Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Christmas Bomber: Curiouser and Curiouser

Every hour or two a new bit of news surfaces concerning the Christmas bomber and his attack on Flight 253.

From the Birds of a Feather Department:
[The Christmas bomber] is the fourth president of a London student Islamic society to face terrorist charges in three years. One is facing a retrial on charges that he was involved in the 2006 liquid bomb plot to blow up airliners. Two others have been convicted of terrorist offences since 2007. (Hat tip: Jihad Watch)
No chance these student leaders knew each other, I suppose.

Despite his leadership of a London Islamic society, the Christmas bomber's London mosque doesn't seem to remember him, nor does an Islamic school he attended in Houston. He was just another face in the crowd, we are supposed to believe. You know how that goes: nobody at an Islamic institution would ever notice a very devout young son of a super-wealthy international banker who happens also to be a government minister of an Islamic nation. Nah. (Hat tip: Jihad Watch)

As this information was coming out, the American Airlines pilots' union were busy complaining to the TSA (Transporation Security Administration), in writing, that, on Christmas day, all airborne pilots were not warned that a bomber had just attempted to blow up an aircraft. Only pilots of inbound transatlantic flights received a warning. Great. So much for a system that "worked just fine" after the fact. (Hat tip: Hot Air)

Dick Cheney summed up Obama's leadership plan for avoiding American deaths via man-caused-disasters :
As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low-key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of Sept. 11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war.

He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core Al Qaeda-trained terrorists still there, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gets rid of the words, ‘war on terror,’ we won’t be at war. But we are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe. [full text here]
Over at Feed Your ADHD (which you must visit to enjoy the wonderful graphic), Jamie observed:
Most normal people are the most mad immediately after an incident… Not The One… He seems to get madder with each poll showing that the American people aren’t happy with his carefree attitude toward the MCD (Man-Caused Disasterer [formerly referred to as a terrorist]).
JammieWearingFool astutely wondered whether Attorney General Eric Holder's law firm was involved in returning one of the Christmas bomber's handlers back to Al Qaeda. Could that be why Holder is the invisible man at the moment? And what about Hillary dear? Where was the Department of State when the crotchbomber's father paid a personal visit to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria to alert the U.S. that his son had become a jihadist?

The Justice Department did manage to collect a post-bombing-attempt statement from one flight attendant who asked the Christmas bomber what he had in his pocket and was told, "Explosive device." You can't make this stuff up. If my 80-pound grandmother whispered that in an airport, she'd have been thrown to the ground by plainclothes guys inside of 3 seconds.

Now that the Christmas bomber is lawyered up (and what a terrorist-loving lawyer he's got too, paid for by y-o-u), he won't be mentioning the names or addresses of the 25 or so other crotchbombers we're supposed to be on the lookout for. Why is that again? At Legal Insurrection, William Jacobson offered a little refresher course on the state of U.S. law concerning the GITMO detainees in 2007, when two of the Christmas bomber's handlers were released from that prison. It is time for nervous holiday air travelers of the liberal persuasion to review the effects of their vehement hatred of George W. Bush a few years back for holding terrorists at Guantanamo.

Speaking of GITMO:
The Obama administration is pushing back against calls to halt or delay closing the Guantanamo Bay prison in light of the failed Christmas Day terror attack, suggesting that shutting down the prison will undermine terrorist recruitment in the very network that claimed responsibility for last week's plot.
I think the American people will have a thing or two to say about that.

Charlie Chaplin pointed out that a day without laughter is a day wasted, and if you can't have a few chuckles about a guy who lets somebody sew an explosive into the family-jewels receptacle of his BVDs, then life has become just too serious. In that spirit, I advise you to take a laugh break over at Jeannie-ology, where some well chosen words concerning the "Banana Hammock Bomber" await.



  1. I can't believe all of this hysteria over this Richard Reid (2001) "shoe bomber" II copycat episode. He's arrested. Try him. Convict him. Put 'im in prison to rot away for the rest of his miserable life.

    In the meantime, let's just get with the terms of coping with, and living in, the 21st Century. Republicans, and maybe the ACLU, are against full-body scanners at airports. But I'm not.

  2. Vigilante,

    If the American people don't put up a fuss about being attacked, this administration sure won't.

    We were lucky this time, but we're not lucky every time.

    Full body coverage for Muslims, full body scanners for us?

    No thanks.