double agent

  • May 9, 2012  

    The would-be terrorist targeting a U.S.-bound plane was in fact an undercover agent from Saudi Arabia who had infiltrated al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. He was supposed to slip past airport security wearing a sophisticated bomb in his underwear, but he delivered the device into Saudi and U.S. hands. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012  

    A would-be bomber who was supposed to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner turned out to be a Saudi who had infiltrated al-Qaida’s Yemen-based branch. Jeffrey Brown, NPR’s Dina Temple Raston and security consultant Philip Mudd discuss what details are known about the operation and how it compares with other counterterrorism efforts. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012  

    A day after news broke that the CIA foiled a new al-Qaida plot to bomb an airliner, the official responses were low key on Tuesday. Margaret Warner, former National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter and former FBI supervisory special agent Ali Soufan assess the current reach of the terror network. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012  

    “Our adversaries are very creative, and they are very determined, and they are very persistent,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday in the wake of the CIA thwarting another al-Qaida plot to attack an airliner. The FBI is now studying the explosive device. Gwen Ifill has the latest. Continue reading