The Department of Homeland Security has issued an aviation alert, asking pilots and airport personnel to be on the watch for suspicious activity in or around airports. Pilots that fly overseas are on even higher alert.
This may have to do with the recent arrest in Pakistan of Waleed bin Attash, who is accused of planning the bombing of the USS Cole and of playing a leading role in the Sept. 11 attacks. When he was captured, he was carrying hand-written notes from Osama bin-Laden, with instructions for what could be a terrorist attack on an airport.
Pakistan fears that the planned attack targets Karachi Airport, which lacks good security. Fox News analyst Mansoor Ijaz says, “It is entirely conceivable that this event was in fact in the final stages?It is now pretty clear that the al-Qaeda framework in other parts of the world have been disrupted so much?the only places they can really act with impunity is Pakistan and possibly Afghanistan.”
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