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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Two viewpoints on the UK Plane Scares

Britain's Ambassador to the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan
http://www.craigmurray.co.uk/archives/2006/08/the_uk_terror_p.html

"In all of this, the one thing of which I am certain is that the timing is deeply political. This is more propaganda than plot. Of the over one thousand British Muslims arrested under anti-terrorist legislation, only twelve per cent are ever charged with anything. That is simply harrassment of Muslims on an appalling scale. Of those charged, 80% are acquitted. Most of the very few - just over two per cent of arrests - who are convicted, are not convicted of anything to do terrorism, but of some minor offence the Police happened upon while trawling through the wreck of the lives they had shattered."

Bruce Schneier - Security and Cryptology Expert
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/08/on_the_implausi.html

"Now, they could of course mix up their oxidizer in advance, but then finding a container to keep the stuff in that isn't going to melt is a bit of an issue. The stuff reacts violently with *everything*. You're not going to keep piranha bath in a shampoo bottle -- not unless the shampoo bottle was engineered by James Bond's Q. Glass would be most appropriate, assuming that you could find a way to seal it that wouldn't be eaten."


Gosh, they make it sound like this may be political fear mongering. . .gee whiz.

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