8/11/2006

I've got a bad feeling about this...

Terror Plot Uncovered in the UK

Terrorist - Photo Hosted at BuzznetWoke up Thursday morning to the news of an alleged terrorist plot to "commit mass murder on an unimaginable scale." British law enforcement authorities had arrested 24 suspects who had planned to explode 10 to 12 aircraft in mid-flight between Britain and America using liquid explosives.

The plot was said to be just days away. British authorities said that the plan bore all the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda plot.

The twenty four suspects are said to be British citizens, many of Pakistani origin. This was three more than the 21 announced earlier in the day. British security sources felt that all the main targets had been arrested.

Here in the U.S., Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff raised the nation’s threat level to Severe, or Red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for the U.S. This adjustment reflects the Critical, or highest, alert level that has been implemented in the UK. He also raised the threat level to High, or Orange, for all commercial
aviation operating in or destined for the U.S. Chertoff called the plot "
comparable to 9/11."

Also implemented was a new series of security measures, prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels, and lotions from being carried on airplanes. British authorities have implemented similar measure due the potential dangers that could be caused with many simple household liquids.

The UK threat level remains critical, according to UK Home Secretary John Reid, who noted that the main suspects were in custody but it was right to "err on the side of caution." The British government also released the names of the suspects. The oldest person is 35, and the youngest is only 17.

Now ponder these facts, and see how you feel:

I for one can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when 9/11 happened, and all these facts are just a bit too coincidental to make one rest easy. At the time of this writing, the current HSAS level in Pennsylvania, where I live, remains at yellow, though Governor Ed Rendell urged resident to be observant and "vigilant at all times." It can make the observer somewhat uneasy watching these events roll by like a parade before our eyes.

In the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), there was a classic line, a quote that I'll share here:

I've got a bad feeling about this.
~ Hans Solo (played by Harrison Ford)

My sentiments exactly, and I truly hope that I'm wrong. I was very close to the 9/11 relief efforts and to some of the people involved in the recovery (see the archived UCanHelp.com Website at the Library of Congress).

World Trade Center Video from September 11, 2001



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August 11, 2006

3 comments:

Money Miss said...

You're not even allowed take babys bottles on to planes in the UK.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you can't take baby bottles on planes these days, but they can't outlaw natural containers, can they?

Jolly Uncle Jihad John said...

As a decorated Veteran of WW-2 flying for RAF then USN then USAAC-ATC until we beat Hitler,
Mussolini and Hirohito for doing - in principle - what the Evil Triad (my appellation) of the lawless U.S., declining "ally" Britain and racist Israel are now doing in principle in Afghanistan, Iraq, Golan Heights, Sheba Farms area of Lebanon, East Jordan Valley and the rest of Palestine - recognized as such by the world - in open, arrogant violation of the laws, treaties, covenants and Charter of The U.N. of 6,446,131,400 (CIA Facts) souls of the 191 nations of the world to which they are signatory! Is a law for everyone?

As a result this Evil Triad of a daily declining some 370,000,000 souls face the rest of
the world of whom are most of the 1,282,780,000 justifiably angry Muslims of whom
a daily increasing unknown number, with each Evil Triad atrocity, becomes "the kid who
looks like your own kid (or sister or mother) who is the one who will push the button!"

John WEST Willmott (google me)