Sunday, August 13, 2006

water on the plane

* via jeralyn:
NBC News has learned that U.S. and British authorities had a significant disagreement over when to move in on the suspects in the alleged plot to bring down trans-Atlantic airliners bound for the United States.

A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner."

* henley's place:
"I miss the halcyon days of my childhood. Ah, to be in seventh grade again and hear my civics teacher describe the best thing about living in America: unlike the oppressive governments of other countries, in America, unless the government has a damned good reason to suspect you’re up to something it has to leave you alone. And “he’s got water on the plane” or “she’s carrying a purse to work” were not good reasons.

Thanks to rulings like these, if the terrorists want to destroy America and the secular West in general they don’t even have to succeed in their plans! All they need to do now is get caught with evermore commonplace weapons of mass destruction, and the government will make more and more perfectly harmless activities illegal. And find more excuses to interfere with your daily life and remind you that you’re surrounded by authority figures, by God, and you’d best get used to obeying them.

If I were an evil terrorist mastermind I’d find myself a flat-chested female suicide bomber and get her outfitted with double-D-cup plastic-explosive breast implants. Bwa ha ha! Imagine the length of the security-check lines at L.A. airports after terrorists make that attempt. West-Coasters will be better off driving to D.C., especially women with bad-grade bra sizes. “C-minus, are we? Well well well, I’ll have to give these an inspection.”"

* mona at henley's:
"Now. Do British Muslim citizens really want to kill Americans because, as Bush insists, we love our freedoms and for what we believe in? The plot involved flights between Britain and the United States. What, oh what, do those two nations have in common that is currently of interest to Muslims?"


Simon said...

Oh dear, if NBC have got it right it's going to go down like a lead balloon over here. So what chemicals DID they actually have? Just the fizzy drinks that originally came from their bottles??

lukery said...

there sure a lot of fizzy !) details about this story. i havent been able to get my head around it.

i havent been reading the uk media much about it either. the general sense appears that there was something serious going on - but these days it's so hard to tell. at least the script appears to have been rewritten - no sign of ricin or ammonium nitrate ;-)

oldschool said...

from the same NBC report:

"...Americans also argued over the timing of the arrest of the suspected ringleader Rashid Rauf in Pakistan, warning that if he was not taken into custody immediately, the U.S. would "render" him....

British security was concerned that Rauf be taken into custody "in circumstances where there was due process....",

Jesus Christ. It falls to Britain to try to protect an (alleged) evil motherfucker of a terrorist from an even greater evil - US.

We need an international chaperone, an enforcer to follow us around at all times, ready to stop us from always, and instantly, acting upon our Pavlovian torture response to any whisper of the word "terrorist".

Once again, I'm so fucking proud. We're governed by thugs and mad-men.

oldschool said...

If I were an evil terrorist mastermind I'd find myself a flat-chested female suicide bomber and get her outfitted with double-D-cup plastic-explosive breast implants. Bwa ha ha!

But not until I was sure I'd locked up my new job as a TSA screener. I'm sure I could convince 'em that I have the hands-on experience.

LeeB said...

I'm sure I could convince 'em that I have the hands-on experience.


We have a winner!!


lukery said...

oldschool - you mean that you have hands-on experience with double-D-cup plastic breasts?

do tell.

lukery said...

oldschool - EW has more re Rauf et al

oldschool said...

A gentleman never tells.

And neither will I.

lukery said...


i'm sure that plastic doll wont mind.

oldschool said...


I've been gotten by a gotcha.

lukery said...