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    WASHINGTON (AP) — At the FBI’s explosives lab in Virginia, experts are picking apart a sophisticated new al-Qaida bomb to figure out whether it could have slipped past airport security and taken down a commercial airplane, U.S. officials said.

    The unexploded bomb represents an intelligence prize, the result of a covert CIA operation in Yemen that thwarted a suicide mission around the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, officials 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 device is an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.
    President Barack Obama had been monitoring the operation since last month, the White House said Monday evening. White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the president was assured the device posed no threat to the public.

    “The president thanks all intelligence and counterterrorism professionals involved for their outstanding work and for serving with the extraordinary skill and commitment that their enormous responsibilities demand,” Hayden said.

    The operation unfolded even as the White House and Homeland Security Department assured the public that they knew of no al-Qaida plots against the U.S. around the May 2 anniversary of bin Laden’s death in a raid by Navy SEALs on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

    On May 1, the Homeland Security Department said, “We have no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots against the U.S. tied to the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death.”
    And if anyone doubts the MSM is liberal:
    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.
    How many times did the media rush to out secret info under President Bush?
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    I'm just surprised that al Queda seems to be trying to perfect the underwear bomb after the first total failure. They really aren't all that creative or adaptive.

    Do they really think TSA won't go there? Because I've seen lots of videos of out of control TSA agents, and I really don't think they have any problems checking out people's underwear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I'm just surprised that al Queda seems to be trying to perfect the underwear bomb after the first total failure. They really aren't all that creative or adaptive.
    There is an al Qaeda engineer, toiling in obscurity, who waxes eloquent about the need for incendiary undergarments, who draws his inspiration from other pioneers who did not abandon their work after their initial setbacks. That engineer, who spends his days deeply researching the possibilities of explosive underwear, is one of the unsung heroes of the Global Jihad. Just as Orville and Wilbur Wright were told, "If man were meant to fly, he'd have wings," so too has that engineer been told, "If man were meant to violently explode from his pants, Allah (PBUH) would have given him 72 virgins in this life!" Someday, when young men are detonating their crotches, exploding their rectums and busting their balls with his technological breakthrough, he will be recognized for his genius!
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    Bunch of panty wastes going off half cocked!
    How is obama working out for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Bunch of panty wastes going off half cocked!
    Now now, don't get your panties in a bunch. They might go off.
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    Great job CIA.

    They don't get enough credit for their successes.
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