Crotch-fire explicitly allowed to fly.

Drips and drabs.

George Washington notices that the U.S. State Department explicitly allowed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s fiery crotch to fly.

The State Department didn’t revoke the visa of foiled terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab because federal counterterrorism officials had begged off revocation, a top State Department official revealed Wednesday.

Patrick F. Kennedy, an undersecretary for management at the State Department, said Abdulmutallab’s visa wasn’t taken away because intelligence officials asked his agency not to deny a visa to the suspected terrorist over concerns that a denial would’ve foiled a larger investigation into al-Qaida threats against the United States.

“Revocation action would’ve disclosed what they were doing,” Kennedy said in testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security. Allowing Adbulmutallab to keep the visa increased chances federal investigators would be able to get closer to apprehending the terror network he is accused of working with, “rather than simply knocking out one solider (sic) in that effort.”

Even if this account were true, wouldn’t some undercover agents have accompanied the suspected terrorist on the plane and beyond?  Instead, we are to believe a suspected terrorist was explicitly unattended and some heroic Flying Dutchman had to wrestle him down.

Seriously?

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    • Edger on February 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    the perfect plan to make people demand more oppressive “security” from boogeymen at airports from the government in the name of counterterrism. Security Trumps All?

    • Edger on February 5, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    were “explicitly allowed” to fly too. And they did a hell of a lot more damage than pants on fire ever did even in his most fantastic dreams.

    Why aren’t they in Gitmo?

  1. …. Looking Like A Fool

    With its Pants on the Ground

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