Terrorists target wrong contractor in assassination plot
Al-Qaida didn't do their homework
- By Washington Technology staff
- Jun 03, 2011
Even if al-Qaida's plot to assassinate Lockheed Martin’s CEO had succeeded it would have failed because the terrorists didn’t do their homework and targeted the wrong company, writes Adam Rawnsley of Wired.com’s Danger Room.
Alleged Mumbai bomber David Coleman Headley revealed in federal court testimony this week that terrorists honed in on the defense contractor boss because the company makes drones used in Pakistani air strikes, when in fact Lockheed doesn’t make the aircraft.
A simple Google search would have revealed that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is the actual manufacturer. Lockheed does make the Hellfire missiles used by U.S. drones, the blog adds.