Wednesday, January 20, 2010

McCain Spreads Bogus Story About Underwear Bomber

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Sen. John McCain tries to rewrite history on the underwear bomber who succeeded in only setting fire to his own sack and then gets snippy with someone who points out that he's wrong.

Talking Points Memo notes:

The one-way ticket meme lives!

Quizzing an administration official at the Homeland Security Committee Flight 253 hearing today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pointed to a missed red flag: the fact that accused Christmas bomber Umar Abdulmutallab bought a one-way ticket with cash to travel from Lagos, Nigeria, to Detroit.

The only problem with that, of course, is that it's simply not true. As TPMmuckraker has documented, Abdulmutallab flew to Detroit on a round-trip ticket purchased in Ghana, according to the Nigerian government.

But when National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter corrected the senator, McCain didn't seem happy, admonishing Leiter, who ended up apologizing.

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