(WFLX) - The suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was on the widest list of possible terrorists; however, he wasn't on the no-fly list. But it's clear his anger towards the West was simmering for a long time.
Abdulmutallab's digital trail leads back to boarding school in West Africa where, in 2005, he was chatting under the screen-name 'Farouk 1986'.
At age 18, he painted an online portrait of alienation and of dreams of a holy war against the West. "I imagine how the Great Jihad will take place. How the Muslims will win and rule the whole world." Abdulmutallab continued, "Do I have to clarify anything further?"
The Nigerian National came from a wealthy family and even had a home in London. It wasn't until his father warned the US Embassy in Nigeria about his son's hatred towards America, the U.S. first learned about Abdulmutallab. CBS News reported the government failed to connect that information with subsequent requests for entry VISA's into the U.S.
"When you have a father reporting information about a son, and that he doesn't know where he is, it's enough to try to find out what he's doing," said former FBI agent Pat D'Muro.
The suspect was only in the widest terrorist watch list called 'TIDE', usually supporters of terrorism. About 550,000 people are on the list.
He wasn't in the Terrorism Screening Center's active terrorist list of about 400,000, and he certainly wasn't on the no-fly list which only includes 4,000 names.
"They are using people who are not on our radar. Our radar had not caught up with him, it was too late," said Major Dan McBride with the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.