Skip to comments.Mansoor Ijaz on Greta Van Suesteren - Al Qaeda Planning on Hijacking Super Tankers!
Posted on 10/10/2003 8:05:38 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
Mansoor Ijaz was on Greta's show, he gave a detailed analysis about some very disturbing accounts on the various sea lanes. He mentioned that the Straits of Mollucca, between Singapore, Indonesia, and Maylasia have always been a hotbed of piracy, but recent events have raised alarms. It seems like many ships have been hijacked in the last few months by Islamic radicals but rather than stealing the cargo or kidnapping the crews these terrorists have just wanted to know how to steer the big ships! He compared this to the 9/11 terrorists going to the various flight schools only wanting to know how to fly big jets--not wanting to land them.
Further, he mentioned that in this same area about 12 (?) tug boats have been pirated and have now dissappeared. He is concerned that they could be used to haul or pull a larger ship into position to cause some atrocity in one of our harbors. He also mentioned that several diving experts have been contacted to teach Islamicists on how to swim unnoticed underwater. Demolition charges planned?
He discussed with Greta his thoughts on all this. Is Al Qaeda planning another 9/11, but this time using large ships or super tankers to blow up an American city? He also stated that ships disabled or destroyed in certain waters could destroy the economies of many nations, such as the straits between the Agean and Black seas in Turkey, the Straits of Hourmuz in the Persian Gulf, the Straits of Gibraltar, etc, etc.
Any FReepers that heard this report on Greta's show, please chime in!
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I can buy that. But I can't buy the blowing up an American city. I don't think they could get that close after a hijacking with a super tanker.
Actually, super tankers aren't explosive.
Even the explosive qualities of Liquid Natural Gas tankers are greatly exaggerated.
Also, these things move incredibly slowly.
Strikes me as more frantic hype from people that don't have a grasp of what they're talking about.
The Bosporus is narrow enough that it could be rendered unnavigable by a sunken ship, I believe; the Straits of Gibraltar are not.
And even then it's hardly permanent; even in World War II where the Germans controlled ports like Cherbourg and Antwerp, and had months to mine them, sink ships, wreck dock equipment, the ports were open again in months (required a lot of work, of course.)
I am not sure. I talk to celebrated energy counsultant who tells me studies of explosive damage take into account only an explosion of 1/5 of a tanker, which is worst accident probable. In terrorist explosion well planned, all of tanker could explode leading much bigger explosion.
|Weekly Piracy Report [Electrified Ships, Ship Lojack]
|Posted by MalcolmS
On 09/19/2003 7:35 AM PDT with 29 comments
ICC Commercial Crime Services ^ | Sept 16, 2003 | Staff
Weekly Piracy Report 9 - 15 September 2003 The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 9 - 15 September 2003. Warning - Vicinity of Bintan Island, Indonesia. Increasing numbers of serious incidents are re-occurring within 30 nm radius of Lat 01N - Long 105E during the last few days. Group(s) of pirates with guns and knives are targeting and attacking ships. Ships are advised to take extra precautions in this area. Recently reported incidents Actual...
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