NYC cyanide plot: maybe BS, and even if not, not that scary anyway

George Smith of Global Security goofs on the “mubtakkar of death,” then follows up by slapping Time around for pimping “terror plot infotainment.” Good stuff; the drawings in particular had me laughing.

Links via Defense Tech, which does its own part to deflate the Time story before checking in on the status of chem-detection technology.

Newsweek piles on too:

On one key point, however, current and former officials familiar with the threat disputed Suskind’s account. The officials said there was no reason to believe that the Al Qaeda team assigned to the attack was still on the loose somewhere inside the United States. In fact, NEWSWEEK sources said, most U.S. officials believe the team had exited U.S. borders. “The notion that the cell is still in the U.S. … is not the case,” said one senior local-law-enforcement official familiar with the matter. Suskind reiterated to NEWSWEEK that his sources say there is “no evidence” that the terror team has left the country. He said that anyone who claims otherwise is “not properly sourced.” Suskind declined to comment further on the contents of the book.

There’s some stuff at the end about torturing Abu Zubaydah and pressuring Khaled Sheikh Mohammed by threatening to torture his children. They can’t corroborate any of it, but they probably figured it’s been 48 hours since we’ve had a good “whither America’s soul?” post from Andrew Sullivan, so why not toss it in there to sort of, you know, move things along.