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Ear to the Ground

Would-Be Underwear Bomber Was CIA Double Agent

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Posted on May 8, 2012
Lance Page/Truthout.org

The recently uncovered al-Qaida plot to take down a U.S.-bound airliner took a dramatic turn Tuesday: It turns out that the would-be bomber who was chosen to carry out the mission was actually an informant for the CIA. The double agent was the one who ultimately exposed the terrorist plot, which was conceived in Yemen, before it was able to be carried out. —TEB

The Los Angeles Times:

Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency, working closely with the CIA, used an informant to pose as a would-be suicide bomber. His job was to convince the Al Qaeda franchise in Yemen to give him a new kind of non-metallic bomb that the militants were designing to easily pass through airport security.

But the double agent instead arranged to deliver the explosive device to U.S. and other intelligence authorities waiting in another country, officials said Tuesday. The agent is now safely outside Yemen and is being debriefed.

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MSNBC:

An unidentified Yemeni government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the supposed suicide bomber was working for Western intelligence “from day one.”

The insider also provided information that allowed the U.S. to launch a Predator drone strike that killed the group’s operations chief, senior U.S. officials told NBC News earlier Tuesday.

“It was managed so that it was not a threat,” said one senior Obama administration official, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity. “We were confident that we had inside control over any plot that might have been associated with this device.

“The device never got near an airplane. To our knowledge, it never got near an airplane or airport.”

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By IMax, May 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

vector,

I understood your point.  And I understand you purposely went out of your way to be an ass by belittling another to make that point.  How proud you must be.

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By PatrickHenry, May 11, 2012 at 3:24 am Link to this comment

Remember Bales was a Vet and he deserved belittlement.  Cally as well.

Just because one puts on a military uniform doesn’t make them a saint, quite the contrary.

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By vector56, May 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment

IMax; why is it that blogdog understood the point and you seem to care more about protecting the right of the Vet to boast that “we the people” somehow owe him our freedom? We Don’t!

Like Jefferson and unlike you, I do not worship at the alter of the cult of the military.

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By blogdog, May 10, 2012 at 10:16 am Link to this comment

RE: vector, You actually belittled a Vet…

WRONG

the question pointed to the fact that the US Military no longer serves the US
Citizenry, rather, only the global corporate state and its controlling orligarchy

those who are made to believe that they serve the citizenry should be encouraged to question that notion

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By IMax, May 10, 2012 at 6:47 am Link to this comment

vector,

You actually belittled a Vet so that you could make an ideological point with him? 

You must be so proud of yourself.

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By Marshall, May 10, 2012 at 3:57 am Link to this comment

By mrfreeze, May 9 at 6:25 am Link to this comment

“…..read my post again, genius. It’s simple really: THIS WAS A MARKETING STUNT.”

Oh well why didn’t you say so?  Of course you must be right!  Sorry - my bad.

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By katsteevns, May 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment

http://www.theprogressivemind.info/?p=85616

SteveLendmanBlog: Another Foiled False Flag

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By vector56, May 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment

blogdog; thanks for the info; and three cheers for TR TV.

Just as I figured; we are being played like a cheap fiddle!

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By blogdog, May 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

RE: ...given that the first one they tried was NOT strapped to a US agent.

WRONG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNcmRRSzTvI&feature=related

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By vector56, May 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

I got into an argument with an old guy the other day. He had a bumper sticker that read, “Like your freedom, thank a Vet”! I asked him, “do you really think your service to corporate expansion has made me any safer?”

The CIA, FBI, DEA, NSA… all have this same attitude that they are the only thing that stands between we “milk toast” citizens and that dark dangerous world out there. They completely over look the fact that their actions “create” most of the real threats we citizens now fact (colonialism) and treat us as if we were “kept” Mafia wives; shield us from the evil they do on a daily basis.

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By jimmmmmy, May 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

Another move from the Bush play book by Obama, why am I not surprized?

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By LaRue, May 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment
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That kinda reminds me of Admiral Ramius (sp) from Hunt for Red October.  Except instead of it being an undetectable nuclear submarine, it was an undetectable testicle bomb.

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By Sunny Hallanan, May 9, 2012 at 11:05 am Link to this comment
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Am I the only one laughing out loud that the LA Times article about the would-be
underwear bomber concludes “The agent is now safely outside Yemen and is being
debriefed”?

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By Blueokie, May 9, 2012 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

You would think AQ would have caught on as Keifer Sutherland was playing the double agent.  Obviously the CIA is jealous of the FBI’s perfect record of keeping us “safe” from every domestic terrorist plot they enable.  For a real laugh, replay some footage from ‘08 with Barry and the Dims talking about how despicable it is too use the ‘threat of terrorism’ for political gain.

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By mrfreeze, May 9, 2012 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

Marshall - “The conclusion I hear trying to frantically bust its way out of your keyboard is that AQ is a fabrication of US intelligence which uses it simply to justify its existence.”

Of course you drew the wrong conclusion…..read my post again, genius. It’s simple really: THIS WAS A MARKETING STUNT. Most Americans (I think I can safely include you in this) are paranoid and stupid enough to think that this “reaffirms” the power of AQ and proves again that the CIA (you know those guys) is “exceptional.” I suppose now this should put us “on alert” so that we can squander even more of our valuable resources going to dangerous places and finding (OH THE HORROR) that there are bad people there doing bad things…..I’m shocked, shocked….....I only wonder if these guys in Yemen sprinkled white powder all over the bomb and taped a little label on it: “WMD”

Ya, “great job” CIA…..here’s another blank check…Oh, say hi to your buddies over there at Halliburton for me.

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By grokker, May 9, 2012 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

I guess the FBI got weary of directing every major terror plot and thought they should give the CIA a bit of the action.

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By IMax, May 9, 2012 at 6:10 am Link to this comment

thecrow,

Michael Fury?  Really? 

Have you ever checked the validity of what is written there against other sources? 

Unimpressive.

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By thecrow, May 9, 2012 at 5:25 am Link to this comment

@Marshall

“this can only be true if 9/11, on top of all the other terrorism attempts - both successful and thwarted - was an inside job.  Which leads directly to koo-koo-ville where I’m guessing you hail from”

Welcome to “koo-koo-ville”, genius.

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/pulverized-to-near-power/
http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/08/27/memory-holes-in-the-floor/
http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/points-of-failure/

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By IMax, May 9, 2012 at 4:18 am Link to this comment

The infiltration of AQAP.  This operation is spectacularly impressive.  Kudos to the Central Intelligence Agency!

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By PatrickHenry, May 9, 2012 at 3:22 am Link to this comment

How come this doesn’t suprise me.

We are financing the war upon ourselves and we are losing.

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By Marshall, May 9, 2012 at 1:51 am Link to this comment

By mrfreeze, May 8 at 9:36 pm

“Never mind the fact that had our “intelligence” people simply not sent some guy there to pick up a bomb NOTHING would have happened…...Am I missing something here?”

Yes - a brain.  How you’ve decided that the absence of our intelligence agent would prevent AQ from building a new bomb is beyond me given that the first one they tried was NOT strapped to a US agent.  The conclusion I hear trying to frantically bust its way out of your keyboard is that AQ is a fabrication of US intelligence which uses it simply to justify its existence.  And of course this can only be true if 9/11, on top of all the other terrorism attempts - both successful and thwarted - was an inside job.  Which leads directly to koo-koo-ville where I’m guessing you hail from, but then please don’t let me put words in your mouth.

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By mrfreeze, May 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment

So our “intelligence” people send over some guy to our dreaded enemies in Yemen (or wherever) and he convinced them that he’s the perfect candidate to be a suicide bomber. He says:“WTF, I’ll strap a bomb next to my testicles and blow myself up along with a few of them there ‘infidels’.” And our dreaded enemies think, “WTF, why not?” So they give the guy a bomb to stick next to his testicles and send him on his way…..Then, the “intelligence” people tell everyone that will listen: “Hey, we can justify our paychecks! We actually caught our enemies ‘doing bad things like plotting to blow shit up!’”

Never mind the fact that had our “intelligence” people simply not sent some guy there to pick up a bomb NOTHING would have happened…...Am I missing something here?

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By grokker, May 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

This has just become scarier by a factor of ten. And people wonder why conspiracy freaks abound in America.

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By diamond, May 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment

Oh, dear. Something stinks to high heaven and it’s not my socks.

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