Cheese, Terrorists, and Dress Rehearsals

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 CNN article can be found here.  And some CNN video, showing some of the devices, can be found here.

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…

4 thoughts on “Cheese, Terrorists, and Dress Rehearsals

  1. Oh, what a…wait for it…cheesy pun! 😛

    I can just imagine what Teddy Roosevelt might do today — what some daring voices in Israel have said we should do today. At the very least, he’d say that Mecca and Medina would be nuked to green glass if any Muslim terrorist action whatever was taken against the U.S. And he’d keep nuking those spots (and maybe send in a squad to bulldoze the Dome of the Rock too), and hit any other “holy places” necessary, to keep pilgrims from coming to them — until Muslims around the world realized that their religion was worthless.

    One right-winger in Israel was even more ruthless. He said we should make one of our famous presidential doctrines: that if the U.S. were hit one more time by Muslim terrorists, then without consultation with its allies or the UN, it would destroy the 100 largest Muslim cities around the world, including Mecca and Medina. I’d add that in effect, we’d be saying “we will destroy the world before we will submit to Islamic law, and unlike you, we can destroy the world.” Islam would be forced to choose between the destruction of itself and the world and the abandonment of its terrorist wings.

    Somehow, I don’t think the President of Iran is any crazier in his speech than some Premiers of the USSR have been. They too were willing to risk the destruction of man in order to get their way, and they too thought that the struggle would bring in their version of the Messianic Age. The basic problem is not the changed nature of our enemy. It is that we have lost the pride of our power because of our disobedience to God. Every human tactic, including the Islamic terrorists’ tactic, has a weakness. Were we really on God’s side, we would have both the ability to see and the courage to use the right response. Not the above responses necessarily, but one that would work — preferably involving God fighting our battles for us, rather than men fighting God’s battles for Him as the Muslims would have it. Talk about the ultimate lesson…

  2. C’mon — it was sent to Wisconsin! Last time I checked, they were still big “cheese-heads” there.

    What did you want them to pack, cans of Old Milwaukee beer?

  3. You know, I was going to make a Wisconsin joke, and now I regret that I didn’t. Cheese technology probably *is* more advanced in Wisconsin, and some of the newer varieties might actually need cell phone batteries and extra electronics.

    (And for some, packing some cans of Old Milwaukee beer might be considered equivalent to a terrorist act…)

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