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Friday, January 30, 2004
 
"Specific, credible threats"
against British Air and Air France. Again. Could be, I guess, but I doubt it. Here's why.

1.Unlike many American impressions of foreign airline security, the British and French are actually quite competent. Really.
2. Aircraft arriving from Europe are not really good bombs: they've already burned most of their fuel. Of course, they could still do a lot of damage, but not nearly as much as if they had full tanks.
3. Because they arrive in the US with most of their fuel gone, a hijacking would have to occur about an hour or so out, to give the suicide pilots time to orient and set up navigation to their targets. This is plenty of time for a paranoid US ATC system to ID them and vector an intercept.

Could any or all of these reasons be overridden and a successful hijack/attack occur from overseas? Yes. But it would be harder to do. If they try it again, most likely it will be a departure from HERE, not there. All this "intelligence" is likely to be as reliable as the WMD information we had before George and Dick's excellent Iraqi adventure.
 
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