President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, John Brennan, was reportedly briefed about bombs in briefs (underwear) in October. An actual attempt by al-Qaeda was cited. See a video below.
The briefer who briefed Brennan on bombs-in-briefs was Saudi Arabia’s chief counterterrorism official, Muhammad bin Nayef:
August, Nayef had survived an assassination attempt by an operative
dispatched by the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda who was pretending to turn
himself in. The operative had tried to kill the Saudi prince by
detonating a bomb on his body, but stumbled on his way
into the prince’s palace and blew himself up.
Note – that bomber was from Yemen!
Saudi officials initially thought the bomb
had been secreted in the operative’s anal cavity. But after
investigating the matter more thoroughly, they concluded it had likely
been sewn into his underwear, thereby allowing the operative to bypass
security checks before his meeting with the prince. A main purpose of
Nayef’s briefing for Brennan was to alert U.S. officials to the use of
the underwear technique.
U.S. officials believe Nayef’s bomber and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had the same Yemeni bomb maker.
At the briefing for Brennan, Nayef was concerned because “he didn’t
think [U.S. officials] were paying enough attention” to the growing
threat from Al Qaeda in Yemen, said a former U.S. intelligence official
familiar with the briefing.
Brennan’s 15 minutes of fame was on display on FOXNews Sunday today, but check the links below to read some of his more infamous behavior, of which this FOXNews Sunday interview will undoubtedly become known. Brennan said there is no smoking gun in the Christmas Day attempted bombing attack on Northwest Flight 253.
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