Oh, it should be clear.... unless apologists are trying to obfuscate it.
WASHINGTON – U.S. officials say a Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria said he was acting on behalf of al-Qaida when he tried to blow up a flight Friday as it landed in Detroit.
Nigerian. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit., R-N.Y., identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad, a
One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it.
The passenger was being questioned Friday evening.
Both of the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.
The motive of the Christmas Day attack was not immediately clear.
The problem, he said, is that when the drones were first being developed they were using commercial equipment, which as time goes on could become vulnerable to intercepts.I hope that the memos to superiors about vulnerabilities are now being reviewed, and a few high-ranking officers' careers are about to end in abrupt retirements. And maybe monkeys will fly out of my butt.
The Predator, also currently used in the hunt for al-Qaida and other militants in Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere, can fly for hours remotely controlled by pilots thousands of miles away. It can fly armed or unarmed, and is part of a growing arsenal of such craft that includes the Reaper and Raven as well as a new, high-tech video sensor system called the Gorgon Stare, being installed on Reapers.
The military has known about the vulnerability for more than a decade, but assumed adversaries would not be able to exploit it.
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