"Attempted Act Of Terrorism" On Board Flight To Detroit

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At first the official story about a Delta flight into Detroit was that a passenger intended to light up fireworks close to landing.

However, it’s now being reported that the passenger — a Nigerian citizen who claims to be an Al Qaeda member — was actually attempting to blow up the plane.

If true, the attempt was a pathetic flop, and whatever explosive it was apparently so insignificant and weak that everyone thought it was a firecracker.

Update: According to Marc Ambinder, the White House is now calling the incident an “attempted act of terrorism.”

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