So what will al Qaeda's newest explosive fetish mean to the air-traveling public?
The plot to blow up an American passenger jet over Detroit was organized and launched by al Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect's underwear before sending him on his mission, federal authorities tell ABC News. Investigators say the suspect, Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian student whose birthday was last Tuesday, has provided detailed information about his recruitment and training for what was supposed to be a Christmas Day suicide attack.
Oh, so many punch lines available, only…this is serious business.
Investigators say the suspect had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin used by the military. (…)
Yesterday's bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or was not in "proper contact" with the explosive material, investigators told ABC News.
Abdulmutallab suffered second-degree burns in his genital area, investigators told ABC News.
Authorities say the suspected bomber was traveling on a visa issued by the State Department on June 16, 2008 and valid until June 12, 2010. Officials tell ABC News he was on a U.S. "terror watch list" but not on the "no fly" list, which would have prevented him from boarding the flight.Okay I'm trying to wrap my mind around the "logic" of being on the "Terror Watch List" while not being on the No Fly" list. And get this: the guy’s father warned US authorities about him six months ago!
One report said the father could not understand why his son was allowed to board a flight to the U.S. given his warning.
It appears that the only thing which saved this plane was God’s Providence in the form of some intrepid passengers and, as mentioned before, the idiocy of the particular jihadi. And, again, Yemen was in the picture. Is that the new hot-bed of terrorists?
Notably, this was the 28th terror plot known to be foiled since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
(Thanks to Ed Morrissey, who has a really....frightening video up.)