A decade after 9/11 the federal government concluded that terrorist threat groups inside the United States were simply not plotting attacks against planes. They classified that conclusion and continued to beat the drum for bigger security budgets, more equipment. The security state benefits a federal employee union, it benefits equipment manufacturers, and it benefits politicians.
On Friday an attempted terrorist attack occurred at a U.S. airport and you probably didn’t hear anything about it because it doesn’t fit the narrative, in fact it may upend everything we’ve been told to believe about security threats to aviation. (HT: Paul H.)
The man authorities say left an explosive device at Asheville Regional Airport on Friday morning that contained ammonium nitrate and fuel oil said he was preparing to “fight a war on U.S. soil,” according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
…After being taken into custody at the Asheville Police Department, Estes waived his rights and agreed to answer questions, the complaint states. Estes “admitted that he placed the explosive device at the Asheville Airport,” the complaint states. “He also explained that he bought the precursor materials at Walmart and Lowe’s” in Arden.
The man was found to be indigent and assigned a public defender. He offered details on how he created the device (“using ammonium nitrate and the Sterno as a fuel source and then rigged the alarm clock to strike the matches and cause the flame necessary to trigger the device”). He put nails in the device so that it would cause more damage.
The man came onto the airport grounds at 12:39 a.m. The clock was set for 6:00 a.m. He told investigators that he had staged in the woods near the Asheville airport two days before actually placing the device inside the airport.
None of this matches what we’ve been taught to expect. He’s white. He isn’t an immigrant. He isn’t Muslim. And he doesn’t appear to have any connection to terrorist organizations abroad. Yet the ‘plot’ was easily foiled.
Maybe we’re doing it wrong.