After news that the US has requested tougher security checks at overseas airports where direct flights to the States are available comes a little more detail. According to the Telegraph "Terrorists are plotting to use new stealth bombs in laptops and even humans to bring down a US-bound passenger plane, it is feared."
It is worth noting the last phrase - it is feared.
According to homeland security officials Jihadists in Syria and other parts of the Middle East are trying to recruit would be suicide bombers and others to wage a terrorist war against the USA.
The UK has already expressed concern over its citizens that have taken up the call to oust Assad in Syria and joined rebel groups in that country. The fear in the UK is that these young men will return to the UK and continue to wage a war, possibly one of terror.
If and when they return to the UK they could face arrest. A report in the Standard says “One of Britain’s top prosecutors today warned that Britons who travel to join the Syrian conflict will face prosecution and potential life sentences on their return. Sue Hemming said it was a crime to fight in another country even if it was to topple a “loathsome” dictator such as president Bashar Assad. The head of counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service said Britons could also face charges for attending rebel training camps."
The UK authorities seem to be sending out mixed message to those fighting to topple Assad and not so long ago they and other western governments were propping up and supporting rebel groups in Syria.
Mercenaries fighting in distant wars are nothing new.
Representatives of Brits who have joined rebel forces in Syria claim that the men have no war to wage in the UK but who can really tell. Times change and quickly these days.
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In the last few hours the US has warned Uganda about a specific terrorist threat today. The warning involves Uganda's international airport, in the city of Entebbe, famous for the high-profile high jacking of 1976, and advises the authorities should be alert to a terrorist attack on Thursday evening. The US Ugandan embassy website has posted a warning with specific times.
Whatever intelligence homeland security in the USA has it appears to point to a real, credible terrorist threat. That said conspiracy theorists will question whether the knowledge has more to do with US involvement than data collection.
These new threats however will be used to infringe on the rights and free speech of people around the world.