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How Al-Qaeda Bomb Plot was Foiled

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Tim Weiner (Photo: UCLA International Institute)

The FBI is examining the underwear bomb at the center of the latest foiled Al-Qaeda plot to bomb a US airliner.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.)

FBI director Robert Mueller told a Congressional committee about the plot Wednesday.

According to reports, the plan was for a suicide bomber to board a plane wearing a new kind of non-detectable explosive devise in his briefs.

But the plot wasn't carried out because the designated bomber was reportedly a double agent working for Saudi intelligence and the CIA.

Anchor Marco Werman talks to Tim Weiner, the author of "Enemies: A History of the FBI" and "Legacy of Ashes: The History of CIA."

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