Monday, May 14, 2007

Forgive my confusion...

ABC News is running around in an absolute panic this morning, talking about a potential terrorist attack on airplanes flying from Germany to the U.S. The article begins thusly:

"We're afraid someone in the back is going to mix something or light something up, so air marshals are being placed strategically through the plane," said one senior law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the stepped-up security.
Ok, fair enough, that's a worthwhile threat, and certainly one that has been attempted before. However, moving on through the article, we come to this:
"The intelligence was that there are plans to take a plane and crash it in a high-density, high-profile place," one official told The official said the timing and identity of the "high-profile place" was not contained in the intelligence reports.
So, wait a minute. If they are planning to mix something on the plane and blow it up, they can't really crash it into a high-profile place, no? The plane will just explode in the air and fall down in a bunch of pieces. Seems like ABC is really trying to be first out of the gates with this one, to the point that they aren't even questioning internal consistencies in what their own sources are telling them.