The shoe bomber forced the TSA to take the step of having everyone take off his shoes. Now comes word that there is a new technology out there in terrorland: surgically implanted bombs. Call it Bin Laden’s revenge.
These Osamabombs cannot be detected.
Well, maybe these bombs don’t exist.
As officials in the U.S. and overseas are stepping up airport security fearing terrorists could use a “body bomb” to target a U.S.-bound plane on the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, New York City police are planning a security surge of their own for all key transportation hubs Wednesday, law enforcement officials told ABC News.
You never know.
ABC News reported late Monday that officials in the homeland and in Europe feared terrorists could soon target a U.S.-bound flight with explosives hidden inside their bodies. As a result, security at several airports in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East has been substantially stepped up, with a focus on U.S. carriers.
How, exactly, do the authorities think they can detect these devices?
Medical experts say there is plenty of room in the stomach area of the body for surgically implanted explosives. “The surgeon would open the abdominal cavity and literally implant the explosive device in amongst the internal organs,” explained Dr. Mark Melrose, a New York emergency medicine specialist.
OK, maybe this is possible. Maybe detection is possible. And maybe not.
We are expected to roll over once again to the TSA. Why? Lots of maybes.
One terrorist “placed a bomb inside the rectal cavity of his own brother for a suicide mission aimed at Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Muhammad bin Nayef in 2009. That bomb exploded prematurely, officials said, and the only casualty was Asiri’s brother 23-yearold brother Abdullah.”
I am not afraid of dying in a rectal bomb explosion. I am afraid of whatever the TSA will do to make me safe.
In public, U.S. officials say there is no credible information of an impending attack. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Peter Boogaard released a statement Monday evening saying, “We have no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots against the U.S. tied to the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death.”
But earlier Monday, White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan called the al Qaeda group in Yemen the greatest threat to the U.S.
Let me understand this. Some guy who sticks bombs where the sun doesn’t shine is the greatest threat to America.
“AQAP continues to be al Qaeda’s most active affiliate, and it continues to seek the opportunity to strike our homeland,” said Brennan during a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C.
Why do I sense that we reside somewhere deep in Alice’s Wonderland — where the sun also doesn’t shine?