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British Muslims 'planned to kill thousands by bombing SEVEN transatlantic airliners in one go'
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 3rd April 2008

Posted on 04/03/2008 2:37:48 PM PDT by Mount Athos

A British terror gang plotted to use liquid explosives to blow up transatlantic passenger jets in mid-flight, a court heard today.

Eight men planned to smuggle bombs disguised as soft drinks on to flights from Heathrow to the United States and Canada and detonate them on board, Woolwich crown court was told.

It would have caused a civilian death toll on an "almost unprecedented scale" and a "global impact".

The gang allegedly targeted seven flights operated by Air Canada, United Airlines and American Airlines.

They were arrested in August 2006 after a surveillance operation — as they were "almost ready" to strike.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, said they had planned, "all in the name of Islam", to carry out a "series of coordinated and deadly explosions" and were "indifferent to the carnage" that would have been caused.

The eight — seven from London — were flanked by security guards at the start of what has been described as the world's biggest terror trial. All deny conspiracy to murder and conspiring to commit an act of violence likely to endanger the safety of an aircraft.

They are: Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar, Tanvir Hussain, and Ibrahim Savant — all aged 27; Mohammed Gulzar and Arafat Waheed Khan, 26; Waheed Zaman, 23, and Umar Islam, also known as Brian Young, 29.

Mr Wright named the ringleaders as Ali, Sarwar and Gulzar and said Ali was one of those prepared to blow themselves up on a jet.

However, during conversations monitored by police the conspirators talked about as many as 18 suicide bombers at different airport terminals.

"At the very least" seven planes would have been targeted, Mr Wright said.

The jury heard that the gang planned to smuggle components of the homemade bombs on to the flights as "innocuous hand luggage".

The court heard the bombers intended to use hydrogen peroxide and mix it with a product called Tang, used in soft drinks, to turn it into an explosive.

They intended to carry it on board disguised as 500ml bottles of Oasis or Lucozade by using food dye to recreate the drinks' distinctive colour.

The detonator would have been disguised as AA 1.5 batteries. The contents of the batteries would have been removed and an electric element such as a lightbulb or wiring would have been inserted.

A disposable camera would have provided a power source.

"These items would have the capability of being detonated with devastating consequences," said Mr Wright.

An address book found in Ali's pocket had a "to-do list with items such as electrics for batteries, drink bottles including Lucozade and Oasis; an entry saying "check time to fill each bottle".

All the seven flights allegedly targeted could carry between 241 and 285 passengers.

They were to cities including Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, JFK in New York and Montreal.

The gang compiled information on flights and a USB memory stick found in the pocket of one defendant included details of flights from Heathrow to the US, Mr Wright said.

But he said the gang only examined details of outward-bound flights — they were not interested in return trips.

The seven flights would all have been in the air at the same time, he added: "The flights were particularly vulnerable to a co-ordinated attack while in flight. If each was blown up the potential for loss of life was considerable and there was little of no chance of saving any of them from their impending disaster."

At the time of their arrests they were "almost ready" to put their plan into action and some were prepared to lose their lives with "the cold eyed certainty of a fanatic".

The arrests in the summer of 2006 led to a huge security crackdown at British airports, with bans on passengers taking liquids on planes.

Ahmed Ali, Waheed Khan, and Zaman are from Walthamstow; Sarwar is from High Wycombe; Hussain is from Leyton, Gulzar from Barking; Savant from Stoke Newington; and Islam from Plaistow.

The trial was adjourned to tomorrow.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 500ml; airlinesecurity; alqaedauk; flight800; foiled; gulzar; hydrogenperoxide; jihadineurope; religionof; religionofpeace; rop; sarwar; tang; trop

1 posted on 04/03/2008 2:37:48 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

AND OBAMA AND THE REST OF THESE LIBERAL SKUNKS WANT TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THEM! THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE!


2 posted on 04/03/2008 2:39:41 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (I'd rather be hunting with dick than driving with Ted)
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To: Mount Athos
Look at the hatred in their eyes. Look at the black, soul-dead, vacant stares. Their eyes are like sharks eyes, it reminds me of that speech by Robert Shaw about a shark's eyes in "Jaws".

Is there any further evidence needed about what Islam is, what it does to its adherents or from where it originated? Jesus said, "by their fruits you shall know them." The fruits of the followers of Islam, right here on display...the religion of Satan and his fallen angels.

3 posted on 04/03/2008 2:40:37 PM PDT by Boagenes (I'm your huckleberry, that's just my game.)
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To: Mount Athos

Gee makes me glad I flew in and out of Gatwick. The U.K. and all Western nations have a real problem. However we have been PC’d to death and I mean that literally.


4 posted on 04/03/2008 2:42:39 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: Mount Athos

I’m not surprised. Fully expect them to take to the skies again.


5 posted on 04/03/2008 2:42:54 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (can u feel the unity?)
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To: Mount Athos

Wow, let’s see. they all look Amish to me, or maybe just Christians of some kind, no muslims in the group, right? Our politicos are all idiots, not to mention British officials.


6 posted on 04/03/2008 2:44:19 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Mount Athos

and to think that the American people elect the likes of pelosi and crew who want to restrict the patriot act. They also need to be on trial for treason.


7 posted on 04/03/2008 2:45:15 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: ronnie raygun

Why did it take this long to go to trial?


8 posted on 04/03/2008 2:45:59 PM PDT by tbw2 ("Sirat: Through the Fires of Hell" by Tamara Wilhite - on amazon.com)
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To: Mount Athos
The court heard the bombers intended to use hydrogen peroxide and mix it with a product called Tang, used in soft drinks, to turn it into an explosive.

What nimrod editor let that one slop through? Kids across the world are getting ready to try this on their own.

9 posted on 04/03/2008 2:46:46 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Mount Athos

My son was with his high school drama troupe in Scotland and was due to fly home from Heathrow to SFO 3 days after these guys were arrested. We all had a horrific couple of days waiting until they walked through the gates at SFO with their single ziploc bag with their passports in it.
What a dreadful time!


10 posted on 04/03/2008 2:48:04 PM PDT by TMD (Keep Planned Parenthood out of our schools!)
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To: Mount Athos

God, these mousselmanoi look evil!


11 posted on 04/03/2008 2:54:29 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: Mount Athos

Oh those wacky Amish

Oops, they’re mooselimbs - sorry about that


12 posted on 04/03/2008 2:55:03 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: NonValueAdded

There is not enough information there for this to be a problem.

Going to the store, buyying a bottle of peroxide from the Personal Care section and some Tang and mixing it won’t give you an explosive.


13 posted on 04/03/2008 3:00:28 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Mount Athos
Aah shucks, I've got several thousand acres of National forrest available to hunt in...Perhaps they'd like to come we me and some of the boys on a little hunting excursion. But my brother now ain't quite so accommodating, says he'd like to just squish em like bugs on the sidewalk.
14 posted on 04/03/2008 3:00:38 PM PDT by JamesA
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To: JamesA

I don’t see no grannies or blond kids - wow, I must be profiling!


15 posted on 04/03/2008 3:09:35 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: Mount Athos

Wow. They all look like they rode the short bus.


16 posted on 04/03/2008 3:14:37 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (0'bambi: the audacity of hype)
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To: the invisib1e hand

They hate the West.Br>Why let more of them in here ?


17 posted on 04/03/2008 3:18:08 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Mount Athos

Egad, they are always so fu***ng ugly as they glare through those hate-filled eyes. We in the West do not deserve better when we allow them into the country. I guess these crazies do not belong to that “PEACEFUL majority” that our politicians always refer to.


18 posted on 04/03/2008 3:27:25 PM PDT by 353FMG (Vote for the Candidate who will do the least damage to our country.)
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To: Mount Athos
When this story first broke, wasn't it speculated that the detonations were meant to take place not over the mid-Atlantic, but essentially simultaneously, on final to IAD, ORD, SFO, and the other airports? A hundred times the carnage, and the perfect boost for global jihadi morale...

As for being "from" Walthamstow, High Wycombe, Leyton, Stoke Newington, et al. -- these scumfiends are from the vilest pit of Satan's hell. Send them back NOW.

19 posted on 04/03/2008 3:28:04 PM PDT by Tenniel2 (Refuse to participate in politics, and you'll end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato)
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To: Mount Athos

Guy in the top right needs to be waterboarded, and given a 147 grain .308 injection to the base of the skull.

Addition through subtraction.


20 posted on 04/03/2008 3:33:32 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: Tailback
Guy in the top right needs to be waterboarded, and given a 147 grain .308 injection to the base of the skull.

Why just one of them? I think an E-ticket ride on the "Waterboard Express" followed by a trip to "Dirty Harry's Wild Ride" would be fine for ALL of them.

21 posted on 04/03/2008 3:37:17 PM PDT by ssaftler (Campaign 2008 slogan: DRIP [Don't Return Incumbent Politicians] on Congress)
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To: DBrow
Going to the store, buyying a bottle of peroxide from the Personal Care section and some Tang and mixing it won’t give you an explosive.

I'll admit to being curious enough, when I read that, to wonder if I have any Tang in the house.

22 posted on 04/03/2008 3:46:43 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Mount Athos

Muslim “intellectuals”.


23 posted on 04/03/2008 3:46:56 PM PDT by LiberConservative (Part of the "Vast Typical White Guy Conspiracy")
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To: ssaftler
Why just one of them?

He looks like the smartest and angriest. Note that he has a goatee and has short well kept hair. He's trying to blend in. Line up all his buddies and pop him in the back of the head and they'll sing like canaries.
24 posted on 04/03/2008 3:49:02 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: ronnie raygun

They oughta use those razors they cut peoples heads off and shave their damn faces.


25 posted on 04/03/2008 3:52:33 PM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: Mount Athos

Poor babies...they’re just misunderstood...if only we could talk to them...maybe it’s something we did......

(Obama foreign policy)


26 posted on 04/03/2008 3:58:19 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: LiberConservative

This is what you get from centuries of inbreeding.
They are probably all cousins.


27 posted on 04/03/2008 4:05:10 PM PDT by jusduat (I am a strange and recurring anomaly)
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To: Dianna

Tang gives me a bit of gas, I had no idea it was that deadly.


28 posted on 04/03/2008 4:10:56 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: ronnie raygun

Is Obama related to more than one of these guys?


29 posted on 04/03/2008 4:15:25 PM PDT by Big Horn (Life is a sexually transmitted disease that is 100% fatal . Author unknown)
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To: tbw2

Why did it take this long to go to trial?

They can’t decide if they should give them 2 weeks in jail or if 1 is enough.


30 posted on 04/03/2008 4:18:32 PM PDT by Big Horn (Life is a sexually transmitted disease that is 100% fatal . Author unknown)
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To: Mount Athos

Tell me again why blue-eyed, red-haired middle-aged women have to go through airport security screening.


31 posted on 04/03/2008 4:21:09 PM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Mount Athos

One of the worst aspects of the queasy whiny socialist consensus in the west is that it is not obvious and automatic that these savages should be executed. Such scumbags should never breathe air again (after a proper trial of course). Heaven forbid anyone should waterboard such vermin or muss even a hair on their little terrorist heads....


32 posted on 04/03/2008 4:29:45 PM PDT by Enchante (Hillary's many 3 am phone calls will say that Bill is "ridin' dirty" with a barmaid on the DC Mall)
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To: Mount Athos
The court heard the bombers intended to use hydrogen peroxide and mix it with a product called Tang, used in soft drinks, to turn it into an explosive. "They intended to carry it on board disguised as 500ml bottles of Oasis or Lucozade by using food dye to recreate the drinks' distinctive colour. The detonator would have been disguised as AA 1.5 batteries. The contents of the batteries would have been removed and an electric element such as a lightbulb or wiring would have been inserted. A disposable camera would have provided a power source."

Well, now that the Daily Mail has told everyone how to build a bomb...Did anyone notice the similarities between these guys? They're all wearing white shirts!

33 posted on 04/03/2008 5:29:45 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck)
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To: Dianna

Sugar can be used as a fuel in explosives, and Tang has some sugar in it.

Terrorists in the US have twice used Ammonium Nitrate-Fuel oil (ANFO) but in Ireland they used ANIS- Ammonium Nitrate- Icing Sugar.

Wonder if Ammonium Nitrate- Kool Aid would go bang? ANKO!

I’ll stick to Mentos-Diet Pepsi.


34 posted on 04/03/2008 5:45:58 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: calex59
>they all look Amish to me

Don't they look Swedish!?
Every one of them looks like
Stefan Edberg's kin!

35 posted on 04/03/2008 5:52:44 PM PDT by theFIRMbss (;-)
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To: Alouette

Because checking to see if gals in burqas are really guys in bombs is not fair.


36 posted on 04/03/2008 7:32:33 PM PDT by tbw2 ("Sirat: Through the Fires of Hell" by Tamara Wilhite - on amazon.com)
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