Like Me, al-Qaeda Likes Saving Money on Airline Tickets

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In case you were wondering why anyone ever thought Detroit was a compelling target for al-Qaeda:

When an admitted al-Qaida operative planned his itinerary for a Christmas 2009 airline bombing, he considered launching the strike in the skies above Houston or Chicago, The Associated Press has learned. But tickets were too expensive, so he refocused the mission on a cheaper destination: Detroit.

Of course, the comedic effect of the story quickly gives way to actual serious scary stuff:

The decision is among new details emerging about one of the most sensational terrorism plots to unfold since President Barack Obama took office. It shows that al-Qaida's Yemen branch does not share Osama bin Laden's desire to attack symbolic targets, preferring instead to strike at targets of opportunity. Like the plot that nearly blew up U.S.-bound cargo planes last year, the cities themselves didn't matter. It's a strategy that has helped the relatively new group quickly become the No. 1 threat to the United States.

Via Jacqui Cheng, whose one-word response to the story was "Welp."