UK & NYC: Improvised Un-explosive Devices?


Richard Moore

Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2007 22:38:50 -0400
Subject: UK bombings
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July 6, 2007
The Cutting Edge

Improvised Un-explosive Devices?

Larry C. Johnson, a former senior US counterterrorist official for 
the CIA and State Department who works as a consultant to governments 
on terrorism issues, described the Friday episode as a crock of crap:

gasoline is not a high explosive. If we were talking 50 pounds of 
Semtex or the Al Qaeda standby, TATP, I would be impressed. Those are 
real high explosives with a detonation rate in excess of 20,000 feet 
per second. Gasoline can explode (just ask former owners of a Ford 
Pinto) but it is first and foremost an incediary. If the initial 
reports are true, the clown driving the Mercedes was a rank amateur 
when it comes to constructing an Improvised Explosive Device aka IED. 
Unlike a Hollywood flick the 50 gallons of gas would not have 
shredded the Mercedes into lethal chunks of flying shrapnel.

His observations on the next days Glasgow incident are even more cutting:

Preliminary, unconfirmed reports indicate a nuclear blast has 
occurred at Glasgows international airport. No one has seen the 
mushroom cloud or heard the blast, but something by God is happening 
and it must be terrible. There is smoke and fire. In fact, a car is 
on fire. It must be Al Qaeda. Only Al Qaeda knows how to set 
themselves on fire inside a car. Please. Flee to the hills (leave 
your doors unlocked). Oh the humanity!...

we need to stop equating their [religious fanatics] hatred with 
actual capability. If today's events at Glasgow prove to be linked to 
the two non-events yesterday in London, then we should heave a sigh 
of relief. We may be witnessing the implosion of takfiri jihadists 
religious fanatics who are incredibly inept Propane tanks and petrol 
(gas for us Americans) can produce a dandy flame and a mighty boom 
but these are not the tools for making a car bomb along the lines of 
what we see detonating on a daily basis in Iraq.

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June 4, 2007
The New York Times
Papers Portray Plot as More Talk Than Action
by Michael Powell and William K. Rashbaum

The plot as painted by law enforcement officials was cataclysmic: A 
home-grown Islamic terrorist had in mind detonating fuel storage 
tanks and pipelines and setting fire to Kennedy International 
Airport, not to mention a substantial swath of Queens.

"Had the plot been carried out, it could have resulted in 
unfathomable damage, deaths and destruction," Roslynn R. Mauskopf, 
the United States attorney in Brooklyn, said in a news release that 
announced charges against four men. She added at a news conference, 
"The devastation that would be caused had this plot succeeded are 
just unthinkable." . . .

But the criminal complaint filed by the federal authorities against 
the four defendants in the case - one of them, Abdel Nur, remained at 
large yesterday - suggests a less than mature terror plan, a proposed 
effort longer on evil intent than on operational capability. . . .

At its heart was a 63-year-old retired airport cargo worker, Russell 
M. Defreitas, who the complaint says talked of his dreams of 
inflicting massive harm, but who appeared to possess little money, 
uncertain training and no known background in planning a terror 

"Capability low, intent very high," a law enforcement official said 
of the suspects.

Some law enforcement officials and engineers also dismissed the 
notion that the planned attack could have resulted in a catastrophic 
chain reaction; system safeguards, they said, would have stopped 
explosions from spreading. . . .

There is, too, the question of the role played by the unidentified 
undercover informant who befriended Mr. Defreitas.

The informant is a convicted drug trafficker, and his sentence is 
pending as part of his cooperation agreement with the federal 
government, said the authorities. . . .

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