It's nice to see a report about a thwarted attempt to sell a surface-to-air missile to terrorists inside the United States.

It's odd to try and imagine the news coverage that might have resulted if the September 11th attacks had been foiled by good intelligence work. I doubt that many news organizations would have taken the situation seriously enough to speculate that thousands of lives had been saved by capturing a few Muslims with pilot certifications.

If this guy had actually been able to smuggle a missile into the States and someone had taken down a civilian jet with it, the economic impact alone would have been enormous, even aside from the hundreds of lives that could have been lost.



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