Monday, September 28, 2009

The Implications of a New Bombing Tactic

The "body bomb"

This bomb made it past several security points, presumably including the ubiquitous metal detectors. It took another person to trigger it with a cell-phone call, which makes it a little difficult to use in mid-air flights, which is perhaps why AQ used it for a political assassination attempt instead of a large-scale series of attacks on commercial airlines, like what they attempted in the UK with the liquid bombs or Richard Reid and his shoe bomb. Still, it won’t take long for AQ to create a work-around for the cell phone activation, especially after seeing the effect of this bombing.

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