Okay, this is most definitely not the kind of story I want to read eight days prior to the anniversary of the Twin Towers falling.
Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.
Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.
“There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,” said one official. “We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.”
Libya has long been a center of Islamic terrorism, so part of me wonders if Libyan officials aren’t complicit in this. I mean, an airliner is pretty hard to hide, you can’t exactly stick it in your pocket and casually saunter off.
Oh, and what’s our State Department doing about this?
A senior State Department counterterrorism official declined to comment on reports of the stolen jetliners.
A second State department official sought to downplay the reports. “We can’t confirm that,” he said.
Eleven airliners missing might reflect badly on Obama, ya see.
I sure hope and pray that we don’t see any of those airliners aimed at buildings in America in a week and a day.