Recent would-be underwear bomber was actually an informant

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It now looks like the underwear bomber terror plot that was foiled wasn’t really a terror plot at all.  The would-be bomber was actually an informant working for the Saudi government and the CIA who had infiltrated Al-Qaida in Yemen and volunteered to carry out the attack.  Once the informant was given the bomb – he turned it over to his handlers – who then turned it over to the FBI. 

This is just the latest in a string of so-called terror attacks that have been foiled – even though they were set-up or planned by either FBI agents or foreign operatives.  But the FBI is running tests on the underwear bomb that was seized – and finding that it’s a much more sophisticated device than the one used in the 2009 failed bombing.  Reportedly, it’s a non-metallic device that would have been undetectable even during an intrusive pat-down. 

So what does that mean?  It means our security theatre apparatus in airports - complete with Chertoff X-Ray porno scanners and groping children – doesn’t keep us safe.  And the only way to truly be safe is if agents slapped on latex gloves, busted out the K-Y jelly, and did some very thorough inspections.  Who wants to be the first volunteer??