Terrorists who had planned to detonate gel-based explosives on U.S.-bound flights from London last August would have achieved mass devastation, according to new information from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
Please - this 'plot' has been discredited so many times it's not even funny. Here's a just a few steps in the hours-long protocol that, perhaps, produces a big bang:
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.
Can't the Loyal Bushies cut this shit out? At least during the summer travel season?
Since we're talking 'bout all things tee-vee, may I direct you to a post I wrote on the subject a couple years back. I'm not sure if it's the content or the medium itself that is the cancer, but either way my generation (Gen X) is dosed. Any thoughts on why we're so dead?
Fearful that a new cold war between the U.S. and Russia is just around the corner, Russian Foreign Secretary Sergueii Lavrov called for:
[T]he establishment of a world government, bringing together the United States and Russia. Lavrov's call comes at a time of a chilling of relations between Moscow and Washington and amidst signs of a new Cold War. Moscow is wary of the establishment by America of a front of "New Democracies" in Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Georgia to counter "the Russian Bear," which is powerfully awakening. In an interview granted to the magazine "Russia in Global Politics," Lavrov said that bringing together a "chorus" of major nations into a world government will eliminate the jockeying for power that creates imbalances. Lavrov was certain that "most countries will welcome such a grouping of leadership."
Isn't that cute! He thinks the Dear Leader will share his toys! Another thing: who's going to break this to China?
At Agitprop, we have yet to jump into the Porter Goss fray. Now that he's headed back to sunny Florida and the Isle of Sanibel, however, we feel it's time to sort the wheat from the chaff - sort of like intelligence work.
At Agitprop, we're rooting for the hookers - a blow job seems to be the only thing that reliably takes administrations down. But we ask you, dear readers ... why do you think Porter got thrown under the bus?
By a 34-22 vote, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee rejected a Democratic-backed Net neutrality amendment that also enjoyed support from Internet and software companies including Microsoft, Amazon.com and Google. [snip] Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican and committee chairman, pressured his fellow GOP members to vote against Markey's amendment--even going so far as to remind them that he opposed it and to call in wayward colleagues who had strayed out into the hallway. Net neutrality is "still not clearly defined," Barton said. "It's kind of like pornography: You know it when you see it."
[source: Raw Story] The Senate is out of town, so the Dear Leader decided to appoint more Brownies. The crony list includes Ellen Sauerbrey, a complete failure from Maryland, and Julie Myers (she's the one married to Chertoff's chief of staff).
What's next? A federal district judgeship for Jack Abramoff?
Read it and weep:
Twenty-two percent (22%) of adults believe that Saddam Hussein "helped plan and support the hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11th." However, all of these beliefs and others have declined sharply since the questions were asked in February 2005. For example:
Those who think Saddam Hussein had strong links to Al Qaeda have fallen from 64 to 41 percent.
Those who believe that Iraq was a serious threat to U.S. security are down from 61 to 48 percent.
Those who think Saddam Hussein helped plan 9/11 are down from 47 to 22 percent.
Those who think Iraq had weapons of mass destruction are down from 36 to 26 percent.
Those who think Iraqi hijackers attacked the United States on 9/11 have fallen from 44 to 24 percent.
Now Son of Gipper Michael Reagan has told his Radio America audience that "Howard Dean should be arrested and hung for treason or put in a hole until the end of the Iraq war!" Reagan was reacting to Dean's comment that the idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq "is just plain wrong."
You would think the Repugs learned something after being blamed for shutting down the government in 1995 in service of their ideology. But no. Not satisfied with having pissed everyone off in their attempt to shut down the U.S., now "diplomat" John Bolton is attempting to shut down the U.N. He wants to prevent passage of "the organisation's 2006 budget until member states approve wide-ranging management reforms."
At this point, even the Poodle's government is against Bolton. When Bu$hCo loses the Brits, game over! [via Raw Story.]
The Dear Leader, however, was found guilty of nothing. After calling for the Chinese to print more bibles and labeling as (wait ... meme approaching) "irresponsible" those who criticized him for lying about prewar Iraq intelligence, Bush prepared for the next destination on his Asian trip: China.
Someone should start a fund so Cindy Sheehan can tail Bush around the world as he jets from one photo op to the next. With the problems he has, he's going to be out of the country a lot.
The Dear Leader strode boldly to the podium today at 10:26 EST to talk about ... the War on Terror [sic]. At the same time, Louisiana Governor Blanco testified before a Senate committee about Hurricane Katrina. On WNYC, host Brian Lehrer said the MSM was cutting away from Blanco to cover Bush. Obviously, it was important to cover the Dear Leader's clear and incisive analysis of the killing of Abdullah Abu Azzam, yet another No. 2 al-Qaeda leader in Iraq. "This guy's a brutal killer," Bush said.
Then WNYC lost the feed of Blanco's testimony. Lehrer, half-jokingly, said not to assume there was some conspiracy. But putting aside the missing feed, what was learned at Bushie's photo op? There will be more killing? Duh. Terrorists bad, al-Qaeda really bad? Check.
The jaded would think Bush was trying to silence Blanco. The Dear Leader must be doing this because ... Blanco's with the terrorists - yeah, that's it. All hail the Dear Leader.