Monday, August 21, 2006

Fakes On A Plane?

Posted by codemorse

I recieved a link to the below-story from my brother a few days back, and due to being sick as a dog over the weekend (still recovering now, and I feel like death, warmed over), I just read it this morning. It's inflammatory stuff, and very thought-provoking. I caution our more "conservative" readers to take it with the salt they should. The authors are not saying that there is no terrorism. They are questioning our response to terrorism.

From The Register:

Now we have news of the recent, supposedly real-world, terrorist plot to destroy commercial airplanes by smuggling onboard the benign precursors to a deadly explosive, and mixing up a batch of liquid death in the lavatories. So, The Register has got to ask, were these guys for real, or have they, and the counterterrorist officials supposedly protecting us, been watching too many action movies?

We're told that the suspects were planning to use TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, a high explosive that supposedly can be made from common household chemicals unlikely to be caught by airport screeners. A little hair dye, drain cleaner, and paint thinner - all easily concealed in drinks bottles - and the forces of evil have effectively smuggled a deadly bomb onboard your plane.

Or at least that's what we're hearing, and loudly, through the mainstream media and its legions of so-called "terrorism experts." But what do these experts know about chemistry? Less than they know about lobbying for Homeland Security pork, which is what most of them do for a living. But they've seen the same movies that you and I have seen, and so the myth of binary liquid explosives dies hard.

There's much more, and it's backed up by what amounts to step-by-step instructions for creating binary liquid explosives. One hopes the authors of the piece have left out a couple of key steps, else there's a case to be made that they're acting incredibly irresponsibly. As regards the rest of the article, I think they make some excellent points about the severity of the actual threat posed, but most importantly, about the media's reaction to the event.

If what The Register reports is true, then the media has been actively lieing to us through omission. This should not come as any great surprise, but it should provoke a measure of outrage, no?


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