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Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible?
Binary liquid explosives are a sexy staple of Hollywood thrillers. It would be tedious to enumerate the movie terrorists who've employed relatively harmless liquids that, when mixed, immediately rain destruction upon an innocent populace, like the seven angels of God's wrath pouring out their bowls full of pestilence and pain.

A decent article which stresses that the recent terror scare was really much ado about nothing. There was no imminent risk - the group had been under surveillance for a year and their scheme was seriously flawed. But much political hay is being made from it.

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historykate19 From: historykate19 Date: August 17th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, they have to shout it on the rooftops when they stop the slightest threat.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: August 17th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It is all political. Keep the masses scared and cowed and they won't object to losing freedoms and rights.
historykate19 From: historykate19 Date: August 18th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Help! Help! I'm being repressed!
7threality From: 7threality Date: August 18th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I know I am.

several of my cow-orkers are all for any/all government approved schemes to "make us safe" at the cost of our freedoms. They don't mind as long as they feel safe, when most of the stuff the government is doing is more visibility than substance. A "hey look, we're doing something" when the something they're doing is only going to be effective against the extremely stupid terrorist (meaning 99%+ ineffective).

I also fail to see why the English are (seemingly) suddenly all scared and up in arms about terrorism now when just 10 years ago there were regular car bombings from the IRA and they didn't seem to bat an eyelash. Just "oh, another bombing, x number of casualties, business as usual"
cdaae From: cdaae Date: August 17th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I was talking about this with my father this evening - he'd seen a link on a blog to the standard lab safety instructions for handling such materials and chemical interactions, which are strict and extensive.

The sulphuric acid would have to be in a glass bottle too I imagine, certainly not in your standard plastic drink bottle.
From: ninjarat Date: August 17th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
40 volume (20% solution) hydrogen peroxide can be had from beauty salon supply stores.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: August 17th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You need 90%+ solution for this, I was doing more reading. Nasty stuff.
From: dirkcjelli Date: August 18th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
"Oh, you mean that innocent, unregulated liquid rocket fuel manufacturing company/ Chemical wholesaler was actually a front for making exposives?"

Not even on the Simpsons.
janscottfrazier From: janscottfrazier Date: August 18th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I read about that this morning but haven't done a post of my own about it because I've been too pissed off. Scaremongers are so irritating.
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