August 10, 2006

Major Terror Plot Foiled

By now, I'm relatively certain you've heard of a immense terror plot that has been foiled in Great Britain, where between 6-10 international flights (some early reports stated as many as 20) from Great Britain to the United States were targeted for attack. The plotters were apparently intent on using liquid explosives disguised as beverages to detonate the flights in mid-air.

United, American, and Continental flights to New York, Washington DC, and California were specificly mentioned as being targeted. As many as 50 suspected terrorists may have been involved in the plot, and it is not clear if all have been captured. Follow media reports and blog reaction to this story at Pajamas Media and Hot Air. Ace has good round up as well.

So, what do we make of this?

First, we're still short of a lot of details. What we can say with a fair degree of certainty is that a group of Muslim terrorists attempted to carry out the mass murder of western civilians on a scale that, if it had been successfully carried out, could have exceeded the carnage of September 11, 2001. The number of casualties would have been determined not only by the number of people onboard the targeted planes, but also where the terrorists decided to detonate the planes. A bomb detonated on a plane over the Atlantic would most likely kill only those on board; a plane detonated shortly after takeoff or landing on a flight path over populated areas could have the potential to take lives on the ground, as did American Airlines Flight 587 when it crashed into Belle Harbor, Queens, after taking of from JFK International Airport in New York on November 12, 2001.

We also know that this plot is very similar to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's disrupted al Qaeda plot to bomb 11 planes in the mid 1990s.

More as this develops.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 10, 2006 09:54 AM | TrackBack

No one should be surprised to learn that the fools at the Democratic Underground are already referring to this as a phony story to gin up support for Blair and Bush.

What a bunch of left-wing kooks!

Posted by: Retired Spy at August 10, 2006 10:03 AM

Now this means we have one more thing to do in the security line, drink from your water bottle. And you will not be allowed to bring in liquids. So security in ramped up.


Even now with the hysteria that only government can cause, you could bring just about any type of weapon or explosive on a plane. This case is a good example of the fact that you have people trying to find and use all the angles to hurt us. More security will not help, just as it did nothing to stop 9/11. The danger to us is that we a lulled into believing that it is doing something and watching as our rights are systematically stripped away.

The answer. Profiling. That is the number one short term answer to the security issue. The long term solution is to eliminate the ability of the average Muslim to travel, enter the country, or carry on in a normal manner in this or any other country. In short define our war as not against terrorism but against Islam. Our leaders don't seem to get the message. This is racist and hate filled, so maybe I will be offered a seat in the UN.

I can guarantee that if something happens to those I care about, then war will be declared on the Muslim population!!

Posted by: David Caskey at August 10, 2006 11:51 AM

Whoa, David. That is really a scary thought. Just condemn and attack ALL Muslims?

I think I will just stay home or drive my car. I may get caught in the cross fire on an airliner, caught between you and a Muslim.

Posted by: Retired Spy at August 10, 2006 12:43 PM

They've already pretty much declared it on us.

To the PC croud, yes there probably are some that mean us no harm, but as far as Profiling goes, I agree with David and my mind won't change until something else comes along to show me different.

That also doesn't mean not to watch out for regular loons either.

Posted by: Retired Navy at August 10, 2006 01:02 PM

I agree with David and Retired Navy. So when do we invade England and wipe out the largest non-middle eastern population of Muslims? I'm thinking not until after the mid-term elections...

Posted by: matt a at August 11, 2006 08:28 AM

In the us , a group of homeless , unemployed , known mentally ill young black men , were infiltrated by a federal agent;

who suggested a the sears tower in chicago be targeted for destruction as sybmolism against america

these men having no education, money , negligble history of violent crimes, ammunitons guns etc

thought this would be a good idea, and were arrested;

in the febrile american mind this registers as " a foiled terroist plot'

i am not a liberal

Posted by: mzzike at August 12, 2006 06:17 PM