Some have dismissed al-Qaeda’s failed attempt to blow up two planes using package bombs as a sign of the terrorists’ weakness. If anything, the opposite is true. This was a serious and sophisticated terrorist plot. Al-Qaeda apparently sent test packages to the United States to map the route they took and probe the airline cargo system for vulnerabilities. Operatives then used the information gleaned from those test runs to evade screening systems, breach airline security and get two bombs on board international flights – including commercial flights with hundreds of passengers.
The bombs were so expertly designed that the wiring was virtually undetectable by X-ray.… Seguir leyendo »