An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

Hey, You Wanna Be Safe From EVERYTHING, DONTCHA?.


Don’t worry, they probably won’t make us travel naked–they’ll undoubtedly give us pocketless “Security Suits” while our real clothes travel to Johannesburg with the rest of our luggage. But at least we’ll be totally safe…

(CBC) Muslim doctor wants apology from U.S. airline

(CLS Press Release) Coalition for Luggage Security Focuses on London Flight Diversion that Triggers Airline Fear

(AFP) Authorities ‘convinced’ airline plot was real: Home Secretary Reid

Yanno, every time we hear about these terror threats, we find out that someone had infiltrated the group…I’m beginning to wonder if the infiltrators are the ones who are pushing the idea of attacking and THEN taking credit for breaking up the plot that they themselves suggested…

(TheRegister) Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible? Looks like the whole thing was one big joke–I mean seriously, how many people have concentrated hydrogen peroxide and sulfuric acid in their kitchens? The standard H2O2 concentration sold in drugstores is 3%…so much for common household items. Then “Once the plane is over the ocean, very discreetly bring all of your gear into the toilet. You might need to make several trips to avoid drawing attention. Once your kit is in place, put a beaker containing the peroxide/acetone mixture into the ice water bath (Champagne bucket), and start adding the acid, drop by drop, while stirring constantly. Watch the reaction temperature carefully. The mixture will heat, and if it gets too hot, you’ll end up with a weak explosive. In fact, if it gets really hot, you’ll get a premature explosion possibly sufficient to kill you, but probably no one else.
“After a few hours – assuming, by some miracle, that the fumes haven’t overcome you or alerted passengers or the flight crew to your activities – you’ll have a quantity of TATP with which to carry out your mission. Now all you need to do is dry it for an hour or two…While it’s true that a slapdash concoction will explode, it’s unlikely to do more than blow out a few windows. At best, an infidel or two might be killed by the blast, and one or two others by flying debris as the cabin suddenly depressurizes, but that’s about all you’re likely to manage under the most favorable conditions possible.” In other words, a serious threat only in the movies, not in reality land. But hey, we’re not interested in reality, just in scaring people…