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Postby StlSluggers » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:33 am

CNN.com wrote:Security chief: Airline terror plot 'close to execution'
Plans reminiscent of an al Qaeda operation, Chertoff says
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Thursday, August 10, 2006; Posted: 9:15 a.m. EDT (13:15 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Terrorists were in the final stages of planning to blow up planes heading from the United Kingdom to the United States, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday.

The plans were "suggestive of an al Qaeda plot," he said.

British police said they had arrested 21 suspects in the plot to blow up passenger jets flying between the United Kingdom and the United States.

Police said they were still raiding businesses and homes, and Chertoff said it was unclear if all suspects were in custody.

Chertoff said the plotters were "getting close to the execution phase."

"There were very concrete steps under way to execute all elements of the plan," he said.

Alert levels were raised at U.S. and British airports and air travel across Europe and in the United States faced mass disruptions. (Watch what passengers must do at the world's busiest international airport -- 3:06)

The plot was "intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale," London's Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson said.

The plot involved hiding masked liquid explosives and detonators in carry-on luggage, Chertoff said. ('Untold death and destruction' planned -- 2:37)

One government official said the terrorists had hoped to target flights to major airports in New York, Washington and California, all major summer tourist destinations.

Passengers "were not yet sitting on an airplane," but were very close to traveling, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official told The Associated Press.

A U.S. administration official said the terror plot targeted Continental, United, and American Airlines. It was not immediately clear whether other airlines also were involved.

British Home Secretary John Reid said the plotters planned loss of life on "an unprecedented scale."

Chertoff said the plan was reminiscent of a plot by 9/11 coordinator Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who in 1999 had envisioned detonating bombs on 11 airlines possibly traveling over the Pacific Ocean.

The plot was "as sophisticated as any we have seen in recent years as far as terrorism is concerned," Chertoff said.

Britain's threat warning level has been raised to "critical" -- meaning an attack is expected imminently.

The U.S. threat level has been raised to the highest level of "severe," or red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security. (Full story)

In addition, the threat level has been raised to "high," or orange for all commercial flights operating in or coming to the United States, the DHS said.

The nation's overall terror threat level has not been altered.

Thursday was the first time the DHS has raised the threat level for a specific group of flights.

"Due to the nature of the threat revealed by this investigation, we are prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels, and lotions from being carried on the airplane," a DHS statement said.

While there is no indication of plotting within the United States, Chertoff issued a statement saying "we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted."

That means airline passengers around the country should show up at least two hours early for all flights, an official with the Transportation Security Administration told CNN.

"Travelers should go about their plans confidently, while maintaining vigilance in their surroundings and exercising patience with screening and security officials," Chertoff said.

The terror plot comes almost five years after Briton Richard Reid attempted to detonate explosives hidden in his sneakers on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001, only a few months after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

Passengers thwarted his plan, and the plane landed safely in Boston.

Reid pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in October 2002 and is serving a life sentence at the nation's super-maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado.

Security alert follows arrests
British and U.S. security agencies quickly moved to impose strict limits on carry-on items in the wake of Thursday's arrests, causing extended delays at airport security checkpoints. (Full story)

The British Airports Authority said no hand luggage would be allowed onto planes leaving British airports until further notice.

British Airways canceled all short haul flights in or out of Heathrow Airport for Thursday, and delays were stacking flights up at airports across Europe. (Full story)

Stephenson said 21 people were arrested by London, Birmingham and Thames Valley police overnight, but the operation was continuing.

"There's sufficient uncertainty as to whether the British have scooped up everybody," Chertoff said.

"This is about people who are desperate ... who want to do things that no right-minded citizen of this country or any other country would want to tolerate," Stephenson said.

The arrests were the result of a "covert counter-terrorist operation," police said. "It is believed that the aim was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on board the aircraft in hand luggage."

Home Secretary Reid said: "We are doing everything possible to disrupt any other terrorist activity. This will mean major disruptions from all UK airports."

This sounds like it was going to be 9/11 huge. Everything I heard on the radio said that they're no longer allowing carry-ons and liquids (soda, shampoo) and gels (shaving cream) are not allowed through security checkpoints anymore.

That's crazy!
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Postby teddy ballgame » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:44 am

My mom told me about this when I woke up this morning. Thank god they foiled them this time.
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Postby go_jays_go » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:46 am

I'm completely speachless. It's a good thing they got to those terrorists before something awful could happen. :-°
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Postby Tavish » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:17 am

Security alert follows arrests
British and U.S. security agencies quickly moved to impose strict limits on carry-on items in the wake of Thursday's arrests, causing extended delays at airport security checkpoints. (Full story)

The British Airports Authority said no hand luggage would be allowed onto planes leaving British airports until further notice.


No mention of snakes being restricted. I don't think I'll feel safe enough to fly until I hear a definite "no snakes on a plane" rule from the airline security groups.
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Postby mikhayl » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:20 am

Thank god the British have a competent counter-terrorism agency.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:52 am

Thank God the British stopped this before it started. :-°
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Postby smoovethug » Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:38 am

I heard about this on the radio overnight while I was falling asleep so I didn't really hear everything. That's scary. Thank God the British threw a wrench in their plans.
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Postby knapplc » Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:45 am

I'm flying to Europe in three weeks. This is a bit concerning! :-o
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Postby sportsguy138 » Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:48 am

i thought it was gonna be something with NY again, and i'm going there today..

anyways.. thank god they stopped them before it happened.. that's pretty scary
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Postby Old_Style » Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:50 am

i've got some friends out in europe right now and are supposed to come back in a few days.

it's good to hear our friends across the pond are doing there job and kicking ass
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