Our anonymous perps in the national security megaplex just won't go away. They keep trying to convince everyone al Qaeda withstood the hiding it took from the US over the last decade. So this weekend we got the old and tired buzzword, "chatter," again. Plus, the revival of al Qaeda's alleged ability to make bombs of anything, In this case, wait for it, exploding clothes.
Be skeptical. The US has much bigger problems than terrorism.
There are growing concerns that an al Qaeda affiliate could use a new generation of liquid explosive, currently undetectable, in a potential attack, according to two senior U.S. government officials briefed on the terror threat that has prompted the closing of nearly two dozen U.S. embassies.
Though the Transportation Security Administration has long been concerned about liquid explosives being used in potential devices -- as it was during the failed Christmas Day bombing in 2009 -- the new tactic allows terrorists to dip ordinary clothing into the liquid to make the clothes themselves into explosives once dry.
"It's ingenious," one of the officials said.
What's ingenious is how easy it is for anonymous sources to plant the most ridiculous claims without any substantial explanation except their say-so.
Yes, now they're going to make bombs out of shirts and trousers by dipping them in a magical cocktail of chemicals. The reason for this kind of horseshit passed off as intelligence is that people will say anything for job security.
File this as even worse than the underwear bomb, which only burned its wearer. And the mythology of the bombs sewn into body cavities, aka "the Joker bomb," which somehow doesn't painfully and totally debilitate or immediately poison the carrier.
If you read the article, al Qaeda seems to have been hurt not at all. Always pushing the boundaries of nature and science, inventing new chemical syntheses, from the sandy wastes of Yemen, we're surprised they haven't yet managed to make a secret mixture of water and dirt into a weapon of mass destruction.
Hey! Take the easy SITREP test to determine whether a "threat" is bulls--- or not-bulls---! Type in all caps or loudly say: "Exploding clothes!" If you laugh or smirk, it's the former.
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