CIA foils terror plot around bin Laden's death anniversary
Bombing of U.S. bound jet thwarted
- Duration 3:01
- Date May 9, 2012
Bombing of U.S. bound jet thwarted
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Is a Fox News alert developing right now news that the CIA.
Busted and al-Qaeda bomb plot targeting a US bound airliner a new underwear bomber who authorities say was stopped in time.
Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge joins us now with the details Catherine.
-- thank you -- good evening tonight the White House confirms that a plot to coincide with a one year anniversary of the bin Laden raid has been thwarted a short time ago.
In a -- and detailed statement the FBI said the device is similar to the bombs made by al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Which include the underwear -- failed to bring down a US jet on Christmas Day in 2009.
The device was seized the four suicide bomber in Yemen.
By his airline ticket and forensic analysis is being done to confirm that both bombs were made by the same Saudi bomb maker.
US officials described -- he Alice serious or top target in Yemen he is considered one of the best bomb makers working today because he uses non metallic explosives.
That -- traditional airline screening this device does not contain metal and there are improvements to the detonation mechanism.
In a statement the White House is -- on the timing saying quote.
The president was first informed about the -- in April by his homeland security and counterterrorism advisor John Brennan.
And he has received regular updates and briefings.
Yet three days before the anniversary of the bin Laden raid.
As we've said publicly there is no credibly reporting right now that there is an active plot under way to.
To coincide with the anniversary of the bin Laden takedown.
-- -- briefing to coincide with the anniversary Fox News asked a senior counterterrorism official if another device have been picked up.
And it was tonight quote.
I'm not familiar with the report you just cited of another bomb in the last six months so nothing's been intercepted -- picked up.
Not that I know of -- and tonight on Capitol Hill senior committee members and staffers told fox.
That they had not been briefed on the plot with a device.
And just moments ago the secretary of defense confirmed that it wasn't classified highly classified information operation rather and that he had no further comment at this time -- Kevin that is a bit unusual for the senate intelligence chair Dianne Feinstein.
To say that she was brief thirty minutes ago about something that now a statement says the president was briefed about.
In April there seems to be this disconnect and who knew what land.
I think there -- several disconnect -- tonight that were very early in our reporting I spoke to another committee chairman a short time ago.
And he was still waiting to get his brief.
On this on the -- in Yemen.
The other thing that I find quite striking is that the White House is being very vague on the timing at which the president.
Knew about the plot from the White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan.
And just to highlight on April 27 Fox News asked specifically because we had heard there had been some event overseas.
If something had been picked up and that was categorically denied -- and quickly with one would assume that Brennan would be the person who would have -- the press point guy for all this stuff.
Absolutely okay Catherine thank you more on this for the --