Militants from al Qaeda's branch in Yemen are mulling plans to surgically implant explosive devices in would-be suicide bombers, possibly targeting airlines, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
That intelligence about al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered the group's most dangerous affiliate, led the Obama administration to warn foreign governments and American and international airline executives over the past several days that terrorists might attempt to board planes with explosives concealed in their bodies.
"It's more than aspirational," a U.S. official said. "They're trying to make this happen."You know, I think we're just going to have to stop playing at this, and get serious: make use of profiling; prohibit immigration or tourism from countries that have a history of originating terrorists who attack U.S. interests; maybe even recognize that while most Muslims are not a threat to the United States, it is no coincidence that every major terrorist attack against us in the last ten years has been done by Muslims. Islam is an existential threat to not just the United States, but to the Western tradition of civilized behavior.