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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In civil war-ravaged Syria, al Qaeda-linked terrorists are working alongside hardened operatives from the al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen to develop a new generation of bombs that could be smuggled aboard commercial planes, U.S. intelligence sources told ABC News. The groups are jointly working to produce nonmetallic explosives, leading U.S. analysts to believe they might be looking to target a U.S.- or European-bound plane. "We're still very concerned, as we've talked about before, about Syria as a breeding ground and a staging ground for terrorist groups," FBI Director James Comey said.


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With any luck their efforts will blow up in their faces.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-25 02:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

I can't imagine the TSA getting any more intrusive.

I didn't send my wallet through the scanner when I flew last week and got an extra special dose of TSA molestation for that.

Profiling at airports would make much more sense.

#2 | Posted by sully at 2014-06-25 03:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not that difficult... a plastic bag full of propane and O2 is a non-metallic bomb.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-25 03:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

booga booga! Surrender more of your rights! The terrists are comin to getcha!

Shame on abc news for this scare mongering piece. Innocent americans are more likely to be hit by lightning or shot by a cop.

Islamic terrorism is an extremely rare threat in the USA. Focus on real problems.

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-06-25 04:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

What, they didn't see Die Hard: With A Vengeance?

#5 | Posted by ness_gadol at 2014-06-25 04:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not that difficult... a plastic bag full of propane and O2 is a non-metallic bomb.


Don't think "woosh" is the reaction they need though.

Sometimes I wonder if the news is doing a better job terrorising people in this country than the terrorists.

#6 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-06-25 05:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Them Terroristas got nothing on us.

We invented a bomb that doesn't damage buildings or structures but only kills organic beings in them.

Neener neener neener!

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-25 05:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just Obama continuing Dubya's scheme to keep the populace afraid. An afraid populace is a more controllable populace.

#8 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-06-25 06:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

At some point, maybe not for another ten or twenty years, there will me non-metallic bombs. What then? Cavity searches before boarding planes? Seriously. Where will we draw the line on TSA intrusiveness in light of the determined efforts by groups such as AQ to kill us?

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-06-25 06:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Don't think "woosh" is the reaction they need though."

Fine... use dynamite or Semtex... no metal in those either. Either they are looking for a non-metallic detonator or an explosive that doesn't involve nitrates making them harder to detect with conventional screening techniques.

The fact that terrorists are looking to find better ways to sneak bombs into places is hardly news.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-25 07:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just Obama continuing Dubya's scheme to keep the populace afraid. An afraid populace is a more controllable populace.

#8 | Posted by LarryMohr

So is an uneducated one. Which is why our teachers are paid horribly, kids are packed into overcrowded classrooms, and texas gets to write the textbooks.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-06-25 08:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Stay calm. We already have the ability to detect trace quantities of explosives. Cover materials softer and with lower melting temperatures than metals will do less damage to their targets.

#12 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-25 09:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

I cant help but feel this is non-news news... isnt c4 plastic? thats already out there... has been for a while, someone needs a new job.

#13 | Posted by monkeylogic42 at 2014-06-25 09:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

"We already have the ability to detect trace quantities of explosives."

If they are nitrate based. Fortunately most, if not all of them, are.

#14 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-25 09:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

Don't they have to create a bomb that works first?

#15 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2014-06-26 12:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

.... "Terrorists Working on Nonmetallic Bombs"

**** YES and they're most likely being FUNDED by the CIA!

#16 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-06-26 07:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

The only way we'll ever solve this highly profitable for the likes of the war on terror military industrial complex is politically by resolving what it is that both sides need to gain peace, instead of constantly stirring the pot.

If not the terrorists will spend a million and we'll need to spend billions counteracting their efforts. It can not be won militarily without breaking the bank of the USA public but making oligarchs out of those claiming a terrorist is hiding behind every bush.

#17 | Posted by Robson at 2014-06-26 11:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

"TSA molestation"

Wish I could say most were professionals just doing their jobs, but my experiences traveling abroad vs domestically belie that. Whereas overseas screeners will simply pull you aside and scan you with the wand and ask to visually inspect any objects that may be setting it off, the TSA creeps consistently go out of their way to be hostile and threatening, implying sexual innuendo or deliberately dragging the process out as punishment if you don't thoroughly pre-screen yourself.

#18 | Posted by sentinel at 2014-06-26 11:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

A little story about how things evolve. The first IEDs we encountered were simple command wires, electric blasting caps. Problem was we would find the wire and find the trigger man or the idiots would set the things off placing them or transporting them, electric blasting caps are very sensitive. Then they started using garage door openers and walkey-talkies, cheep limited range radios-we responded with Warlock. Then they used shape charges with infrared receptors, like on your cable box, picked up the heat from axles and engines to detonate- we responded with infrared hot plates that extend about 6 feet in front of the truck. Haji responded with command wires that they put on a reel to pull it in before we found it... If men desire to do violence, they will find a way.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-06-27 12:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

"A little story about how things evolve."

Why start there? Land mines have been around for hundreds of years.

#20 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-27 12:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Land mines have been around for hundreds of years.

Chemical warfare even longer. Nothing like catapulting a diseased cow into a well to destroy a town.

#21 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-06-27 12:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

War and terror by deception.

Think beyond the obvious. Don't you ever believe it viable that greedy "deceptionists" could be responsible for the research behind these new terror technologies? How many believe that some arms selling nations and corporations have such a lack of ethics that they would shrewdly develop such technology only to hand it off to "terrorists"? Of course they would know the intended result would be many innocents being killed; but it's OK if in the end it would mean progression of their power, profits, agendas and grand plans?

#22 | Posted by Robson at 2014-06-28 11:23 AM | Reply | Flag:


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