The 9/11 Commission recommendations on border and aviation security eerily predicted an attempt such as that made Christmas Day by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. One of the key phrases from the commission's report is that "for terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons." This plot has made clear to the world that while travel documents such as visas are as important as weapons to terrorists, air travel itself is also an essential component of the weapon. Published February 2, 2010
Illustration by Walt Handelsman of Newsday
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