Truth Squad spoke with Kurt Haskell yesterday via Skype interview following a pre-trial conference for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, also known as the “underwear bomber.” Kurt had some interesting revelations regarding Umar and the implications of his defense.
Since firing his attorney in September, Umar is insisting that he will represent himself during his trial to the dismay of the Judge and his standby attorney Anthony Chambers. U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds ordered Abdulmutallab to stand trial on October 4th 2011, but Umar plead for more time so he could learn the legal concepts necessary for his self-defense. Edmunds denied his request.
Haskell reported that Judge Edmunds and many others present in the courtroom feared Umar representing himself and the implication that there would be no attorney/client privilege to protect case information. Third parties could sue to access the documents contained in his file. Umar has requested the federal defender turn over his complete file which contains expert testimony that may prove that the “underwear bomb” was a dud. Is the judge concerned with a terrorist being subject to civil suits by his victims? Or is her concern that certain information will be made public record? Perhaps Edmunds and others are seeking to protect information relating to how Umar acquired the explosive materials and who escorted him on the plane with no passport?
Abdulmutallab’s behavior is consistent with his being used to further the agenda of the Federal Government and that he refuses to trust anyone but himself for his defense. After conversations with Chambers, Haskell believes that the feds provided Umar with the plastic explosives sans a detonation device which according to testimony by military explosives experts would burn and not explode. Haskell firmly believes that “entrapment” will be the foundation of Umar’s defense.
Standby Attorney Anthony Chambers said on the record in court that the Milan prison has not been cooperative in giving him access to Abdulmutallab, and Chambers believes someone “higher up” is intentionally running interference, Haskell said.
On December 25, 2009, Nigerian citizenUmar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan.
According to witness Kurt Haskell, an attorney from Michigan, he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, when they saw Abdulmutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man.
“Abdulmutallab was a poorly dressed, young looking individual, but he was accompanied by a man in an expensive suit”, Haskell told MLive.com.
The suited man asked ticket agents whether Abdulmutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.”
Although Abdulmutallab is Nigerian, Haskell said the well-dressed man portrayed him as a desperate Sudanese refugee in an attempt to elicit sympathy and as a way of bypassing his lack of documents.
According to Haskell the ticket agent referred Abdulmutallab and his companion to her manager down the hall, and Haskell didn’t see Abdulmutallab again until after he allegedly tried to detonate an explosive on the plane.
It was later reported that the bomber’s father had reported him to the CIA believing that he would commit a terror related crime. Abdulmutallab was allegedly put on a terror watch list.
On January 20, 2010, current Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), Michael E. Leiter, made a startling admission. Leiter indicated “I will tell you, that when people come to the country and they are on the watch list, it is because we have generally made the choice that we want them here in the country for some reason or another.” during hearings before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
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. ( See Kennedy’s full testimony here )
So here we see not only a concerted effort to allow a suspected terrorist to enter the U.S. by allowing him to keep his Visa, but also an agent of an unnamed agency escorting the terrorist on the plane, bypassing normal security measures.
Another witness described seeing another man calmly filming Abdulmutallab throughout the flight, including during the attempted bombing.
Patricia “Scotty” Keepman and her daughter witnessed the alleged botched bombing. Keepman’s daughter said that “ahead of them was a man who videotaped the entire flight, including the attempted detonation.”
“He sat up and videotaped the entire thing, very calmly,” said Patricia.
Was this the “well dressed man” that Haskell saw, or could this have been a third man, possibly from another intelligence operative meant to make sure Abdulmutallab carried out his mission? If so he obviously would have known the bomb was a dud or there would be no reason to videotape the incident. Witnesses also reported seeing 2 men arrested in the airport, a story the FBI continues to deny giving greater credence to the assumption that the man with the video camera was an intelligence agent. Kurt Haskell told TruthSquad yesterday that the second mystery man arrested was not the man with the video camera, but a man possibly passing the explosives to Abdulmutallab, alerting the bomb sniffing dogs to his luggage which then led to his arrest. Haskell also notes that officials changed their story six times and will not confirm or deny the arrest of this man, nor will they even speak about this issue at this point.
According to other witnesses, Umar appeared to be ‘in a trance’; “he was staring into nothing. The whole plane was screaming, but the suspect, he didn’t say a word.”, said passenger Jasper Schuringa, the man who extinguished the fire in Abdulmutallab’s lap and then subdued him.
Military explosives experts have also pointed out another flaw in the story. A blasting cap is required to detonate PETN and other plastic explosives. The explosives will burn but not explode. This raises the suspicion that as a staged event, the Pentagon may have wanted to raise the fear factor, which this incident did, without loss of life. A drugged “useful idiot” may not have realized he was being set up with a dud bomb.
Haskell witnessed the fire spreading into the seats, carpet and licking up the wall to the ceiling of the airliner and cites the heroism of one unnamed flight attendant who grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flame.
Immediately following the underwear bombing, DHS head Michael Chertoff began pushing the naked body scanner machines for RapiScan in a series of media appearances. This fact establishes a profit motive, as it was revealed that RapiScan is a client of The Chertoff Group, and in a conflict of interest, Chertoff ordered the naked body scanners while he was still DHS Chief.
In an interview with CNN, Michael Chertoff complained the implementation of the scanners has been vigorously opposed by the ACLU and privacy advocates, “the House of Representatives voted to prevent us from using it, but I think now there has been a vivid lesson in the value of this machinery.” Chertoff seems to be saying that lobbyists and Congress refused to give him permission to buy these machines from a company he works for, but now they were taught a lesson that enabled him to purchase 150 full body scanners with a price tag of $25 million.
Similarly in January 2010 the New York Times reported that Michael E. Leiter testified that “restrictions put into place in 2009 that limit how people are added to terrorist watch lists unintentionally compromised the nation’s ability to prevent attacks” while as mentioned earlier in this article, he admitted in the same series of hearings that Abdulmutallab was intentionally allowed to board the plane so he could be watched.
New evidence is about to be revealed that the underwear bomber was provided dud explosives by government agents who escorted him past security on the plane, and then went on to use the incident to profit from security contracts as well as infringe on Constitutional liberty via terror watch lists.
Watch the full interview with Kurt Haskell here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHMfJ7jS-o0
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCIsXVnYsIk&feature=related