Double Agent Foils Panty Bomber Terrorist Plot

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spyIn what sounds like the plot for the latest summer blockbuster, a terrorist attack was thwarted by a double agent, who alerted the CIA to al Qaeda’s shenanigans. Actually, I’m pretty sure I saw that episode of 24. Jack Bauer eats terrorists for breakfast.

This isn’t a movie or television set though – this is real life and it’s downright scary. Saudi Arabia intelligence was able to infiltrate al Qaeda in Yemen, where an agent posing as a wannabe suicide bomber gained access to a newer, slimmed-down version of the underwear bomb worn by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Christmas day in 2009.

An attack was planned for last week, to coincide with the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. The undercover agent delivered the panty bomb to U.S. officials, foiling the terrorists’ plans to kill innocent people because their god told them to.

Random question: How do they plan to enjoy their 70 virgins in heaven if their junk is blown to kingdom come?

The most dangerous aspect of this story is that the non-metallic bomb likely would have passed all of those annoying TSA screens we’re forced to go through to get on a plane.

What is the point of TSA gropings or naked body scanners if they aren’t going to detect fruit of the boom underwear bombs? Can we please leave grandma and nursing moms and kids alone and concentrate on identifying actual threats? When those demographics start blowing people up, we can reevaluate our plan.

This is a real problem. These are not lone wolves – they are very real, very dangerous people that want to destroy us. Confiscating my bottled water at the security checkpoint isn’t going to stop some nutjob from strapping a bomb to his crotch and getting on a plane.

President Obama has said that he will do whatever it takes to keep our skies and our citizens safe:

“In the never ending race to protect our country, we have to stay one step ahead of a nimble adversary.  That’s what these steps are designed to do … we are at war … war against al-Qaeda … and we will do whatever it takes to defeat them.”

We don’t need to spend money on new technology; we need agents with some common sense to profile passengers that fit the description of al Qaeda operatives. Leave the crippled kids alone.

 

Image via Tony Fischer Photography/Flickr

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MsRkg MsRkg

Question: how do you expect to catch the terrorists who have the potential to get around our current screening technology, without improving said technology to make it better?


Also you do know that terrorists can come in all shapes and forms. They don't all have to be of middle eastern descent you know. Whether you want to believe it or not, there are sickos in this world who would not put it past themselves to sneak a bomb on a plane through a crippled child's wheelchair or in the guise of a nursing mother's pumps, or a disabled man's cane.

nonmember avatar Hmmm

I get that the TSA searches range from uncomfortable to downright invasive but the sad reality is there are real threats to this nation and they can appear in any shape or form. I would prefer not to wait until the grandmas, nursing moms and babies are used to blow people up before new screening measures are implemented. You cannot look at someone and know their intentions, and just because you could never dream of strapping a bomb to a stroller doesn't mean it can't happen. I don't know what the solution is but it's not profiling. Remember, 11 years ago no one would have thought box cutters could be used to murder 3,000 people.

Hi_Rae Hi_Rae

lollollollollol Jack Bauer reference. My dislike of Jenny Erikson just went down..slightly

texas... texasmamma777

PUHLEEZE, Jenny Erikson. How DARE you suggest that "profiling" has (and can) save American lives?



Gee whiz -- just shut up . . . because. That's why.



/sarc

nonmember avatar Anon

Texasmomma - Are you supportive of Jenny's opinion that nursing moms, kids in strollers and wheelchairs shouldn't be thoroughly screened until one of them is used to actually kill people?

nonmember avatar guest

It should be noted that it would have been impossible to do the 9-11 attacks the way they were done if we did not deny air travelers their second amendment rights...


cmari... cmarie452

Yes, because racial profiling always works out so well...

nonmember avatar Cait

Wow. 'because their God told them to'? Seriously? And also 'LOL LETS RACIAL PROFILE EVERYONE BECAUSE ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS XDDD'. What century are you living in?!

nonmember avatar Cait

Wow. 'because their God told them to'? Seriously? And also 'LOL LETS RACIAL PROFILE EVERYONE BECAUSE ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS XDDD'. What century are you living in?!

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