Thursday, February 04, 2010

Underpants Bomber Sees the Light

The suspect in a failed Christmas Day airliner bombing attempt told federal investigators that radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki directed him to carry out the attack, CBS News has learned.


Abdulmutallab has turned against the cleric who claims to be his teacher, al-Awlaki, and has helped the U.S. hunt for him in Yemen, a law enforcement official said Thursday.


Smart boy. Could he have been coached?

Al-Awalki appears to be in a leadership role when it comes to directing terrorist operations and selecting targets for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a law enforcement source told CBS News investigative producer Pat Milton. He had previously been viewed as a behind-the-scenes supporter, providing religious guidance and justification for attacks. He is now said to be an active operations player picking targets and suggesting schemes.

According to the source, Abdulmutallab told investigators he obtained the powerful explosives PETN and TATP in Yemen and was left on his own to decide when and how to bring down a plane.

And that’s considered guidance and suggesting schemes? Maybe he’ll get better with time.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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