Monday, October 5, 2009

Muslim Body Bombs

Abdullah al-Asiri offered to give himself up to Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef Photo: Reuters 

Who says Muslims can't adapt to modern technology?  Here we have a case where a Muslim suicide bomber has packed his ass with PETN explosive and detonated it with a cell phone signal.  Pretty crafty. 

At any rate this new development will greatly complicate security at airlines and places where large crowds gather or high value targets need to be protected. Due to the difficulty of detecting a Muslim with an ass full of explosives security measures will have to be adjusted to detect "body bombers".

The reporter makes the astounding discovery that four ounces of explosive can be secreted within someone's colon.  Well, a good healthy dump must weigh more than that. 

But it's all for the greater glory of Allah. 

This is a really serious development in the war against global Jihad.  The repercussions will be large and will greatly complicate measures against suicide bombers.  The costs in time and treasure will be considerable  to counter this latest means of terror attack.

New al-Qaeda 'body bombs' that can beat airport security are alarming terror experts.

International anti-terrorist officials are alarmed that al-Qaeda is trying new "body bomb" devices that would enable suicide bombers to breach airline security measures.

By Leonard Doyle in Washington
Published: 7:24PM BST 03 Oct 2009

Anti-terrorism experts held an emergency meeting last month after an al-Qaeda militant passed through several airline security checks with a bomb hidden in his intestine. He later detonated the bomb with a cell phone signal, but failed in his attempt to assassinate a prominent Saudi prince.

"While not wanting to be alarmist, I admit this is alarming," said Richard Barrett, head of the United Nations' al-Qaeda and Taliban monitoring group.
"Even though its capability is reduced, it is clear that al-Qaeda remains determined enough and inventive enough to cause another terrorist spectacular."
Last month US authorities foiled an alleged al-Qaeda terrorist plot in New York and also arrested two potential suicide bombers after they repeatedly tried to detonate large bombs using cell phones.

Mr Barrett was addressing the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he described how the terrorist organisation's effectiveness had been much reduced across the world. The use of spies, targeted assassinations and the cooperation of governments had greatly reduced al-Qaeda's effectiveness, he said.

The organisation is "losing credibility" among its potential supporters and its recent efforts "have not awed people" he concluded.
Mr Barrett also noted that al-Qaeda "hasn't really made a connection to a new generation" of young Muslims who have little recollection of the events and are less interested in religion.

But he also warned that the organisation's power to sow terror was far from eliminated, and described how its use of a well-known drug smugglers technique had already been shown to have breached airline security.

The frightening episode occurred on August 28 last when, Abdullah al-Asiri, one of Saudi Arabia's most wanted men, offered to give himself up to Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, the head of Saudi Arabia's counter terrorism operations.
Prince Nayef is responsible for overseeing Saudi Arabia's much trumpeted terrorist rehabilitation programme, and some two dozen senior al-Qaeda terrorists have already surrendered to him in person.

This time the would-be assassin, the ostensibly repentant Asiri, gave himself up and took two flights, one aboard the Prince's private jet, and spent 30 hours closely guarded by the Prince's personal security detail. It was during the month of Ramadan, a time of repentance for Muslims and Aseiri was granted an audience with the prince at his private palace in Jeddah, by declaring that he would persuade other militants to surrender.

Asiri briefly called other militants to tell them that he was standing alongside Prince Nayef. It was all recorded by al-Qaeda who has turned the episode into an animated movie boasting of their exploits. During the conversation a bleep was heard between two identical phrases repeated by the bomber and the man he is speaking to. This keypad sound or text message may have activated a short fuse on the bomb, according to security experts.