Peter King: Terrorist on Detroit-bound airplane had “significant connections” to terrorists

Posted by: ST on December 26, 2009 at 7:17 am

Rep. Peter King, the ranking GOPer on the House Homeland Security Committee, told CNN in an interview yesterday that the terrorist onboard a Detroit-bound airplane (flying from Amsterdam) who attempted to blow it up indeed had “significant terrorist connections”:

The suspect in an alleged attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas was on a list “indicating significant terrorist connections,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Friday.

King, the top Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee, described the suspect in the attempted bombing of a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit as a 23-year-old Nigerian national with potential ties to al-Qaeda.

“He is a 23 year old Nigerian who is also – it’s been confirmed to me – while he was not on a no fly list, his name was on a list for having terrorist connections,” King said during an interview Christmas evening on CNN.

News broke Friday afternoon that a Nigerian man had attempted to light some sort of explosive device on the flight as it was approaching Detroit in an event described later by U.S. officials as an attempted terrorist attack.

The man failed in his attempt, and was reportedly subdued by the passengers and crew of the flight.

A senior Obama administration official told ABC News Christmas evening that the Northwest airlines incident “was an attempted act of terrorism. We’re taking increased steps to mitigate any threats.”

The official said that earlier reports that the explosives lit were firecrackers were not true, but did not comment further on the nature of the devices. The official added that the administration as for now does not believe that the attack was part of a broader effort.

King provided the earliest confirmation that the suspect, whose name King said he had, might have been affiliated with terrorists.

“His name was in a database indicating significant terrorist connections,” King said.

First, hats off to the passengers and crew who took the man down and subdued him until he could be handed over to the authorities. I’ve heard of stories before where passengers – since 9/11 – have acted to subdue passengers who get crazy on airplanes (like Richard Reid, of course, and another incident in which a man unaffiliated with terrorists tried to storm the cockpit of a domestic flight). Clearly the message being sent by the acts of heroism on this plane and others is that if Islamofascist thugs want to take over planes and kill people again, they won’t do it without a serious fight.

Re: the act of terrorism, there are lots of questions right now but no answers – yet. The main one, obviously: why was a guy who had “significant terrorist connections” not on the “no fly list”? Secondly, considering King’s information, why are we getting mixed signals from various officials about his terrorist connections?

Stay tuned

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23 Responses to “Peter King: Terrorist on Detroit-bound airplane had “significant connections” to terrorists”


  1. Joseph Brown says:

    Sorry Sis, two to one the guy is a fruitcake looking for his 15 minutes. Otherwise, why are there so many different stories about him? He’s a member of Al Queda, no he was trained by Al Queda, no Al Queda says he’s not on their roll call list, no he wanted to be Al Queda. On and on ad infinitum.
    ‘Course you do have to wonder where he got ticket money?

  2. betw says:

    I thought we weren’t gonna see Islamic terrorist attacks if we elected our Marxist-Moooslim to the presidency?

    Fort Hood, now this flight from Amsterdam, doesn’t the world like us with a wimp in the White House?

  3. John Bibb says:

    If this was a real terrorist his training in how to make and explode a bomb was very poor. And he didn’t even test it first to see if it would work properly.
    As far as the passengers taking him down–good effort, but too late. If this had been an effective bomb all would have died–the clown did light it off.
    Driving looks better all the time–no terrorists with butt bombs in my back seat! And once again–the tens of thousands of TSA inspectors can not stop all threats. Some will always get through.

  4. Neo says:

    First the article read:

    A White House official said the incident was an attempted act of terrorism. The FBI is investigating and President Obama, celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, was told of the incident about three hours after the plane landed, officials said.

    Well, we can’t have Captain Wonderful being mocked like Bush was. So the new sentence:

    The FBI is investigating the incident. President Obama, celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, was informed about it, a spokesman said, and he asked his aides to ensure that all measures are in place to provide security for air travel.

    So now instead of having the President in an awkward position, his staff now no longer tells him of these events that might embarrass him till the danger has past.

    This means that the famous “2AM call” will not be returned until sometime around 5AM, if the White House staff figures it won’t embarrass him.

  5. Carlos says:

    The more these “fruitcake” (as Joseph Brown calls them) incidents happen, the less seriously anyone in a position to deal with the situations is going to take them.

    Are you listening, Captain Wonderful/Obamagic/Duh-1? More to the point, are there any of the school dropout genii that are employed by and run TSA listening? Or their unelected, unaccountable gofers in D.C.?

  6. Kate says:

    From the reports to the media all indications are that the “fruitcake” involved in the incident was on an Al Queda Database. His flat in London, where he is a student, is being searched. So we have a 20-something, Nigerian-National “student” living abroad in London. I have heard also that the US cannot place federal marshals in planes that depart from the Netherlands…a chink in our security protection that was discerned, also the identity of the flammable mixture is being kept quiet, apparently he used a catalyst in a syringe which was injected into a liquid that was hidden on his leg.

    Does this sound like a very well planned mission or act of a fruitcake Joe B?

    And, of course, we don’t have a Duh-1 moment for Obama….he’s not capable of any ineptitude now is he? The media will make sure of this to protect his legacy and keep his image unsullied.

  7. Great White Rat says:

    First of all, good catch, Neo. The MSM will always spike or rewrite any story that even hints that Duh-1 is anything less than superhuman.

    That said, whenever I see an incident like this, I always whisper a thank-you to those heroes on UA 93 who showed the way to stand up to this kind of terrorism.

    I don’t think al-Qaeda will have much future success using aircraft, regardless of how lax or inane or illogical the security procedures become. Somewhere up there 40 people like Tom Burnett and Todd Beamer are smiling and telling each other, “It wasn’t in vain”. No it wasn’t, and there are another 278 lives saved because we’ve learned how average men and women can fight back in those situations.

  8. rssg says:

    Mass immigration, don’t ya love it!

    Open border uber alles!

  9. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Sorry Sis, two to one the guy is a fruitcake looking for his 15 minutes.

    Or maybe his 15 minutes with 72 virgins, although I think he was promised more.

    I believe that it was Mark Steyn who said something to the effect that all terrorists look like incompetent whack jobs – until the bombs go off and people are dead. How would the state-run media have played the story of the 9/11 terrorists if they had been caught before they managed to fly their planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? I can here it now: “Hijack airplanes by using box-cutters and fly them into skyscrapers? They must be fruitcakes! Even if they had been not been caught there is no way they would have succeeded. What incompetence and poor planning they showed! Real terrorists surely would have planned better. Nothing to see here, folks, please move along.”

    Keep in mind that the state-run media has been lying to us for almost a decade about Islamofascism. They have told us it was all a creation of Bushitler in order to launch an illegal war-for-oil in Iraq, and that the entire world would be made right again only if Democrats ran everything. Remember also that the state-run media claimed – and still claims – that Hasan (the Ft. Hood shooter) was acting alone, or was suffering from pre-post traumatic stress disorder ( in the lingo of the state–run media, that would be P-PTSD), or he had eaten too many transfats (that probably caused him to shout “Allah Akhbar!” as he gunned down victims), or whatever trendy excuse can be conjured up.

    Right now we have an administration that cannot even pronounce the word “terrorism” (calling it instead “man-made disaster”), much less be bothered with Islamic terrorists like Hasan and Umar Farouk Abdul Mudallad. But the Obama Administration does go into high alert status every time a Tea Party protester dares to criticize a Democrat politician (it’s a question of priorities). The terrorists know this, which is why the number of Hasans and Mudallads launching attacks on America will increase.

  10. Bill says:

    This loser must be the Gomer Pyle of Al Queda. I’ll be sleeping better tonight knowing those Amsterdam airport security pros are taking their jobs seriously and carefully screening all passengers before they get on American airplanes headed toward America. Thanks guys! Thanks for watching our backs while our American troops carry the Lion’s share (so your soldiers don’t have to risk their precious lives) of fighting and dying in Afghanistan so you won’t have to worry about the Taliban and their cult followers blowing up your cities and airplanes.

  11. Ron Russell says:

    They will read this guy his rights he will lawyer up and valuable actionable intelligence will be lost. Bring back the water board and save american lives–screw terrorist rights.

  12. Jeanne says:

    I agree with u Ron….we should bring back water boarding!!!

  13. LesCon says:

    I guess we should all feel blessed that the passengers aren’t getting charged with a Hate Crime, the airlines aren’t getting sued by the ACLU, and the ‘victim’ isn’t getting a prime time interview.

  14. Carlos says:

    In line with everything else Duh-1 and his thicket of thugs has done, it would not surprise me one iota if the mental giant is waterboarded. Problem is, we won’t know about it for twenty-five to forty years because this kind of info is leaked only on Republican presidents (because they are EVIL!) and not on jackass presidents (and the bigger the jackass, the longer it will take to get the real info out).

    Don’t look for the truth until the messiah has passed away from old age. (And don’t look for a death panel to refuse him his health care, like it will to you and me.)

  15. Louise says:

    @ Joseph Brown, I’m thinkin’ if you could spell “al Qaeda” correctly you’re argument might carry a bit more weight. It doesn’t matter whether he was a “member” of al Qaeda. His aims were the same. Al Qaeda is but one of several organizations all of which have the destruction of the West and the re-establishment of the Caliphate as their aim. They will cooperate with whoever has the same sentiment and the will to die for the cause.