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  • 1999 Report Warned of Suicide Hijack

    05/17/2002 10:14:31 AM PDT · by nutmeg · 93 replies · 564+ views
    AP/The Washington Post ^ | Friday, May 17, 2002 12:57PM | John Solomon
    WASHINGTON –– Exactly two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government building. "Suicide bomber(s) belonging to al-Qaida's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives (C-4 and semtex) into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or the White House," the September 1999 report said. The report, entitled the "Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?," described the suicide hijacking as one of several possible retribution...
  • Czech Police: Explosion Which Killed PA Ambassador 'An Accident'

    07/04/2014 7:26:12 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4 July 2014 | Nissan Tzur
    Police end investigation into Jamal al-Jamal's death in a mysterious explosion, say blast the result of explosives 'hidden in a book'. Czech Police have announced their decision to shelve the investigation into the blast that killed the Palestinian Authority ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jamal al-Jamal, after the investigators concluded that no crime or deliberated assassination was committed. The decision to call off the investigation was made in a joint statement issued by the Czech Police Spokeswoman, Andrea Zoulova, and the state attorney Jindra Janacova. According to the statement, the explosion in the Palestinian embassy at the beginning of January...
  • Policeman killed in Omagh car bomb attack (Northern Ireland)

    04/02/2011 10:25:45 AM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | April 2, 2011 | Unknown
    A 25-year-old police officer has been killed after a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, County Tyrone.The device exploded under the vehicle outside his home in Highfield Close, off the Gortin Road, just before 1600 BST on Saturday. He is the second policeman to be killed since PSNI was formed out of the RUC. Since 2007, dissident republicans have planted dozens of booby-trap bombs under the private cars of police officers. The bombs have failed to detonate, but two policemen lost their legs in attacks in May 2008 and January 2010.
  • Olympics- Cyber attack seen as emerging threat for London 2012

    07/28/2009 1:52:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 47 replies · 883+ views ^ | Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:48am EDT | Avril Ormsby
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - Olympic organisers are "very alive" to the threat of a cyber attack on the London 2012 Olympics, made more challenging because of its evolving nature, senior Interior Ministry officials said on Tuesday. Ticketing systems, the transport network and hotel bookings as well as security are among potential targets. Olympic security officials are also planning for the possible diversion of aircraft to protect airspace around the venues from terrorist attacks, the officials said. The greatest threat to security at the Games is international terrorism, the government's latest "Safety and Security Strategy" report said.
  • Top "Ten" List Updated

    10/18/2010 12:40:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 17, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET - Quote: 17 October 2010 TOP "TEN" LIST UPDATED There are only 7 sites listed, of which one, at-Tahadi has been "closed for repairs" for a couple of weeks.
  • Missing Semtex 'left unguarded'

    07/19/2008 6:27:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 138+ views ^ | July 19, 2008
    A depot in France from which a large quantity of powerful explosive went missing was poorly guarded, the regional head of security has said. The storage of 28kg (61lb) of Semtex at the site near Lyon was "not usual and certainly not authorised", Xavier de Fuerst also told the AFP news agency. A search by anti-terrorist officers is under way, and the manager of the site has been suspended pending an inquiry. Semtex is favoured by terrorists as it is odourless and difficult to detect.
  • Police on Alert in France After Explosive Theft

    07/19/2008 9:56:03 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 4 replies · 113+ views
    ABC News AU ^ | 07.19.2008 | BBC
    French anti-terrorist officers are searching for 28 kilograms of Semtex explosive missing from a depot in the suburbs of the city of Lyon. Semtex is a powerful, odourless explosive which is difficult to detect and often used by terrorist groups. The theft was from a depot in a disused 19th century fort at Corbas in the southern suburbs of Lyon. The depot is used for storing explosives by a civil defence unit with the job of blowing up bombs and ammunition left over from the two world wars. Twenty-eight kilograms of Semtex was found to be missing in a routine...
  • Threat Matrix: July 2008

    07/02/2008 7:02:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,101 replies · 9,633+ views
    Al-Qaeda Draws New Recruits Via Internet Al-Qaeda is using the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people to its terrorist network, according to a programme aired on Saudi Arabian TV late on Tuesday. Umm Osama, the founder of al-Qaeda's first women-only website, al-Khansa, joined several others on the programme to discuss how they renounced jihadist ideology. Among those who sought a response to this question was an imam from the Medina mosque, Saleh Ibn Awad al-Mudamsi, and the father of a young al-Qaeda suspect held in an Iraqi prison. Read More Qaeda Targets U.S. Oil Interests in North Africa U.S....
  • French search for stolen Semtex

    07/19/2008 12:06:11 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 27 replies · 228+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 18, 2008
    French anti-terrorist officers are searching for 28kg (61lb) of Semtex explosive missing from a depot in the suburbs of the city of Lyon. France's interior ministry confirmed an investigation was underway, saying the manager of the site had been suspended. Semtex is a powerful explosive favoured by terrorist groups as it is odourless and difficult to detect. Police said detonators were also missing and that they are treating the theft "very seriously". The depot, in a disused 19th century fort at Corbas, is used for storing explosives by a civil defence unit charged with the job of blowing up bombs...
  • The Untold Story of Delta Flight 1824

    09/12/2007 5:21:21 AM PDT · by bmwcyle · 79 replies · 4,034+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9SEPT2007 | Douglas J. Hagmann
    9 September 2007: The passengers aboard Delta Airlines Flight 1824 flying out of Orlando International Airport last Thursday at 7:15 a.m. heard the following statement over the intercom as they were preparing to taxi onto the runway on their way to Atlanta, Georgia:
  • Orlando International Terror Plot?

    09/10/2007 2:28:48 PM PDT · by Mr. Jazzy · 132 replies · 3,697+ views
    AM 540 WFLA Radio ^ | 9/10/07 | Bud Hedinger
    "Credible Security Risk" Those are the words of the pilot on Delta Flight 1824 out of OIA, after it pulled back from the gate Friday morning to take off for Atlanta. Nine Middle Eastern passengers, six males and three females, had been denied access to the plane when TSA screeners found they were carrying an array of suspicious items ranging from hydrogen peroxide, which can be used to make bombs, to wires and Vaseline bottles taped together. Perhaps most disturbing, what one TSA worker tells me were the first positive tests for SEMTEX ever reported by security at OIA. SEMTEX...
  • NYP: ISRAELIS KNOW: PROFILING'S KEY -- NYC's random checks aren't most effective.

    07/26/2005 6:01:02 AM PDT · by OESY · 21 replies · 762+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2005 | YISHAI HA'ETZNI
    Since 9/11, U.S. officials have struggled with how to protect the American public without infringing on individuals' rights and sensibilities. The touchiest issue of all is "profiling" — using various factors, including race or ethnicity, in security checks. So, it wasn't surprising that, when New York announced last week that it would begin screening passengers on the city's subway, officials promised loudly and insistently that the checks would be random and racial profiling would not be used. Such a policy avoids discrimination against certain ethnic groups — in effect, inconveniencing, embarrassing and perhaps even punishing individuals for crimes they did...
  • Explosives lost in airport gaffe

    12/05/2004 5:08:22 AM PST · by ijcr · 19 replies · 570+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5 December, 2004, | Allan Little
    Plastic explosives were mistakenly loaded onto a plane at a Paris airport after security officials lost track of it during an exercise, police say. Around 150 grams (about five ounces) of explosive were slipped into the bag of a passenger during sniffer dog training at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. The bag ended up on one of 90 flights leaving at the time, and police are now trying to track it down. They stress the explosive is "no more dangerous than a bar of chocolate". But airlines, airports and police forces around the world have been alerted. It was a...
  • Explosives FYI

    10/27/2004 8:49:28 PM PDT · by rennatdm · 6 replies · 686+ views
    International Security Group ^ | Copyright © 1996 - 2004 | James Robert Doyle
    Semtex: Semtex is clearly the explosive of choice by international terrorist groups for two reasons. First it is easily available and cost effective. It is considered by many to the best plastic explosive in the world. Semtex uses a crystalline high explosive, combined with a binder of a synthetic styrene-butadiene rubber binder which produces an odorless consistency of Silly Putty or Play Dough. Semtex was invented by Stanislav Brebera who studied at the Prague Technical University and Prague’s Military Technical Institute and in 1950 at the Synthesia chemical company. Although plastic explosives were initially developed in 1887 by Alfred Nobel...

    12/07/2003 2:09:42 PM PST · by joan · 53 replies · 2,661+ views
    Sunday Mirror ^ | December 7, 2003 | Graham Johnson
    By Graham Johnson Investigations Editor A TERRIFYING threat to Britain's security can today be revealed by the Sunday Mirror. With the country on its highest-ever state of alert amid fears of a Christmas terror strike our investigators infiltrated a cell of Muslim extremists - and bought enough Semtex to blow up Oxford Street and the Houses of Parliament or down 40 Lockerbie jets. Last night one of the men we dealt with was under arrest. The other was believed to have been assassinated by his own terror masters for blowing their cover. Our 13.5kg haul of Semtex - in 108...
  • Czech Police Arrest Five (trying to sell semtex)

    08/03/2002 1:38:07 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 742+ views
    Europe Daily ^ | Augustus 03 2002 | AP
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Czech police have arrested five people who were allegedly trying to sell 106 pounds of the explosive Semtex, according to a spokeswoman. Police arrested the five in a parking lot by a shopping center on the outskirts of Prague, police spokeswoman Blanka Kosinova said Friday. She declined to provide details, saying an investigation was under way. Semtex, a Czech-made explosive, has been used by terrorists in several cases. The explosive became infamous in 1988, when it was used by Libyan terrorists to down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. The suspects...