Bit late on this, but I’ve been in a car for most of the last 24 hours:
Investigators were studying an explosive device Tuesday that they say terrorists in Yemen crafted to slip past airport metal detectors and onto an airplane bound for the United States.
U.S. intelligence agents thwarted the plot two weeks ago after receiving a tip from Saudi Arabia, a source familiar with the operation said Tuesday. Authorities have said airline passengers were never in danger and that the would-be bomber no longer poses a threat.
Even so, the plot highlights the resolve of terrorists to attack the United States a year after the U.S. military killed Osama bin Laden in a stunning raid inside Pakistan.
The good news is that this wasn’t even close to happening. We’ve had them in our sites for a few weeks at least, based on a tip from someone in Saudi Arabia. The bad news is that this shows we still have an enemy out there and they are working hard on evading our security procedures.
This also confirms that Yemen is the main source of Al Quaeda, not Afghanistan. I mean, we knew that because of the drone strikes. But now we’re seeing it in even clearer focus.