Foiled bomb plot shows al Qaeda is still active

POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 8:08am

This morning, there is more reaction to the foiled plot to blow up a plane over the U.S. The Obama Administration says passengers were never in danger, and there are no plans to adjust security.

But it proves, even after the death of Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda is still a major threat.

The U.S. thinks the top bomb maker for al Qaeda in Yemen is behind this latest plot.

The bomb, they say, has his signature:

A more sophisticated version of the 2009 Christmas underwear bomb.

This time with no metal parts.

The FBI is analyzing it to see if it could've slipped through security.

"They keep trying to devise more and more perverse and terrible ways to kill innocent people. And it's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant at home and abroad," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In a statement, the White House says the public was never in danger.

The CIA seized the device before a suicide bomber ever bought a plane ticket or identified a target.

"It's really a record of failure. Well the desire is high, the capabilities are weak," said National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.

They believe the plan was to attack around the first anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden.

"The person who actually had the bomb, the exact language that was used for me was, 'We no longer have to be concerned about him," Chairman, Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Peter King.

Just Sunday, the U.S. took down a top al Qaeda operative in an airstrike, wanted for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors.

"We will do everything necessary to keep America safe," said Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense.

It's unclear if that operation was in response to this latest plan to attack the U.S.

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