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AP Sat On Al Qaeda ‘Underwear Bomb’ Story

From the famously tight-lipped Associated Press:

CIA derails plot with al-Qaida underwear bomb

By ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
May 8, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the FBI’s explosives lab in Virginia, experts are picking apart a sophisticated new al-Qaida bomb to figure out whether it could have slipped past airport security and taken down a commercial airplane, U.S. officials said.

The unexploded bomb represents an intelligence prize, the result of a covert CIA operation in Yemen that thwarted a suicide mission around the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, officials said. The device did not contain metal, meaning it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector. But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it.

We have already been warned that these full body scanners don’t do all they claim.

The device is an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.

Lest we forget, the Christmas Day underwear bomber was only thwarted because he mixed the ingredients wrong in the plane’s bathroom. Which caused the bomb to only set fire to his leg.

And yet Janet Napolitano assured us, "the system worked."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Monday night that she had been briefed Monday about an "undetectable" device that was "going to be on a U.S.-bound airliner."

Well, it was sure nice of Ms. Feinstein to tell the terrorists that this device was "undetectable."

U.S. officials declined to say where the CIA seized the bomb. The would-be suicide bomber, based in Yemen, had not yet picked a target or purchased plane tickets when the CIA seized the bomb, officials said. It was not immediately clear what happened to the would-be bomber.

But we can be certain that if he is in US custody he doesn’t have to worry about facing enhanced interrogation from the Obama administration. In fact, they probably won’t even send him to Gitmo. Which should make us sleep a lot better.

President Barack Obama had been monitoring the operation since last month, the White House said Monday evening. White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the president was assured the device posed no threat to the public

After all, how could blowing up a plane pose a threat to the public?

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said: "The device did not appear to pose a threat to the public air service, but the plot itself indicates that these terrorist keep trying to devise more and more perverse and terrible ways to kill innocent people. And it a reminder of how we have to keep vigilant." …

We thought Mrs. Clinton’s State Department said the war on terror was over?

The operation unfolded even as the White House and Homeland Security Department assured the public that they knew of no al-Qaida plots against the U.S. around the anniversary of bin Laden’s death.

On May 1, the Homeland Security Department said, "We have no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots against the U.S. tied to the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death."

So they lied to us to make the anniversary more meaningful?

The AP learned about the thwarted plot last week but agreed to White House and CIA requests not to publish a story immediately because the sensitive intelligence operation was still under way.

Once officials said those concerns were allayed, the AP decided to disclose the plot Monday despite requests from the Obama administration to wait for an official announcement Tuesday

Or did the White House just want the AP to sit on the story to avoid stepping on Obama’s ‘gutsy call’ celebration?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AP Sat On Al Qaeda ‘Underwear Bomb’ Story”

  1. GetBackJack

    It used to be Shakespeare’s first thing we do is kill all the lawyers.

    Now it seems the first thing we have to do is fumigate the nation’s press corp (not going to use the word kill. The interwebs is forever)

    PS – “sat on underwear story”

    Big Grin

  2. Astravogel

    Ms Feinstein reminds me of the Congressman in
    Planetary War Two who announced that the Japanese
    were setting their torpedoes incorrectly. Thankfully, that
    got hushed up. Who’ll hush up Feinstein, Clinton, et al?

  3. JohnMG

    …..”Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee…..”

    Now there’s an oxymoron if I ever saw one.

  4. yadayada

    Feinstein briefed on underwear bomb. another grin.
    fruit of the boom

    “The device did not contain metal, meaning it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector.”

    “probably”?!?!! who writes this cr@p? the chinese fireworks you buy for July 4th will make it thru a metal detector.

    “But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it.”

    why isn’t it clear to our “intelligence community” whether the device will pass undetected thru a full boddy scanner?
    you have the device, put it in the scanner.

    “AP learned about the thwarted plot last week but agreed to White House and CIA requests not to publish a story immediately because the sensitive intelligence operation was still under way.”

    already thwarted but still underwear…oops, underway. sooo… they hold the article when requested to hold the article. then post the article later after requests to hold the article??

    don’t want anyone interfering with the endzone spike

    • JohnMG

      Why didn’t they ‘brief’ ‘Boxer’? She’s a more likely prospect for ‘fruit-as-a-loon’.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    TSA=Thousands Standing Around.

    Millions of tax dollars a day get flushed to pay for these MacDonald’s rejects. (I’m just surprised they don’t already wear brownshirts…though “brownshorts” seems to be making a play for it)

    Number of potential plots by terrorists foiled by TSA=0

    Number of nail-clippers confiscated by TSA=47,928,732

    Money well spent indeed.




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