Man Attempts to Set Off Explosives on Plane, Law Enforcement Officials Say — Suspect Claims al Qaeda Terrorism Link, but FBI, Investigators Are Suspicious — Federal officials and police are interviewing a Nigerian man, who allegedly tried to “explode” a powdery substance aboard …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill: King: Airline bombing suspect had ‘significant terrorist connections’
Richard Fernandez / Pajamas Media: Over Detroit — An incident previously described as a passenger …
John / Power Line: Shoe Bomber II?
Thers / Whiskey Fire: Tiny Bombs — A crazy idiot appears to have set off firecrackers on an airplane.
Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER: TSA's Illusion of Security
Bear / ChattahBox News Blog: Passenger Reportedly Tried To Blow Up Plane Preparing to Land in Detroit
Darren Hutchinson / DISSENTING JUSTICE: Northwest Airlines Passenger Attempts to Ignite Powdery Explosive on Plane
Scott Butterworth / Washington Post:
White House: Failed plane attack an attempted act of terrorism — A Nigerian national, claiming to be acting on behalf of al-Qaeda, is in custody in Detroit after allegedly attempting to light an incendiary device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight after it landed Friday, federal officials said.
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Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported — A male passenger reportedly linked to terrorist organization al-Qaeda ignited a powdery substance prior to landing on a Delta Airlines flight to Detroit Friday. The suspect is believed to be Nigerian, Fox News reported.
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GottaLaff / The Political Carnival: U.S. intelligence official: Passenger on Detroit flight was attempting …
Wall Street Journal:
Midair Bomb Attempt Fails — Man on Flight to Detroit Claims Al Qaeda Ties; Obama Tightens Security — This picture provided by J.P. Karas shows Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam on Friday.
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Karen De Coster / LewRockwell.com Blog: Al Qaeda “Operative” Tries to Blow Up Plane With Firecracker Device
Officials: Possible terror attack on Northwest jet — Nigerian man tries to light powdery substance on Detroit flight, officials say — A 23-year-old Nigerian man tried to light a powdery substance aboard a Northwest Airlines flight before landing in Detroit on Friday, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official told NBC News.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo: Latest on Airline Incident Pt. 2
Ravi Somaiya / Gawker: AP : Possible Al Qaeda Terror Attack on Transatlantic Flight
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Attempted terrorist attack on int'l Northwest flight? Update: Al Qaeda link? — This just popped up on the news here in the Twin Cities, and the boss has it, too: … A couple of thoughts. First, the danger must have been considered low after he was secured …
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Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
Plane incident called an act of terrorism — Federal authorities say a Nigerian passenger on an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight tried to blow up the airliner, which landed safely. The would-be bomber is injured. — Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam.
Incident on NWA Flight 253? Update: suspect claims al Qaeda direction; Update: An attempted act of terror — Scroll for updates... Via BNONews, a passenger on Detroit-bound NWA Flight 253 was arrested in what MAY have been an attempted hijacking. Also reports that the suspect may have attenpted to light something.
Libs-R-Insane / CBS News:
Passenger Lights Explosive on Delta Flight — 2 Hurt, 1 Detained in “Attempted Act of Terrorism” On Amsterdam-Detroit Flt. ; Man Claims al Qaeda Tie; FBI Investigating — (CBS/AP) Updated 7:50 p.m. EST — A Northwest Airlines passenger landing in Detroit on Friday tried to blow …
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Explosive device ignited aboard U.S.-bound airliner — (CNN) — A passenger on an international flight bound for the United States Friday ignited a small explosive device shortly before landing in a move the White House called an attempted terrorist attack, a senior administration official said.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo: AP: Man Tries, Fails to Blow Up Jet
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tidings of Comfort — Indulge me while I tell you a story — a near-future version of Charles Dickens's “A Christmas Carol.” It begins with sad news: young Timothy Cratchit, a k a Tiny Tim, is sick. And his treatment will cost far more than his parents can pay out of pocket.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Debate Shows Obama Plays by Washington's Rules — WASHINGTON — Howard Dean ran for president in 2004 as the outsider ready to battle an entrenched establishment in Washington. And so, four years later, did Barack Obama. — Now, one year into Mr. Obama's presidency …
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Darren Hutchinson / DISSENTING JUSTICE: NYT's Adam Nagourney Peddles New White House Attacks on Progressives
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
82 Year-Old Pope Benedict Attacked, Knocked Down at Midnight Mass (Video) ...Update: Same Nut Tried to Attack Pope in 2008 — A crazed woman jumped the barriers at St. Peter's Basilica and attacke 82 year-old Pope Benedict XVI at Midnight Mass knocking him to the floor.
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Donald Douglas / American Power: Susanna Maiolo, Deranged Attacker, Knocks Down Pope Benedict …
Ariel David / Associated Press:
Woman knocks down Pope at Christmas Eve Mass
Woman knocks down Pope at Christmas Eve Mass
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Thers / Whiskey Fire: Already Waking