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The “London Liquid Explosive Terror Plot” plays more like a bad movie plot.

September 18, 2006


Have you stopped to ask why you can’t bring liquids on airplanes? It was supposedly because of a terrorist plot by a London Al Qaeda local 666 were going to bring liquid chemicals onto several airplanes, mix them in flight, and then blow the plane up in mid flight. Realism aside, if you look at the details of what the suspected terrorists were going to use to blow up the Trans Atlantic flights with it quickly becomes evident that the use of liquid explosives are not practical.

In an article on the Raw Story called Sources: August terror plot is a ‘fiction’ underscoring police failures, Lieutenant-Colonel (ret.) Nigel Wylde, a former senior British Army Intelligence Officer gives his opinion on exactly how absurd the whole plot scenario is. It sounds more like the product of a third rate Hollywood action movie than a real world scenario. Perhaps the authors of “Path to 9/11” were the ones who helped script the scenario of the latest U.S./British triumph in the “War on Terror”.

Lieutenant-Colonel (ret.) Nigel Wylde, a former senior British Army Intelligence Officer, has suggested that the police and government story about the “terror plot” revealed on 10th August was part of a “pattern of lies and deceit.”

…According to security sources, the terror suspects were planning to board up to ten civilian airliners and detonate highly volatile liquid explosives on the planes in a spectacular terrorist operation. The liquid explosives — either TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide), DADP (diacetone diperoxide) or the less sensitive HMTD (hexamethylene triperoxide diamine) — were reportedly to be made on board the planes by mixing sports drinks with a peroxide-based household gel and then be detonated using an MP3 player or mobile phone.

… Once the fluids have been extracted, the process of mixing them produces significant amounts of heat and vile fumes. “The resulting liquid then needs some hours at room temperature for the white crystals that are the explosive to develop.” The whole process, which can take between 12 and 36 hours, is “very dangerous, even in a lab, and can lead to premature detonation,” said Lt. Col. Wylde.

…”The idea that these people could sit in the plane toilet and simply mix together these normal household fluids to create a high explosive capable of blowing up the entire aircraft is untenable,” said Lt. Col. Wylde, who was trained as an ammunition technical officer responsible for terrorist bomb disposal at the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Sandhurst.

…If there was a conspiracy, he added, “It did not involve manufacturing the explosives in the loo,” as this simply “could not have worked.” The process would be quickly and easily detected. The fumes of the chemicals in the toilet “would be smelt by anybody in the area.” They would also inevitably “cause the alarms in the toilet and in the air change system in the aircraft to be triggered. The pilot has the ability to dump all the air from an aircraft as a fire-fighting measure, leaving people to use oxygen masks. All this means the planned attack would be detected long before the queues outside the loo had grown to enormous lengths.”

Sources: August terror plot is a ‘fiction’ underscoring police failures:

By Nafeez Ahmed
Monday September 18, 2006

If Mr. Conservatard were in the Bushtard administration and paid to have a script like this written, he would be pretty upset with the final product. It seems that the least that Bush Co. should get, when spending hard earned American tax payer money on a project like this, would be a terrorist movie script based on a plausible scenario. The least the authors should have done would be to do some sort of fact checking in order to make the plot seem somewhat realistic.

One can only hope that nobody will nominate such a poor screen play like “The London Liquid Explosive Terror Plot of 2006” for an Oscar this winter. 😉


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