Alpha Posted August 10, 2006 Share Posted August 10, 2006 LONDON - British authorities said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in carry-on luggage. Security was raised to its highest level in Britain, and carry-on luggage was banned on all flights. Huge crowds backed up at London's Heathrow airport as officials searching for explosives barred nearly every form of liquid outside of baby formula. U.S.Homeland Security SecretaryMichael Chertoff said the terrorists planned to use liquid explosives disguised as beverages and other common products and set them off with detonators disguised as electronic devices. The extreme measures at a major international aviation hub sent ripples throughout the world. Heathrow was closed to most flights from Europe, and British Airways canceled all its flights between the airport and points in Britain, Europe and Libya. Numerous flights from U.S. cities to Britain were canceled. Washington raised its threat alert to its highest level for commercial flights from Britain to the United States amid fears the plot had not been completely crushed. The alert for all flights coming or going from the United States was also raised slightly. Two U.S. counterterrorism officials said the terrorists had targeted United, American and Continental airlines. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. Police arrested 21 people, saying they were confident they captured the main suspects in what U.S. officials said was a plot in its final phases that had all the earmarks of an al-Qaida operation. A U.S. intelligence official said the plotters had hoped to target flights to major airports in New York, Washington and California. British Home Secretary John Reid said the 21 people were arrested in London, its suburbs and Birmingham following a lengthy investigation, including the alleged "main players" in the plot. Searches continued in a number of locations. The British Broadcasting Corp. said police were evacuating homes in High Wycombe, a town 30 miles northwest of London, near one of the houses being searched. Police refused to confirm the report or to discuss any details of the searches. These sons of bitches never give up. The battle versus good and evil has never been so fierce. It's getting riskier and the more advanced these terrorists become over the years, the more chances they'll finally have to get a hold of a nuke. It just astonishes me how they really thought they could get a hold of a bunch planes and blow them up over the atlantic. It just goes to show that they are still very stupid as well. You'd think they'd learn their lesson after 9/11, but no... they had to try again. Have fun in hell, or if you believe in nature, you can be a good fertilizer for plants. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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