Toner cartridge bombs were meant to detonate over the eastern US
So says Scotland Yard. As a lifelong resident
of New Jersey of the “eastern seaboard” of the United States, I find this absolutely troubling:
The shocking reality of the terrorist printer cartridge bomb plot emerged today when Scotland Yard revealed that the device taken from a plane in Britain was timed to explode in mid-air over the eastern United States.
The bomb was found by police on board a cargo plane at East Midlands airport last month after detailed information was passed through intelligence channels to the UK and US from Saudi Arabia.
The Guardian understands that an alarm clock on a mobile phone attached to the printer bomb was set to go off at 10.30am BST. Tests revealed that if the cargo plane’s journey had gone to schedule, the device – in a package addressed to a synagogue in Chicago – would have gone off in midair over the eastern seaboard of the US.
The device found in the UK was one of two discovered after a Saudi tip-off. The other was at Dubai airport. Both were capable of bringing down an aircraft.
The bombs are believed by western intelligence to have been sent by the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and sparked fears that a new vulnerability in aviation security has been discovered by the terrorists.
Both bombs contained at least 300 grammes of the explosive pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN. The device found in Dubai had travelled on two passenger planes without being detected.
A heinous, blood-thirsty group of Islamofascists have been at war with the United States for over a decade, calling for the blood of innocent Americans, for the destruction of our interests all over the world.
The real disturbing part of all this is that our current government insists that we’re not at war, or rather, nobody is at war with us, and it is acting accordingly. That’s the tragic part.