Another attempted terrorist attack

@Thoroughrob (11750)
United States
December 26, 2009 10:11am CST
It was another airline attempted attack. I am glad the passengers were able to jump him and keep it from happening. Here is the article, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091226/ap_on_re_us/us_airliner_attack. Did you hear about it yesterday when it happened. That could have really been a big disaster. I think people are really getting to be observant. I am glad they were able to stop it. I have never flown, and I am not sure I ever want to. I guess our security is not as good as the think. What is your take on this?
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
26 Dec 09
Hi Thoroughrob, your link says the news has expired so I didn't read it. I don't think incidents though should stop people from flying, after all a terrorist could blow up a bus or a train, it doesn't have to be a plane. Was he a loner or part of a group do you know? Anyway it's good to hear that people are vigilant these days even if the airport security presumably isn't.
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
26 Dec 09
Hi Tony, thanks for that. I'm suprised there isn't much more activity from the Yemen, most of the men work over in Saudi and the country is practically impenetrable.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
26 Dec 09
I checked the link when I previewed my discussion and it worked, and then after I posted, it didn't. Here is a new one. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091226/ap_on_re_us/us_airliner_attack, it seems he was alone, but working for al-Qaida.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
26 Dec 09
So that shows a Nigerian on a known and suspected list flying between Yemen, Amsterdam, London and the US. He has an American Visa and presumably a British visa. It rather raises the question of why these countries are granting visas to people on the FBI's suspected to be linked to terrorist groups people. What on earth is the point of having all this intelligence and then giving free passage. I would think that Nigerians having Yemen stamped in their passports may raise a few more alert flags. How much time and money is wasted on intelligence gathering only to have nothing done with it?
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@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Dec 09
hi thoroughrob my take is that I think we are finally beginning to realize we need to be observant and jump the thug that wants to terrorize the hell out of our US. we have sat back long enough, now its time to react. I am so proud of those men who stopped the darned thugee terrorist. our security is still not up to where it should be.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
30 Dec 09
I agree with you!
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
29 Dec 09
The Security failed at the origination point, not here, but I'm very surprised we have not had anything blown up. We refuse to inspect the persons and bags of young men with middle eastern names and yet search old ladies, babies and anyone else who is unlikely to blow up a plane. All in the name of political correctness. They laugh at our sensitivity, despise us for crawling to them and begging them not to be offended. I'm surprised the country is not a wasteland by now.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
29 Dec 09
I was very shocked to hear that this happened. The main reason that I was so shocked to hear about it is because of an experience one of my friends and their family had last week. Their two month old son had just been released from Boston Children's Hospital to be reunited with his family for the first time, but he is still hooked up to heart monitors and such, and it took them a very long time to get through security because the security thought that he could have been wired with a bomb.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Dec 09
1. Scary 2. Note to self: use bathroom before boarding plane... Yes, I'm very glad they were able to stop it. And I just don't understand the thought processes of people who think that they have to kill and destroy to get their cause some attention.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
28 Dec 09
terrorists are professionals, just like you have cat burglars who can steal from the most secure places in the world, they study and plan for months and thoroughly look for all the loopholes.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 09
These kinds of attacks will not stop, Thoroughrob, as long as we keep a continued military presence in the Middle East. There are plenty of opportunists out there willing to risk life and limb to convey their message. With our country being the "melting pot" that it is, we can never assume that we will be immune from this sort of thing. You are right that it is lucky that there are always some who will face danger to protect others just as happened in this case.
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@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
27 Dec 09
That is really a relief reading that. i am glad that people are becoming more and more observant. we have to be sure that we are safe wherever we are especially if we have our family and children with us. all it takes is just some vigilance wherever we go. it's for our safety so we should always practice it. :D
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
27 Dec 09
It is incredible that this guy managed to get as far as he did; it is scary...Have the security precautions relaxed a bit? The people who were on that flight were so fortunate and clearly it was not their time. I don’t fly all that much and I have not had any need to go to the States but having said that I would like to see some reassurance that it is indeed very safe to fly these days...
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@bhawanee (174)
• India
27 Dec 09
I call it as a act of coward on the part of terrorist because if they really want to wage a war with particular nation then they should come forward and wage a war instead of killing innocent people. As far as my knowledge goes under the leadership of Obama there will not be any disaster in USA. Secondly, American forces are the best in the world and they have the ability to handle tough situations.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Dec 09
all I heard on it was he was trying to light some kind of powder this is the first I heard all this!
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@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
27 Dec 09
I have only flown once since 9/11 and I know I was very observant on the flight. I almost bet we had air marshals on at least two of our flights. I have no desire to fly overseas. I think the airports do a somewhat okay job of screening carry-on bags but this guy somehow got through it.
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@Ambreya3 (100)
• United States
27 Dec 09
I agree, they have all these security measures at the airports yet this happens still?!? That really worries me. I have only flown 2 times, once before 9/11 and once after. I didn't mind the extra measures which included having our shoes checked because it made me feel safe. Now after this I don't feel that way! It shouldn't be up to the passengers to find this kind of stuff out.
@millertime (1398)
• United States
26 Dec 09
It just goes to show you that these nutjob Muslim terrorists are definitely still out to kill us. I would be interested to learn more details about what actual materials he smuggled aboard the aircraft and how he actually did it. You can bet that they will adjust the security measures to prevent it from happening again. Every time they come up with a new way to threaten us, we have to come up with a new preventative measure. Unfortunately, I don't think the war on terror is going to be over any time soon.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
26 Dec 09
I have never flown either & have no desire to. I thought from all i heard from people that do fly how they had tighten security so much. Somebody didn't do their job when they let that fool on the plane. I'm so glad it turned out as well as it did.
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@sweetlady10 (3619)
• United States
26 Dec 09
First of all this is so sad that some people are trying to hurt innocent people like this. Though they are not always successful, but some time they do get success. But the world can't stop flying because of them. So, we all have to be more careful about security measure. Security system all over the world should be more tight than ever it was.
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@GardenGerty (99413)
• United States
26 Dec 09
I have flown, but not for several years now. I do not know how they could have gotten the explosive stuff on board, but you know, it is the travelers and travel industry that pay dearly for this in lost time, fear and lost customers. I usually choose not to fly because of all the airport delays, I can be halfway to most of my destinations in the time it takes to check in, clear security, and wait for delays, etc. I have to drive quite a ways to use a major airport, as well. I do think people are more observant, and more suspicious, and that may be how we have to be now.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
26 Dec 09
That is why I always want to stay grounded. Flying gives me nightmares. But sometimes am forced to fly when going on vacation. These terrorist never cease their evil mission to create human miseries. I hope they are caught and given the heaviest penalties.
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• United States
26 Dec 09
I tried to see something about this on the lame stream media but they just brushed it aside, don't want to make Dorkbama look bad during his darkest days I guess. I had to flip over to FOX news to get any information. I wouldn't be scared to fly, that's what terror is, that's what they want.
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• United States
31 Dec 09
Terrorist attacks will b there to stay as long as human beings still exist. The only thing you need to do is to keep yourself safe. If you notice any suspicious character, please do something before they strike. Try to report to the nearest authority around you.