Terror by special delivery: Something’s weird here

Obviously, today’s discovery of an attempted terror plot is a very serious matter. And the serious hashing out of what it all means will come as more details emerge (though, while U.S. officials aren’t naming al Qaeda as the culprit just yet, a bomb sent from Yemen to Jewish organization in America seems pretty plainly to signify Islamic terrorism).

In the meantime, I have what may be some stupid questions:

What does it mean that these jerks decided to send a bomb that would travel more than 7,500 miles, on two trans-continental flights, to be delivered to an office building — and only then blow up?

Given the trouble that jihadists have had lately with carrying out even their simpler plots successfully (thank goodness), doesn’t it seem odd that they would now try to take up the degree of difficulty several notches?

Does this mean they’re having trouble recruiting/converting more local people to extremism? Does it mean they felt they needed to pull off something spectacular — and highly terrifying, given cargo shipping’s essential place in Western life and commerce — to atone for their errors?

I suppose they’ve succeeded in a way simply by forcing all of us to focus on a new aspect of life being prone to terrorism, and to ratchet up the security measures again, etc. But something about it just seems a little odd, don’t you think?

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Lil' Barry Bailout

October 29th, 2010
5:54 pm

Remember back in the good ol’ days when we would have claimed this was all plot by the Bush administration to scare the electorate just prior to an election?

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 29th, 2010
5:56 pm

What does it mean that these jerks decided to send a bomb that would travel more than 7,500 miles, on two trans-continental flights, to be delivered to an office building — and only then blow up?
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It means that UPS is really good at logistics–the Islamofascists know that when UPS says it’s going to be delivered by 10AM on a certain day, it will be.

Kyle Wingfield

October 29th, 2010
5:57 pm

Lil’ Barry Bailout @ 5:56: But wouldn’t it have been much easier to pull off if the package had been sent domestically?

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 29th, 2010
6:18 pm

Sure, it would have been easier to send it domestically. Hopefully the fact that it wasn’t means that we’ve gotten a lot better over the last ten years at detecting threats.

RGB

October 29th, 2010
6:24 pm

But something about it just seems a little odd, don’t you think?

Absolutely. Four days before the election? Oh, the timing.

Is this planned to keep anti-Democrat voters from the polls?

Could be. I mean this is Obama after all.

Does His Oneness want people to coalesce around his party against terrorists? Or should it be “terrorists” [wink]? Or maybe man-caused event planners?

Never let a crisis go to waste.

A.T.

October 29th, 2010
6:48 pm

RGB – You are a sad excuse for a human being. And if you’re going to talk about never letting a crisis go to waste then who better to learn from then our last president? His administration exploited 9/11 for their own political gain quite nicely.

Shane

October 29th, 2010
6:49 pm

When will you people realize there is a war going on? Thanks Obama for keeping me and my family safe. No attacks on American soil under this administration. Unlike the previous one.

A Real American

October 29th, 2010
6:52 pm

What a joke. This is some eleventh hour crappy ruse employed by the desperate obama regime to try and save face before the election next week. As if the Chosen One really gives a crap about the so-called war on terror. What a joke of a president, and even more of a joke are the imbeciles who put him there and continue to defend this disgraceful hack.

TML

October 29th, 2010
6:52 pm

What I find weird is that the AJC sits in a city that hosts the world headquarters of UPS and can’t find ONE reporter to go to Sandy Springs or make enough phone calls to post a story on their actions and decision-making. When I see a story about FedEx on the front page, I ask ‘What about UPS? They are the local company and the one at the center of this anyway…’. If we are a world city, “our” paper should be on top of a story with this kind of impact when a local company is in the backyard. Other papers should be asking the AJC for permission to use their UPS article.

bigguy

October 29th, 2010
6:53 pm

Don’t be a puppit Kyle.

cj

October 29th, 2010
6:56 pm

did the little Piggy yell “wee. wee’ wee” all the way home?

Stewart

October 29th, 2010
6:58 pm

I fail to see how there’s something amiss, Kyle. Terrorism is not a monolithic or well-definable entity, and terrorists vary widely in purposes and capabilities, so it doesn’t well stand to reason that this attack is necessarily out of place. The people behind this attack may not be the same as those behind recent failed attempts (even if they hail from the same organization). On top of that, terrorists know that their brand of warfare has won spectacular successes in the past, so why should they stop trying new plans in hopes of another big gain?

Ron Paul for President

October 29th, 2010
6:59 pm

What is weird is that it happened before election day.

Conspiracy, anyone?

Bill

October 29th, 2010
7:00 pm

RGB is correct and A.T. is an idiot

Stewart

October 29th, 2010
7:00 pm

A Real American: you’re just like the liberals I used to make fun of when Bush was president.

Sandra

October 29th, 2010
7:01 pm

It is interesting that Chicago was the main target. Not New York or Washington. But Chicago that in itself should speak volumes to Obama and the Democrats.

Retired Ranger

October 29th, 2010
7:08 pm

If people rememeber correctly right before the USS Cole bombing washington had detailed information on 3 events outlined by bin laden. all this prior to the general election of 2000 which unseated the democrats. they were a naval ship bombing , the pentagon and world trade center , of which all three were accomplished. they did dry runs for a year prior to the actual attacks.

Viva GwinneXico

October 29th, 2010
7:25 pm

Question for all my conspiracy theorists;

Do you think that maybe the terrorists thugs might know something about the timing of our elections? Or is the elections just a secret amongst us Americans. The fact of the matter is that a terror plot was succesfully prevented, thank God. I’m glad that this administration was succesful in keeping us safe. As you know succesful terror attacks ***cough****9/11****cough are never good for this country. Weren’t you the same guys clowning on the 9/11 truthers, unbelievable how things change.

I’ve got an even better conspiracy theory for you: This a clear sign of support from the terrorists to help Obama and the Dems hold the majority after the mid-terms. Try that one on for size.

RGB

October 29th, 2010
7:26 pm

Thank you, Bill. Agreed.

Chris in ATL

October 29th, 2010
7:27 pm

“…to be delivered to an office building — and only then blow up?”

Why would that be wierd — the box/envelope would be rigged to blow up when opened. That’s what the Unabomber did and he too was living in 3rd world conditions.

A lot easier to do than to

Chris in ATL

October 29th, 2010
7:28 pm

“…to be delivered to an office building — and only then blow up?”

Why would that be wierd — the box/envelope would be rigged to blow up when opened. That’s what the Unabomber did and he too was living in 3rd world conditions.

A lot easier to do than to try to rig something to blow-up enroute…

BoyWonder

October 29th, 2010
7:33 pm

It’s good to see that a few people haven’t gone drunk from drinking the koolaid yet.

Really – what a coincidence. Only 3 days before there is a massive exchange of offices in the capitol.

And what a joke.
So called package, supposedly mailed from Yemen, to, a synagogue in Chicago.
This is what the cartoon mailing label would read:

FROM: Osama Bin Laden
Address: Somewhere in Yemen

TO: Jews in Chicago

UPS = “Thank you sir – we’ll get that right there – You can count on Brown”

Someone hand me a bucket – I’m going to puke.

Not to mention, these spooks don’t reveal crap about these kind of plots unless some hapless reporter happens to be broadcasting and catches them in the process.
This would have been assigned top secret, for any possible investigation to follow.
Not some “made for TV” event where the jets was conveniently parked on the tarmac for all the world and cameras to see.

Wake up people.

October Surprise

October 29th, 2010
7:42 pm

There’s always an “October Surprise”….I’m surprised (or maybe not) that the ones who always cried foul on the Bush Administration when things like this happened, aren’t even’t hinting that this could be a setup by the current administration.

DHD

October 29th, 2010
7:53 pm

Here’s another stupid question: If there was a threat of a bomb on the plane today, WHY did they escort it to New York? Why not a less populated area?

D Earl

October 29th, 2010
7:59 pm

People what color crack are you smoking. It says it appears to be explosive it probably isnt, this is Obamapropaganda at best! He needs to stop a terrosits plot, his boys in Islam realm probably called to tell him the fake package was coming and if they want to blow something up they live right down the street wait till the day the stuff really hits the fan and then you go to get gas and they are all mysteriously closed and your a sitting duck at the kangaroo! lol Dont trust in Obama trust God His word says its going to happen!

hmmm

October 29th, 2010
8:11 pm

Why was this UPS? Is it because Obama is brown and so is UPS? Hmmmm….

Cutty

October 29th, 2010
8:21 pm

If Bush was President, Wingfield and the rest of the lot of these idiots blogging would be thanking him breaking the plot up. But since its Obama…….

By the way, what ever happened to that color coded terror chart that would turn orange the week before an election?

Asheville Dawg

October 29th, 2010
8:22 pm

Is the right complaining about a possible ploy used in Bush 2’s playbook being used by the Dems. What a frigging joke. It’s in every presidential playbook from now on.

Eric

October 29th, 2010
8:25 pm

You people who think this is some kind of conspiracy kill me. You’ve been listening to idiots like Limbaugh and Hannity way too long.

A Real American

October 29th, 2010
8:28 pm

If this were a real terroristic plot and not some lame obama ploy, then it is because the terrorists actually want democrats in power, and stand to lose plenty if republicans win back the house.

Katie

October 29th, 2010
8:28 pm

Clearly there are only two different possible scenarios here.
1) They are testing for weaknesses for a future plot. We still don’t know yet what may have gotten through, but the Terrorists do (or are they Continental Disgruntled Insurgents – what do we call the War on Terrorism these days?)
2) This is a diversionary tactic. They want us to THINK that they are going for plane based things. We all know if you wanted to get a bomb here – just strap it on a Mexican and walk it across the border – Duh!

Katie

October 29th, 2010
8:29 pm

Seriously AJC? This is the best commentary you could dig up on this story?

No, I don’t think “something’s weird here” or “seems a little odd”… I think it is tragic and unfortunate that there are people in this world who want to murder others because they hate them for being different. There have been a number of would-be terrorists whose attacks/plots have been foiled in the past year – all without an election looming – an no one questioned those. Remember the Nigerian kid with the bomb in his underwear on a plane? The guy who just got busted in an attempt at planning attacks on D.C. Metro stations? The man who tried to blow up his car in Times Square just a few months ago? Fortunately, because we have strong intelligence and law enforcement communities (and observant fellow citizens) no lives were lost to those great examples of human filth. Still, my point is that no one was skeptical about those threats because they didn’t happen before an election – so why should we question this one?

I’m saddened that Mr. Wingfield lacks the critical thinking skills to see beyond his own beliefs at the larger picture of what his type of political posturing is doing to this country. I am exhausted of extremists on both ends of the spectrum trying to play to their own agendas. We’re all Americans y’all… quit acting like your neighbor’s the enemy.

Those of you who are drinking the kool-aid need to switch to water – pronto!!

Katie

October 29th, 2010
8:32 pm

Sheerly coincidence. There are two different Katies – weird though huh? Mine makes more sense!LOL

Sick of Obama

October 29th, 2010
8:34 pm

I agree 100% with A Real American and Boy Wonder. It’s good to know there are still some intelligent people left in this country. There certainly aren’t any residing in the White House.

A Real American

October 29th, 2010
8:42 pm

Katie, you are the one drinking the Kool Aid. Delusional folks like you are too far gone to even care about anymore.

say what?

October 29th, 2010
8:51 pm

Story must have been written by an ajc writer, as it was a sensational headline, then updated, then changed again. DCSS must not have much of a bad day today. Unless 2 other countries were in cahoots with the POTUS on September 23 ( the day the original concern was forwarded to the US),we have become a country that mistrust everything said by other Americans. Sounds like the Arabs who plotted on 09/11 to destroy the US have succeeded at starting the beginning of our end- we are nothing more than bumbling conspiracy theorist who believe that the US’ true and only enemy is Obama. Stop drinking the red and blue kool-aid.

Ray

October 29th, 2010
8:55 pm

Bush would have been on vacation, the bombs would have found their target, and the republicans would have manufactured a reason to invade Iran for the sole purpose of redirecting our tax-dollars into the wallets of wealthy contractors.

And the white trash of Georgia would have swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. God love the snake-oil consumer :)

Concerned

October 29th, 2010
9:01 pm

First of all I question why the AJC would post a blog like this…You know, no matter what I think of this administration, I tuned in to hear Obama today and was taken back, All I could think about was the day the Fort Hood Shootings took place and the lack of the oblivious, It was a terrorist attack, and the lack of statement from him , he had the leftist media outlets in line that day, so I question was this just another political staging of facts, I wonder how often this happens and we are never told about it….

A Real American

October 29th, 2010
9:03 pm

Hey Ray, check again. The “white trash” of Georgia are 10 times more likely to be receiving entitlements from the government and therefore your ideological ally. Nice try though. Most conservatives, like me, realize that we that work and pay taxes are the ones being hosed by this joke of a government that is basically spending us off a cliff. Keep being idealistic though, after this administration ruins the democratic party for the next several election cycles you can say you had point, in say 50 years.

Ray

October 29th, 2010
9:08 pm

Thanks to the republican and the drunken fool ‘w,’ bin laden will go down in history as a military genius. With two planes, just two freakin’ planes, he killed over 5000 of our soldiers, seriously injured 20,000 more, and drove the greatest nation on the planet into a great recession.

How might a guy with a slingshot take down an army? Only when the general is a moron whose only motive is to make money off those he ‘claims’ to protect.

On ‘w’s most sober day he couldn’t carry Obama’s jock.

Thank God we have a President today who’s worthy of this great country.

May God continue to bless America and keep her safe..

Bye Bye Miss American Pie

October 29th, 2010
9:09 pm

This country is falling apart and it’s not the President who’s making it happen. It’s the people who have nothing better to do than hate anyone who doesn’t vote for their party and the talk radio masters who have whipped them into a frenzy over a bunch of nothing. He may not be a good president, but he’s not worse than Bush and the amount of damage a president can do is always limited. If you don’t like what’s in Washington, then vote it out. But I guess it’s more fun to spew hate then to actually make a difference. If you really hate the President, you should probably leave and go somewhere else. Maybe you should go to Indonesia and help the tsunami victims and then you can see what misery is really like instead of this self-imposed “woe is us” mentality.

Concerned

October 29th, 2010
9:12 pm

Ray you are a great american….Do you need a check?

Ray

October 29th, 2010
9:16 pm

Real American – you define deadbeat. Check that – stupid deadbeat. The bulk of the debt is from unfunded wars and irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthy. And it got that way because of white trash like yourself not having the sense God gave a chicken to know your nothing but the GOP’s useful idiot. I do hope you asked Hannity if you could use the computer tonight.

Ray

October 29th, 2010
9:19 pm

Concerned – I do hope you failing to capitalize ‘American’ has to do with your white trash education and not your disdain for this great land ;)

godless heathen

October 29th, 2010
9:27 pm

Ray is that tin hat fitting well enough for you to get your messages from the Daily Kos?

Katie1 has a good point. This is a pretty screwy way to get a bomb to Chicago. Strap it on and walk across the Mexican border. Hop on a dog and ride to Chicago. Walk in the office building and mash the button.

Unabomber used bombs that triggered when opened, because he used the US Mail and he didn’t know when the packages would get there.

What’s funny is leftists like Ray spinning conspiracy BS while others are pointing fingers at conservatives as being conspiracy minded.

Brian

October 29th, 2010
9:31 pm

it’s real simple: the package does not even have to explode. this was yet another of what has been called a ‘ trial run’. last summer two plastic water bottles wrapped with wires and circuits were found in some luggage in the Netherlands. now we have some feeble explosive devices turn up in some cargo. all the terrorists have to do is continue to mail such items to keep homeland security busy and air traffic snarled.

the real thinker

October 29th, 2010
10:09 pm

I have to agree with “hmmm.” I think it is a race thing between Obama and UPS. Waiting for someone to blame this on Roy barnes Laden. Now that’s the Deal Rizzle!
And “say what,” it turns out the Dekalb schools had a great day. Someone must have read the real letter from SACS, not just the ajc’s fictional article they wrote ahead of time that turned out to misrepresent SACS’ plans. current score: Dekalb schools 1, ajc conspiracy propaganda tinfoil hat wearing war 11. They still got alot of catching up to do.

Libby

October 29th, 2010
10:25 pm

“Bush would have been on vacation”

ObamaGod had his vacation(s). Anyone else notice his (Hussein’s) lips turn purple when he’s hiding something? :)

Imma Lib

October 29th, 2010
10:28 pm

Ray

October 29th, 2010
8:55 pm

Quite a bit short on intelligence, huh?

Imma Lib

October 29th, 2010
10:31 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen……RAY….The Village Idiot.