Just to see if they could get the stuff onboard. The actual attack was to follow “within days”.
We had a dispute in the comments to the first post this morning between Flip, our affiliate, who suspected the explosive they were planning to use was TATP, and Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee, who said no way was TATP stable enough for such a mission. CBS settles the matter.
Rusty’s got a scoop of his own, which he feels sure enough about to post but not sure enough to gloat over: according to one of his boys in London, at least some of the suspects are linked to Omar Bakri Mohammed, the exiled godfather of British Islamofascism and the founder of al-Muhajiroun. Al-Muhajiroun was infamous in the UK and on warblogs between 2002-04 as pimps of the most egregious sort of jihadi incitement, often adorned with graphics of the U.S. Capitol in flames, etc. The group was shut down but has since allegedly re-emerged as something called al-Ghurabaa. If that doesn’t ring a bell, refresh your memory. Or just click the link to Rusty’s post and note the photo, which you’ll recognize instantly. That’s a bona fide Ghurabaa boy, in action.
Update: I linked this earlier but I’m going to link it again. Joementum!
“If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England,” Mr. Lieberman said at a campaign event at lunchtime in Waterbury, Conn. “It will strengthen them and they will strike again.”
Update: It’s not as flashy as a photoshop bust but here’s a lovely bit of sleuthing at Reuters’s expense by BizzyBlog. Watch the terror-plot narrative take shape in real time.
Update: Fox just broke in to say that an Air Canada flight has been diverted due to a suspicious package. Standby.
Update: I just realized that LGF link has nothing to do with the terror plot. That’s what happens when you post about photo follies for days. You just start to assume that the post you’re updating has something to do with media scandal.
I guess the BizzyBlog link was enough of a hook. In which case, here’s another. Confederate Yankee catches a photo editor at Stern goofing on bloggers’ “crude conspiracy theories” and the “super post[s] from some smartass guy about how Green Helmet Ali once again fooled the whole world because, in actual fact, he’s a secret agent of Hezbollah.” Which, um, in actual fact, he seems to be.
Update: I made it through one sentence. The Associated Press: in it for the long haul.