Investigators: Terrorist wore suicide underwear made by top AQ bombmaker in Yemen

posted at 3:45 pm on December 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In the war on terror, we’ve seen suicide vests and suicide belts.  We’ve even seen suicide rucksacks.  Now, the top Yemeni bombmaker for al-Qaeda has the latest in fashion for radical jihadists looking to martyr themselves for their faith, as ABC News reports:

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.

Investigators say the suspect, Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian student whose birthday was last Tuesday, has provided detailed information about his recruitment and training for what was supposed to be a Christmas Day suicide attack.

It’s difficult to see how TSA will create standards to protect against suicide underwear.  Thanks to Richard Reid, we have to take off our shoes before getting to the gate now at the airport.  An underwear check will certainly make security today, with all of its delays, seem like a breeze in comparison, when breezes from airport air conditioning start hitting new places altogether.

Interestingly, this attack suffered from the same problem as the shoe bomber’s: incompetence.  Both flights got lucky that the radical Islamist at the trigger didn’t know how to set off the bomb properly.  The heroes on both flights could have been seriously wounded had even a portion of the underwear detonated.

TSA has already imposed new restrictions on international flights coming into the US (via Amy Alkon and Business Insider):

Extra pat-downs before boarding. No getting up for the last hour of the flight. More bomb-sniffing dogs. Airports worldwide tightened security a day after a passenger tried to light some kind of explosive on a flight into Detroit.

The Transportation Security Administration wouldn’t say exactly what it was doing differently on Saturday. It didn’t need to.

Passengers getting off both U.S. domestic flights and those arriving from overseas reported being told that they couldn’t get out of their seat for the last hour of their flight. Air Canada also said that during the last hour passengers won’t be allowed access to carry-on baggage or to have any items on their laps.

But at the origin of the problem, not much has changed:

Little was different at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria, where the man’s trip originated. Soldiers impassively stared at those passing into the departure terminal Saturday. Others sat and talked among themselves, loaded rifles tossed over their shoulders.

Once again, the reaction to a terrorist attack has been to penalize everyone else instead of getting serious about the actual threat.  The US should have started emulating El Al after 9/11, whose security screening uses expert analysis and questioning, as well as heightened scrutiny where it belongs.  I wrote this over three years ago:

Israel doesn’t worry about what a passenger might carry onto a flight as much as they focus on the traveler himself. John Hinderaker at Power Line described his experiences flying El Al several years ago, while traveling with his family to Israel. After only asking a couple of questions, the screener wished him a happy vacation, assured that John meant no harm. (Apparently, the Israeli screener has never seen John in court.)

This approach allows people who present no danger to travel without being treated like a criminal from the moment they step into the airport to the time the plane lands at their destination. Israel understands that restricting items from carry-on luggage, or eliminating carry-on luggage entirely, will not stop a determined effort by terrorists to seize flights or destroy them. Therefore, the screeners focus on the passengers themselves. If they find one that makes them nervous, they start doing a more in-depth interrogation and a thorough search of the passenger and his luggage, carry-on or not.

It’s this subjective analysis that has civil libertarians opposed to such procedures in the US. The Times notes that some complain that such a program could turn into racial profiling without any objective safeguards. Some passengers who refused to cooperate in interviews got threatened with arrest, prompting lawsuits. The program in Dulles has uncovered over fifty people whose reactions revealed ill intent, although none of them terror-related.

These criticisms should have died on 9/11. The important point about airport security is to secure the airport and the airplanes, not worry that social attitudes may get bruised. If done properly — and the Israeli consultants say we have more work to get to that stage — then this program can catch the actual terrorists and leave the rest of us to travel in peace. Selection comes from a wide net of casual interactions, from which screeners narrow down the potential problems. That seems like a reasonable program, and its success would allow travelers to carry their Juicy Juice and Gatorade on board without getting tackled on the ramp.

One would think that after the latest terrorist plot got revealed, people would understand the need for better screening techniques and the desire to replicate the success of the Israelis. Some people will only be satisfied if passengers travel equally naked and equally shackled to their seats, rather than just find the few people who actually mean us harm.

Perhaps I wouldn’t have predicted suicide underwear at that time, but as I wrote in August 2006, the multiplying of regulations for everyone just means that terrorists will get more creative while everyone else gets discouraged from traveling at all.  As an approach to security and counterterrorism, it’s just nuts.

Update (AP): The ABC article says he was traveling via a U.S. visa granted in 2008, but the AP’s reporting that the feds have known for at least two years that he might have terrorist ties. Do we, er, normally grant visas to people we suspect of jihadist tendencies?

Meanwhile, two other passengers say they saw the suspect before the flight trying to board without a passport:

Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man

While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.’”

Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.

The ticket agent referred Mutallab and his companion to her manager down the hall, and Haskell didn’t see Mutallab again until after he tried to detonate an explosive on the plane.

Here’s a little something dug up by the Breitbart team this afternoon. Sleep tight.

Update (Ed): James Joyner has more on the response from TSA, including how it wouldn’t have even prevented the attack that prompted the changes.

Update (AP): Looks like the video above might be a fake. A reader e-mails:

There is no explosive in the world where just a small drop can blow up a water melon, no way.

A physical chemist can probably provide the necessary calculations to it up, but just based on what I’ve seen from other explosives do I call this absolute bullshit. PETN has a vDet (velocity of detonation, or how quick the detonation goes through the explosive) of 8400 m/s. RDX is considered “one of the most powerful and brisant of the military high explosives.” (wiki) and has a vDet of 8750 m/s. In the video they claim that this explosive has a vDet of between 4300 and 6550 m/s, so not as powerful as PETN.

Now look at these video’s of PETN explosions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96kR2pEEuRM

This is 10 GRAMS of PETN, in contrast to the ±50mg (at absolute most) they used on the other video… Ok, the 10g PETN does some damage, but I doubt it would have been enough to completely blow up a plane – besides, I really doubt that a 200 smaller amount would have ‘evaporated’ a water melon.

Another example, of 4g PETN this time (remember, this is 80 times the amount claimed in the hot air video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3NPFbqhqXE

Good points all, although there’s still a smidgen of credibility in the fact that we don’t know which chemicals are being used here. (I wouldn’t have posted it if we did, obviously; it’s a classic Mythbusters blur-and-blur mix!) Some commenters at Breitbart’s site also claimed that the video was fake, though, as well as very old. So apologies, in that case, for raising the alarm with bad info.


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He should be waterboarded.

ThackerAgency on December 26, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Bin Laden’s secrets..

the_nile on December 26, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I would be willing to bet that this was a result of an easing of the “no fly” rules that the liberals have been so critical of over the past several years.

crosspatch on December 26, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Ed, you’re still right, but I don’t see this administration following your suggestions. Frankly, I don’t know whether a McCain administration would have tried the changes you suggest. There’s something not PC enough about your approach. Looking like we’re being fair is much more important nowadays than being effective.

Al in St. Lou on December 26, 2009 at 3:54 PM

i wonder what Obama is more upset about. that al-Qaeda tried to blow up an airplane over Detroit or that there disturbing his Christmas vacation?

stormin1961 on December 26, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Fruit of the boom

macncheez on December 26, 2009 at 3:55 PM

TSA= Thousands Standing Around.

And oh yeah, where’s our President? Shouldn’t he have ditched the vacation and come back to the White House?

Knucklehead on December 26, 2009 at 3:56 PM

And we’ll spend billions of dollars on “studies” and “programs” when all we really need to do is tell the muslims to catch a ride on a flying donkey.

It was good enough for Mohammad so it’s good enough for them.

Guardian on December 26, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Must have applied friction to the wrong fuse.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 3:56 PM

[Comment deleted, user banned — Ed]

simplesimon on December 26, 2009 at 3:57 PM

If they start requiring us to fly in the nude it is certainly going to cut down on check in lines.

katiejane on December 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Suicide underwear, soon to be latest fashion rage for Islamic militants everywhere.

vcferlita on December 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Another set of restrictions. At what point does it put air travel out of business. I won’t take a plane now unless my destination if outside a 1000 mile radius. For me it is easier to drive anything less.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Is that a bomb in your underwear or are you just happy to see me.ok, homicidal underwear is not funny.

scalleywag on December 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

These could be marketed as Muhammad Underoos.

Mark1971 on December 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

He should be waterboarded.
ThackerAgency on December 26, 2009 at 3:47 PM

The faulty detonator in his underwear should be fixed, and then we should isolate him somewhere and test the device to make sure it’s really fixed. I totally support waterboarding, but blowing up some creep’s underwear while he’s wearing it sounds like even more fun.

joejm65 on December 26, 2009 at 4:01 PM

The US should have started emulating El Al after 9/11, whose security screening uses expert analysis and questioning, as well as heightened scrutiny where it belongs.

According to this report U.S. authorities may have already known the bomber was a jihadist yet allowed him to take a plane from Amsterdam to Detroit. They knew Maj. Hassan was a jihadist.

So what is the point of security screenings and heightened security to find out who the jihadists are, if said jihadists are going to be allowed unrestricted freedom to go about their daily business of murdering people?

aengus on December 26, 2009 at 4:02 PM

It sounds like passengers are taking threats more seriously than security agents. Thanks to the heroes who tackled this guy.

scalleywag on December 26, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Hari-Kiri Explody UnderRoo’s!!

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 4:05 PM

The US authorities dropped the ball here. this guy’s dad contacted the embassy, and told them about him. He is a very prominent guy in Nigeria, former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, which is the biggest bank in the country, and one of the top 10 banks in africa.

they should have taken the man seriously, cus a man like that with a ton of reputation and family name to lose doesn’t do things like that on a whim. They should have cancelled his visa immediately when his father reported him.

The State dept dropped the ball big time.

Chudi on December 26, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Nuts.

I laughed so hard when I saw that I thought AP wrote this post. Good one Ed! :)

aikidoka on December 26, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Depends Detonators!

canopfor on December 26, 2009 at 4:06 PM

His dad is Nigerian, but his mom is from Yemen also.

Chudi on December 26, 2009 at 4:07 PM

scalleywag on December 26, 2009 at 4:02 PM

While these passengers are to be commended it was by the grace of God that the plane didn’t go down. This terrorist had already initiated the reaction and only through bad engineering or imcompetence did the PETN not explode.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Do we, er, normally grant visas to people we suspect of jihadist tendencies?

Hell yes. We even make them Majors in the U.S. Army. However much a tragedy a plane being blown up would be or a massacre at a U.S. Army base is, it would be a greater tragedy if our diversity suffered.

MB4 on December 26, 2009 at 4:07 PM

While these passengers are to be commended it was by the grace of God that the plane didn’t go down.

I presume Satan works for Homeland Security.

aengus on December 26, 2009 at 4:09 PM

And oh yeah, where’s our President? Shouldn’t he have ditched the vacation and come back to the White House?

Knucklehead on December 26, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Nah. He’s to busy soaking up the sun, surf, and standing by his muslim brothers. After all…most of the potential victims were greedy white people.

A quick lil story. April of 2007, I got a call, that my father passed away. We got to the airport, for the trip home, and his funeral. My hubby, 2 kids ages 13 and 14 at the time, and myself, were all pulled aside, frisked, and our carry on’s searched. Not sure why. At the time, I was so offended because I was crying, and sad, and then this. But ultimately I knew these random searches were needed for the protection, and safety of everyone, and the airplanes.

So if someone has a gut feeling, or their hair stands on end, when they make contact with someone that may, or may not be a threat….I consider it a small price to pay…..even for my safety.

capejasmine on December 26, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Too bad. Now grammas and grampas on wheelchairs will have their undies checked by TSA just to make muslim killers and their servants in the US congress feel good

macncheez on December 26, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Sorry Knucklehead. I think I ticked on “strike” as opposed to “quote”. It’s just not been my day today. lol

capejasmine on December 26, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Underwear Bomber. At least now the MSM has their nice, non-threatening nickname.

LibTired on December 26, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Yesterday’s bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or was not in “proper contact” with the explosive material

In demolition parlance this is called a “low order” and is very rare when dealing with high explosives. I am posting this because multiple failed suicide attacks have made them seem like somewhat of a joke to a lot of the people I talk to. It’s viewed as a given that terrorists will screw something up or be stopped.

The truth is we came really, really close here to losing an entire plane full of civilians… a matter of an extra bit of air between the blasting cap and the explosive that is probably not even visible to the unaided eye.

joewm315 on December 26, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Looking like we’re being fair is much more important nowadays than being effective.

Al in St. Lou on December 26, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Yes, we must have our uniforms starched and pressed and our shoes spit shined even if we go down with the ship.

Priorities, priorities.

MB4 on December 26, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Even if the US decided to emulate El Al the questioning itself would be PC idiocy that negated the whole point and value of the approach.

Django on December 26, 2009 at 4:13 PM

aengus on December 26, 2009 at 4:09 PM

At this point I’m beginning wonder.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Nuts.

Bravo. LOL! ~hands clapping

Metro on December 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Hmmmmmmm…

1) Obama releases the CIA’s ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’ and other intelligence information…

2) The TSA publishes it’s Security Procedures online… (oh, you forgot about that one?)

3) We have a new way of blowing up planes…

I see a pattern here:


“The 1st time is happenstance; 2nd time is coincidence; 3rd time is enemy action”

Seven Percent Solution on December 26, 2009 at 4:16 PM

MB4 on December 26, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Are we ready to start “Fire General Casey Petition” ? I understand “Fire Barack Obama” is already underway.

Will we have underwear’s checked going forward? We have to take off Belt’s/wallets/shoes. Will we have to do take off under….. Are there any suggestions about cavities? Can we use those see through scanners now?

antisocial on December 26, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Fire all the TSA screeners. Then:
Put El Al in charge of all flights.
Seems like a no brainer to me. (shrug)

TinMan13 on December 26, 2009 at 4:18 PM

You a muslem? You don’t get to fly.

It’s going to have to end up there eventually, or no one will get to fly. Might as well get it over with now and save some lives.

Rebar on December 26, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Seven Percent Solution on December 26, 2009 at 4:16 PM

But we so deserve to be taken down for our rape, pillage and plunder of the rest of the world. //s

Nice take 7% Soln.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Gosh, are those guys freaks… Profile the passengers — El Al way, or any other way — for as long as their own governments do not take care of the problem.

JanisB on December 26, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Looking like we’re being fair is much more important nowadays than being effective.

Al in St. Lou on December 26, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Translate into English, please?

Del Dolemonte on December 26, 2009 at 4:22 PM

antisocial on December 26, 2009 at 4:17 PM

don’t forget granny’s falsies since any half competent chemist could turn them into an explosive device.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Q :
So how do you define a weapon of mass destruction
A :
Depends..

macncheez on December 26, 2009 at 4:23 PM

joewm315 on December 26, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Right on. We reached that stage is really scary. Idiots who take that as a joke are insane.

I say THANK GOD no damage was done.

antisocial on December 26, 2009 at 4:23 PM

macncheez on December 26, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Nice. :)

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:24 PM

I am not sure how many are aware, but there was another AQ incident of getting explosives on an airplane this summer. I was living and working in southwest part of Saudi Arabia, and not that far from Yemen either.

There was a Saudi AQ terrorist, staying in Yemen who claimed he wanted to give himself up, as long as he could meet the Saudi Royal family member who was the one in charge of state security and anti terrorism.

They flew an airplane down to pick him up the terrorist and brought him to Jeddah for the meeting with the prince. However the terrorist actually had a suicide bombing in mind, but he screwed up in the attempted operation, possibly tripping and falling at the time, and blew himself up, the Saudi prince was relatively unscathed.

It was a bomb probably in a body cavity that did it, and would be hard to detect at all in airport security.

This same part of Saudi were I was until october, is right there were the RSAF is flying missions out of into Yemen.

firepilot on December 26, 2009 at 4:25 PM

How about some new restrictions on Muslims until the menace is properly dealt with? NO MUSLIM IMMIGRATION WHAT SO EVER, AND NO MUSLIMS ALLOWED TO FLY INTO THE USA, PERIOD! WHen the hell will people realize they intend to kill us all?

GFW on December 26, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Hmmmm. Gettin more and more trial runs and, in this case, actual attempts to take down or take over planes.

No problem. We want to make sure we’re all understanding and everything. You know? All cultures are equal and all.

It’d be so barbaric on our part if we profiled before embarking on a flied, or – heaven forbid – banned Islam in the US or, the most barbaric, start offering a bounty for every scalp of anyone in the phone book named Mohammad.

Enjoy your next flight :)

BowHuntingTexas on December 26, 2009 at 4:26 PM

He should be waterboarded.

ThackerAgency on December 26, 2009 at 3:47 PM

I think they must have already did that…He’s sure singing like a bluejay right now…LOL

rich801 on December 26, 2009 at 4:27 PM

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:19 PM

In a show of confidence in bureaucrats and government employees for our safety…

… shouldn’t Obowma fly commercial back from his vacation in Hawaii?

Seven Percent Solution on December 26, 2009 at 4:28 PM

rich801 on December 26, 2009 at 4:27

With 3rd degree burns around the genitalia reducing the morphine drip would be sufficient to get him to squeal like a greased pig.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:30 PM

I’m still fuzzy on the method here. It seems he tried to light the fuse while still in his seat. Why would he do that? He could have taken his time in the bathroom and done it right. He could have fastened the explosives against the wall of the aircraft.

From the sound of the situation so far, it looks like he mixed it in his lap and it failed to cure properly before detonation. If he had a fire going on in his lap from a failed detonation that would seem the most likely scenario since the fire itself should have been enough to cause detonation to occur had the explosive been ready. Either that or the compounds used were low quality. In other words the technique worked but the explosive itself failed.

We missed a major loss by a whisker.

Guardian on December 26, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Eric Holder is working on his release as we speak. Gotta keep the jail cells open for those tea party folks.

darwin on December 26, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Seven Percent Solution on December 26, 2009 at 4:28 PM

I’d certainly vote for that demonstration of leadership by him.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Q :
So how do you define a weapon of mass destruction
A :
Depends..

macncheez on December 26, 2009 at 4:23 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

capejasmine on December 26, 2009 at 4:32 PM

By God’s grace we dodged a big bullet with this one. How long can we live with this PC left wing group of nuts running this country? God’s mercy will be truly tested with Obamanation.

wepeople on December 26, 2009 at 4:34 PM

“Nuts”

Genius tag line.

rogersnowden on December 26, 2009 at 4:34 PM

We missed a major loss by a whisker.

Guardian on December 26, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Thank God!!!

capejasmine on December 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM

What’s with the music playing with this blog open? I don’t like it.

wepeople on December 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM

How about some new restrictions on Muslims until the menace is properly dealt with? NO MUSLIM IMMIGRATION WHAT SO EVER, AND NO MUSLIMS ALLOWED TO FLY INTO THE USA, PERIOD! WHen the hell will people realize they intend to kill us all?

GFW on December 26, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Allah hates you this I know
For the Koran tells me so
Infidels Christians and Jews we bomb
They are weak but we are strong

Yes Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you,
The Koran tells me so.

Allah hates you, you will die
Blow your ass up in the sky
Say the salat, chop off head,
Eat falafel, go to bed.

Yes, Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you!

The Koran tells me so.

Aleph on December 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM

MB4 on December 26, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I couldn’t even in my wild imagination imagine any of our WWII generals (Ike, Mac, Patton) saying something like that.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Aleph on December 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Almost choked on a piece of string cheese while reading this.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:36 PM

wepeople on December 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM

The video from Britbart is auto starting.

chemman on December 26, 2009 at 4:37 PM

so now we can’t get up for the last hour of the flight?
time to pack that ziploc bag in case I gotta go to the restroom in flight. Just place it in the seatback when you’re done.

gordo on December 26, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Why don’t European airports refuse landing privileges to flights from Lagos until they clean up their airport security?

ProfessorMiao on December 26, 2009 at 4:41 PM

So what is the point of security screenings and heightened security to find out who the jihadists are, if said jihadists are going to be allowed unrestricted freedom to go about their daily business of murdering people?

aengus on December 26, 2009 at 4:02 PM

The point is to make it look like we’re doing something!

Al in St. Lou on December 26, 2009 at 4:43 PM

First, it was just “firecrackers.”

Then it was, no worry, just some “incendiary” device not worth thinking about, carried aboard by some guy not really connected to any big-time terrorists…

Then there was his Dad, desperately trying to warn off the US about his son, and his connections, six months ago, to no effect…and now…the revelation that Mutallab’s Yemeni-made underwear carried more PETN explosive than Richard Ried’s shoe

Nichevo on December 26, 2009 at 4:44 PM

What will be the new AQ cadence in their training camps?

This is your weapon (pulls on underwear), this is your gun (makes very small cupping motion), this is for exploding, so this will get none.

ray on December 26, 2009 at 4:45 PM

I wonder how they convincd this fruitcake to do this, since if it had worked he might now be in paradise with 72 virgins and his balls burned off.

MikeA on December 26, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Perhaps I wouldn’t have predicted suicide underwear at that time, but as I wrote in August 2006, the multiplying of regulations for everyone just means that terrorists will get more creative while everyone else gets discouraged from traveling at all. As an approach to security and counterterrorism, it’s just nuts.

Well, nuts are just slightly better than a butt bomb.

unclesmrgol on December 26, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Del Dolemonte on December 26, 2009 at 4:22 PM

The question is what is important to the politicians and bureaucrats that decide how the TSA is going to behave and what exactly they make passengers do. The answer is that it is much more important to look like they are doing something that is “fair” to everybody than it is to do something that actually increases safety.

Al in St. Lou on December 26, 2009 at 4:47 PM

TSA= Thousands Standing Around.

Knucklehead on December 26, 2009 at 3:56 PM

As a totally non-PC observation, does it not bother others to see TSA personnel wearing hijabs? Just a little bit?

AZfederalist on December 26, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Fortunately, Abdul Farouk probably peed’d all over himself in anticipation of sending his family jewels to eternity…

coldwarrior on December 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM

We should count ourselves very lucky. What’s left of al-Qaeda’s leadership are complete idiots to keep focusing on aircraft.

Imagine the mayhem that a handful of gunmen attacking malls throughout the U.S. would’ve had prior to Christmas. The impact would’ve gone beyond simple terror too. America’s consumer driven economy would have been sent reeling.

Mike Honcho on December 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Has the POTUS made any statements today?

d1carter on December 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM

I wonder how they convincd this fruitcake to do this, since if it had worked he might now be in paradise with 72 virgins and his balls burned off.

MikeA on December 26, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Nowhere does the koran promise them 72 female virgins

macncheez on December 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM

AZfederalist on December 26, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Not only wearing a hijab, but this…this bothered me at the time.

Detroit Metro Airport, too.

coldwarrior on December 26, 2009 at 4:53 PM

I hope that the area of Mahmoud bin Abdullah Farouk Skyhook’s self-inflicted third degree burns include his own genitalia.

OhioCoastie on December 26, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Do we, er, normally grant visas to people we suspect of jihadist tendencies?

We granted visas to the 9/11 killers. Why not to a jihadi on Christmas–after all, he might just be working on a research project.

Our PC is approaching suicidal.

PattyJ on December 26, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Okay I know it’s not funny but suicide underwear made me chuckle.

gophergirl on December 26, 2009 at 4:54 PM

unclesmrgol on December 26, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I was wondering when somebody was gonna bring that up. There sure have been some screw ups by jihadis. I’m just afraid they’re gonna get it right one of these times. Then, at least hundreds are going to be dead, and we won’t know how or why until some terrorist group starts gloating and taking credit.

Al in St. Lou on December 26, 2009 at 4:55 PM

From another forum

Prince Nassim From Nigeria Needs Your Help!!

Hi, I am a well-respected and wealthy royal member of Nigeria, Prince Nassim. I hope you can help me due to recent son of Nigerian banker who tried to explode an airliner in Detroit, USA, now I have to transfer $5,000,000 US banknote dollars to another account…

Del Dolemonte on December 26, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Imagine the mayhem that a handful of gunmen attacking malls throughout the U.S. would’ve had prior to Christmas. The impact would’ve gone beyond simple terror too. America’s consumer driven economy would have been sent reeling.

Mike Honcho on December 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Except that in many US states, citizens can and do carry. It’s not so fun being a jihadi when a 70 year old grandma pulls out a 357 and blows you away while you are pointing your AK in a different direction. … and the good news is that they can’t be looking in all directions at once.

Now, if you live in California, New York or some of the other second amendment usurping states, you have something to worry about because the jihadis love unarmed sheep.

AZfederalist on December 26, 2009 at 4:56 PM

l in St. Lou on December 26, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Thanks.

IMHO, we should just do what El Al security does. But it will never happen.

Del Dolemonte on December 26, 2009 at 4:58 PM

He had a load in his pants?

tbear44 on December 26, 2009 at 4:59 PM

By God’s grace we dodged a big bullet with this one. How long can we live with this PC left wing group of nuts running this country? God’s mercy will be truly tested with Obamanation.

wepeople on December 26, 2009 at 4:34 PM

I guess one good thing might come out of this besides the wonderful people on that plane that stopped this idiot.

Maybe just maybe some people in Congress will get a brain, realize that Bush did know what he was doing and money would be better spent on national security than CommieCare.

Okay I know that last part is a miracle but it is the season for miracles.

Thank God no one was killed. THANK GOD!

gophergirl on December 26, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Has the POTUS made any statements today?

d1carter on December 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM

He’s too busy-golfing at the Marine Base with some friends from the Islands and a friend from Chicago.

Isn’t he cool?

Del Dolemonte on December 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I can see TSA doing colonoscopy’s sometime in the near future. They’ve already been hiding drugs there for years; Explosives are next.

Cybergeezer on December 26, 2009 at 5:02 PM

He’s too busy-golfing at the Marine Base with some friends from the Islands and a friend from Chicago.

Isn’t he cool?

Del Dolemonte on December 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Just the most awesome President EVAH!

I sure miss our country having a leader.

gophergirl on December 26, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Naked Class! Wasn’t that done by Virgin Air?

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on December 26, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Slightly off topic, but not really. A week ago I went through security at the Detroit airport and noticed that one of the TSA inspectors was a woman wearing a muslim headdress. Is this some sort of ridiculous liberal attempt to show no animosity to anyone? I seriously doubt that a Catholic nun would be allowed to wear a religious habit and work for the TSA. Why then in the name of sanity is some muslim woman allowed to work as a representative of the U.S. government and wear a ridiculous muslim scarf/headdress??? Ludicrous, divisive, insane and it should be criminal; remember that little chestnut of separation of church & state? What the hell is happening to this country???

jgdp on December 26, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Therer really seems to be a rash of security failures in the government as of late. first the ‘party crashers’ at the White House and now this guy getting past all the security nets and checks that GWB and Homeland Security had put into place during his administration.

One wonders just what kind of hamstringing our President and/or the Lefty-controlled Congress is saddling on our security and intelligence forces with – or if they are encouraging a complacent attitude, which is resulting in serious security holes.

Say what you want about GWB, but he at least ran a tighter security ship than Dear Leader.

theflyonthewall on December 26, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Now, if you live in California, New York or some of the other second amendment usurping states, you have something to worry about because the jihadis love unarmed sheep.

Well at least one jihadi attacked the US army at one of its own bases. It’s true that the second amendment may help to slown down and/or end an attack before one pile of dead bodies turns into several piles of dead bodies but it is not a magic spell that makes people invulnerable to terrorist attacks. As long as diversity is considered more important than human life people will continue to get mowed down in terrorist attacks. Jihadis are not afraid of being shot and killed – gun ownership is not a deterrent in that sense.

aengus on December 26, 2009 at 5:06 PM

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