Small Airplane Terror
September 5, 2011 by staff
Authorities say there is no specific or credible terrorist threat to the 10 Th anniversaries of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. However, increased national security precaution.
According to a bulletin of the five pages of law enforcement issued Friday, as recently as earlier this year, al-Qaida was considering ways to attack aircraft.
The warning, issued ahead of last weekend busy summer travel, said that terrorists have considered renting private jets and cargo with explosives.
“Al-Qaida and its affiliates have maintained an interest in obtaining training in aviation, especially in small planes, and the recruitment of individuals for training in Western Europe or the U.S., although we have no current, reliable intelligence of an imminent attack was planned, “the newsletter obtained by The Associated Press.
The bulletin also says that al-Qaida to use Western sympathy for flight training, and then get them to become flight instructors.
Matthew Chandler, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, described the routine bulletin.
“We share this information with our partners to highlight the need for continued vigilance and awareness,” he said.
Aviation security is much stricter than it was a decade ago, but al-Qaida remains a strong interest in launching attacks against aircraft, believing that a major attack with high body counts are more likely to monopolize holders.
Threats to small planes are nothing new. After the 2001 attacks, the government grounded thousands of crop dusters amid fears the aircraft could be used in an attack.
In 2002, U.S. officials said they discovered an al Qaeda plot to fly a small plane into a U.S. warship in the Gulf. And in 2003, U.S. officials discovered a plot by Al Qaeda to crash a small plane loaded with explosives into the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.
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