Friday, April 04, 2008

Brit Muslims Go on Trial for Airline Terror Plot

Remember the terrorist plot to use liquid explosives to blow up seven airliners bound from Heathrow to cities in the US and Canada?

Eight of the participants began their trials yesterday. The case is news in the UK and some former parts of the British Empire, but American media considers it a big yawn, even though the coordinated downing of seven airliners within hours of each other might have resulted in a larger "grim milestone" than the 9/11 death toll.

According to the prosecution, planning was meticulous and close to fruition:
Ali, 27, married with a young son, also had a pocket notebook in which a "blueprint" for making the bombs and carrying out the plot was written.

Plastic Oasis and Lucozade bottles were to be used by the plotters to make their liquid bombs.

A hypodermic syringe would be inserted into the base to draw out the drink and the bomb mixture would be injected in its place.

A homemade detonator called hexamethylene triperoxide and also known as HMTD would be made from a mixture of household and commercial ingredients and disguised in AA batteries.

Bulbs and wires would connect the bomb mixture with disposable cameras to trigger a charge to set it off.