May 8, 2012- The CIA was able to thwart a bomb plot in Yemen by an affiliate of al-Qaeda. The bomb was to be used to blow up a plane bound for the U.S. The plot was to coincide with the one year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. The bomb that was being designed was a more sophisticated version of the underwear bomb. The White House announced, as soon as the incident went public that the device did not ever pose a threat to the U.S. public.
The Associated Press said they cited unmanned officials from the U.S. that said the CIA has seized the explosive, one similar to the 2009 Christmas bomber who tried to take a plane down near Detroit.
The device had no metal content therefore making it easier to elude detection at airports where only traditional airport security is performed. It is still unclear whether or not the new body scanners would have been able to locate it. The bomb is being examined by the FBI who is trying to see if the device would have been detected by the scanners. The FBI also wants to see if the device would have been strong enough to bring down a plane.
The FBI said the bomb has been seized by the CIA before the bomber had chosen what plane to take and purchase a ticket. The fate of the bomber is still unclear. U.S. President Barack Obama first was informed of the plot last month from John Brennan his top adviser on counter-terrorism.