The underwear bomber, the crotchety terrorist, and now breast implants packed with explosives? Are you kidding? Unfortunately, when it comes to sinister attack plans and deadly creativeness of Al-Qaeda, the answer is No.
Before the accused Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried blowing up the Delta flight over Detroit on Christmas Day with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) packed on his genitals, another terrorist, Abdullah Asieri, tried to kill the head of the Saudi Arabian Counter-Terrorist Unit (Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef) last September. Asieri arranged to meet the prince under the guise of turning himself in. When Asieri arrived at the meeting to surrender, he detonated a pound of high explosives that were packed into his rectum. Asieri never intended on surrendering, but executing another homicide bombing instead.
Reports surfacing out of The United Kingdom indicate that Britain's MI5 Intelligence Service are seeking Muslim Doctors, originally trained in England, who returned to the Middle East to perform breast enhancement surgery on female homicide bombers. The surgical procedure reportedly involves placing PETN (high explosives) into the bombers breasts so that current aviation physical security measures will not detect the device. Other intelligence suggests that there may have been, or plans to be, upwards of 20 women retrofitted to become homicide bombers using this method. Terrorists are now using the body carry method perfected by narco-traffickers.
It's a game, but with deadly consequences. Whoever amasses the highest body count wins. With every defensive posture move our nation makes to defend itself, the terrorists adjust their tactics and probe for weaknesses. While the ACLU and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) battle over the political sensitive issue of intrusiveness when it comes to full-body scanning at our airports, Al-Qaeda - and others - study how to exploit flaws in our security measures and then attack, as detailed in an NBC News Report, by Pete Williams (see below). Trying to defend a site based on technology alone is prohibitively expensive and will not work. Although DHS is using the layered defensive approach (technology, people, intelligence, etc.), focusing too much on technology will bankrupt us sooner or later.
Causing your enemy to devote tremendous resources to counter threats or perceived threats is a military tactic that we perfected. President Ronald Regan used this strategy to a cause the former Soviet Union to spend them in oblivion during the mid-1980s, height of the cold war, as they tried to counter the U.S. plans for a Star Wars defense system. Star Wars never made it off the Pentagon proof-of-concept papers, but then again it did not have too; hence the genius of another military tactic called misinformation. The USSR went flat broke trying to account for every perceived threat posed by the U.S. Battles won; War over.
Today, corporations are profiting hugely on billions of tax dollars spent on DHS procuring high technology to combat the latest terrorist attack strategy. While using cutting-edge technology can be useful, let us not forget that Osama Bin-Laden (OBL) spent only $250,000 to pull off the 9/11 attacks that cost our nation over a ten year period trillions of dollars (recession, sustained military operations, government reorganization, etc.). Does the underlying economic military tactic look similar to what we did to the USSR? Unless we fight smarter, with more seriousness, we will go broke. For further illustration of this, see the video link below showing a CNN news report on the Federal Air Marshal Service, posted February 4th, 2010.
The Basics - HUMINT