Bomb implants: Newest terrorism threat?

(AFP)

US officials have warned airlines terror groups may be mulling implanting bombs under the skins of passengers, reports said Wednesday, but stressed the alert was not linked to any specific threat.

The Los Angeles Times said the US administration had warned airlines that extremist groups were considering surgically implanting explosives into people to try to beat enhanced airport security measures.

Passengers flying to the United States could now face even tougher screening procedures, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, Nicholas Kimball, told the daily.

“These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same activity at every international airport,” Kimball said, adding existing methods could not detect plastic explosives under the skin.

The TSA confirmed in a statement that it “recently briefed air carriers and foreign partners to provide greater insights into recent intelligence indicating the continued interest of terrorists to target aviation.”

“Terrorist groups have repeatedly and publicly indicated interest in pursuing ways to further conceal explosives,” the statement added, without confirming the scheme to implant explosives.

A US security official, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “This is new intelligence about a possible technique that could be used, however there is nothing to indicate an imminent threat.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that officials from Homeland Security and the TSA had been in contact with airlines.

“The action they took in briefing air carriers and foreign partners to provide greater insights into recent intelligence indicating continued interest of terrorists to target aviation did not relate to an imminent or specific threat,” he said.

“Terrorist groups have repeatedly and publicly indicated interest in pursuing ways to further conceal explosives and we continue to evolve just as the threat does,” he added.

“In other words, this is the idea that terrorists have been looking for other ways to circumvent security measures in order to target aircraft. It’s not at all surprising.”

American Airlines and US Airways have refused to comment.

But security at US airports has been ramped up over the past decade since Al-Qaeda militants hijacked four US planes on September 11, 2001 and plowed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York.

A third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, and the fourth crashed into a Pennsylvania field after the passengers overcame the hijackers.

There have been several attempts to blow up US-bound airlines, including on Christmas Day 2009 when a Nigerian man was arrested for allegedly carrying plastics explosives stitched into his underwear which he planned to ignite on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

The trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on terror charges is set to begin in October.

16 Responses to "Bomb implants: Newest terrorism threat?"

  1. griff  July 7, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Yep. The alert wasn’t linked to any particular threat.

    Who are the terrorists again?

  2. bmclellan  July 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Big boobs or too much Viagra will surely wreak havoc with airline schedules as TSA employees not yet well versed in squeeze and grope techniques race to get up to speed.
    .. Step aside please, we’ve detected a lump in your junk.
    Oh, the humanity..

    • Carl Nemo  July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      “too much Viagra will surely wreak havoc” …extract from post

      Yep, they might think some dude is packin’ an MK48 in his pants…no? : ))

      This entire terrorist schtick has moved into the ‘twilight zone’ as far as I’m concerned. It’s impossible to make society totally safe from whack jobs of all sorts.

      Relative to the trillions of bucks that’s been pitched down the “Homeland Security/TSA” rathole it’s far cheaper to sacrifice a few dozen airiliners along with the passengers every year. There’s no shortage of people including myself. We now have 7 billion oxygen sucking, food chomping ‘useless eaters’ for the most part devouring the very fabric of “Mother Earth”.

      Our security measures are a prime example of a womb to tomb ‘nanny state’ run amok. We as a nation simply cannot afford to provide security against all threats unless they want to turn America into an absolute “Orwellian” garrison state. Seemingly that’s where were headed…no? / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

      • bmclellan  July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        I think the greatest casualty of all has been the loss of our national sense of humor and glass half full outlook Carl.
        As you say, they have jailed the abiding lawful in a prison with invisible cowardly bars.
        I truly believe coming generations will be so hapless at defending not only themselves but will genuflect to tyranny as a whole without question or disagreement. We used to say come and get us if you can, fore you will rue the day.. Now our leaders play patty-cake with our enemies but never turn up the heat to finish baking the cake of retribution.. Bastards !!

        • Almandine  July 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

          Our so-called leaders have become our enemies…

    • Jon  July 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Actually, yes, big boobs are very highly correlated with selective screening. Given that most of the TSA officers are heterosexual males, why did this surprise anyone?

      J.

  3. Bill Cravener  July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I remember back in 2006 reading about drug smugglers getting caught smuggling surgically implanted heroin inside of live puppies. If the drug smugglers thought of implanting drugs inside of animals is it not logical that suicide bombers would think to implant bombs inside of their own bodies? Soon on top of full body scans the TSA will be X-raying folks before each flight.

    Suicide bomb breast implant hysteria? Yep, there are some women that could really pack a wallop! :)

  4. woody188  July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Here we go again. Another vague threat and the response will be even more loss of freedom for law abiding citizens.

    I heard a rumor al Qaeda was looking to implant bombs in TSA employees. Guess we should outlaw TSA employees from being in the vicinity of an airport!

    Seriously though, security checkpoints actually increase risk because a terrorist bomb detonating in the security queue will take out just as many people since it’s a traffic choke point. And as we’ve seen, a certain Israeli security company is willing to allow just about anyone onto the tarmac and bypass security altogether.

    • Danny Adams  July 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      >>I heard a rumor al Qaeda was looking to implant bombs in TSA employees. Guess we should outlaw TSA employees from being in the vicinity of an airport!<<

      Heh–I wish I'd thought of this!

  5. Al  July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I have to agree about the loss of privacy rights, etc. However, just imagine if a terrorist with a surgically implanted bomb was found….what would be done with such a person? My suggestion would be to ascertain which action (altitude. time passing, an ingredient injected, a cell phone number called, etc.) would be required to detonate said bomb. Then said person would be placed inside a reinforced steel room, and the trigger used. Said terrorist would then be exploded with no damage to anyone other than him/herself. Poetic justice, huh? I’d bet the implantation of bombs would quickly cease if this method of handling them were publicized.

  6. rick  July 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Who floated this? The mall cops from TSA? So let’s add on another layer of faux security at the airports so that we can all feel better. Let’s continue to expand another intrusive government police corp under the guise of security.

  7. eve  July 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I was passing through and couldn’t resist.

    I suppose, passivity and cowardice rule the day?
    Americans aren’t the brave freedom lovers they used to be aye?
    Baaaaahhhhhhhhhhh (sheep sound).
    The TV has dumbed down (even further) the already IQ-challenged.

    This nonsense is nothing less than a false justification of a parasite agency.
    If only Americans possessed an IQ which would allow them to overcome their fear-conditioning.

    They know nothing of history (by design), but can recite verbatim the meaningless stats of their favorite sports athlete/star.

    Alas ………….. it’s easier to do nothing,
    …..and so it goes.

    • Almandine  July 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Eve…

      TSA bloviation reminds of popcorn farts.

  8. b mcclellan  July 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Fear conditioning.
    As always Eve, your simplistic eloquence outshines the sun..

    • Carl Nemo  July 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      I concur Bryan…! : )

      Carl Nemo **==

  9. eve  July 11, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Thank you for noticing.
    I feel the same of you guys as well.

    This is one of the few places where “real” topics are discussed honestly and logically in a courteous manner.

    I always enjoy stopping by CHB.

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