Small jihadi world. “Abdulmutallab, A Banker’s Son Turned Muslim Radical: Accused Northwest Bomber’s Emails Tell of Desire to Go to Yemen,” by Richard Esposito and Brian Ross for ABC News, December 27 (thanks to James):
Northwest Airlines bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old son of a wealthy Nigerian banker, became so politically extreme his own father reported him to U.S. authorities.
More than 100 chat room posts traced to his e-mail account by ABC News show the course of his radicalization.
“I think this is the threat, the primary threat that we have to worry about now,” said Richard Clarke, ABC News consultant and former counterterrorism czar. “People who’ve been radicalized in the United States, in Western Europe, people who have been radicalized long distance on the internet.”…
He wrote of being lonely and sought friends on-line. “Can you be my friend?” he wrote. “I get lonely sometimes because I have never found a true Muslim friend.”
Then later, he wrote of joining protests against the war in Iraq, asking “when is lying allowed to deceive the enemy?” Still later he wrote of heading to Yemen.
Isn’t that odd. When I have written about Islam teaching that lying is allowed to deceive the enemy, I get called an “Islamophobe.” I guess Abdulmutallab must be an “Islamophobe” as well.
“The Obama administration has been admitting lately, that Yemen is the new Afghanistan,” said Clarke. “It is the new sanctuary. The new al Qaeda base, where people from around the world, who want to be trained are sent. No longer to Afghanistan, but to Yemen.”
Investigators believe Abdulmutallab was connected to al Qaeda by the same radical Yemeni cleric, American-born Anwar Awlaki, who is linked to American Army Major Nidal Hasan, accused of opening fire at Fort Hood in November.
“It appears that just like with Major Hasan, Awlaki played a role in this,” said Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich, ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee. “All roads point back to Yemen, they point back to Awlaki, I think it is a pretty deadly combination.”…
Abdulmutallab was put on a terror watch list but his visa to visit the U.S., issued in 2008, was not revoked, nor was he put on the no fly list.
Said Rep. Hoekstra, “He should have been at the top of the no fly list.”…