According to reports, a Yemen-based terrorist cell known as AQAP, widely considered the most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate on the Arabian Peninsula, planned an airliner bombing to mark the one-year anniversary of bin laden’s death. The garment device never made it onto a plane because the so-called “suicide bomber” turned out to be a double agent working with a Saudi intelligence organization in cooperation with the CIA.
The device “bears the forensic signature of hunted Al Qaeda bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri” who is believed to be hiding somewhere in Yemen, according to an LA Times website report. The sting operation relied on good old-fashioned human intelligence skills rather than the high-tech surveillance for which the CIA has been known in recent years. Also key is that the operation produced intelligence that helped the CIA locate and terminate top al Qaeda operative Fahd al-Qasaa, eliminated last Sunday when a CIA drone targeted him with a missile as he stepped from his car in Yemen.
That the AQAP terrorist organization was so thoroughly and successfully infiltrated, and to the point of gaining access to the heart of their most recent plot, has to be a point of grave concern for the group, and for other terrorist cells within the al Qaeda network. AQAP cannot know how much additional infiltration still exists, and neither they nor their affiliates can feel safe recruiting impressionable pawns to carry out the self-sacrifice portions of their deeds, without fear of serious risk to those plots and to their higher ranking personnel who make a habit of hiding alive and well in the shadows.
One thing is clear: Far from plunging America and the western world into a state of panic, the incident has surely resulted in panic within world-wide terrorist networks. Thus, it is as it should be—to live by terror is to ultimately live in terror, and in the certain fear that painful finality will come out of nowhere in the form of a lightning bolt one day soon.
Score this wedgie for Justice.
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