There has been a deliberate attempt to downplay the seriousness of the attempted bombing of an airplane over Detroit. The attempted detonation of an explosive in the airplane has been described by leading bloggers as “unserious” and evidence that alQaeda is “a joke.”

Below is the video the FBI played at the sentencing of Shoe Bomber Richard Reid, using the same explosive material as in the attempted Detroit bombing.

While we do not yet know the precise amount of material in the attempted Detroit bombing, the amount hidden in Richard Reid’s shoe was enough to blow a hole in the fuselage, likely destroying the aircraft in mid-air.

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Update: Apparently there was enough bomb material to bring down the Detroit airplane, and only a failed detonator saved the airplane. (h/t Dan Riehl)

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