November 1st, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Cargo bomb plot: Latest developments

[Updated at 2:13 p.m.] Yemeni authorities are intensifying operations to capture militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and to capture or kill al Qaeda bomb maker Ibrahim Hasan al-Asiri, a senior Yemeni government official told CNN.

[Updated at 12:41 p.m.] The U.K.'s Home Secretary, Theresa May, has told the U.K. Parliament that all passenger and cargo flights, as well as all flights holding unaccompanied freight from Yemen and Somalia, will be banned from travelling to the U.K. for the next month at which time, the move will be reviewed.

[Updated at 12:32 p.m.] Germany has banned all incoming flights from Yemen in the wake of a bomb plot apparently originating there, air traffic control announced Monday.

[Posted at 12:23 p.m.] The FBI has dispatched teams of explosives experts to the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates to help in the examination of the printer-related bombs discovered on Friday, a federal law enforcement official told CNN Monday.

The FBI is not sending extra people to Yemen, where the packages originated, at this time, the source said. The FBI has a presence in Sanaa, the capital, so there are FBI people already there.

The official said the focus of the investigation remains overseas and that there are no links to suspects in the United States at this point.

- CNN's Jeanne Meserve, Carol Cratty and Diana Magnay contributed to this report.

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  1. Neal

    Great news and a great idea.... penalize those countries by halting commerce until they can control their residents. Everyone has a pressure point and if you cut the country off at the ommerce level, the effects will trickle down to the streets at some point. i.e. the government will feel the pressure and will crack down.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      I like the idea, but it hasn't worked for stopping Iran. Then again in Iran, it's state actors as opposed to non-state actors.

      November 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jjdc

      actually it might have the opposite effect and inspire more violence. the propaganda won't be that the actions of a few need to be stopped, it will be that the big, bad West has it in for the innocent citizens of Islamic countries. the few will be glorified as freedom fighters, not racist deluded terrorists.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neal

      Given the fact that we are even talking about this, I dont think it could get much worse.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Really, Neal? Going to stop driving your car? The MAIN export of Yemen is oil.

      November 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grego

      It does seem to be giving Yemen a much-needed kick in the pants, doesn't it? Seems obvious we should use whatever tools we have to gain the cooperation of such countries as Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc....

      November 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • In America

      It sounds like a good response on the face of things, but I know that as long as there is a sizable body of people that are trying to eliminate us, then some of these things are going to eventually sneak through. Anyone determined enough will find a way. We can’t just lock all the doors and windows and hope they’ll go away! So at what point do we ask ourselves the truly hard question, when, as a nation, do we answer the hard questions; how much fear is too much, how many lives are too many, someone has to leave the party early and for all time, who's it gonna be?

      I am, fortunately not in the position of either posing the question or proposing an answer. But how many of you out there has had enough of this? What's it worth to us to sleep peacefully at night?

      November 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Yemen produces an insignificant amount of oil. It's one reason it is so dirt poor to begin with. Their neighbors to the north have all the good petroleum reserves.

      November 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      While Teddy Kennedy was stil alive, KIeth Olbermaan was my og between with the american goverment.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      Mehdi General Dr Bad
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      I snet olBerman 50 years of on american leaders. i have now also sent info to my ex wives as well as other countires.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      Mehdi General Dr Bad
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      Pat Tillman Was On eof MY Hundreds of thosuands of american TRoops.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      Mehdi General Dr Bad
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      November 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      Mehdi General Dr Bad
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      Mariah carey has known for 17 years. i dont know when hillary learned my exact name. during bush cheny years i think.
      all Mariah and Hillary have done is cash in. and party, while they fly all over the owrld having fun.

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    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      Mehdi General Dr Bad
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      .. from obam and bush to c.n.n they are ind and covering up and lying about the suiceds,kilings and murders of My Troops.
      LarYY King looked Mary Tillman in teh ye even as he and c.,n. was delting my message son what ahppned.

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      Mehdi General Dr Bad
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      Mehdi General Dr Bad
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      now every idiot cop in america as well as fed's know who i am, what i am,where i am, evry one from colordao and key west to the west coast knows who i am.

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    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      Mehdi General Dr Bad
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      c.n.n -time warner.I fidnm you guilty of war crimes.
      and yes i am gooing to find and try and when found guilty hang eveyr fuking one of you.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      Mehdi General Dr Bad
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      and who ever has ben interceting my mesages and emails as well as blocking them, i am going to find every one of you as well now.

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  2. wraith729

    I heard this morning the guy behind the plot is also the guy who "masterminded" the failed underwear bombing. Good thing for travelers is that he seems to be a very bad bomb maker.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BuzzTheOlder

      Excellent bomb maker, lousy materials to work with. Also missing a key ingredient. One of the commentators mentioned this and was quickly hushed up.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      I'll give him a hint then. The key ingredient he's missing is that he should assemble all of his devices only while smoking, and use the explosive reservoir as his ashtray.

      November 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    Hey Whoopie and Joy.
    Can you say. Islamic Muslims are responsible for killing Chirstians.women and children.Please tell the American people how great the Muslim world is again.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knox

      Frank your grammar and spelling are indicative to your level of comprehension of the matter. Based on your theory, we need to arrest the Pope because priests molest children. The problem stems from the fact that we, as Americans, meddle in other worldly affairs.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • BuzzTheOlder

      Knox:Liked your post, but re-read the last five words "meddle in other worldly affairs". Got a chuckle out of that. It has many meanings. It would be great if the U.S. could mind their own business and let the rest of the world go to s... I'm for it.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reely

      Knox: In reponse to your assertion that the US invites such hostility by meddling in foreign affairs, I ask you, as the most powerful nation in the world (the technical aspects of China becoming a super power and conversely the waning influence we as a nation have on the world taken into deep consideration), should we turn our backs on issues that need intervention? There is a burden of obligation that falls upon nations such as ours, whether you interpret that as arrogant or not, I do believe that certain basic goods and rights should be inherent to life. Yes we may step in for the wrong reasons at times, however, if you look at both tangible and intangible gains from our interventions throughout history, I see the positives outweighing the negatives. I ask, instead of attacking this from a purely antagonistic point to consider and do an analysis of this. This country is the greatest, despite its flaws, and its time we notice it for what it is instead of trashing every move it makes from an adversarial point of view.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      If America stopped being the world's police and instead of fixing other countries like Iraq or Afghanistan and focused on fixing it's own country then there would be a dramatically less threat of terrorism towards America.

      Think about it. There are billions of dollars going to Iraq and Afghanistan and we don't even know if its being used properly, yet there are millions of Americans who are with out proper health care and those same millions are under the poverty line.

      I think America needs to re-align their objectives and priorities.

      tl;dr – America's foreign aid and meddling must decrease in order to keep Americans safe and help poor Americans.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric of Reseda

      Liberal here, but not a victim of PC. The greater Islam has GOT to stand up to the LARGE numbers among their ranks that are engaged in jihad. Calling it "terrorism" frames this whole argument in a way that allows people to blame a "few terrorists" and bury their head i the sand about a very real problem that threatens global security. If people think that these jihadist warriors do NOT have the will, the strength and the NUMBERS to cause even greater havoc, not unlike those nutty brownshirts who met in bars and eventually took over Germany in the 30's, than those people are irresponsible in their thinking. The fact is, strong, powerful, well-funded, and large jihadist groups have been at war with the West since ONE of those groups, lead by Khomeini, took over Iran and imprisoned our embassy personnel for a year. Even before that, the '72 Munich Olympics Massacre alerted people that the first real salvo had been fired.

      Frank is right to be cynical. Islam is screwed up right now. No other world religion is causing the death and destruction we are seeing at the hands of Islam. And again, it's not just a 'few extremists". From Black September and the PLO to Hamas and Hezbollah to each and every branch of Al Qaida, the numbers are anything but a few.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Frank, you know sanctions put in place against Iraq killed something like 500,000 people there, mainly children, women and old men. How does Muslims killing a few thousand Americans compare to that?

      November 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      The Christian US killed 2 or 3 million civilian Vietnamese. How does that compare to a few thousand Christians being killed by Muslims?
      What about the US installing governments that force millions to live under dictatorships for decades. How does that compare to a few thousand Christians being killed by Muslims?
      Would you rather have a few thousand fellow Americans killed or would you rather be forced by an outside countries government to live under a dictatorship for half of your life?

      November 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Of course I mean an outside "country's" government.

      November 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bruceben9

      in response to eric of reseda. i seem to be in 100% complete agreement with eric. the suggestion that it's just a small amount of a fringe element is not accurate. i noticed an article today in which the prime minister, i believe, from the uk, mentioned to the arab world to do whatever they can to remove the terrorist cancer from within its midst. good suggestion but why should they need to be prodded? the silence from the moderate muslim world is deafening. it could make one wonder which group is larger. the moderates or the extremists.

      November 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean

      Bruceben9, you're so right : deafening silence from the 'moderate' muslim world. I will consider Islam might be a peaceful religion when I will see hundreds of muslims marching in the streets of major cities against all forms of terrorism...

      Until then, I will support the canadian mission in Afganisthan because I do believe if nothing is done, my wife and daughter might some day be forced to live in shame and misery under a burqa...

      November 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    Wow, I thought I'd never say this but congratulations to the U.K. and German governments! Truly, my hat is really off to you! I never thought I would see the day when the "western" countries would step up and actually do something significant about this. This is what it takes, a full block on everything coming over via aircraft from Yemen. Their economy will feel the pinch and be forced to invest more into investigations. Hopefully it will be legitimate though.

    The United States will never do this, EVER!!! We value money more than lives and security I guess. They need to find some illegal immigrants crossing the southern border with some IED's and then maybe we'll actually put real security and enforcement down there.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BuzzTheOlder

      Scott, your right and wrong. Let them put bombs on every aircraft, then perhaps people will find a safer way to travel. I hate air craft with a passion. Blow them all to hell so far as I am concerned. I'm even down on ships. With no modes of travel between countries, perhaps us infidels would be a bit safer.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |

      Blockades are effective in keeping weapons out of the hands of Palestinians. No reason it wouldn't work with Yemen also.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Buzz, from whence does your deep-seeded anger involving aircraft and boats derive? Hopefully on "all of the aircraft and naval vessels" around the world, you would certainly want no one to be aboard before you'd have them "explode"...right? Anyway I suppose you're all for a more local and primative/rustic style of living – which is fine. But unfortunately in this modern age with all of the technology we have, it's inevitable that quick communications and travel is the way the world has to be, especially with the global economy. So why not make it work (in a realistic sense), given that it does in fact need to exist?

      November 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Scott, the US is heavily involved in the entire area, based out of Djibouti. While I was on extended TDY there, I saw quite a few Yemeni military training and conferring with our anti-terrorism forces.
      You DO have to consider a few small factors. One is that Yemen is so poor that the church mouse has been sending its food to them! Hence, they don't have a budget to work with to fight Al Qaeda.
      The second is that such things take time. Al Qaeda isn't hanging out "downtown", but up in the hills. And those hills are actually mountains. Consider how long it took us to get the Taliban and Al Qaeda somewhat under control (and they are, as evidenced by the recent attempts by the Taliban to initiate talks with the Afghan government).
      Meanwhile, we also have anti-piracy efforts going on as well, as it WOULD be kind of nice when shipping, to include oil supertankers and LNG tankers can make it to market, including our own market.
      Just this week Yemen had announced a campaign against Al Qaeda. Only two days before this bombing attempt.
      It's just as likely that this was Al Qaeda's answer to the Yemeni efforts.

      November 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • In America

      With no modes of travel between countries, we would all eventually canalize ourselves. Personally, that doesn’t sound like a very attractive offer. No one actually has to take a boat or a jet to OUR shores, Canada is open for business, so is Mexico (that is a different conversation). Walking across the boarder seems to work for lots of folks on either side; that is unless you plan to ban feet as well. There are thousands of miles of unguarded boarder between us and Canada. In fact why use a road? You don’t need a boarder crossing to get in, just walk over a mountain somewhere in between!

      November 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Let's review no modes of international travel, ignoring for the present our northern and southern borders.
      No more imported cars or imported car parts. Many of our components for vehicles are imported, the assembly lines long ago dismantled.
      No more electronics. At all. So few are the electronic devices made here and the market so highly stratified as to be essentially some government and high end electronics for the fortune 50 computing environments. No more electronic components, they're all made overseas too.
      No more cheap products we currently enjoy.
      No more produce from South America, no more out of season fruits either.
      No more oil. We can't supply our own demands, so cars become rare. No more fertilizer, it's made from oil too.
      Quite a few medications are made outside of our borders, die with dignity.
      No more cheap clothing.
      So, during the Second Great Depression, the United States of America cut itself off from the world. Starving, half naked and starving, the populace continued to whine in the dark. Food riots begin, due to the lack of produce we ceased growing decades ago. The television networks, radio networks, communication networks are gone, due to equipment breakdowns, they all failed with no replacement components. But, the good news is we're safe. And nobody can gripe about it online, that went with the communications breakdown.
      Massive deaths due to lack of medication. Disease is rampant, due to the previous breakdowns in communications and high technology. Sewage is no longer treated, the chemicals no longer available and the replacement components for the processing machinery failed with no replacement parts long ago.
      At 1/3 population, a sustainable population begins to reform. Technology is slowing growing again to the levels of the early 20th century.
      Sound like fun? But we're safe and isolated in fortress America.

      November 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dexter

    1 well placed ICBM – issue resolved...............

    November 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bayoujet

      That's just crazy talk dexter. Now a neutron bomb, that is the rational means of retaliation!!

      November 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      I really do wish we'd go into the business of making very large glass parking lots.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. curiousme

    surrrrrrrrrre, we believe everything out of MSM / obama / CIA / mossad.

    November 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    Since I am typing on a cell phone I will make this easy for you to understand Knox.
    Catholic Preists don't kill people,Islamic Muslims kill people.

    November 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      The United States Military also kills people. The African civil wars also kill people. The Russian army also killed people in Georgia. The Greece far-left groups also kill people.

      Are Muslims the only ones that kill people?

      All terrorists are Muslim, except the 94% that aren't:

      According to the United States Government.

      November 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Islamic Muslims? Is that like a Christian Roman Catholic? A Christian Protestant?
      Your assertion that "Muslims kill people" is all encompassing. So, you say that the 10000 Muslims in our military are all killing Americans? If that were true, our war effort would be rather depleted of personnel.
      But no, it isn't. They are serving side by side with their fellow service members fighting a war for your safety, while you denigrate even them with your all encompassing statements.
      Our Muslim allies were the ones who warned us about this attack, you insulted THEM as well.
      Our Muslim hosts in the Persian Gulf most certainly aren't killing anyone, they instead have built bases for our forces and permit them to be deployed there. Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi all host bases.
      Qatar has even sponsored and built a number of Christian churches, to include a Roman Catholic church AND has a state store system so we unbelievers can buy alcohol for consumption at home. And they're a Wahhabi Muslim state!
      Yep, Qatar is killing us too, with kindness.
      Unfortunately, I've learned a few things about people like you. You don't let petty little things like facts interfere with your view of the issues.

      November 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion

    Can you outsmart me? I placed 74th in the world on intelligence measure and write about issues:

    November 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BuzzTheOlder

    Is it possible that Mehdi General Dr Bad needs a stenographer? Difficult, that one.

    November 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    Dr. Bad,
    You are one sick puppy.

    November 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bongwater

    Dr Bad get shrapnel to brain ?

    November 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sam

    if you get yourselves educated with true muslim history, you might have a chance to save your face on the day of jusdgement. you can call me a f-–ng a–h-le or whatever but man, you gotta check it out. Every one of us should really read translation of the final testament,i,e; holy quran. Truth is out there!

    November 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bongwater

    Dr Bad, Osama Bin Laden is hiding behind your sofa.
    get to work.

    November 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John Geheran

    The fact that such acts are perpertrated by a "tiny minority" is irrelevant. Bolsheviks were a miniscule minority and managed to starve and shoot millions of Ukranians and fellow Russians. Nazi's represented only a tiny fraction of the German population but still murdered millions. The West is at war with an enemy that is every bit as dangerous as its totalitarian predecessors. The West needs to wake up to the fact that Islam is a totalitarian ideology masquerading as a religion. While Islamic ideology is extreme, mercifully, most Muslims are not.

    November 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MSL58

    What? Muslims are behind this attempted attack? What a surprise!

    November 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
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