Saturday, December 26, 2009
In what was described as an act of terrorism, a Nigerian passenger identified as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23, attempted to ignite an incendiary device onboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Friday as the plane began its approach for landing, Federal officials said.
Passengers overpowered the man and the plane landed safely. There were 277 passengers aboard the flight with only a few reporting minor injuries.
Officials from the Obama White House said the event was an act of terrorism.
Sources told CNN that Mutallab first flew into Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on a KLM flight from Lagos, Nigeria. His name does appear in a U.S. database of people with suspected terrorist connections. Despite this, he did not undergo secondary security screening in Amsterdam.
All of this begs the question; what good is a terrorist watch list if it isn’t enforced? Various media reports claim Homeland Security maintained a file on Mutallab. So, why did the State Department issue Mutallab a Visa to enter the U.S.? Are we that desperate to collect the $131.00 Visa fee? I don’t know about you but this episode doesn’t make me have a sense of confidence in the security agencies who ostensibly exist to keep me safe from harm.