"Operation Hemorrhage": AQAP Mocks Airline Security
In it, they explain how they made the cargo bombs and why. It wasn't to kill people. Their motives are economic. They want to cause a hemorrhage in the airline industry. They knew our predictable response would be to spend billions ramping up ineffective airline security measures. They are laughing at us, and on this point, with good reason. They also promise many more of these operations, by sharing their findings with their followers in other countries, so they can mail packages and get them on civilian planes going to the U.S. [More...]
During the initial discussions of the team it was determined that the success of the operation was to be based on two factors: The first is that the packages pass through the latest security equipment. The second, the spread of fear that would cause the West to invest billions of dollars in new security procedures. We have succeeded in the former and we are now witnessing the inception of the latter.
We will continue with similar operations and we do not mind at all in this stage if they are intercepted. It is such a good bargain for us to spread fear amongst the enemy and keep him on his toes in exchange of a few months of work and a few thousand bucks. We would gladly dispense with a remote controlled device that does not require us to put a mujahid on board a plane. For our enemies to think that intercepting such a package is evidence of their success is truly ridiculous.
They spent $4,200. and we respond by spending billions on airport security measures, that they say they can beat. They have five new devices with no metal components. As for the advanced imaging devices and explosive detectors, they say they can easily beat those as well.
What comes next? They lay out their future plans, and say they don't mind spilling the beans because their current principal intent is not the "maximum kill" factor, but to cause the collapse of the aviation industry, because its vitality is essential to trade and transportation.
The next phase would be to disseminate the technical details of our device to the mujahidin around the world to use from their respective countries. The following phase would be for us to use our connections to mail such packages from countries that are below the radar and to use similar devices on civilian aircrafts in Western countries We are laying out for our enemies our plan in advance because as we stated earlier our objective is not maximum kill but to cause a hemorrhage in the aviation industry, an industry that is so vital for trade and transportation between the U.S. and Europe.
They have dual targets: The West, including the U.S. and Europe, and Saudi Arabia. Their anger at the Saudis results from their belief the Saudi's are protecting Israel and Jewish people. They blast the Saudis for sharing intelligence about the cargo bomb with the U.S.
On the technical side,
After the operation of brother Umar Farouk we have been experimenting with ways to bring down airplanes. We have researched the various security systems employed by airports. We looked into X-Ray scanners, full body scanners, sniffing dogs and other aspects of security. The resulting bomb was a device that we were confident that, with the will of Allah, it would pass through the most stringent and up-to-date security equipment.
They describe in detail the weaknesses of current and future imaging technology and explosive detectors, and their successful use of advanced sealing devices that prevent detection, even from drug sniffing dogs. I wonder if they will share the information with the drug cartels, so that the cartels can ship more of their product by plane, avoiding the risks of enhanced border security. Between the amount we are spending on border security in the name of the war on drugs, and the amount we are spending on airport security to keep Americans safe, it's no wonder we have little money left for things like health care, education and jobs.
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