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November 4, 2010

Ticking Time Bomb Scenario: Yemen bomb was 17 minutes from exploding

From the movie "Unthinkable."

You know that hypothetical ticking time bomb scenario Libs say isn’t real, so let’s read the terrorists their Miranda rights?  Well, it turns out it is real, so hell no, don’t read them their Miranda rights.  Rather, beat the living crap out of them to get the info we need to save innocent lives.  When they made innocent civilians their target, they forfeited the right to be treated as human beings.  We aren’t f%@*% around anymore.

PARIS — One of two mail bombs sent from Yemen last week was defused just 17 minutes before it was set to explode, the French interior minister said Thursday.  Brice Hortefeux provided no other details in an interview on the state-run France-2 television channel and did not say where he got the information about the timing.

“One of the packages was defused only 17 minutes before the moment that it was set to explode,” he said.  One law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday that the U.S. cannot confirm the 17-minute timer claim by the French minister.  U.S. officials have yet to conduct their own, independent analysis of the two bombs, which remain in the custody of U.K. and UAE investigators.

Also on Thursday, Hortefeux said that French police arrested two people on suspicion of links to terrorist groups.  When investigators pulled the Chicago-bound packages off cargo planes in England and the United Arab Emirates Friday, they found the bombs wired to cell phones and hidden in the toner cartridges of computer printers.

The communication cards had been removed and the phones could not receive calls, officials said, making it likely the terrorists intended the alarm or timer functions to detonate the bombs, U.S. officials have said.  They also said that each bomb was attached to a syringe containing lead azide, a chemical initiator that would have detonated PETN explosives packed into each printer cartridge.

The two bombs contained 300 and 400 grams of the industrial explosive PETN, according to a German security official, who briefed reporters Monday in Berlin on condition of anonymity in line with department guidelines.  By comparison, the bomb stuffed into a terrorist suspect’s underwear on the Detroit-bound plane last Christmas contained about 80 grams.

One of the explosive devices found inside a shipped printer cartridge in Dubai had flown on two airlines before it was seized, first on a Qatar Airways Airbus A320 jet to Doha and then on an as-yet-undisclosed flight from Doha to Dubai.  The number of passengers on the flights were unknown, but the first flight had a 144-seat capacity and the second would have moved on one of a variety of planes with seating capacities ranging from 144 to 335.


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