Amateur Terrorist Attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253


Northwest Airlines Flight 253, an Airbus A330, with Delta Airlines markings, departed Amsterdam on December 25, 2009, for a nonstop flight to Detroit. Boarding the flight at Amsterdam, along with 277 other passengers, after arriving on a flight from Lagos, Nigeria, was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (Abdul Mudallad), an Algerian, the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker. He boarded the flight with the intention to detonate a PETN explosive device sewed into his underwear and bring about the destruction of the aircraft.


As former federal airline safety inspector, Rodney Stich had written several years ago in earlier editions of Unfriendly Skies: 20th & 21st Centuries, how PETN explosive material could easily be embedded into carry-on luggage, checked baggage, or sewn into clothing. PETN, in order to explode, requires either an explosive detonator, or the injection of a special liquid chemical into it. PETN explosives are commonly used in mining and other industries.


The Nigerian on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 carried a syringe to inject a chemical liquid into the PETN powder (pentaerythritol tetranitrate) to cause an explosion. Neither the PETN nor the syringe were detected during security checks at Lagos, Nigeria or at Amsterdam. Shortly before landing at Detroit, the Nigerian sought to explode the PETN by injecting a liquid into it. Due to fabrication of the explosive substances, instead of the massive explosion that was intended, a series of small popping explosions, like firecrackers, occurred, and then ignited, without exploding.


The attempts to bring down an aircraft with a PETN explosive embedded in his shoes also failed in the case of  Richard Reid, known as the "shoe bomber." Their amateur attempts to bring down the airliners was reflected by trying to bring about the explosion while sitting in the cabin surrounded by passengers rather than then in the privacy of the lavatory.

Evidence of Amateur Status of U.S.
Political Anti-Terrorism Appointees


There were several opportunities to have prevented the Nigerian from boarding the Northwest aircraft, but was not taken. For instance:

The Nigerian Bomber


Abdulmustallab was the well-educated son of a wealthy Nigerian banker. He had shown no violent tendencies. But like many other educated terrorists, he hated the harm associated with U.S. actions. These included, for instance:


Naïveté of Homeland Security Department Head:

"The System Worked."


During a briefing after the failed explosion of the bomb, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, stated that the system worked. Another example of placing incompetent people in key positions−standard political appointments that resulted in needless tragedies: as in FEMA during Hurricane Katrina and a long line of political appointees to the FAA, with tragic consequences.

In testimony to the Senate Homeland Security Committee (December 9, 2009), FBI's Timothy Healy, the head of the terrorist screening center, stated that the success  of its operation was due to the "superb collaborative efforts of the intelligence community.

President Barack Obama's Lambasting
Of U.S. Intelligence Personnel

During a televised news conference (January 5, 2010) President Barack Obama stated:

This was not a failure to collect intelligence. It was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had. This was a screw-up that could have been disastrous.

However, Obama ignored the warnings that former federal airline safety inspector had sent to him several months earlier about serious problems with aviation security.

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA), originally organized in the U.S. Department of Transportation, but later moved to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on November 25, 2002, was responsible for security in all modes of transportation.


There are four different data bases for suspected terrorists, and the Nigerian was kept at the lowest risk status. U.S. officials from four different U.S. agencies were made aware of the information on the Nigerian prior to his boarding of Flight 253.


In use at the airports were metal detectors to detect anything metal on a person's body, and x-ray examination of carry-on baggage. Only a small part of the checked baggage is examined (and when it is, there is heavy theft by baggage checkers, suggesting that they themselves are a potential source for placing explosives on an airliner).


Body scanners are slowly being installed at airports that use radio waves to provide a detailed image of the human body, which can detect items carried under or in clothes being worn. Also being deployed are backscatter x-ray machines that use low-intensity beams that highlight organic material like explosives and drugs.

U.S. Unwillingness to Recognize Why Americans are
Hated So Strongly Throughout the World,
Especially in the Middle East and Africa


It obviously took a powerful hatred for the Nigerian to be willing to end his life doing harm to U. S. interests. He had a financially secure life, well educated, and not aggressive or hostile. During the 1950s, when former federal agent Rodney Stich was an airline captain flying Muslim pilgrims from throughout the Middle East and Africa to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, he found a friendly reception wherever he went. But this changed. Al Qaeda and other terrorists repeatedly state the reasons for their hatred of the United States, and reported by Middle East experts:

There is no way that the United States can protect itself from the overwhelming numbers of people willing to kill themselves while killing Americans.


Numerous Prior FAA and FBI-DOJ Personnel Problems
Enabled Long Series of Major Terrorist Acts to Succeed


A common culture in the United States among politicians and others in government is the culture of cover-up. One recorded example of this is in the letters and faxes sent by insiders, including Stich, to people in and out of government that had a responsibility to act on the specific factual information coming from reliable sources. Great harm, catastrophic events, repeatedly occurred over the years from the corruption brought to their attention, including a series of successful terrorists attacksthat will surely continue"thanks" to this culture of cover-up:

Flight 253 Failings Were Minor Compared To
Far More Serious Problems

Details in the 600-plus-page books, Crimes of the FBI-DOJ, Mafia, and al Qaeda, and History of Aviation Disasters': 1950 to 9/11. (Available at and also in e-book and Kindle formats.)


Stand by for many other successful terrorist attacks, made possible by a  combination of incompetence, indifference, and outright corrupt and criminal misconductand the culture of cover-ups!

Long History of Corruption-Enabled Catastrophic Events

As a result of the widespread corruption in overt and covert government operations, the systemic cover-ups that treat high-level corruption as the "third-rail," and the retaliation against whistleblowers, great American tragedies have repeatedly occurred, and will continue to occur.

Sampling of Early Consequences





TWA Flight  800

U.S. Embassy Bombings

9/11 Easily-Preventable Multiple Hijackings


These few examples of the horrors associated with airline disasters enabled to occur by documented corruption withheld from the American people. The standard culture of cover-ups in the United States enabled the corruption, cover-ups, to mutate into different areas. In the aviation area, although the continuing series of airline disasters eventually came to a halt for other reasons, the culture continued, and enabled to occur a number of easily preventable airline disasters. The inbred culture created the conditions that enabled four groups of terrorists to easily hijack four airliners within a few hours of each other and kill nearly 3,000 people.

One of Over 200 Victims Choosing This Way to Die—
Made Possible by Many Enablers in United States

Consequences of Corruption, Cover-Ups, And
Retaliation Felonies Not Limited to Aviation

There were many other forms of victims from the systemic high-level corruption. These included for instance victims of the:

  • Department of Justice prosecutorial misconduct, people being falsely charges with crimes in order to improve the prosecutors' career.

  • The explosion of violent crime related to drug smuggling into the United States, in which CIA assets were major players.

  • Series of financial frauds appearing every few years, with the latest housing and financial implosions surfacing in 2008.

  • Seizure of assets from innocent people.

  • And many other forms.

These offenses are described in the books written by insiders.

Corruption of the Type Described at this site does not occur in a vacuum. High-level corruption in one area is simply one tentacle of a widespread culture of corruption. And the consequences of that corruption−and the endemic cover-ups−have consequences in other areas. The culture of corruption affects the people and the nation in many other ways, That includes the latest series of financial frauds that has occurred in the housing and financial sectors. Also, the effect of the endemic corruption and endemic cover-ups−major parts of the culture in the United States−that enablers successful terrorist attacks upon U.S. interests.

Harm to People Overseas From Culture Of
High-Level Corruption and Lies in the United States

In addition to the decades of harm resulting from the systemic corruption of key people and groups in the U.S. government, affecting aviation safety, financial, human rights, in the United States, there is the harm from outside sources brought about by the actions of U.S. politicians affecting people in other countries—such as the history of invading and killing foreigners—there are the successful "terrorist" attacks made possible by high-level corruption, and then there are the foreigners who are also victims from the same high-level corruption that adversely affects the American, but in a different form.

Remains of a girl—about the age of the 9-year-old Killed in Tucson in January 2011.

In criminal law, people are accomplices, and guilty, if they know of a criminal act and fail to report it to proper authorities and also to take efforts within their capability to halt their continuation. And there are endless numbers of accomplices that are complicit in these crimes and enablers of the consequences.

Suggestion to people outside the United States. Become familiar with the documented systemic corruption in the United States and show the outrage lacking of people in the United States, and:

  • Help expose the endemic corruption that seem to be acceptable to the American people, and maybe wake them up.

  • Help to protect yourselves against the decades of ham inflicted upon people of other countries by the actions of U.S. politicianssupported by much of the American public. Examples:

    • Serial lying by U.S. politicians to use as a pretense to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, killing tens of thousands of innocent people.

    • U.S. politicians shifting enabling blame from their own corrupt actions that encouraged and enabled four groups of terrorists to simultaneously hijack four airliners, and shift the blame to the people of Iraq and Afghanistanwith the help of a dumbed-down American public that is mostly too lazy to learn the truth.

Documentary Books by Insider Professionals Revealing the
History of Corruption Among U.S. Government
Personnel and the Various Forms of Tragic Consequences







All of the books are available at, in print and on the Kindle, and at many other Internet sites. They bring together the various pieces of the puzzle to better understand the overall picture, and why the same conditions continue year after year. Information on the books by former government agent Rodney Stich

Sampling of early books reviews

Sampling of complimentary letters/faxes to author/activist Rodney Stich.

More information about these books by clicking here.

Thanks to the Very Few Who Care Enough

Thanks are given to those very very few who have contributed funds to the non-profit organization that helps to fund these exposure activities.






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