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Joshua E. Keating at Foreign Policy is keeping a list of all of the Mossad's nefarious plots. Here's just one:

The plot: Mossad agents, in cooperation with India's Research and Analysis Wing arranged Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempted Christmas Day plane bombing in 2009.

The evidence: According to a report on Iran's state-owned Press TV, an Israeli security company arranged for Abdulmutallab to board a plane in Amsterdam without a passport. An "Indian man" was evidently instrumental in arranging Abdulmutallab's passage, which is no surprise since "Israel and India are very close business partners, especially via their military contracts." Once onboard the plane, according to the account, another passenger spent the entire flight filming Abdulmutallab, even after he tried to ignite his crotch rocket.

The report, citing the Mathaba news agency, also posits that Abdulmutallab's home country of Nigeria is "clandestinely controlled by the Israeli army and Mossad" and quotes noted "military analyst and counterinsurgency specialist Gordon Duff, " (who also believes that WikiLeaks is an Israeli plot) opining that Yemen, where the would-be bomber reportedly trained, has no al Qaeda presence aside from "phony operatives" released by former U.S. President George W. Bush from Guantánamo.


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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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