Terrorist Bomber Blows Up His Underwear

Terrorist Bomber Blows Up His Underwear

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    Terrorist Bomber Blows Up His Underwear

    This had to hurt.

    Northwest Airlines Bomb Photos - ABC News

    A singed pair of underwear with a packet of powder sewn into the crotch, seen in government photos obtained exclusively by ABC News, is all that remains of al Qaeda's attempt to down an American passenger plane over Detroit.

    As seen in these photos, the alleged bomb consisted of a packet of powder sewn into the briefs of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian. Al Qaeda took credit Monday for the attempted bombing, boasted of its ability to overcome U.S. intelligence and airport security, and promised new attacks.

    The first photo, to the left, shows the slightly charred and singed underpants with the bomb packet still in place. All photos include a ruler to provide scale.

    In the second photo (below), the packet of actual explosive powder has been removed from the underpants and displayed separately.

    It is a six-inch long packet of the high explosive chemical called PETN, less than a half cup in volume, weighing about 80 grams.

    A government test with 50 grams of PETN blew a hole in the side of an airliner. That was the amount in the bomb carried by the so-called shoe bomber Richard Reid over Christmas 2001.

    The underpants bomb would have been one and a half times as powerful.

    UNDERWEAR WITH EXPLOSIVE PACKET


    UNDERWEAR AND EXPLOSIVE PACKET



    The packet of PETN explosive powder is shown separately here:



    Tragedy was averted only because the detonator, acid in a syringe, did not work.

    "It's very clear it came very, very close," said Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R.-Mich., ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee. "The explosive device went off, but it became an incendiary device instead of an explosive device, which is probably what saved that airplane."
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    those people on that plane are lucky this guy was an idiot
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonan View Post
    those people on that plane are lucky this guy was an idiot
    You have that right.
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    Would you call that an explosive vasectomy?
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    I'm pretty sure that took care of his hemorrhoids. He may be experiencing a little "burning" sensation, which is one of the side effects of this treatment and is perfectly normal.
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    Funny but scary nonetheless.
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    Where are the sky marshals?

    Do you think that should be required to check everyone private areas for bombs before taking off?

    Since it only burned and did not blow up, one is lead to wonder if blowing away privates is as painful as burning away privates?
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    How on earth is TSA going to start checking everyone's underwear?

    The answer: They aren't! Pretty soon Janet is going to implement The Greek Olympic Directive where all passengers must fly in the nude with no carryons. Then we truly will be "sardines in a can".
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    If they could talk a woman into padding her bra with this stuff, you could get a real double whammy.

    I don't believe a woman would be stupid enough to do it.
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    I bet ya it failed to blow up because he pissed his pants!
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    Should this story be moved to the Humor section?
    The one-liners popping into my head about this fool would likely get me a sternly written PM from the Mods...

    On Christmas day no less. Reminds me of an old favorite holiday jingle...
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    Quote Originally Posted by searcher 45 View Post
    Where are the sky marshals?

    Do you think that should be required to check everyone private areas for bombs before taking off?

    Since it only burned and did not blow up, one is lead to wonder if blowing away privates is as painful as burning away privates?
    I understand his favorite Christmas song was "... chestnuts roasting on an open fire ..."

    Sorry, had to do it.

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    Talk about a Christmas NUTCRACKER (BOXER OR BRIEFS ) ?
    Last edited by REDTAIL; December 29th, 2009 at 03:05 AM. Reason: ADDED COMMENTS

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    Quote Originally Posted by G30shooter View Post
    I understand his favorite Christmas song was "... chestnuts roasting on an open fire ..."

    Sorry, had to do it.
    Mel Torme says it's OK.....He wrote it, and Mel's a nice guy!!

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