AP Reports, British police thwart major terror plot...
LONDON - Authorities in London thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up an aircraft in mid-flight between Britain and the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, police said Thursday.
Police arrested a number of people overnight in London after a covert counter-terrorist operation lasting several months, police said in a statement.
Britain's Home Secretary said the alleged terror plot disrupted by authorities was significant and designed to cause loss of life.
With 8 Egyptian nationals in America as yet unaccounted for, dare we be a little concerned? The butchers of Islam keep trying to spill our blood. Yet, despite the best efforts of The New York Times, the 'good guys' continue to prevail. But, for how long. We must remain 100% vigilant, while the butchers need only achieve 1% efficacy to inflict horror on an incomprehensible scale.
When will we get that?
Free Republic has an ongoing thread. And Michelle Malkin is tracking another, possibly similar, investigation in Michigan.
The morning AP coverage provides us with more details regarding this unfolding and ongoing terror plot, Airline plot involved liquid explosives ...
the terrorists planned to use liquid explosives disguised as beverages and other common products and detonators disguised as electronic devices...
...Two U.S. counterterrorism officials said the terrorists had targeted United Airlines, American Airlines and Continental Airlines. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.
A U.S. intelligence official said the plotters had hoped to target flights to major airports in New York, Washington and California.
British Home Secretary John Reid said 21 people had been arrested in London, its suburbs and Birmingham following a lengthy investigation, including the alleged "main players" in the plot. Searches continued in a number of locations.
The suspects were "homegrown," though it was not immediately clear if
they were all British citizens, said a police official who spoke on condition of
anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. Police were working closely
with the South Asian community, the official said.
The official said the plotters intended to simultaneously target multiple planes bound for the United States.
Officials in the United States have raised the threat alert to their highest levels for inbound flights from Europe fgearing the plot might not have been thwarted by the recent arrests.
Michelle Malkin has comprehensive coverage this morning, as well as more information on another plot unfolding in Michigan