Aug 07 2007
I was flying when the London plot to use gels or liquids to destroy airlines became public last year. I am flying again today, so the details coming out about last summer’s threat strikes very close to home:
Terrorists who had planned to detonate gel-based explosives on U.S.-bound flights from London last August would have achieved mass devastation, according to new information from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
“I think that the plot, in terms of its intent, was looking at devastation on a scale that would have rivaled 9/11,” Chertoff told ABC’s Pierre Thomas.
Sources tell ABC News that after studying the plot, government officials have concluded that without the tip to British authorities, the suspects could have likely smuggled the bomb components onboard using sports drinks.
But they can work â€” scientists at Sandia National Laboratory conducted a test using the formula, and when a small amount of liquid in a container was hit with a tiny burst of electrical current, a large explosion followed.
Thank goodness the US and the UK have their surveillance operations up and catching these attempts. And thank goodness the Democrats have not been successful in destroying our defenses in their partisan blindness for votes.