October 29, 2010

NOT TO SAY THAT'S WHAT THIS WAS...:

uspicious Packages on Cargo Planes Intercepted (ADAM ENTOUS And EVAN PEREZ, 10/29/10, WSJ)

Authorities intercepted two U.S.-bound suspicious packages in cargo shipments from Yemen, raising alarm in the U.S. and Europe at a time when counterterrorism officials say they are closely tracking multiple suspected terror plots by al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The discovery of the packages on UPS and FedEx cargo planes in the U.K. and Dubai prompted U.S. officials to conduct wider screening for potential bombs in airports in Newark and Philadelphia and in a delivery truck in New York City. No explosives were found.

The White House characterized the incident as a potential terrorist threat, and officials said they believed the packages, which had the appearances of improvised bombs, may have been deliberately placed on the planes to test security systems as a possible dry run or diversionary tactic for a planned attack.


...but in the wake of the Madrid train bombings you have to assume authorities are particularly attentive to potential plans to disrupt elections.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2010 3:30 PM
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