When I heard the news about the car bomb in Times Square, my first comment was "that's like Scotland". We all remember the physicians in Glasgow Scotland and London England who turned out to be terrorists, setting off bombs and attempting suicide attacks. (here and here)
The Jeep's cargo of gas canisters and gasoline failed to detonate fully, providing police with generous quantities of evidence and two easy arrests. Only a day earlier, police in London had seized two Mercedes, also primed as bombs using similar ingredients, but never detonated. The cars were found because one of the crude devices began to smoke, attracting the attention of ambulance workers, who by chance were treating a customer at the Tiger Tiger nightclub in London's Haymarket. The second Mercedes, left illegally parked in nearby Cockspur Street, had been towed to a pound in central London. It, too, was made safe.
Yet if the terrorists who targeted Glasgow and London lacked the technical and planning skills to succeed, any hopes that their attacks were the work of crazed individuals have evaporated. Instead, a picture is emerging of a well-coordinated operation stretching from Scotland to southern England — with the hallmarks of a plot inspired by al-Qaeda. (TIME)
In the Time Square SUV incident, police recovered three propane tanks, consumer-grade
fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, two clocks with batteries, electrical wire, black metal box resembling a gun locker, other items apparently intended to be used as shrapnel in the explosion, and other components which could have created a huge fireball.
The evidence in Time Square car bomb is being collected and it will be a while before we know all the details. However, suspicions are coming to light that are very interesting.
Image from an audiotape purportedly from Qari Hussain Mehsud, who takes credit for the failed car bombing in New York City. Qari Hussain is a senior leader and master bomb maker in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. YouTube has removed the audiotape. (Long War Journal)
A 911 caller says last night's failed bomb attempt in Times Square was
just a diversion for a massive explosion to come. (video) Time
and investigation will determine if this is a prank call or something
Police in New York are investigating whether a car bomb in Times Square was targeted at the makers of South Park over a controversial depiction of the Prophet Mohammed. (story and video) (Why do Muslims regard images of Mohammed as blasphemous? Although the Koran does not specifically forbid physical depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, many Muslims follow a tradition which regards such images as blasphemous.)
On Friday, a college student dressed as a laborer and carrying a backpack with cyanide pellets, roadway flares and water was taken into custody as he walked along the subway tracks in the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. No evidence of any connection, but still interesting.
It will be interesting to follow the investigation and see where this lead, who was involved, who was really responsible, was this a single event or one of others to come.
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The Jawa Report, Scared
Monkeys, Questions and Observations, Gateway
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