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07:20 pm: WORST. TERRORISTS. EVER.

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From:abigailb
Date:July 21st, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Must have been fun trying to evacuate with the staircase (the idea of them having fixed the escalators since I was last there seems unlikely).
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From:arminh
Date:July 21st, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Serves them right the fuckers. My theory at this point is that they had a bad batch of explosives which wouldn't go off and it wasn't them sucking at their job, but simply us being lucky. Perhaps someone sold them playdo as semtex or something like that ... hopefully they caught them and they'll rat out the network.
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From:eldritchreality
Date:July 21st, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I thought it was a loose collection of cells with a central "corporate-style" hub that had very limited C+C over the outlying units, and mostly organised training.
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From:zootalures
Date:July 22nd, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
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Its curious about the bombs not going off, if the explosives were the same as the last bombing and they were acetone peroxide as reported, then its not hard to test that what you have got is really explosive (by taking a small quantity and dropping something on it for example). However as I understand it this is a relatively volatile compound which if not kept under ideal conditions will decay very quickly (albeit via another form which is even less stable) into something non-explosive.

If this was the same batch, in some ways the bombers were lucky that the bombs didn't go off when they picked them up.

I don't know how long this decay takes but its been pretty warm recently and if i were a bomber i wouldn't be keeping this stuff in my fridge with such a high risk of being raided.



Second alternative is that the TATP was only used in the trigger, and this was sound but whatever the secondary charge was was dud in some way, in that case i'm going with your play-doh argument as far as i understand it most secondary explosives are by definition pretty stable.

Third alternative was that the guys had run out of real explosives and thought that they might get some kind of effect by just blowing up the triggers.

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From:arminh
Date:July 22nd, 2005 08:03 am (UTC)
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Third alternative was that the guys had run out of real explosives and thought that they might get some kind of effect by just blowing up the triggers.

Now that is something I find really unlikely. Chances are that at least one of them was british-educated like last time and not some camel-herder and thus would know better than thinking that. Having said that, people doing this sort of stuff are clearly fucked up in the head, so anything's possible. But still... naaaaaaaaaaaaah. Noone's that stupid.
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From:annie_lyne
Date:July 22nd, 2005 10:53 am (UTC)
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Isn't it spelled "EVAR"?
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