The Obama administration's knee-jerk reaction to al Qaeda's attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was to minimize the threat. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared that the attempted bombing was not connected to a larger terrorist plot.
Business as usual, nothing to see here, move along, happy holidays. Not quite. The Christmas Day attack demonstrated the adaptive and organized nature of the terrorist threat.
Not quite. The Christmas Day attack demonstrated the adaptive and organized nature of the terrorist threat.
Al Qaeda chose a flight originating overseas to avoid U.S. domestic security measures. Nigerian bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab reportedly boarded the aircraft by impersonating a Sudanese refugee who did not have a passport, a ruse officials in Amsterdam apparently accepted.
It is certain that al Qaeda had tested this method at Amsterdam before.
The PETN explosive was hidden in Mr. Abdulmutallab's underwear to avoid detection. The reagent that he used to set off the PETN reportedly was brought onboard in a syringe, which not only would be useful for introducing the reagent to the explosive but facilitated smuggling it, for example under the guise of it being insulin.
The only part of the terrorist plan that failed was the bomb itself, which either was not prepared correctly, was damaged in transit or was not detonated properly.
However, even the malfunctioning bomb produced a fire that could have brought the aircraft down had it not been extinguished quickly.
"Make No Mistake We Are Under Attack Because Al Qaeda Knows That We Have A Weak president Who Will Not Hunt Them DownThem Like Bush Did !"