by Scott Creighton
***UPDATE*** As it turns out, the photo of the seat section where Umar Fizzlepants was supposed to have ignited his “sparkler of terror” is even more fraudulent than I first reported. You see, Umar (or the poor Sudanese refugee playing the role of Umar) was seated in 19A… the picture is of 19B, the seat NEXT to Umars. You can see a little of 19A in the upper left part of the picture (below) and the seat is clearly undamaged. The FLOOR however looks like something happened to it, but the seat where the supposed “Underwear Bomb” was, is not damaged at all. Now why would they go through the hassle of taking a picture of the damage Umar caused, then not include the damaged seat in the shot (or edit it out later)? Answer: because the seat wasn’t damaged and they didn’t want you to see that.
Yes, the son of one of the wealthiest men in Africa has a public defender representing him in Detroit. Yes, he is facing life in prison for his sizzling seat-theater performance onboard Flight 253, BUT…
Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, has said Abdulmutallab would be offered a plea deal in exchange for valuable information about his contacts in Yemen and elsewhere. MSNBC
So now people all over the world will be arrested under those new guidelines, while the only evidence against them will be “Umar Fizzlepants said so”. And that’s it. He won’t even have to say it directly in court in front of the person he is allegedly accusing… the “good word” of the FBI and the CIA will be enough. As long as some undisclosed CIA agent reports that one of their contractor interrogators told him that “Umar Fizzlepants” said I was a terrorist… that’s all it takes in America these days.
Yes, that is valuable information for someone looking to portray every revolutionary, union leader, or vocal government critic in Yemen as a member of “Al Qaeda” (or just innocent civilians they happen to kill).
I wonder if they will pay him $950,000 like they paid the guy who made up the “Al Qaeda” story for the government back in 2001? Just look how valuable that information turned out to be. No. They didn’t stop any terrorist attacks, but they did fire up a trillion dollar cottage industry. They were able to list the Central Bank of Iceland right along side Al Qaeda as a terrorist organization in order to undermine their economy for a while.
Outside the courtroom where Umar Fizzlepants pled “not guilty” to the charges, an American citizen was just begging to hand over his civil liberties.
Earlier in the day, authorities set up metal barricades outside the courthouse and limited foot traffic in the area. A protester stood holding a sign that read: “No U.S. Rights For Terrorists.” CBS News
Probably just a CIA guy pulling some overtime.
There were no pictures of Umar taken inside the courtroom or anywhere outside it for that matter. So right now, all we have is the “good word” of those helpful FBI and CIA types as far as Umar’s identity is concerned. Oh, well, we do have that one picture of him on the plane where they blurred out his face… for some reason.
They did release a court sketch artists interpretation of Umar Fizzlepants.
I have finally found a picture of the seat in which Umar was sitting in. Now remember that one of the witnesses, the guy who turned out to be the “hero” of the day, said that flames were shooting up head level and that he couldn’t put the fire out himself so others had to use extinguishers. Remember that? Here is a picture shown by MSNBC in a story they did on the “not guilty” verdict.
There are several problems with this photo. The first being that the seat isn’t burned. There might be a little discoloration but it’s impossible to tell with those fire extinguishers lying there. Another problem that I see right off the bat is that while you can clearly see the chemical residue of the extinguishers on the floor (white residue) you can’t see it on the seat, on the seat next to it, on the armrest, or even on Umar’s jacket. Remember, this was supposed to be a serious fire on-board the plane, or at least that is how the “hero” described it. Yet, I don’t see anything burned. Do you? One more thing, look at the seat in front of Umars. Where is the seat that is supposed to be to the left of it? It almost looks like that seat is gone.
When you watch the video of the CNN interview with Jasper Schuringa a couple things he says stands out. He mentions something “under” Umar’s seat on fire and the interviewer even asks him about that. Later he mentions that he heard a “pop” and “smoke started filling up UNDER” the “suspect. Under his seat?
Jasper also deliberately ignored the interviewers question about the picture that had surfaced taken on the plane while the cops were there and apparently after all the other passengers had left. Turns out Jasper did take the photo and sold it to CNN.
If you watch the whole video (which CNN seems to have removed from their site) you notice after about 5 minutes that someone off camera in Miami is coaching Jasper. It becomes so obvious at one time around the 6:25 mark into the video, Jasper is asked about the suspects frame of mind, and Jasper starts going into the answer, looks up a bit, and reacting to someone off camera suddenly stops and says “I don’t want to talk about that”. He had been saying that the suspect seemed as if he was in a “trance”. That’s pretty odd, don’t you think?