Creator of new ‘underwear bomb’ uncovered corset style bra by double agent must be killed: Sen.Feinstein
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is the top security threat womens bikinis sale to the United States and the bomb maker thought to have created at least two non-metallic explosive devices must be killed to safeguard U.S. national security, a top senator said on Sunday.
I am hopeful suit underwear that we will be able to, candidly, kill this bomb maker and kill some of these other associates, because there is a dangerous process in play at the present time, Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told Fox News Sunday.
The bombs, intended to be smuggled aboard an aircraft undetected and then detonated, bear the forensic signature of suspected al Qaeda bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri, who is believed to be hiding in Yemen, officials have said.
They said a bomb obtained in a recent intelligence operation appeared to be an upgraded version of the so-called underwear bomb that failed to bring down a passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.
A bomber from the al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen sent to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner last month was actually a double agent who infiltrated the group and volunteered for the suicide mission, intelligence agency officials have confirmed.
Saudi Arabias intelligence agency, working with British intelligence and the CIA, placed the operative inside al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, with the goal of convincing his handlers to give him a new type of non-metallic bomb for the mission, officials said.
Western intelligence agencies have identified AQAP as among the most dangerous and determined al Qaeda affiliates in the world, dedicated in part to attacks on the West.
The double agent arranged instead to deliver the device to U.S. and other intelligence authorities waiting outside Yemen, the officials said.
Feinstein was asked if current screening technology would necessarily identify this kind of bomb on an airline passenger. For this particular material, she said, candidly, no.
I think Americans have to understand that this particular kind of explosive, non-metallic, is not easily detectable.
Consequently the flying public is going to have to tolerate more invasive searches, she said. The American public has not been terribly sympathetic to this, she said, but its very important that TSA (the Transportation Security Administration) keeps up its efforts.