From USA Today: Implanted bombs seen as remote airline threat

13 June 2012: Excerpted from today’s edition of USA Today:

Douglas Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Center, a think tank that monitors terrorist threats on the Internet, says talk of an implanted bomb has circulated among suspected terrorists for a decade as they have sought ways to circumvent airport security.

He says these Internet communications have floated plans for suicide bombers to feign pregnancy or breast implants in an attempt to hide explosives. But, he says, the ploy has never been attempted because the terrorists lack the technical ability to pull it off.

“As you monitor these websites, you can see there is a deficiency of knowledge — they don’t know how to do this,” Hagmann says. “Is the threat real? Yeah. But is it practical? I don’t think so.”

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