Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas Day Attacker Joined al-Qaeda while Studying in the UK


Yemen is what is known in CIA-SAD spookdom as a virtual deception site—remember the USS Cole in Aden Harbour (October 12, 2000).

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was recruited and trained by faculty at University College London to assist in a reinsurance fraud on Christmas Day.

He was a bit part actor in a Christmas Day catastrophe (‘cat’) bond fraud staged by Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre (ABUHRC) which is Europe’s leading multidisciplinary academic hazard research centre.

The ABUHRC faculty pension fund, the University Superannuation Scheme, is a co-investor with the Teachers’ (‘TIAA-CREF’) in the $55 trillion Carbon Disclosure Project launched in 2000 by Cherie “Gaia” Blair out of 10 Downing Street.

The cat bond fraud is executed through an online escrow in Chicago (the Sidley Austin law firm) which parks its friends on the winning side of the cat. In this case the investor side won because the plane carrying the Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was not destroyed and the cat was not triggered and the sponsor lost its money.


Listen to the report below.

8 Jan 2010—ABC NEWS—TONY EASTLEY: The Yemeni Government claims that the man who tried to bomb the US bound plane joined Al Qaeda while he was studying in the UK.

Intelligence from Yemen directly contradicts that from Britain which states that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was radicalised after he left London.

Europe correspondent Emma Alberici is in London.

Emma, good morning. The Yemeni Minister's claims will certainly be disturbing news for security officials there. What did he have to say?

EMMA ALBERICI: Indeed, the Deputy Prime Minister of Yemen held a press conference overnight and essentially this was to deflect accusations that Yemen had become a breeding ground for Al Qaeda operatives.

The Deputy PM said that the 23-year-old Nigerian man who boarded flight 253 to Detroit with explosives strapped to his underpants was recruited by Al Qaeda in Britain.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab studied engineering at University College, London, between 2005 and 2008. That was already well known. But some of the other details are just starting to come out. He was, while he was at University College, London, he was the president of the Islamic Society, and even organised a conference titled "War on Terror Week", which included, apparently lectures from lawyers and even former Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The Yemeni Government says their intelligence shows that during that time he first made contact with Al Qaeda, who he got closer to of course when he spent time in Yemen.

TONY EASTLEY: And of course they're saying that crucial thing is that it now appears that he was recruited by Al Qaeda in London, not in Yemen as people have suggested before.

EMMA ALBERICI: That's right. He left Yemen in 2005 and the Government there says that when he returned in 2008, that he had already been radicalised. They say that he got to Yemen and he went there to study and this is after he left Britain. When he arrived in Yemen, he went straight into an Arabic language school in the capital, Sana'a.

They say that he left the school in late September, but that he didn't actually leave Yemen as was previously thought be British and US intelligence. Instead, they say, he travelled east to a place called Shabwa, to the home of Anwar Al-awlaki, a radical American-born Muslim preacher.

TONY EASTLEY: What has the British Government Emma had to say about claims that his man was radicalised in the UK?

EMMA ALBERICI: The British Government has come out quite fiercely denying that. Of course they say Mr Abdulmutallab was recruited into Al Qaeda after he left Britain. In fact the home secretary Alan Johnson said as much in the House of Commons last week that UK intelligence pointed to the fact that he was recruited after he left Britain.

Curiously, also Deputy PM of Yemen told the press conference that British and American intelligence services hadn't warned the Yemeni authorities about any security concerns relating to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before the attack, and this is despite the fact that both countries say he was on a security watch list.

TONY EASTLEY: So another slip up. And this role of the American Muslim cleric who you referred to, quite a shadowy figure, there seems to be some disagreement over whether this cleric is now alive or dead?

EMMA ALBERICI: That's right. There were reports that he'd been killed just before this Christmas Day bomb plot, but those reports have apparently been denied by people close to Anwar Al-awlaki. This is the man who it's known to have exchanged email messages with American officer, Major Nidal Malik Hasan who is the accused gunman responsible for killing 13 people at the Fort Hood base in Texas in November last year.

The Yemeni Government also makes a link between Anwar Al-awlaki to September 11 attacks in 2001.

TONY EASTLEY: Europe correspondent Emma Alberici.

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