US Border officials planned to question Nigerian on landing
REPORT SHOWS US INTELLIGENCE CAME CLOSE TO UNCOVERING NIGERIAN'S TERROR PLAN
A report from the Los Angeles Times says that US border officials had knowledge that the Nigerian national on a Detroit-bound Delta flight on December 25 was an alleged extremist and were planning to question him on landing.
Transport Security Administration officials discovered Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's name on the Customs and Border Protection database after he boarded his Northwest flight in Amsterdam and were waiting to question him upon landing in Detroit, according to senior law enforcement officials.
The disclosure appears to show US intelligence was close to uncovering the terrorist plot, despite the barrage of criticism it has come under since Abdulmutallab, 23, failed to detonate a bomb aboard a Northwest airliner on Christmas Day.