In today's Spokesman Review we have an article about a thwarted Al Qaida plot to use an upgraded underwear bomb to bring down a passenger plane. I'd like to point out something.
The would-be suicide bomber, based in Yemen, had not yet picked a target or bought a plane ticket when the CIA stepped in and seized the bomb, officials said.
It would appear that intelligence gathering can be an effective tool. Regardless, I look forward to the intrusive precautions that make up the security theater at our airports to continue for a very long time.
The FBI is examining the latest bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an airplane, officials said. They said the device did not contain metal, meaning it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector. But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it.
I think John Brennan of Portland will someday be known as a man ahead of the times.