A U.S. official says authorities are investigating whether a string of suspicious packages was a dry run for a plot to send bombs through the mail.A suspicious package containing a toner cartridge with wires and powder was found during routine screening of cargo in the United Kingdom, prompting authorities to scour three planes and a truck in the United States on Friday.
Searches were conducted in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York City, but no explosives were found. All the packages believed to be suspicious came from Yemen and were being sent via UPS.
Yemen is the home of the al-Qaida branch that claimed responsibility for an attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.
It looks like they were sent to synagogues in Chicago: “Suspicious packages discovered in Dubai and England in air cargo shipments to the U.S. contained explosive materials and appeared headed for Jewish places of worship in Chicago, President Obama confirmed Thursday afternoon“.
As you see in the video, Obama thinks that AQ threats coming from Yemen will be stopped if more jobs are created. I disagree with this completely: Jihadists don’t go killing people because they are undemployed, they do it because they think they are morally justified to do it and because it’s their duty to Allah. We can discuss them if the Qu’ran tells them to do it (although if not, there are so many mistaken Muslims…), but the fact is that they actually believe it does.
The “sinister” parcel at East Midlands, contained in a UPS container, comprised what police described as a “manipulated” computer printer cartridge, which was covered in white powder and had wires protruding from it.
The device initially tested negative for traces of explosives but it was understood that a further search uncovered a second suspicious package containing a “cleverly hidden” device in a printer, which included a mobile phone as one of its components.
The Daily Mail points out that the terror alert has happened 4 days before the Nov. 2 elections in which terrorism has played no role. We’ll see if this has any effect on these last days of the campaign or not.