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Detriot Flight Saved By Failed Detonator

From ABC News:

Officials: Only A Failed Detonator Saved Northwest Flight

Screening Machines May Need to Be Replaced; Al Qaeda Aware of ‘Achilles heel’

By RICHARD ESPOSITO and BRIAN ROSS

Dec. 26, 2009 — Officials now say tragedy was only averted on Northwest flight 253 because a makeshift detonator failed to work properly.

Bomb experts say there was more than enough explosive to bring down the Northwest jet, which had nearly 300 people aboard, had the detonator not failed, and the nation’s outdated airport screening machines may need to be upgraded.

"We’ve known for a long time that this is possible," said Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar and ABC News consultant, "and that we really have to replace our scanning devices with more modern systems."

Clarke said full body scans were needed, "but they’re expensive and they’re intrusive. They invade people’s privacy."

Al Qaeda, said Clarke, is aware of this vulnerability in the U.S. airport security system. "They know that this is a weakness and an Achilles’ heel in our airport security system and this is the second time they’ve tried it."

In 2001, would-be "shoe bomber" Richard Reid failed in his attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight with a highly explosive chemical known as PETN. He attempted to light a fuse to his shoe on a December 22 American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami but was subdued by other passengers.

According to investigators, the bomb on Northwest flight 253, which was en route from Amsterdam to Detroit when suspect Umar farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly detonated it, contained more than 80 grams of PETN. The material was allegedly sewn into Abdulmutallab’s underwear, and was not detected by airport security.

The bomb was built and the plot organized, say U.S. officials, by al Qaeda leaders in Yemen, just north of the capital city of Sanaa.

Authorities say the 23-year-old suspect spent months in Yemen being trained for the Christmas Day suicide mission.

Investigators believe Abdulmutallab was connected to al Qaeda by the same radical imam, American-born Anwar Awlaki, who is linked to the American Army major accused of opening fire at Fort Hood in November.

According to investigators, the bomb used yesterday was built in Yemen by a top al Qaeda bomb maker…

Abdulmutallab was on a terrorism watch list, but not on a no-fly list. Said Clarke, "So once again, we have the U.S. government, as in the case of the Fort Hood attacks, knowing about someone, knowing that they were suspicious, but that information didn’t get to the right people in time."

Some further details.

The criminal complaint can be read here.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, December 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Detriot Flight Saved By Failed Detonator”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    1) Get mindless drones to act independently in allah’s name-check
    2) Smuggle volatile chemicals onboard unnoticed-check
    3) Wait until just the right time to detonate-check
    4) Functioning detonator-needs work

    Thanks to the American infidels for critiquing where our shortcomings are and how to improve them.

    Honestly, why is the MSM so revealing only when it hurts this nation so badly. They can master spin when they are trying to hide the boy’s nicotine habit, but they feel duty-bound to reveal details about the detonator not working.

    What a bunch of security risks writing copy for mass consumption.

  2. BillK

    You can spend an hour locked in a bathroom pretending to be “ill” while assembling your device even after the events of Christmas – check.


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