The Associated Press is reporting that the CIA has foiled a new Al Qaeda underwear bomb plot meant to target a US bound jet airliner. The story is that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States disrupted the plot formed by a splinter group of Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula, Al Qaeda in Yemen. The White House confirms the story. This follows last week when Barack Obama spiked the football and took another victory lap for the death of Osama Bin Laden. Indeed, the Obama administration the previous week said that the War on Terror itself was over. Apparently not!
The plot itself was to be an updated version of the December 25, 2009 attempt to ignite an underwear bomb on board a Detroit-bound airliner. That attempt failed when the device itself malfunctioned and passengers were able to wrestle the would-be terrorist into custody. The FBI is claiming that the new effort was to use a combination of liquids which would be combined in-flight by the terrorist to assemble the explosive device. Also, that a new and improved ignition system had been developed.
The White House assures that the new underwear bomb plot is no longer a direct threat to the United States. The Associated Press reports that the CIA and FBI have the actual new IED in their possession and are examining it carefully. Just as in the old 2009 Christmas bomb plot, the plan was hatched and carried out by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, although in this case, a possible splinter group in Yemen itself. So here we are a year after the death of Osama Bin Laden and it appears that Mitt Romney was correct and Barack Obama wrong in that the War on Terror is not over. But, for now, thanks to the CIA, US bound airliners appear to be safe once again, despite the bumbling of the Obama administration.