by an unlikely ally; some Muslim American organizations and their leadership. Rather than critically question the media’s premise of radicalization, Muslim organizations and their leaders jumped on the bandwagon and now seek to put an end to “Muslim youth radicalization,” whatever that means. But seriously, what does that mean? House Resolution 1955 defined violent radicalization as … Continue reading Muslim Youth Radicalization or Politically Correct Islamophobia?

Suspect Puts U.K. Schools in Focus

By DANA CIMILLUCA and ALISTAIR MACDONALD Accused airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s affiliation with University College London is reviving concerns in Britain that its universities and colleges—even the elite—can breed Islamic radicalism. In several of the terrorist plots linked to London since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., the suspects have been university students or graduates. In many cases, the schools involved are among Britain’s most prestigious, including UCL, King’s College London and the London School of Economics, all of which receive taxpayer funding. Despite questions raised by government officials in the U.K. about whether Mr. Abdulmutallab, the … Continue reading Suspect Puts U.K. Schools in Focus

Is Al-Awlaki targeting or is he a target?

Al-Awlaki, a new public enemy As reports claim would-be plane bomber Abdulmutallab may have met Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical’s profile grows Zahed Amanullah When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23 year-old Nigerian Muslim, failed in his attempt to detonate explosives smuggled aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas Day, the trail leading back to Yemen brought a familiar name back into the spotlight. “Informed reports” indicated that Abdulmutallab met Anwar al-Awlaki, a 38 year-old American-born imam who studied and preached in the US before leaving in 2002 to reside permanently in Yemen, escaping the FBI scrutiny that followed his close contact … Continue reading Is Al-Awlaki targeting or is he a target?

College chief rejects ‘bomber’ radicalisation claims

College chief rejects ‘bomber’ radicalisation claims The provost of University College London (UCL) has rejected suggestions the Christmas Day airline bomb suspect was radicalised while studying at the institution. Malcolm Grant spoke out as he announced a review into Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s time at UCL. Abdulmutallab, 23, is at the centre of a major terror investigation on both sides of the Atlantic after allegedly attempting to detonate a powdery substance on a flight from Amsterdam as it prepared to land in Detroit with 280 people on board. The Nigerian, now known as Umar Farouk, studied an engineering degree at UCL … Continue reading College chief rejects ‘bomber’ radicalisation claims

Is UCL a hotbed of Radicalisation?

Detroit bomber: British university ‘complicit’ in radicalisation University College London, where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was recently president of the Islamic Society, has been accused of being “complicit” in the radicalisation of Muslim students by “failing grotesquely” to prevent extremists from giving lectures on campus. By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter Published: 8:00AM GMT 30 Dec 2009 Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab is the alleged terrorist behind the failed attempt to bomb a passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas Day. Photo: EPA UCL has been heavily criticised in the past for its relaxed attitude to radical preachers, and security agencies are investigating whether … Continue reading Is UCL a hotbed of Radicalisation?

Passing the buck?

Gain trust to stop terrorism Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s father warned authorities about him. It’s a good reminder of the best way to prevent terrorism Inayat Bunglawala guardian.co.uk, Friday 1 January 2010 14.00 GMT As Barack Obama takes his security services to task for their “systemic failure” in the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, it is worth recalling that Umar’s own father was the person who first alerted the US embassy in Nigeria to his concerns regarding his son. The reported warning by Umar’s father is an important reminder that very often our best defence against would-be terrorists and their ambitions … Continue reading Passing the buck?

British Police, Jack Straw – clashing Egos

A stab in the back for police from Straw Jack Straw’s remarks about lazy coppers are politically driven and imply he knows little about the nature of grassroots policing John O’Connor guardian.co.uk, Friday 1 January 2010 15.00 GMT If I was still a serving police officer I would take great exception to the remarks made by Jack Straw, the justice minister, about lazy coppers who would rather stay in a warm police station than patrol their beats. At the very least the police have the right to expect unequivocal support from that quarter and they must be dismayed at what … Continue reading British Police, Jack Straw – clashing Egos