Saturday, December 26, 2009
TSA's "Homeland Insecurity"
Early Christmas Afternoon news broke of a alleged attempt by a Nigerian to light some type of explosive device on board a Northwestern Airlines Flight from Detroit. Federal officials and local police officials are interviewing a Nigerian man who allegedly tried to explode a powdery substance aboard a Northwestern flight from Amsterdam to Detroit injuring himself and two other passengers, law enforcement officials said. the man said that he was directed by Al-Qaeda to explode a small device in flight, over U.S. soil, ABC News has learned. Authorities have no corroboration of that information, and the credibility of the suspects statement is being questioned, officials said. The government has no immediate plans after the incident to raise the threat level, a government source said. The "Big Question" that needs to be answered by TSA is how this terrorist managed to smuggle a device on a plane. There is no screening system in place at international airports that will detect explosives. If the preliminary reports are correct that the Nigerian brought on "Firecrackers" on the plane that is not surprising at all. Fireworks normally do not contain any metal and will pass undetected through any of the walk thru metal detectors used throughout the world. Therefore, here we are 8 years after 9-11 attacks and we still employ security detection systems incapable of detecting explosives. Eight years ago Richard Reid, an Al-Qaeda operative, boarded a plane in London, England wearing shoes packed with explosives. His fellow passengers beat the living crap out of him and prevented a terrorist incident. Finally, 8 years later and will still have done nothing to prevent the threat from an explosive. I fully acknowledge this is a threat we rarely see. but that excuse will not fly if a terrorist group decides to run the risk of blowing airplanes out of the air. Let's face it, we never learn. Have a Happy New Year.