Saw on CNN today that it really seems that terrorists are doing “dress rehearsals” for a future US airline bombing.
On July 20, the TSA sent an advisory titled “Incidents at U.S. Airports May Suggest Possible Pre-Attack Probing” to law enforcement agencies concerning odd items they have found in luggage searches, saying that it is very possible the odd items were meant as “pre-attack security probes.”
What odd items? Well, for instance, a block of processed cheese taped to a cell phone charger. Also, two ice packs wrapped with duct tape and filled with clay instead of the usual blue gel. Here’s a section from the CNN article describing two more detailed “odd items” —
“The bulletin also details a case from June in which a passenger in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had a carry-on bag with items resembling IED components, such as a wire coil wrapped around a possible initiator, an electrical switch, batteries, three tubes and two blocks of cheese.
“And in November, a passenger in Houston, Texas, checked luggage that contained a plastic bag with a 9-volt battery, wires, a block of brown clay-like minerals and pipes.”
Cheese and clay are presumably substitutes for explosive substances.
Apparently some of the explanations the passengers had for possessing the cheese/clay devices were suspicious. (Honestly, I’d really like to hear the explanations that were considered non-suspicious! “Well, sir, this block of cheese is on death’s doorstep and, frankly, our elaborate electronics are all that is keeping it alive…” “Don’t touch that! I’m heading to Hollywood to audition for the lead in the new MacGyver movie!”)
The Bible says something about “terror” being appointed to the nation due to an abandonment of God’s laws (Leviticus 26:14-16). Anyone who thinks that we don’t need to be too concerned about massive terrorist attacks on our own soil isn’t paying attention and has adopted a “September 10th” mentality.
You know, I really like cheese. I almost feel betrayed…