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Old 08-10-2006, 04:45 PM   #91
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Plane plot involved 'explosive cocktail,' official says
Air travel in chaos after plot to bomb airliners exposed

Thursday, August 10, 2006; Posted: 4:24 p.m. EDT (20:24 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Terrorists planned to concoct an "explosive cocktail" using MP3 players and sports drinks to blow up as many as 10 jetliners bound for the United States, authorities said Thursday.

U.S. intelligence officials said the plotters hoped to stage a dry run by Friday, The Associated Press reported. The actual attack would have followed days later, the officials told AP.

A senior congressional source said it is believed the plotters planned to mix a British sports drink with a gel-like substance to make an explosive that they would possibly trigger with an MP3 player or cell phone.

The sports drink could be combined with a peroxide-based paste to form a potent "explosive cocktail," if properly done, said a U.S. counterterrorism official.

"There are strong reasons to believe the materials in a beverage like that could have been part of the formula," the official said.

British and Pakistani authorities joined forces to block the plot to bomb the airliners, officials said.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/10/us.security/index.html
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Old 08-10-2006, 04:46 PM   #92
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No it means your true knowledge of the Muslim religion is flawed.
My first instinct on 9/11 was NOT to buy a Koran. I'm more concerned with finding the lowlifes that were behind it than understanding the "true knowledge" to justify their evildoings.
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If it was 10 planes with an average of 300 per plane, then yes it could have been on the scale of 911.
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My first instinct on 9/11 was NOT to buy a Koran. I'm more concerned with finding the lowlifes that were behind it than understanding the "true knowledge" to justify their evildoings.
Ok, but don't speak for the true law of Muslims if you don't truly know it.
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if these people succeeded and detonated bombs on 10 planes w/ approx. 200 people on board each plane, you'd have 2,000 dead bodies in the atlantic ocean. How is that not comparable to a 9/11 event?
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If it was 10 planes with an average of 300 per plane, then yes it could have been on the scale of 911.
While the loss of life in its calculation may be important, it's even more important to realize the horror, the destruction, and the impact it would have had, had this attack had not been foiled. Numbers aside, there are many similarities, including the religious misguidings behind them.
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this could have been really, really awful. it wasn't supposed to happen today, either. they said a test run was in the work in about a week or so. my guess is the actual event was probably scheduled for the 5 year anniversary.

again, good work Scotland Yard.
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if these people succeeded and detonated bombs on 10 planes w/ approx. 200 people on board each plane, you'd have 2,000 dead bodies in the atlantic ocean. How is that not comparable to a 9/11 event?
Yes the amount of lives would be close to the same.

The information of 10 planes, hadn't been released when I made the comment.

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bottom line: the plan was foiled and we need to be just as creative as these killers and counteract what they WILL do and not what they HAVE done.
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It doesn't. Cargo on planes is not all screened- my local news said packages under 16 oz (they said either 16 or 32, not sure) are allowed in the cargo holds without being screened. Commercial cargo is transported sometimes on passenger planes, according to what I have heard and read. I'm talking about cargo, not passenger baggage. Ed Markey has been talking about this for ages and trying to get bills passed, with no success.
TSA/FAA requires 10% of all freight/cargo that is intended for passenger aircraft to be screened. So, if you have ten boxes being shipped, one will be randomly screened. If you are shipping ONE box...it will be screened. Screening is often done manually.

Only specific companies approved (after an extensive approval program from the TSA/FAA) can ship on a passenger aircraft.

In fact, I just read an article Monday about three companies that lost their certification (meaning, they can no longer ship on airlines). They failed FAA inspections (did not follow the proper procedures).

The only cargo not requiring any screening: human tissue or blood.
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^^Very true. Many agencies appeared to work very well together to prevent this sick plot from occuring.

My comfort level with flying would be much higher in the future if carry-ons were permanently limited to a very small clear bag, like what was in use today. Even that's not fool-proof, but it looks like it would be easier to thoroughly screen people's possessions.
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Did you read the article? The plot was to blow the plane with explosives, how the hell would this be a deterent?

It would just cause more problems having arms on a plane.
If you have ever had the opportunity to encounter a Federal Air Marshall, you would understand how "armed security" on an aircraft could potentially be a deterent and NOT cause additional problems.

Richard Reid (the shoe-bomber) had to light his shoe and created a bit of a stir on the aircraft (and hence, he was caught). I am not sure what was involved in the plot (how they would connect the items to create the IED), but I imagine that at least one of the 21 would have to fumble and and make a scene.

No security system is perfect.
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The doctorine of Islamic Jihad hurts Islam as a whole, just like the Nazi Party hurt Germany and non-violent Germans as a whole.

I have no doubt in my mind that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is serious about his anti-Semitic agenda. He hates America, Israel, and Jews in particular more than any other "infidel." How are his Hitlerisms inconsistent with the doctorine of Islamic Jihad?
Islamic extremism surely hurts the good name of Islam but what’s hurting Islam even more is the constant linking between terrorism and Muslims in general. The constant demand many Muslims feel to distance themselves and justify themselves. We can’t directly control terrorism but we certainly can control how we react – and that includes not taking the easy way out by mentally throwing together Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Ahmad-the-Barber-down-on-the-corner, Ahmadinejad, Iranian nukes, the imam from the local Mosque, the Israel-Lebannon conflict, the bits and pieces we know about the Holy Q’uran, and the justifiable fear we all feel.

Peroxide-based paste mixed with a sports drink? If that paste is what I think it is then that would indeed be potent enough to blow one hell of a hole in a plane. I've seen something like that make a decent sized hole in a lawn once - and that was without the benefit of an enclosed space.

ETA: As for limiting carry ons, I hate checking my PC through and it's not as if I have a choice whether to bring it or not. I'd hate if they did that without convincing the bagage throwers to be a bit more gentle (do you think they know the word 'gentle' at all).
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abcnews.com

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.

There are any number of homemade or modified commercial liquids that would have made effective explosives, with enough energy to damage or destroy a plane.
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ABC's practically publicizing the formula.
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