U.S. tightens security, seeks source of parcel bombs
(al-Reuters) – The United States searched on Saturday for the culprits behind a plot to bomb Jewish targets in Chicago uncovered by the interception in Britain and Dubai of parcels with explosives sent from Yemen.
President Barack Obama vowed on Friday that U.S. authorities would spare no effort to find the source of the packages, which he called a “credible terrorist threat” aimed at two places of Jewish worship.
Obama said security would be increased for air travel for as long as necessary. U.S. officials said they were searching for more packages that could have come from Yemen, which has become a haven for some anti-American militants.
The security threat unsettled Americans just days before they vote in midterm congressional elections that have been dominated by economic woes rather than the issue of terrorism.
Suspicion fell on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which operates out of Yemen and claimed responsibility for a failed plot to blow up a U.S. plane over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009.
The group is affiliated with al Qaeda, whose militants killed about 3,000 people using hijacked passenger jets in the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.
“Initial examinations of those packages has determined that they do apparently contain explosive material,” Obama said at a press briefing at the White House.
SAME CHEMICAL USED IN UNDERWEAR BOMB PLOT
The New York Times reported that the packages contained PETN, the same chemical explosive used in the bomb sewn into the underwear of the Nigerian man who attempted to blow up an airliner over Detroit at Christmas, a plot hatched in Yemen.
NOTE: Here’s a video of the Emirates plane that was escorted from the Canadian border by two F-16’s and forced to land at JFK
UPDATE: Zip asks an important question:Given Today’s Activities – What Do You Think Happened in Last Month’s UPS Plane Crash in Dubai?