by DAVID AXE
The Nigerian man who attempted to blow up an American airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day routed through The Netherlands. “The preparation of the failed attack against passenger flight NW 253 Amsterdam-Detroit was fairly professional,” the Dutch investigation into the terror attempt concluded, “but its execution was amateurish.”
This is evident from a preliminary investigation conducted by the Dutch authorities. The explosive used is not easy to make and its production is not without risk. In addition, the modus operandi and explosive are similar to earlier attacks. The investigation also shows that the suspect, Oman al-F., held a valid visa for travelling to the United States. The passenger list submitted prior to the flight did not give the U.S. reason to demand extra security measures.
The suspect did not leave the customs area during his transfer at Schiphol [airport in The Netherlands] and was again subjected to a metal detection check in customs area in accordance with protocol. This check did not present any particulars. The Minister of Justice had decided in the mean time, in close consultation with the American authorities, to immediately deploy the body scanner in security procedures at Schiphol on flights to the United States.