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US Knew About Dry Run For Cargo Bombs

From ABC News:

U.S. Feared Parcel Bomb Plot Was Coming; Saw September ‘Dry Run’

Nov. 1, 2010

US intelligence officials feared that al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen were plotting to attack the United States and actually intercepted what they now believe were "dry run" shipments to Chicago in mid-September, according to several people briefed on the plot and a senior US official.

The senior US official told ABC News that the "dry run" involved a carton of household goods including books, religious literature, and a computer disk, but no explosives, shipped from Yemen to an address in Chicago by "someone with ties to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."

Another person briefed on the incident said it is now believed the terrorists sent the package "so they could track how long it took and whether there would be any problems for the package getting through the system."

Senior administration officials told ABC News that, after the September shipment was discovered, U.S. intelligence agencies had specific concerns about the Yemen-based group’s interest in Chicago, noting not only the destination of the September shipment, but also a photograph of the Chicago skyline in a magazine recently published by the terror group’s propaganda arm.

US intelligence "intercepted the packages in transit," the senior intelligence official said, searched them, and then allowed them to continue to Chicago.

"The dry run is always important to al Qaeda," said Dick Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism official and now an ABC News consultant. "In this case they wanted to follow the packages using the tracking system to know exactly when they got to a point, how long the timer had to be set for, so the bomb would go off at the right point, which presumably was over Chicago." …

Why wasn’t the American public informed about this "dry run"? Why didn’t we have a right to know about this? Didn’t the ‘the folks’ of Mr. Obama’s adopted political machine hometown have the right to know they could be in danger?

Or would such news have turned public opinion even further against the Ground Zero Mosque and other issues of the day? Would it have hurt the Democrats’ chances for re-election?

While officials believed air cargo might be used for an attack, "no one in the US government had specific timing or date" for the real bombs, the senior US official said.

The White House said it only learned of the actual air cargo plot late Thursday night when Saudi intelligence provided "a tip" about the bombs being shipped.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the tip involved the FedEx and UPS tracking numbers which made it possible for the US to stop the shipments at transfer points in Dubai and the United Kingdom…

US and British authorities say they now believe that the bombs, hidden in desktop printers, were designed to be detonated on board the aircraft carrying them.

"If one cargo plane is taken down by a bomb," said Brad Garrett, an ABC News consultant and former FBI agent, "you could literally shut down cargo transport across the world."

Again, try to imagine the outrage if the Bush administration had covered up such a plot for two months. Just imagine the howls from our watchdog media.

Of course there is nothing to worry about with Mr. Obama at the helm. Obviously, his crack team of terror experts know best how to handle these things.

But do you think we would have ever heard about the September ‘dry run’ if this attack had succeeded?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “US Knew About Dry Run For Cargo Bombs”

  1. canary says:

    Cargo planes? News (FOX) finally said they were 2 passenger planes, and the bombs were real & undetectable by regular screening & sniffing dogs. They showed pictures. I’ve heard so many different stories from the get go. So, much scrubbing lately.

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