Revealed: CIA foils airplane bomb plot by Al Qaeda in Yemen timed to coincide with OBL anniversary; Update: More bombers?

posted at 4:50 pm on May 7, 2012 by Allahpundit

The good news? Apparently our intel in Yemen is sharp enough that this guy was picked up before he’d even chosen a target.

The bad news? The bomb is a more sophisticated version of the underwear device worn by Abdulmutallab in his failed attempt on Christmas Day 2009. Which is to say, no one’s sure yet whether those fancy new TSA scanners would have picked this thing up had the bomber tried to board a plane in the U.S.

The FBI is examining the latest bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an airplane, officials said. They 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…

The operation unfolded even as the White House and Department of Homeland Security assured the American public that they knew of no al-Qaida plots against the U.S. around the anniversary of bin Laden’s death. The AP learned about the thwarted plot last week but agreed to White House and CIA requests not to publish it 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…

It’s not clear who built the bomb, but, because of its sophistication and its similarity to the Christmas bomb, authorities suspected it was the work of master bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri. Al-Asiri constructed the first underwear bomb and two others that al-Qaida built into printer cartridges and shipped to the U.S. on cargo planes in 2010.

Not the only recent U.S. intel coup in Yemen: Just last night, news broke that one of the plotters in the U.S.S. Cole bombing was hit with a missile while stepping out of his car in a southern part of the country. Ten days before that, WaPo reported that Obama had greenlit the use of “signature strikes” by CIA drones in Yemen for cases in which the target is a suspected jihadi but his identity isn’t known. I’m curious to hear more about how they nabbed the airplane plotter. Assuming any details are forthcoming, that’ll give us more of a clue about U.S. intel’s reach inside the country. Stand by for updates.

Update: Obama was briefed on the plot sometime in April. If you’re wondering why the White House didn’t mention it during Bin Laden week, follow the link up top and read the AP piece. The AP learned of it last week but kept quiet about it because the operation to grab the bomber was still under way. Only now was it safe to report.

Update: NRO’s Greg Pollowitz raises a good question on Twitter: Where’s the bomber now and how is he being interrogated?

Update: One question mark is the bomber. The other is the bombmaker:

It’s unclear who built the bomb, but the device does bear similarities to other explosive devices built by master bomb-maker Ibrahim al-Asiri. However, Asiri may not have been directly involved in this plot.

According to one official, there is “evidence that Asiri has passed along his bomb-making knowledge to others.” The official would not say whether Asiri or an apprentice were involved in this plot.

In an exclusive meeting, a senior U.S. intelligence official told NBC News that Asiri posed the single most dangerous threat to the United States.

According to the official, Asiri is the most capable of carrying out al-Qaida’s threat to launch a significant terrorist attack to kill Americans inside the United States.

Update: Things are starting to come together. Fahd Al-Quso, the U.S.S. Cole plotter liquidated in yesterday’s missile strike, had a hand in the foiled bomb plot:

Al-Quso had replaced Anwar al Awlaki as head of external operations for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

He was continuing the terrorist group’s plans to take down an international airliner with an explosive — one foiled in recent days, government officials say…

U.S. government sources tell ABC News that Al-Quso and Asiri continued to plan for a similar terrorist attack, using a small IED that could be hidden on a person, with the same goal of bringing down an international airline…

The IED was on its way to the individual who would carry out the operation when it was intercepted by law enforcement forces.

I assume that Obama’s approval of “signature strikes” in Yemen was also made with this plot in mind, in order to give Petraeus a better shot at taking out al-Quso and/or Asiri, but we’ll have to wait for more details on that.

Update: Last time, AQ put all its chips on Abdulmutallab to take down a plane. This time, they might have diversified:

U.S. and European officials say that even though an al Qaeda bomber was stopped before he could board a plane for the U.S., the threat is far from over — there are believed to be several other would-be bombers with similar non-metallic devices that could get through most airport security screening…

“The FBI currently has possession of the IED and is conducting technical and forensics analysis on it,” said the FBI in a statement. “Initial exploitation indicates that the device is very similar to [bombs] that have been used previously by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in attempted terrorist attacks.” White House officials said President Obama was briefed on the plot in April by his counter-terror advisor, John Brennan.


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i killed obl, nuff said
-dear leader

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

If all our women covered up none of this would happen.

SouthernGent on May 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

This is what Obama should be bragging about, the killing of these scumbag terrorists. That is a success in his foreign policy and one that everyone can agree with.

Smedley on May 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

JugEars stopped them!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

You missed the point. It is not about bomb detection. It is about profiling the passenger.

That’s what caught this guy.

But here stopping a likely bomber based on a profile is racist, against his civil rights or something.

That would be cold comfort to any potential victims family.

Marcus Traianus on May 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

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

In other words the White House wanted time to build this up as another get for Barack Obama, some grand thing, and the AP said “no thanks”.

amerpundit on May 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I thought the war on terror was over.

Mark1971 on May 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

The next logical step for the left is to ban underwear.

weaselyone on May 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Which is to say, no one’s sure yet whether those fancy new TSA scanners would have picked this thing up had the bomber tried to board a plane in the U.S.

Mr Allah , wachuoo talking about ?
TSA ‘s job is to poke and prod and probe and harass andmolest Americans , specially seniors and little kids, they are not there to detect bombs in muslims…geez Mr Allah
:P

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I thought the war on terror was over.

Mark1971 on May 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

It is but the Kinetic Military Action will go on forever.

Lily on May 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Just a friendly reminder. All that lead up to gathering the intelligence was done by Bush.

nobar on May 7, 2012 at 4:59 PM

That guy just does not know how to wear a pillbox hat.

Blake on May 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Obama is more like Bush than Bush was.

Oh, I’m sorry, Obama’s intentions are….more noble.

WisRich on May 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Who’d a thought Obama would be the Foreign policy Hawk?Where’s all those anti-war protesters that called GW a war mongering baby killer?

sandee on May 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

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

Which would have made no difference anyway, considering he wasn’t boarding the plane in the US.

In other words, we’re all bureau-raped every time we go to an airport, and there’s no real reason for it.

Nessuno on May 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Sure am glad we have the TSA. Oh, wait …

clippermiami on May 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

strong brave Obama…anybody have any cocnut shells to simulate horses?

DanMan on May 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

So any pictures of the dead guy ? or is it just another witness protection program by Hussein ?

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I suppose this calls for another Air Force One trip to Afghanistan and another end zone touchdown dance on prime time?

a capella on May 7, 2012 at 5:06 PM

If they can’t get him to say where the guy who made him bomb for him is then Congressman West should offer to go ask him.

alchemist19 on May 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Meanwhile TSA is preparing a memo to the public, “Get ready to drop ‘em!”

GarandFan on May 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Why does Obama hate brown people?

kim roy on May 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

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…

Oh boy… Foiled Zero’s chance to spike the football. Not a good move, AP. You will no longer be hand-picked to ask predetermined questions at any pressers!

stvnscott on May 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

a capella on May 7, 2012 at 5:06 PM

yemen flyover

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The bomb is a more sophisticated version of the underwear device worn by Abdulmutallab in his failed attempt on Christmas Day 2009.

No mere fruit-of-the-boom, this one.

smellthecoffee on May 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM

“Abolish the CIA”

jp on May 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

all hail dear leader and his foreign policy expertise
-lsm

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Which is to say, no one’s sure yet whether those fancy new TSA scanners would have picked this thing up had the bomber tried to board a plane in the U.S.

So the TSA continues to have a perfect record in having never nabbed a terrorist.

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Jake Carney tomorrow at the press briefing reopens the war on terror.

reddevil on May 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

(the war on terror is over)
.
.
…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

In other words, we’re all bureau-raped every time we go to an airport, and there’s no real reason for it.

Nessuno on May 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

It’s not the Terrorist Servicing Administration for nothing, you know.

totherightofthem on May 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Update: NRO’s Greg Pollowitz raises a good question on Twitter: Where’s the bomber now and how is he being interrogated?

“Please, Mr. Terrorist, pretty please with sugar on top. Tell us what we want to know or else……….. no second helpings for dinner.”

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Whats funny is how you all respond to this, if the plot folded out, and a plane went down, you all would of pounced on Obama.

The plot didnt go forward, and you don’t want to give the guy any credit.

You are all un-american

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

authorities suspected it was the work of master bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri. Al-Asiri

I hope we Hellfire missile this guy’s ass pdq.

LASue on May 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Whats funny is how you all respond to this, if the plot folded out, and a plane went down, you all would of pounced on Obama.

The plot didnt go forward, and you don’t want to give the guy any credit.

You are all un-american

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hey, damian, I wouldn’t of pounced on anyone. Perhaps I would have pounced on Obama, but that’s not what is being done here. People are complaining about the TSA and its ineptitude.

totherightofthem on May 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

So “signature strikes” are based purely on some sort of profiling in which the targets’ identity is unimportant?

And yet we cannot profile here on our soil, because someone might get their panties in a wad. Which, you know, might be particularly dangerous in this case.

TexasDan on May 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Whats funny is how you all respond to this, if the plot folded out, and a plane went down, you all would of pounced on Obama.

The plot didnt go forward, and you don’t want to give the guy any credit.

You are all un-american

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

What’s funny (not!) is how you libs jumped all over Bush for his intel operation (waterboarding, the horror!!) and now want Obama to reap the credit for continuing what Bush started.

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I never “pounced” on Bush, I did not agree with a lot of what he did, but torture, I am neutral on, I am not convinced in either direction of if it actually gives us any valueable information.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Meanwhile, we’re catching and releasing Taliban like it’s the aftermath of the storming of the Bastille. What do you suppose those newly freed terrorists-in-training are going to do with their free time? I’m guessing they’ll be spending a lot of time choosing between boxers and briefs.

totherightofthem on May 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Which is to say, no one’s sure yet whether those fancy new TSA scanners would have picked this thing up had the bomber tried to board a plane in the U.S.

Mr Allah , wachuoo talking about ?
TSA ‘s job is to poke and prod and probe and harass andmolest Americans , specially seniors and little kids, they are not there to detect bombs in muslims…geez Mr Allah
:P

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Yep, pulling a real muslim out of line and sending him to the scanners looks too much like profiling. Can’t have that!

“Achtung, you with the walker, over here! Bitte, bitte!”

slickwillie2001 on May 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

“Please, Mr. Terrorist, pretty please with sugar on top. Tell us what we want to know or else……….. no second helpings for dinner.”

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Alright, Mr. Terrorist, have it your way. Habib! Get the Ensure®. Heh, heh, heh.

smellthecoffee on May 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I never “pounced” on Bush, I did not agree with a lot of what he did, but torture, I am neutral on, I am not convinced in either direction of if it actually gives us any valueable information.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

When you say you didn’t agree with a lot of what Bush did, what specifically (as pertains to war on terror, intel, etc.) did you disagree with?

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Bush invented Al Qaeda!

profitsbeard on May 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

As a way to adapt to multicultural environment, decrease public anxiety, and appease the Islamic terrorists in the same step, I suggest legislation that requires all female Democrat politicians to wear full hijab clothing. Eye bleach stock might go down but otherwise I see no negatives to it.

Archivarix on May 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

if it actually gives us any valueable information.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

If enhanced interrogation didn’t produce results, it wouldn’t be used. So this is a red herring.

John the Libertarian on May 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Thank you Jose A. Rodriguez for the foundation you helped place (see “Hard Measures”…a most excellent read).

Dingbat63 on May 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Another terrorist blown up! Obama getting it done with the drones. One after another top terrorist getting squished. Throw in the OBL sea burial, and I am not sure how the Prez. could have done it any better.

ZippyZ on May 7, 2012 at 5:51 PM

If this one was anything like the Christmas bomb then it would have lit the scanners up like a Christmas tree – the scanner most certainly would have detected it. Which is irrelevant, since the bomber would have been bringing it in from overseas, and never would have passed through the scanners in the first place…

The only way to stop this stuff is to catch the A-holes before they launch the attack.

KevinB on May 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Iraq mainly, if he put the resources instead of in Iraq to Afghanastan, more than likely Osama Bin Laden Never would of been around as long as he was.

Iraq was not a needed war, yeah Saddam was a menace, but he was no threat to us at the time, too many people died in that country over something we never should of done.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

What’s the difference between the TSA and Tahrir Square?

The TSA provide elevator music for the hand rape.

Thank Some Arab

BL@KBIRD on May 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM

John the Libertarian on May 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM

It has been proven that “enhanced” techniques has also supplied bad intel and lies to stop the torture.

This is why I am not too sure about it, also we have tortured people that were not guilty of anything, and were not terrorists either.

That makes it highly suspect.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Perhaps this one should be hoisted with his own petard?

RationalIcthus on May 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM

BL@KBIRD on May 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM

And the first time the TSA lets a bomb get through, you will be screaming bloody murder.

I am not too sure this is the fight to be had, safety after 911 should be paramount.

And this instance of another bomb attempt should show that easily, if we let our guard down, they will strike again.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Obama was briefed on the plot sometime in April. If you’re wondering why the White House didn’t mention it during Bin Laden week, follow the link up top and read the AP piece. The AP learned of it last week but kept quiet about it because the operation to grab the bomber was still under way. Only now was it safe to report.

Aaaawww….that’s soooo cute !
Now let us look at the facts :
Race riots after Trayvon Martin —-didn’t happen
War on Rush— didn’t go too well
War on Ann Romney — fizzled out
Doggie dog story on Romney— Jim Treacher and Flatfoot
Free birth control hustle– fell flat on it’s face

Ofcourse this story had to come out now !

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Umm, yeah turn it political.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Whats funny is how you all respond to this, if the plot folded out, and a plane went down, you all would of pounced on Obama.

The plot didnt go forward, and you don’t want to give the guy any credit.

You are all un-american

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Bwahaha, please don’t insult our intelligence. You’re certainly no match for the prior model in your series, damian1966.

You folks on the Left pounced on Bush for the 8 years he kept us safe from attacks like this after 9/11. Some of you even said he was behind those attacks. Yet when us folks who live on Planet Earth ask you how Bush could have prevented those attacks using methods you would approve of, you all suddenly get very angry, fling your poo at the wall, and start calling us names, because you know you can’t answer that simple question.

Simple Question for a Simple Mind: Why would al Qaeda try to avenge America’s killing of bin Laden in Yemen? Why not do it in America instead? After all, Yemenis didn’t kill bin Laden.

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

kind of surprised this is not on drudge yet

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Iraq was not a needed war, yeah Saddam was a menace, but he was no threat to us at the time, too many people died in that country over something we never should of done.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The Democrat Administration in 1998 formally charged bin Laden with, among other things, being in cahoots with Saddam Hussein. And in 2003 a Federal Judge, appointed by Democrat Bill Clinton, ruled in Lower Manhattan, in a lawsuit against al Qaeda and many others (including Iraq), that Irag had assisted al Qaeda in the 9/11 attacks.

None of those folks making those legal rulings were named Bush or Cheney, by the way. They were all Democrats.

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

More Americans died under Bush than any other president in History.

Fact.

And there was Never a Damian1966 idiot.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Your an idiot, just becuase a court ruled did not mean that Iraq had anything to do with 9/11.

It has already been proven by FACT and Bush admitting it that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

Stop trying to change history.

SHow me a link to this court ruling.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

More Americans died under Bush than any other president in History.

Fact.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I am sure much more Americans died under your beloved FDR. That’s what happens when there is a war to be fought, dude. Well, unless you count Americans who were put down by the Death Panel decree, in which case Obama’s next term is scheduled to be without rival.

Archivarix on May 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Umm, yeah turn it political.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I guess you are right, this is not at all political, Hussein will never do that , just because he killed binLaden and he can’t stop taking credit for that .
What this actually is that once such feel good ooey gooey stories take over the media, Hussein can take Mooch on a taxpayer funded lavish vacay , again. Maybe that is what the Obamas are planning, another extravagant royal romp on our dime and they want the media to create the right mood …yeah that is it .

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I never “pounced” on Bush, I did not agree with a lot of what he did, but torture, I am neutral on, I am not convinced in either direction of if it actually gives us any valueable information.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

See, problem is: Dems (most of them anyway) can’t even define what torture *is*, let alone the difference between using EIT or actual medieval-style nightmares that we’ve seen on TV/Movies.

It boils down to this: if the actions you are taking are just for your own (or your Masters) pleasure, then that indeed is torture…if the goal is to extract information in such a way because you are pressed for time (the ticking bomb scenario) and YOU STOP (with minimal physical or psychological scarring) then its EIT.

What John McCain went through with the NVA/VC all those years ago and every other person that’s ever been in the Hanoi Hilton, that pretty much fits the definition of torture.

What KSM went through? EIT.

The prisoners at Club Gitmo? EIT…hell the closest you could call them to being tortured is that their cholesterol level is probably as high as most Americans now.

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Waterboarding is considered to be torture by a wide range of authorities, including legal experts,[1][37][38] politicians, war veterans,[39][40] intelligence officials,[41] military judges,[42] and human rights organizations.[24][43] David Miliband, then United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, described it as torture on 19 July 2008, and stated “the UK unreservedly condemns the use of torture.”[44] Arguments have been put forward that it might not be torture in all cases, or that it is unclear.[15][45][46][47] The U.S. State Department has recognized “submersion of the head in water” as torture in other circumstances, for example, in its 2005 Country Report on Tunisia.[48]

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Religion of peace

Philly on May 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Simple Question: Why would al Qaeda try to avenge America’s killing of bin Laden in Yemen? Why not do it in America instead? After all, Yemenis didn’t kill bin Laden.

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

A) Bin Laden’s family was Yemeni.

B) The Yemeni leadership is fighting Al Qaeda in Yemen.

profitsbeard on May 7, 2012 at 6:32 PM

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Tell ya what Damian…Google and look up “Canary Perch” “Bamboo Staves” “Corrosive Chemical Interrogation”…just for a start. AI (before they went all the way off the rails) published about that stuff as early as the 1980′s, IIRC.

Those fun techniques were funded and founded by people truly looking to be sadistic SOB’s…

But nevertheless, lets give you a Mulligan: Say that we both agree that Water-boarding is torture…are you saying we shouldn’t have done it to KSM? OBL? These are guys in the hierarchy of an organization that’s stated goal is the death and destruction of the United States…what should we do with them, tickle them till they talk?

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Just because Bush found lawyers working for HIM to say water boarding is not torture, does not make it so.

Courts in the US have ruled it to be torture on more than one occassion.

It has yet to be proven that any of the torture has produced anything valueable.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

wow. nice grab.

ted c on May 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Just because Bush found lawyers working for HIM to say water boarding is not torture, does not make it so.

Then again, this Adminstrations lawyers came up with the same plan, because as far as I can see, waterbording is still being done…or at least it hasn’t been declared null n void

Courts in the US have ruled it to be torture on more than one occassion.

And the courts, regular Oracles of Delphi cant be wrong either? EVERY decision handed down is exact and true?

It has yet to be proven that any of the torture has produced anything valueable.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

This ones my favorite, because you can’t prove it without revealing sources or methods.

If we find out something good and announce it to the world and asunder, doesn’t that make the stuff found useless? Yes it does. Why would i keep using a key for a lock that’s already been compromised?

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Where’s the bomber now and how is he being interrogated?

Indeed.

visions on May 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

In the first sign of friction within his new administration, President Obama

overruled the pleas of senior U.S. intelligence officials and signed a new executive order that bars the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods beyond those permitted by the U.S. military.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

On the fence. Kudos if they foiled it. Questions that it is 2012.

Limerick on May 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

The AP learned of it last week but kept quiet about it because the operation to grab the bomber was still under way. Only now was it safe to report.

The cynical side of me wonders if they would’ve sat on it this long were a Republican president. I would certainly hope safety & national security trumps politics but, these days, I’m not so sure…

englishqueen01 on May 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Even if the scanners are worth anything, you don’t have to board an American plane from America. Charles de Gaulle would do just fine.

Tzetzes on May 7, 2012 at 7:04 PM

signed a new executive order that bars the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods beyond those permitted by the U.S. military.
 
damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

 
Like the EO that closed Guantanamo Bay?

rogerb on May 7, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Where is the ACLU on these drone strikes? I’m not saying I’m against them -the only good terrorist that can’t be convinced to talk is a dead terrorist- but it’s eerily quiet regarding jurisprudence.

BKeyser on May 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM

War on TSA!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on May 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Why do I think we may be hearing more and more about foiled terrorists plots between now and November, at coincidentally opportune times?

The kinds of plots that have been foiled on a regular basis since 9/11. The kinds of plots that we did not hear much about due to concerns about possibly exposing means and methods.

We still do not know about al Qaeda plots that were foiled in the years immediately after 9/11. Haven’t requests been made to release this information that the O’s admin has denied? Why is that info still super top top secret?

farsighted on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

“…Asiri is the most capable of carrying out al-Qaida’s threat to launch a significant terrorist attack to kill Americans inside the United States.”

And yet, Ibrahim al-Asiri could be working at the local liquor store…

… but I wouldn’t know it because I know more about George Zimmerman’s face than I do his.

Seven Percent Solution on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Congrats to Mr. Petraeus. Well done.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

farsighted on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Kind of like when Bush was spiking the terror alert level around his re-election time.

Difference is, Barry O has actually delivered in killing off the people who want to do us harm, far much more than Bush ever did.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Good on the CIA for interdicting this plot. Good on AP for the excellent summary and updates.

J.E. Dyer on May 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Actually, no, Asiri’s first bomb, was supposed to take out the Deputy Minister of Interior responsible for ‘the art therapy’
jihadist rehabilitation program, that at least two AQAP leaders,
Al Shehri and Al Rubbaisi, he failed then, then the ‘Underwear’ bomber,

narciso on May 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

And Congrats to our President in giving the military leaders the tools needed and authorization for these targeted killings.

Our President has done very well, hasn’t he!

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Youy mean like the Washington and London plots, that Dhiren Bhirot was convicted for, the TATP that would have dwarfed 9/11, the JFK airport plots, the PAth one in 2006, just a few off the top of my head.

narciso on May 7, 2012 at 8:06 PM

If someone could play a full court basketball game (or engage in some other equally strenuous activity) ten minutes after the “enhanced interrogation”, pain free, with undiminished performance, and without needing even a Band-aid or Bactine, it wasn’t “torture”.

By this test the water boarding the US did was not torture.

Unpleasant and reflexively panic inducing, yes. Torture, no.

farsighted on May 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I guess this means the War On Terror is back on!

BigGator5 on May 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Another man-caused disaster by the religion of peace averted.

/s

franciscodanconia on May 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I’m confoosed again.

Obama won’t negotiate with Al Queda over an elderly Jewish man.

But Obama WILL negotiate with Al Queda through its Taliban in exchange for the promise of no more terrorist acts.

.

Okay then.

If this isn’t strikingly alarming, you are either brain dead, or you are a democrat.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Kind of like when Bush was spiking the terror alert level around his re-election time.

Yeah, because when people demand to know whats happening *all* the time, (see:Micromanage) you *will* get false alarms. Damn that AQ! They should post the exact timetables of their plots…like the way we post the timetable of our withdrawls from theateres of conflict.

Difference is, Barry O has actually delivered in killing off the people who want to do us harm, far much more than Bush ever did.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM

By continuing the programs that were put in place by the prior Administration. Which included actually fighting like we want to win the damn war.

I mean there’s no doubt you wanna hold Presidents Obama’s coat, but really…what exactly has he done that was different than the prior Administration? as in, a whole new something?

So far, the only time his Administration strayed off the reservation (apologies to Elizabeth Warren) was this that comes to mind…but maybe you can educate us further?

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

The next logical step for the left is to ban underwear.

weaselyone on May 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

What is this “underwear” of which you speak?

I wear nothing under my kilt.

climbnjump on May 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

By this test the water boarding the US did was not torture.

Unpleasant and reflexively panic inducing, yes. Torture, no.

farsighted on May 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

More like PysOps, because the goal isn’t to kill you, it to get you to cooperate…to talk, squeal, be a stoolie…pick a moniker…

Again, it’s hard for me to get worked up in a lather because we wrapped a towel around ones of these guys head and gave him a few ounces of water up the nose.

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

BlaxPac on May 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Wrong.

In his new book, the first Homeland Security chief, Tom Ridge, accuses top aides to President George W. Bush of pressing him to raise the terror alert level to influence the 2004 presidential election.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/08/ridge_accuses_b.html

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

And Congrats to our President in giving the military leaders the tools needed and authorization for these targeted killings.

Our President has done very well, hasn’t he!

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Yes, damian. Congrats to the President. Politeness isn’t one of my difficulties.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

If this isn’t strikingly alarming, you are either brain dead, or you are a democrat.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Isn’t that redundant?

climbnjump on May 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Difference is, Barry O has actually delivered in killing off the people who want to do us harm, far much more than Bush ever did.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM

So, what do you make of Al Queda’s latest hostage? An elderly Jewish man aged 70?

And how do you square Obama’s willingness to embrace the Taliban (tolley-bahn) as his newest peace partner while a man’s life hangs in the balance?

The trick is.. You can’t.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/08/ridge_accuses_b.html

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Dude. Quit while you’re ahead.

There is a 70 year old Jewish man being held hostage on pain of death unless Obama caters to the Al Queda’s demands. Obama comes out (through his spokesdouche) and says, “Nope, no compromise”. While in the same breath opens his arms and embraces the Al Queda Taliban.

….

You just can’t make this sh*t up.

Key West Reader on May 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

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