How to stop the next Detroit bomber

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By Jennifer Bryson

On December 25th, 2009 reports began to emerge about an attempt to explode Northwest Airlines Flight 253 over Detroit. The accused perpetrator was identified as Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Then came news of Abdulmutallab’s connection to Yemen. And now the Yemenis are trying to leverage this to obtain additional “counterterrorism” aid from the West.

In response to the news that Abdulmutallab’s trail to Detroit seems to have gone through Yemen, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi acknowledged the presence of al-Qaeda in Yemen and has already used this incident to try to secure more financial assistance for his country.

Discussing counter-terrorism aid so far, Al-Qirbi complained, “I must say it is inadequate.” He went on to say, “We need more training, we have to expand our counter-terrorism units and provide them with equipment and transportation like helicopters.”

There is a striking disconnect between the information coming out about the young Nigerian terrorism suspect in custody now, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and the nature of the Yemeni request. This disconnect also highlights a gaping hole in U.S. counter-terrorism efforts...