As we come to grips with all that has happened this week and continue to learn about the brothers from Chechnya behind the mayhem, it turns out the region in southwest Russia has influenced our lives before.
A little-known fact is that Chechen terrorist women wearing explosive bras are the reason we must endure those intrusive searches at the airport, according to CNS News.
Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole said in 2010 that his agency’s policy of conducting intrusive pat downs of U.S. air passengers was inspired by two Chechen women who were able to blow up two Russian airliners because “they had explosives in their bras and around their waists,” CNS News reported.
In fact, a 2005 report by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security said:
“In September 2004, the TSA made changes to strengthen its screening procedures in response to the August 2004 midair explosions of two Russian airliners, believed to have been caused by Chechen women transporting explosive devices concealed under their clothing.”
October 2002 – Chechen rebels seize a theater in Moscow, and hold over 700 people hostage. Russian forces use gas to neutralize resistance; most of the rebels and 120 hostages are killed.
May 2003 – 59 people are killed when two suicide bombers drive a truck full of explosives into a government complex in northern Chechnya.
February 2004 – 40 are killed and 100 injured when a suicide bomber detonates a bomb on a Moscow metro train.
August 24, 2004 – Two Russian passenger planes are blown up almost simultaneously, killing 89 *(referenced above)
August 31, 2004 – A female suicide bomber kills nine people and herself, and wounds 51 others when she detonates a bomb outside a subway station in northeastern Moscow.
September 1, 2004 – Armed attackers storm a school and herd at least 100 children, parents and teachers — possibly as many as 400, later revealed to be 1,200 — into a school in southern Russia where they threatened to kill the children. The hostage takers reportedly demanded the release of more than two dozen prisoners picked up during raids on Chechens in southern Russia in June and a Russian withdrawal all of its forces from Chechnya
April 2007 – Eighteen people are killed when a Russian-made Mi-8 military transport helicopter crashes in Chechnya. Local media reports said the helicopter was shot down by Chechen rebels during a Russian operation.