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A Short Recent History of Pressure-Cooker Bombs
Time ^ | 4/16/2013 | Michael Crowley

Posted on 04/17/2013 5:54:12 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

“A technique commonly taught in Afghan terrorist training camps is the use/conversion of pressure cookers into [improvised explosive devices],” the bulletin warned.

That bulletin cited several plots from 2002 to 2004 to use pressure-cooker bombs in France, India and Nepal. But more recently there have been at least three other instances of would-be terrorists in the West, all of them Islamic radicals, in possession of pressure cookers for reasons that seemed not to involve having friends over for dinner. One was an Army private linked to the 2009 Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, who had reportedly been taking bombmaking tips from al-Qaeda’s short-lived (literally) online magazine Inspire and had various weapons and explosives along with his cooking pot. (The magazine reportedly recommended pressure cookers as explosive devices.) A 2010 suicide bomber in Stockholm had rigged a pressure-cooker bomb that failed to detonate. And as a newer DHS warning about the kitchen devices noted, the failed 2010 SUV bomb in New York’s Times Square was a pressure-cooker device containing 120 firecrackers. The same DHS memo refers to a March 2010 bombing with a pressure cooker at a Western Christian aid agency in Pakistan that killed six people.

Counterterrorism officials are surely well aware of these facts and studying any related leads. But it’s important to bear in mind that the ability to make these bombs is hardly unique to al-Qaeda and its sympathizers. Members of at least one prominent white-supremacist website have shared terrorist tips from Inspire, which one called “highly recommended reading.” Pressure-cooker bombs are also discussed in detail on this anarchist site, which describes how to build what is “affectionately known as a HELLHOUND.”

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1 posted on 04/17/2013 5:54:12 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

While this guilty White Supremacist site has linked and described how to make such, where is the actual evidence that someone from this group actually followed through on it?


2 posted on 04/17/2013 5:57:09 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: RoosterRedux

Holds more than a pipe, easy to use, no tools required, readily available and looks less suspicious...only makes sense that those with limited resources would use them.


3 posted on 04/17/2013 5:57:10 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Gaffer

“White Supremacist site”

Translation: FBI honey pot.


4 posted on 04/17/2013 5:58:34 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: stuartcr

Most of all, can build pressure before exploding.


5 posted on 04/17/2013 5:59:09 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: AppyPappy

Ban pressure cookers NOW!

Or, at least a five day waiting period for buyers of pressure cookers to have time to “cool off”.

Write your Congresscritter!


6 posted on 04/17/2013 6:04:55 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: AppyPappy

That characteristic allows for a fuller burn of black gunpowder (available in fireworks) and tokes your effective explosion up to what you could get with the far more expensive and generally unavailable substitutes.


7 posted on 04/17/2013 6:05:17 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: AppyPappy

Probably right. I think most FBI major busts are stings that are initiated in entrapment.


8 posted on 04/17/2013 6:05:31 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: RoosterRedux
“Pressure Cooker” Amazon searches can now yield a knock on the door?
9 posted on 04/17/2013 6:07:08 AM PDT by Tugo (Never Submit!)
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To: RoosterRedux

There are many other devices that cal also be used to covert a slow moving detonation into a supercharge explosion.

Fire extinguishers
Weed sprayers
Thermos bottles
Beer kegs
propane tanks
plus any innocuous boiler part such as an expansion tank or a water well pressure tank.


10 posted on 04/17/2013 6:11:25 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: elcid1970

I actually heard the words spoken on the news yesterday.

“Who really uses these pressure cookers anyway?”


11 posted on 04/17/2013 6:12:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tugo
“Pressure Cooker” Amazon searches can now yield a knock on the door?

I'm in deep pooo... we've been trying to get into home canning...

12 posted on 04/17/2013 6:14:31 AM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: RoosterRedux
So the wound pattern of this type of bomb would be similar to the ones a person would receive by knocking on Biden’s door.
13 posted on 04/17/2013 6:14:33 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Spartan302

Mythbusters are right wing terrorists?

What’s next? Water heater nukes?


14 posted on 04/17/2013 6:14:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
I actually heard the words spoken on the news yesterday. “Who really uses these pressure cookers anyway?”

I absolutely believe that statement could come from an inside-the-beltway DINK couple. They apparently eat 99% of their meals at restaurants, because their work as lobbyists, journ-o-lists or social engineers is just too damned important to take an hour off to cook a meal.


15 posted on 04/17/2013 6:15:19 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RoosterRedux
Nancy Pelosi has now called for a ban on high-capacity pressure cookers. Also close government scrutiny of non-union Wallmart and Target will be ordered as these corporate fat cats are rampant peddlers of these death machines
16 posted on 04/17/2013 6:16:00 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: stuartcr

no explosives, so it would be undetectable by dogs.


17 posted on 04/17/2013 6:16:41 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: RoosterRedux

This actually makes the gun grabbers even more ldicrous than they already are.

Sure we can ban guns. That will force crazies to start using bombs.There are all kinds of bombs , probably the easiest a jar of gasoline with a rag in the top.

Bombs can be made out of anything that will explode and we can find those items in most kitchen cabinets.


18 posted on 04/17/2013 6:18:45 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: cripplecreek

Not very portable, plus it took a long time to apply the needed pressure.

They will use non suspicious devices, maybe even counterfeit soft items but remade using thicker walls.

I see a grim future of this just getting worse and worse, all the while the anal retentive law enforcement agencies get a non stop message from the POTUS of no don’t do that because its politically sensitive etc.

Obama has basically negated everything to fight terrorism while replacing all key positions of the government with those supportive of a progressive empire.


19 posted on 04/17/2013 6:19:46 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: RoosterRedux

The answer to pressure cooker bombs.... Background checks, and regulation and register. Pressure cookers are evil.


20 posted on 04/17/2013 6:28:04 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: El Laton Caliente

Oh, now you’ve done it... “home canning” is also a sure sign of being a prepper. Now you’re on two lists.


21 posted on 04/17/2013 6:29:51 AM PDT by super7man
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To: RoosterRedux

Next will be beer kegs.


22 posted on 04/17/2013 6:31:37 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: baddog 219
Pressure cookers are evil.

They sure are. You should have seen the things that came our of my MIL's pressure cooker.

Uhhh.... What's that?

23 posted on 04/17/2013 6:33:48 AM PDT by super7man
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To: El Laton Caliente
If you are going to use one for canning, DON'T.
Use a pressure canner. There is a difference.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_cooking

"Pressure canners are specifically designed for home canning, whereas ordinary pressure cookers are not recommended for canning due to the risk of botulism poisoning, because pressure canners hold heat and pressure for much longer than ordinary pressure cookers"

24 posted on 04/17/2013 6:36:02 AM PDT by rw4site (Little men want Big Government!)
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To: muawiyah

Fireworks don’t use black powder. They generally use potassium perchlorate.


25 posted on 04/17/2013 6:38:45 AM PDT by catman67
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To: super7man

Especially if they are painted black, evil black pressure cookers just sitting there a ticking time bomb on the lookout for a liberal target.

waiting

Watching

Building up pressure

waiting for a compassionate liberal to get within its blast zone.


26 posted on 04/17/2013 6:42:00 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: cripplecreek
"“Who really uses these pressure cookers anyway?”

I do, they are the only way to really cook corned beef. And they will cook potatoes (for mashed potatoes) much quicker then just boiling them. In fact a pressure cooker is a must have for any good kitchen. Plus if you get a bigger one it can be used for canning too!

27 posted on 04/17/2013 6:49:04 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: RoosterRedux
Dang! I needed to buy one to get ready for canning this season. Now I'll be labeled a terrorist if I do!

Hope nobody holds stock in the makers of pressure-cookers/canners...

28 posted on 04/17/2013 6:52:17 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: jpsb

I have a 16 quart pressure cooker.


29 posted on 04/17/2013 6:53:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dubh_Ghlase
"Dang! I needed to buy one to get ready for xxxxxx this season."

Use cash quickly before the background checks begin. Oh and DO NOT google "you know what" to find a good deal. lol

30 posted on 04/17/2013 6:56:32 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: cripplecreek

Nice, me too. I also have a smaller one but lost the device that keeps the pressure in the cooker. It still kinda works as a backup when I need to use two cookers.


31 posted on 04/17/2013 7:00:21 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: baddog 219

The answer to pressure cooker bombs.... Background checks, and regulation and register. Pressure cookers are evil.

Confiscation can follow the registration.


32 posted on 04/17/2013 7:09:20 AM PDT by Joe Bfstplk
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To: cripplecreek

“Who really uses these pressure cookers anyway?”

I’ll tell you who! Southerners who love their boiled peanuts & don’t want to stir a hot kettle for four hours or more.

Throw your raw goobers into a pressure cooker, add water & salt, steam for forty-five minutes, wait for the pressure to drop, then enjoy!


33 posted on 04/17/2013 7:16:07 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: elcid1970

I used to cook wild rabbit in a pressure cooker just to be safe.


34 posted on 04/17/2013 7:22:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: catman67

“Fireworks don’t use black powder. They generally use potassium perchlorate.”

The pieces that have been recovered do not have any bp oxides on them. Even wire used seems to have escaped without any real burn or oxides on it. I don’t think this was K-perchlorate or black powder. Something else.


35 posted on 04/17/2013 10:34:18 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: catman67
Black powder ~ that's what I use.

You can add potassium chlorate ~ but but it's generally prohibited for use in fireworks sold on the market.

Potassium perchlorate, traceable to fireworks AFTER they've been fired, is considered a pollutant in water.

I think you are talking about a product of combustion, not the traditional black powder made up of charcoal, sulfur and potassium nitrate.

There are some cellulose products you can replace for the charcoal but they burn so fast you end up with mostly a pillar of electrons that wants to line up with the local magnetic field ~ and that can be dangerous if you are using it under a forest canopy.

36 posted on 04/17/2013 12:00:23 PM PDT by muawiyah
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