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  •  From the bits I've gathered (1+ / 0-)
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    There wasn't a failed mission - the agent provided either a sample of, or plans for, the bomb.

    And while he did hand this new underwear bomb technology to Western intelligence agents so they could study it, officials told us that that single bomb wasn't the reason for this operation. They had hoped that the agent could do more, so one consequence of the story is that this agent's identity was blown.  BLOCK: And when you say they hope this agent could do more, what were they hoping that he could do?
    TEMPLE-RASTON: Well, the bomb was of such interest to officials because of who made it: Ibrahim al-Asiri, the bomb-making genius of al-Qaida's arm in Yemen. Asiri has always - is also thought to be behind the printer cartridge bomb that was supposed to target cargo jets over the U.S. a couple of years ago and also that underwear bomb of Christmas 2009. And his bomb-craft is considered really good, like top-notch.
    http://www.npr.org/...

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:18:53 AM PDT

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    •  That conflicts with a ton of reporting. (1+ / 0-)
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      The story all over the press was that this guy's value to AQAP was his British passport (which would allow him to travel to the US without a visa) and his English fluency which would help him pass though security without attracting notice.  As I understand it, he was tasked with blowing up a US-bound airplane - which would necessarily preclude his continued operation in Yemen.

      “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

      by jrooth on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:31:09 AM PDT

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      •  One version of the plan (0+ / 0-)
        Even after the informant left Yemen with the explosive device and turned it over to his handlers, U.S. intelligence officials believed they could use him to help disrupt and destroy the terrorist network operating from Yemen, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to three congressional aides briefed on intelligence matters.

        They said spy services could make it appear that the underwear bomb had failed and could send their agent back to Yemen to help identify and track Al Qaeda’s top bomb makers and planners.

        http://articles.latimes.com/...

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:42:20 AM PDT

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        •  Color me skeptical ... (0+ / 0-)

          That would be really hanging your asset out there.  Maybe they really didn't give a crap if he got killed, but I have to think he would have raised objections to this idea.

          “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

          by jrooth on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:47:14 AM PDT

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