Ridge noted that intelligence appeared to be the key factor in the recent case of the explosives found disguised as printer ink cartridges in a UPS plane in Britain and a FedEx plane in Dubai.
“I think the facts are undeniable,” he said. “Two of those IEDs were on planes. They managed to get by whatever technological or visual inspections. . . . At the end of the day, good intelligence results in aggressive action that can prevent attacks … Do you really believe in the 20th century that we’re able to inspect every single envelope?” he said.