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The NW 253 Bomber Planned the Attack in Yemen; Explosives Were Sewn into His Underwear

From ABC News:

The plot to blow up an American passenger jet over Detroit was organized and launched by al Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect's underwear before sending him on his mission, federal authorities tell ABC News.

Investigators say the suspect had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin used by the military. The so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, had only about 50 grams kin his failed attempt in 2001 to blow up a U.S.-bound jet. Yesterday's bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or was not in "proper contact" with the explosive material, investigators told ABC News.

Because Richard Reid tried to detonate explosives that were hidden in his shoes, passengers now have to remove their shoes during security checks. Does this mean all passengers will now have to take off their underwear before boarding a plane? I'm not trying to make light of this situation because it's dangerous and scary, but it seems our security methods are formulated to respond to specific tactical terror attempts. The question is warranted.

The suspect was charged with trying to destroy an aircraft. I certainly hope he will also be charged with attempted murder and terrorism. Will this be considered a hate crime? And where will he be housed as the case against him is prepared? Hopefully somewhere far, far away from southern Michigan.



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"...our security methods ar... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...our security methods are formulated to respond to specific tactical terror attempts."

Our 'security methods' are a farce. Until we start focusing on PEOPLE, instead of METHOD, we are still asking for another attack.

But we don't focus on PEOPLE. We don't want to hurt anyone's FEELINGS.

In other words, WE ARE FOOLS!

GrandFan Our 'securit... (Below threshold)
Marc:

GrandFan Our 'security methods' are a farce. Until we start focusing on PEOPLE, instead of METHOD, we are still asking for another attack.

The operative word in this case being PEOPLE, in this case the right people.

If this report via a Nigerian newspaper is correct the right person should have been this jihadist cut throats father who claims to have let U.S. authorities know about his son six months ago.

The young man, who yesterday night attempted to ignite an explosive device aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan in the United States has been identified as Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old son of Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, former First Bank chairman. Mutallab, a former minister and prominent banker recently retired from the Bank's board.
The older Mutallab, as at the time of filing this report, had just left his Katsina hometown for Abuja to speak with security agencies, family sources say. According to the family members, Mutallab has been uncomfortable with the boy's extreme religious views and had six months ago reported his activities to United States' Embassy, Abuja and Nigerian security agencies.
[......]
At the secondary school, he was known for preaching about Islam to his school mates and he was popularly called "Alfa", a local coinage for Islamic scholar. After his secondary school, the suspect went to University College London to study engineering and later relocated to Egypt, and then Dubai. While in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, he declared to his family members that he did not want to have anything to do with any of them again.


Time Magazine has this report also, Nigeria Banker Fears Son is Plane Attacker

Was he wearing Jihadkey or ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Was he wearing Jihadkey or Fruit of the Boom?

The federal government is f... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The federal government is focused on people.

New rules put out today require passengers to remain seated for the last hour of the flight.

You see, the real problem is not the terrorist. The terrorist is not a threat to the Obama administration. He can kill a couple of hundred people on the plane or even a few thousand like on 9/11, but he poses no threat to the government. In fact the terrorist is beneficial in the liberal mind because he is creating a crisis by which the government can gain more power and control over the public.

No the real threat here is the private citizen, who took initiative to save his own life and the lives of everyone else on the plane. The liberals believe that the government alone has the right to protect us from harm and therefore the real threat is this man who took the power away from the government and acted on his own.

Liberals seek power and control over the rest of us. That is what they are currently doing in DC, passing laws to amass more control over us and the daily details of our lives.

This man by stopping the terrorist encourages others to act on their own and not to be mindlessly dependent upon the government.

Logically then the government has acted to restrain the law-abiding individual and actually aiding the terrorist in the future.

If you needed any evidence that Obama believes that we are the enemy and that the terrorist is not a threat here it is.

Good contribution, marc. I ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Good contribution, marc. I didn't know that. Credit where credit's due.

News elaboration: Oedipus Complex, world stage, witches' brew, whack-a-mole.

Perhaps entertaining hostage VIPs across political borders as in days of yore would alleviate things. Just guarantee him cable service, unrestricted internet, hot water, and something for the head or lower on down.
If world revolution must wait for the next boxed set of a certain entertainment media product craved by some scion ensconsed in a seraglio, that's OK. We'll agree to wait.

Damn...and here we were bei... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Damn...and here we were being told they only attacked us because of Bush!! Maybe the news of Lord Obama's ascendency hasn't reached Nigeria yet.

Get Akbar a new pair of dra... (Below threshold)
914:

Get Akbar a new pair of drawers from the Gaza strip, airmail Akbar to the mid-east and kick His ass out 10,000 feet over Yemen, sit back and enjoy the show.

I heard on the radio today,... (Below threshold)

I heard on the radio today, that passengers may be required to stay in their seats the last hour of their flight, without access to their carry on bags and nothing on their laps.

Make sure you time your potty breaks...or wear depends!

It's only the last hour of ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

It's only the last hour of international flights apparently. But I will note that neither this idiot nor the shoe bomber needed to leave their seats. The only people who needed to leave their seats were the passengers who stopped them.

Nothing explains the actions of this administration other than they wish to render people defenseless and that they fear the citizen who can think for himself and protect himself.

Again the first act is to take freedom from the individual and assist the terrorist. You can't even ascribe this to political correctness, this is solely about controlling people.

"I heard on the radio to... (Below threshold)
914:

"I heard on the radio today, that passengers may be required to stay in their seats the last hour of their flight, without access to their carry on bags and nothing on their laps.

Make sure you time your potty breaks...or wear depends!"

And waterboarding is said to be torture? What if Someone has a blowout? A Depends wont hold it all if You have to swill in it for an hour or more. And if 2 or three shit their drawers were all bailing..


Epador in Comment #3:... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

Epador in Comment #3:

You're cracking me up here, buddy. I'm trying to be serious but the underwear brands have me chuckling.

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"Yesterday's bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or was not in "proper contact" with the explosive material, investigators told ABC News."

I always wonder, with disgust, why any sane person would offer an observation like this to the command element of such an episode. Perhaps it's worthless speculation. Perhaps it helps certain readers of the article inclined to correct engineering errors. I don't know, but journalists continue to reveal their weaknesses to all who have eyes to see.

"but journalists continue t... (Below threshold)
914:

"but journalists continue to reveal their weaknesses to all who have eyes to see."

Yes, Journalist's appear to like tipping off the enemy if it makes them appear knowledgeable about the tripe they are selling to the fools dumb enough to take them seriously.

Barry's voters suffer from the same sort of affliction..

"Yesterday's bomb ... (Below threshold)
jim m:
"Yesterday's bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small...."

Yeah, we know these Jihadis have problems with small detonators. That's why they are looking for the 72 virgins.

Ha ha ha ha... (Below threshold)
914:

Ha ha ha ha

Of course, everyone knows n... (Below threshold)
fustian:

Of course, everyone knows now that a bomb can be smuggled onto a plane under their clothes.

What are we gonna do, take off all of our clothes and put them in the security baskets like we do with our shoes and belts?

This is not a good time to be flying.

Well, I for one hope everyo... (Below threshold)
914:

Well, I for one hope everyone does not have to put on alinsk...Sorry! Aladdin slippers to board the flight to paradise by the dashboard terrorist lights!!

And where will he ... (Below threshold)
Gizmo:
And where will he be housed as the case against him is prepared? Hopefully somewhere far, far away from southern Michigan.
I'll recommend the prison in Newberry,MI WAAAAY up in the Upper Peninsula. Let this Nigerian enjoy a couple of UP Winters to freeze his buns off while the ready the case!
Until they start profiling ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Until they start profiling the obvious suspects and stop 'randomly selecting individuals' to search then terrorists will continue to probe for weaknesses.

It's rather obvious to everyone involved except for the TSA that terrorists have figured out how to bring down airliners with a minimal amount of explosives and the only variation is the delivery method.

I predict the next pass will involve a bomb inside a terrorist's body and that it will not fail...

From the NY Times: - "Repre... (Below threshold)
Newton White:

From the NY Times: - "Representative Bennie G. Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who leads the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a telephone interview that he would hold hearings next month when Congress returns from its recess to determine whether airport screening processes were at fault, scanning equipment was inadequate, information was not shared among federal agencies, or human error was to blame."

I must wonder if there are any other factors one might include in the BLAME column. I am certainly happy the US Congress is looking into this - that will geterdun.

hearings next mont... (Below threshold)
jim m:
hearings next month...to determine whether airport screening processes were at fault, scanning equipment was inadequate, information was not shared among federal agencies, or human error was to blame.

Yeah, Let's not consider things like looking at young islamic men. But, of course, that's profiling and that's RACIST!!!!

Which makes me wonder: The FBI uses profiling for finding serial killers. Does that profiling become OK simply because the profile says that the suspect is a middle aged white male? Is profiling only racist when it concludes that the suspect is a minority?

Both this case and the Shoe... (Below threshold)
James H:

Both this case and the Shoe Bomber illustrate our most effective security system: alert passengers who take action when somebody moves to take over a plane.

The British connection is..... (Below threshold)
914:

The British connection is.. He love's the Beatles, but hates "hey jude", Love's Peter Frampton, when He's not so white. But above all else, He's pissed because of Boooosh!

And here I thought after Ba... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

And here I thought after Barry's "Cairo Speech", the Muslim world would LOVE us. What happened to the LOVE, Barry?

Yo' Yemeni's , Next time se... (Below threshold)
914:

Yo' Yemeni's , Next time sew the damn thing onto His "Johnson"! tm , than He'll be sure to do it right!@ Unless Sven & Ole are on the same flight?

Michigan is the bluest of t... (Below threshold)
Trump:

Michigan is the bluest of the blue states.

I couldn't care less about this act of attempted "terrorism" since these same people spent 8 years wailing about how there was no terrorist threat and whatever there was only happened because of Bush.

I know it sounds terrible. Flame me like nuts if you want. But I have a long memory and hold a mean grudge.

speak for yourself garandfa... (Below threshold)
David:

speak for yourself garandfan, I'm one of "those" right wing extremist who believe in profiling and I didn't vote for alfred e muslim and those who did are now getting what they asked for!




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