Thursday, August 10, 2006

UK Thwart Massive Terror Plot

British authorities thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up several aircraft mid-flight between the United States and Britain using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, officials said Thursday.

"A major terrorist plot to allegedly blow up aircraft in mid-flight has been disrupted in a joint, pre-planned, intelligence-led operation by the metropolitan police anti-terrorist branch and security services," a police spokesman said.

Police arrested a number of people overnight in London after a major covert counterterrorism operation that had lasted several months, but did not immediately say how many.
The national threat level was raised to critical — a warning level that indicates the likelihood of an imminent terrorist attack. The threat rating was posted on the Web site of Britain’s MI5 — the British domestic spy agency.

The U.S. government raised its threat level to the highest level for commercial flights from Britain to the United States early Thursday.

The terrorist attack foiled by British authorities on Thursday was aimed at blowing up as many as 10 airplanes on trans-Atlantic flights, and plotters hoped to stage a dry run within two days, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

The actual attack would have followed within days.

One official said the suicide attackers planned to use a peroxide- based solution that could ignite when sparked by a camera flash or another electronic device.

The test run was designed to see whether the plotters would be able to smuggle the needed materials aboard the planes, these officials said. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject matter.

The Department of Transport advised all passengers that they would not be permitted to carry any hand baggage on board any aircraft departing from any airport in the country.

The suspected terror plotters arrested in Britain had planned to conceal their liquid or gel explosives inside a modified sports beverage drink container and trigger the device with the flash from a disposable camera.

ABC News has learned exclusively that the plotters planned to leave the top of the bottle sealed and filled with the original beverage but add a false bottom, filled with a liquid or gel explosive. The terrorists planned to dye the explosive mixture red to match the sports drink sealed in the top half of the container.

This, they thought, would ensure that they would be able to pass through security -- even if they were asked to unseal and drink the beverage.

The flash in a disposable camera has enough electrical power, they apparently believed, to set off the homemade explosive.

Thank God the New York Times didn't get wind of the ongoing efforts. I hope this illustrates why the NSA programs and money tracking programs are so important. And makes clear to the NYT that there are times when human lives should supersede the selling of newspapers...

For some good news, the stock market shrugged off the plot. The Dow was up 48 and the Nasdaq ended up 11. And the price of oil dropped.

9 Comments:

Anonymous reverse_vampyr said...

Islamo-fascists don't even care about their own defenseless babies. To them, their babies are simply another tool for jihad:

A husband and wife arrested in the British terror raids allegedly planned to take their six-month-old baby on a mid-air suicide mission.

Scotland Yard police are quizzing Abdula Ahmed Ali, 25, and his 23-year-old wife Cossor over suspicions they were to use their baby's bottle to hide a liquid bomb.

The theory is one of the reasons security chiefs are now insisting mothers taste babies' milk at check-in desks before allowing them to take bottles aboard flights.

Just when I thought that Islamofascists couldn't get any more depraved, I am proved wrong. Not even the lives of their own babies have any value to them except to be used as bombs.

14/8/06 05:57  
Blogger JoLynn said...

Funny you said that about the NYT - that is one of the first things I said to Tracy when we were talking about it.

14/8/06 09:50  
Anonymous Sharp As A Marble said...

Thank goodness the NYT didn't hear about it...that last article shows how jihadists use children for suicide missions. It's shocking only to those who have not paid attention to the rise of Islamofascism. One of the terrorists neigbors expressed his disbelief because "He is religious and seemed to love his family." Yes, apparently he is quite religious -- and that radical faith is exactly why he saw no problem in turning his child into an improvised explosive device.

The depravity of the enemies of reason and freedom have never been more apparent. We knew they had no problem killing women and children, and we knew they had no compunction about committing suicide to accomplish this. The coldly calculated sacrifice of their own children for tactical advantage in a suicide mission shows just how animalistic these people can get, and why we need to be ruthless in our war against them.

14/8/06 11:04  
Anonymous j said...

I fear that soon we're going to have to get over our fantasy that the War On Terror can be won without a whole lot of death and destruction. And by 'whole lot' I'm meaning hundreds of thousands to millions of dead Islamo-fascists or whatever you want to call them. Exterminate them all.

14/8/06 11:07  
Anonymous mre said...

The stupid thing about the UK is they actually teach Islam in schools as part of religious education and it's mandatory. To me it is as bad as teaching communism or fascism as it is just another form of evil. The morons who made up this policy also advocate strongly for equal rights for women. Hello? Islam = oppression for women (and anyone else who doesn't agree with them).

"J's" comment be a little extreme, but I am starting to lean towards it. Islam seems less like a religion and more like a death cult which teaches hate.

This is the enemy folks.

15/8/06 13:26  
Anonymous Frank The Crank said...

This will not be politically correct, but I could care less...

Jews, per capita, are disproportionally responsible for developing technology to make the lives of every person on the planet easier, better, healthier, and longer.

Muslims, per capita, are disproportionally responsible for using technology, which they are incapable of developing, to make the lives of every person on the planet harder, more miserable, and shorter.

Jews are capable of living in any society without creating strife.

Musims are incapable of living without strife even among their own kind.

Conservatives support Israel and believe in capitalism.

Liberals oppose Israel and believe in socialism.

Conservatives believe in Enlightenment ideals as expressed in the U.S. Constitution.

Liberals believe in Marxist ideals, as expressed in the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.

Conservatives believe in individual rights such as freedom of thought, expression, and self defense, expressed best in the concept of self-determination.

Liberals believe that people have to be told what to do, and that the power of the police state should enforce the consensus, which is formed by those in power.

Conservatives believe in small government, accountable to the people.

Liberals believe in big government, accountable to none.

Conservatives are mostly Christians.

Liberals are mostly anti-Christian.

Jews want to trade with everyone.

Muslims want to enslave or kill everyone.

Conservatives support wars of liberation to free people from tyranny.

Libeals support wars of "revolution", which enslave people to tyranny.

Conservatives and Jews get along just fine.

Liberals and muslims get along just fine.

If my comments are accurate, who would our enemy be? Real head scratcher there huh?

15/8/06 21:08  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

Wow! Thanks for your comments guys. I have been really busy latley, but let me weigh in with my take...

All Muslims are not terrorists but all terrorists seem to be Muslim. I think all Muslims are not terrorists, but they either cheer for the terrorists or silently support terrorists. Making them just as evil.

Muslims believe in an isane religion. In Africa, Asia, Europe, America virually all pain and suffering are caused (in the vast majority) because of this religion. Doesn't matter the country, put a bunch Muslims in it and you have problems.

They offer nothing to the world except violence and suffering. Muslim's people invent nothing, build nothing and create nothing.

Please don't call me a racist, a "religion" is not a race, ergo, it isnt racism when stating disgust and hatred for a religion and this so called religion and it's followers is what I have a problem with.

I tend to agree that Islam is not a religion, but a death cult.

In short, the practicioners of Islam can not mesh with Western civilization and everything good and decent. The world may be a better place if it went away.

18/8/06 19:05  
Anonymous Dr. Rusty Shackleford said...

Let me make something perfectly clear: I do not hate Muslims. I do not believe Muslims go to hell. I do not believe Muslims are bad people.

What I am is a lover of liberty.

What I hate about Islam is not what most Christians hate about Islam. What I hate about Islam is that it seems to be anti-libertarian. I could care less if Muslims want to condemn me to hell. Most Christians also believe I am going to hell. Thank you one and all for your concern for my eternal soul.

What I do object to is Muslims using the law to put people in prison (or worse) for exercising basic human rights such as the right to say bad things about, well, Islam.

I doubt if I represent what most Americans think, but I can say without reservation that I for one do not hate Muslims. But I do hate Islam. I also do not hate communists, but I do hate Communism. Islam in its historical and mainstream manifestation is every bit as evil as Communism was. It quashes the individual. It makes him a slave to the religious community.

Even liberal Islamic law is still Islamic law.

I have been told that thousands of slave owners were very nice. Despite the law, they educated their slaves, provided good food and shelter (certainly better than many free smallholders had), did not break up families, and allowed them a great deal of freedom of movement and worship. But no matter how pleasent the master may seem he is still the master. A happy slave is still a slave.

I will not be a willing participant in the Islamification of Europe. Too many Americans died to free the Continent from the slavery of Fascism. Countless billions of American dollars were spent protecting the Continent from the slavery of Communism.

We are now engaged in a great war of ideas. This war is not between Christians and Muslims. It is a war between freedom and Islam. It is a war of ideas. We cannot afford to lose this war.

19/8/06 13:14  
Anonymous fidelio said...

Stop the fear tactics and be resolute like the Israelis! CNN, NYT and the rest of these warped media affiliates need to stop advising people how the fuck to blow up a plane. Did you see the reporter in the grocery store standing with a coke can in the shampoo aisle talking about how easy it would to smuggle an explosive inside of it? Bad stocking, not good advice. Thanks asshole!

2/9/06 21:06  

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