So both my sister and I were flying into DC yesterday when apparently all sorts of news was happening.
The Washington Post writes about it.
Coming just four days before the midterm elections, the latest plot also carries political implications. Obama officials have been careful to calibrate their tone on terrorism, refusing to raise the threat level or use what they viewed as the alarmist rhetoric of the George W. Bush administration.
This time, [vs Christmas 2009] the White House waited less than 24 hours. Obama himself delivered the news that both packages contained explosives during a rare, hastily arranged appearance in the White House briefing room.
Obama aides also faced a question from the Bush era: whether political considerations were at play in their decisions. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the seriousness of the threat – and the discovery of explosives – should “put to rest any speculation that may be out there.”
White House officials said Obama was alerted to the threat at 10:35 p.m. Thursday.
British authorities had soon flagged a suspicious printer cartridge in a package on a flight stopping over at a UPS hub.
The fear that other packages with explosives might be heading to the United States prompted a flurry of activity Friday, including the search of planes in Philadelphia and Newark and a UPS truck in New York City. An Emirates airlines flight from the United Arab Emirates, carrying cargo from Yemen, was escorted into John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by fighter jets Friday afternoon.
The package found in Britain contained protruding wires and a white powder. Brennan said that he didn’t know how that device or the one found in Dubai were to be activated and that a forensic investigation was ongoing.
And no one thought it would be wise to raise the threat level. ?? huh?
We live at the orange threat level every day. Forever. So there is a specific threat concerning airplanes and explosives yet we couldn’t just mix things up a bit and change the threat level up a pinch? 4 days before an election and politics trumps public safety in this administration. I realize the color coding is a national silliness, but adjusting it might have shaken things up a bit. Awoken people to be more aware etc, etc especially after all this time at orange.