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Questioning Abdulmutallab

What intelligence officials should be asking the Christmas Day bomber.

12:24 PM, Feb 4, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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--Finally, despite its recently renewed interest in fighting al Qaeda, the Yemeni government has allowed senior members and associates of al Qaeda to operate openly. One of these senior figures is Sheikh Abdul Majid al Zindani, who has been a longtime ally of Osama bin Laden and yet the duplicitous Yemeni government has refused to shut him down. In fact, Zindani held a conference in the heart of Sanaa weeks after the Christmas Day attack to denounce U.S. intervention in the country and to pledge jihad if America should increase its presence. Did UFA meet with Zindani or any of Zindani’s aides while in Yemen? Is UFA familiar with Zindani’s teachings? If so, did Zindani’s teachings have any effect on him?

These questions are, of course, just the tip of the iceberg. But they are good place to start, assuming that UFA is now answering questions.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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