New Security Fears AsTerrorists Use Undetectable Bombs Implanted In Body
August 9, 2013
Nightmare of terrorists with bombs surgically implanted INSIDE their bodies
By Michael Burleigh
"...We are in the age of the human bomb. This week, U.S. intelligence experts admitted that Al Qaeda's master bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asirir has devised a way of concealing explosives inside the body that can avoid detection by sophisticated scanners.
They also claimed Al Qaeda had developed an undetectable liquid explosive that can be soaked into clothing and ignited when dry.
These new threats emerged amid a terror alert in Yemen — where Al Qaeda is regrouping — over imminent attacks planned on Western targets...
...Some researchers in this area believe bombmakers are now working on ways to actually use the physiology of the body to improve the bomb's efficacy.
Positioned in the right spot in the body, the bomb could result in a fragmentation effect similar to one packed with ball-bearings or nails — except that this time the fragments would consist of human bone.
Twelve of the British dead and wounded in the 7/7 London Tube bombings in 2005 had bone shrapnel injuries, including one man blinded by a bone fragment from the bomber himself.
How would these implanted human bombs be set off, though?
The plastic explosive could easily be wrapped in a packet and inserted into the human body, and then detonated either using a mobile phone or a syringe filled with TATP that the terrorist can inject into the explosive...
...Until a safe technology is invented, the detection of these human bombs will still mainly be reliant on psychological profiling, and spotting would-be bombers before they act.
The fact is that we are engaged in a technological race with terrorist bomb-makers. They have sought to thwart detection with, progressively, exploding shoes, underwear and now the human body.
But the terrifying truth is that terrorists who are determined to find ways to kill people will always manage to circumvent any new system.
Meanwhile, we are going to have to learn to live with the age of the human bomb."