Malaysian Jihadists Plotted Plane Hijacking Using Shoe Bomb

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Malaysia Plane

Now that the evidence for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight increasingly points to hijacking, with communications being deliberately shut off while the plane went on flying for as much as seven hours, it’s time to take another look at the Jihadist plots in “moderate” Muslim Malaysia.

Evidence of a plot by Malaysian Islamists to hijack a passenger jet in a 9/11-style attack is being investigated in connection with the disappearance of Flight MH370

An al-Qaeda supergrass told a court last week that four to five Malaysian men had been planning to take control of a plane, using a bomb hidden in a shoe to blow open the cockpit door.

Security experts said the evidence from a convicted British terrorist was “credible”. The supergrass said that he had met the Malaysian jihadists – one of whom was a pilot – in Afghanistan and given them a shoe bomb to use to take control of an aircraft.

The possibility of such a plot, hatched by the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, was bolstered by an admission by Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, that the Boeing 777’s communications systems had been deliberately switched off “by someone on the plane”.

In a series of dramatic developments yesterday, it emerged that:

– Flight MH370 had changed direction and altitude after communications devices had been deliberately disabled;

– The plane flew for up to seven hours after civilian radar lost touch with it;

– An unnamed official briefed that the plane had been hijacked although Mr Najib refused to confirm that was the case;

– The plane flew towards either Indonesia or to Kazakhstan after the transponder and messaging systems were disabled;

In evidence in a court case last Tuesday, Saajid Badat, a British-born Muslim from Gloucester, said that he had been instructed at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan to give a shoe bomb to the Malaysians.

Giving evidence at the trial in New York of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Badat said: “I gave one of my shoes to the Malaysians. I think it was to access the cockpit.”

Badat, who spoke via video link and is in hiding in the UK, said the Malaysian plot was being masterminded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of 9/11.

There are suggestions of a 9/11 style attack on the Malaysian twin skyscrapers, but I don’t think that’s too credible. Malaysia is a Muslim country and while Al Qaeda is none too friendly to many Muslim governments, if they went to the trouble of hijacking a flight to China around the time that

1. The US is pulling out of the War on terror

2. Muslims are escalating their conflict with China

… their target would likely have been to inflict damage on Chinese targets. Simply killing the passengers on the plane would do that.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Heard speculation today to the effect that the plane was hijacked and the passengers killed before it was landed in a secret location to use later as a guided missile for a possible EMP attack on America. I wish they would figure out what happened.

  • wileyvet

    I thought Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being held incommunicado, by the US military in Guantanamo. How could he be able to mastermind anything from there?

  • DogmaelJones1

    Best action to take: Find the plane, assume all the passengers are dead (having been flown straight up to 45,000 feet to “decompress” the passenger section, thus killing them), and drone it out of existence. Never mind trying to collect evidence from the pane. It’s probably booby-trapped. Destroy it on the ground — if it can be found.

  • Shadowwind

    Nothing to see here, just some “workplace violence”. Probably those darn Buddhist monks again.

    • Notalibfool

      Or maybe the work of those “right-wing, Christian terrorists” as some on the Left would like to believe.

  • A Z

    Why fly an airline that is the national airline of a Muslim country or is piloted by a Muslim? It is just asking for trouble.

  • Francis D Orbin Jr.

    i suspect its being loaded poss. w chem/bio germ warfare weapons or nuclear.to be flown into or near a target.hopefully we locate and destroy it b4 it gets off the ground.even if its blown up in the sky it will still be effective in possibly numerous ways.we’ll see.

  • truebearing

    Come on you guys. Al Queda? LOL! Al Queda is on the ropes. They’re defeated and barely functional. Obama heroically defeated them, remember? I’m sure this is all just a big misunderstanding.

    And enough with the racial profiling and Islamophobia. The plane could have been hijacked by cannibals from New Guinea

    • darnellecheri

      Nope. It is an Koch brothers conspiracy.

    • Mama Jones

      Yes, Al Queda did nothing. Al Qaeda did everything.

      • Papa Jones

        Exactly

      • gray_man

        Al Qaeda is far from the only muslim group of terrorists.

  • J S

    It’s surprising and disappointing that no ‘mainstream media’ has picked up on this story/angle…. AND there was a report of a imminent threat against Beijing being tipped to china just a couple days prior to this MH370 deviating/going missing.
    This plane & flight … if one wanted to do a ’9/11-style’ attack against China, WOULD HAVE BEEN IDEAL — The original flight-plan WAS to Beijing. No, you would not have had all the jet-fuel remaining that the 9/11 aircraft had — but you did have the flight-plan, you could have just flown on, and then when it became apparent you were not landing at the airport it would have been too late for air-defense around Beijing to do anything about it. They could have flown into any target they wanted to in Beijing .

    Fly it elsewhere, to use later against China?… or against anywhere?… First you have to land it. somewhere, and hide it., Then you have to refuel and service it…. You’ve lost the element of surprise. Whoever pirated/commandeered/hijacked it … did they not think that through… Here is something equally likely : Let’s say it was pirated/commandeered/hijacked by someone who DID want to fly it into a target in Beijing 9/11 style. The hijackers did not kill the pilot, who, being a fellow-Muslim, tried to reason with the hijackers. Or he tried to deal with them, saying, “I’ll fly you anywhere else you want to go & you can have the plane.” Or, tried to trick them, telling them “you have any idea what this plane is carrying, it’s got $50 MM USD worth of diamonds / gold on board.,” take that instead, I’ll fly you where you want to go” Then, in flying hijacker(s) wherever, pilot runs out of fuel, or crashed into a mountain…

    Just conjecture here … I have no more info than anyone else has… just going w/ this shoe-bomb angle …

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    • Mama Jones

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  • Grandpa jones

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