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CIA reportedly thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot against US-bound jet
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+The Associated Press says they have learned the CIA thwarted a plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

U.S. officials say the plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also built to be used in a passenger's underwear but contained a more refined detonation system.

The would-be suicide bomber was told to buy a ticket on the airliner of his choosing and decide the timing of the attack.

Read more: +ABC News - http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/sources-cia-foils-al-qaida-bomb-plot-us-16296969#.T6gsGMRYtek

+The Seattle Times - http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2018160830_apusairlineplot.html

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I'd like to hear more about it, but the headline speaks a lot for the level of security that has been added in the past several years. Hopefully this will discourage al-Qaida (sp?) in the future.
 
more underwear attacks. can't these guys think of anything original?
 
I don't see how the CIA is taking credit for it if "it failed to detonate". That implies the CIA failed then got lucky when the trigger misfired OVER DETROIT.
 
See that's al qaeda's problem, they keep trying to do things around special dates. Terrible planning really
 
Must be time to renew funding for the cia got to come up with something.
 
What is their obsession with exploding underwear?
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I dunno... sounds like a CIA marketing campaign to me...
Ali Ali
 
John, America didn't get enough oil from Middle East
 
That's why they are trying to bomb the whole world? The islamism is a real threat. Don't underestimate it.
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Alex, you are also another ignorant.... Come on buddy, use some logic and some of your intelligence. First off all, the physics behind the collapse of the towers made no sense ( physics proofs that there were bombs already planted in the building to help collapse it). Secondly, do you know of the 'reasons' I rather call it 'excuses' the American government gave to ENTER and then INVADE Iraq? Cmon, research before talking crap. You are tied into the lies of propaganda. You must realize it soon, Islam is not the threat, it is the corrupted americans that are ready to take life's of innocent for money (natural sources in the Middle Eastern countries).
 
Your brainwashing won't work on me. I'm not so stupid to believe in that pro-islamist bullshit. I live in Russia. So, I hear about islamists' threatening to explode something every other day. It was my work day when islamists exploded DME airport where I work. You can tell your fables to Christians of Egypt who are harassed every day by their neighbours. And it's often even not the planned attacks. It's just how the people are brought up in bigotry and hatred towards other religions. Islam may not be a threat but islamism, ie the idea of spreading the Islam by destruction of other faiths and depriving the whole nations of their natural freedoms in favor of medieval bigotry is the REAL threat.
Ali Ali
 
You know why that happens in countries like Pakistan? It is because of this whole political sht between politicians that are money-hungry. As long as money is present, corruption will exist. If you read the Quran you will find out that Islam is ACTUALLY the most peaceful and clam religion, it gives EQUAL rights to MAN and WOMAN- it is the people like you (propaganda) and money wanting, selfish people that make others think and believe Islam is terrorism, bombs, death, and what not. I'am actually surprised to see how many morons there are in the real world without any knowledge. It actually surprises me A LOT!
Ali Ali
 
BTW, what do you mean "Your brainwashing won't work on me. I'm not so stupid to believe in that pro-islamist bullshit."? Learn and or try to ask someone to explain to you the physics behind the collapse of the buildings, you moron. You must know the America is a developed country( doesn't take a genius) and that their military, security, and navy are powerful. In fact, they were the first ones to make nuclear bombs. So tell me, how were the 'terrorist' able to get into 3 planes with weapons and kill the pilots and rid the plane to the building by them selves (OH THEY KNEW HOW TO USE AIRPLANES??) and crash into the building? America has enough tech to blow down a hi-hacked plane before it causes any damage. Also, do you even know that there was a 3rd building that collapse which was hidden from the media, building 7, is what it's called.
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terrorism comes in many different colors and faiths... christian, islam, buddhist... evil is evil... we ALL have the potential for evil... finger pointing is never a good idea...
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Islam isn't the threat, extremism of any nature is the threat.
 
+Ali Ali that's the problem about the people like you. I haven't said a bad word about Quran, only about the people who, if you are right about Quran being the most peaceful book, corrupt it and use it to justify murders. Still, once I dare to disagree with you, you run out argumentation and become aggressive. Just like those guys who use bombs if they think someone is not showing enough respect to them.
OK, once again, I am just talking about the danger to the world from a fraction of Islamic population whose distorted vision of Quran lets them do horrendous things to their own people. You say Quran treats women equally, still I haven't heard of a man stoned to death for adultery.
You should understand me: I haven't done anything bad to a Muslim, as long as I can remember, but as a Christian I will never understand why some people can justify hatred towards other religions or nations because they are dissatisfied with their conditions. Let me put it this way: I can justify Iraqi fighting for their freedom because what's happening there is the occupation, but you will not make me believe that Egyptian Christians are somehow responsible for what's happening in Egypt. Still the churches are burning there, in Nigeria and anywhere where Muslims represent any substantial minority. What conspiracy theory do you have to explain this? Why I haven't heard about the Christians' terrorist groups attacking the mosques? I believe that Islam has originally very little to do with hatred, but the problem is about the people who bend it. And if their faith is all about hatred and bigotry it has, probably, very little to do with the original conception of the Prophet. But whatever you call this people, they claim that they represent the Islamic world.
And now, there are the countries like Turkey which separate religion from the government and where people are not being indoctrinated against "the infidels" and where, from my personal experience, people are treated rather fairly, and there is Saudi Arabia where the religious inequality and bigotry is written into the legal system, so that if you are non-muslim or woman you are inferior in the eyes of law.
If you turn your back on such things, if you don't want to see the obvious and only blame strangers for what is happening, you are helping those bastards to fulfill their goal which is to put the whole world under the rule of the insanity.
Still, I have a hope that where will be gradually more and more countries in the Orient which will put religious matters aside and start addressing their real problems by building the better, freer society.
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Alex, not that I disagree with much of what you have said, but history has proven that people have long used the Bible as justification to perform horrendous acts as well. The religion isn't the problem, again, extremism is...and it comes in many flavors. To call out Islam itself is a fool errand...and you know it if you have any sort of open mind on the subject.
 
+Ali Ali to have a productive conversation about the physics of the buildings collapsing we both have to be the experts in industrial destruction. Since none of us, supposedly, are up to the task I don't even start it though I have, like you, read a lot of articles in defence of conspiracy theories. Still, most of them can't prove anything decidedly for me.
And, finally, calling me moron doesn't help your cause of fighting the prejudices against the Muslims. Quite contrary, you just make you sound very indoctrinated.
 
+Dan Ball how many times should I repeat I am not blaming Islam? I am blaming certain people who preach the extremism founded upon that religion and the certain people who support them by morally justifying their cause and methods, blaming other nations and faiths for all their problems while most of those problems are internal.
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"The islamism is a real threat. Don't underestimate it."

Sounded pretty critical to me, apologies if I misinterpreted it. I am just growing very weary Islam being the new McCarthyism...society always needs an enemy it seems...with it's witches, commies, Nazis, minorities, immigrants, neocons, socialists...always somebody to hate, currently it's Muslims...and the acts of the few often seem to sway judgement on the whole...which doesn't seem to bother anyone until the pendulum swings toward them.

We need to hold people accountable, not judge the entire group of people they claim to be part of.
 
Islamism, in theory, is a policy of promoting and supporting the Islamic cause by different, but, in reality, mostly political and military means.
To clarify my stance, I am against the export of Islamic values, especially those which mess with private life, by any means.
Not like I am specific about this religion alone, but since other religions don't pursue the expansionism in modern world and prefer to separate themselves from the states, that's why we are talking about Islam. In fact, there are no religious states outside of Islamic world, and that's the specific problem you can't deny. Well, I am well aware about the Vatican, but let's be serious...
Anyway, the choice of faith, just like the choice of not having a faith at all, should be strictly personal choice. In this regard, I am strongly against any religious promotion whatsoever. Think of Islamism as of modern American creationism, just way more violent and tending to resolve arguments by force.
Or read http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamism, at the very least, though that article is made as sterile as possible and doesn't represent extreme views (you know the restrictions of Wikipedia).
Dan B.
 
Byron, interesting video, thanks for the link.

The one thing I find funny about religion is that one can quote a verse or passage from their sacred text that perhaps my contradict what they are trying to say, and they jump into "interpretation mode" explaining what it means and such...yet, they never afford other religions the same options of explaining, and insist on taking it at face value...kinda funny.

People also have a tendency to forget that Islam is no different than other religions insofar as there are more and less traditional sects that have widely differing interpretations of their faith, just like Catholicism, Lutheranism, Judaism and others.

People need to relax and worry about their own backyard rather than everyone else's...if people would demand from themselves what they seemingly demand from others, this world would really be awesome.
 
+Dan Ball exactly! And since, let's be frank, the Christianity's impact on the private life weakens, and most people here don't put the religious differences in front, or should I say, care less than ever before about the religious doctrines en masse, shouldn't we maintain this neutrality, or should we let just another sectarians to hijack this topic again so, few decades later, we would literally fight for our personal freedoms again?
Dan B.
 
I think that is a healthy bit of extremism in it's own right.
 
Export of religious conflicts is a much more serious danger. You can't not see it coming.
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Religion, when moving anywhere beyond the self, is dangerous.
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Dan Ball, well said!
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