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Detroit Terror Plot Makes 28 Plots Foiled Since 9/11
Posted By Jena McNeill On December 26, 2009 @ 2:43 pm In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
On December 25, 2009, a Nigerian student attempted to ignite a mixture of powder and liquid on a Northwest Airlines flight landing in Detroit, Michigan. Passengers helped to stop the suspect from carrying out his mission after the device failed to fully detonate, marking the 28th foiled terror plot against the United States since 9/11.
This attempted plot is an example of how terrorists continue in their attempts to harm Americans. But it also illustrates the need to work with international partners on countering terrorism, while defending the intelligence and law enforcement tools that work inside the U.S. to disrupt plots, as well as the importance of going after overseas terrorist sanctuaries to stop terrorists from using these locations as a staging ground for operations.
December 25, 2009
The individual involved in the plot, believed by media accounts to be Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was a 23 year old engineering student living in London. He had boarded a plane from Nigeria to Amsterdam, and was flying from Amsterdam to the United States when he attempted to detonate a device as the plane began to land. The device failed to detonate, and passengers move quickly to stop the passenger from trying again, leading to his arrest by U.S. authorities.
Media accounts following the plot indicate that Abdulmutallab is believed to be involved with al Qaeda.
28 Plots Foiled
This attack marks 28 terror plots that have been foiled since 9/11. This success has been enjoyed for a variety of reasons. At times, success has been the product of sheer luck, and in other instances, Americans themselves have helped stop the attack by putting their own lives on the line. Furthermore, U.S. efforts in the war on terrorism, including operations in Afghanistan, have helped to weed out terrorist sanctuaries before they can act to organize attacks. Finally, counterterrorism tools put in place since 9/11 have helped to lead the way inside the United States towards stopping terrorists from operating on U.S. soil. Continuing this success will require the U.S. to be diligent in these efforts.
Specifically, the U.S. should:
Today’s failed plot will not be in the last terrorist plot against the United States. Continuing to organize and mobilize against these individuals, both inside the United States, and in conjunction with our international partners is the best way to stop attacks in the future.
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