September 7, 2009
It’s a scene Jean Baudrillard would appreciate. Three British men — let’s call them what they are, patsies — are convicted of a crime impossible to commit. In 2006, the men and three others were arrested and charged with a plot to detonate “liquid bombs” in suicide attacks on seven transatlantic planes heading to major cities in North America. The legacy of this supposed attack is with us today as you know if you attempt to bring liquid on an airliner — from bottled water to baby’s milk.
“Alleged ringleader Abdullah Ahmed Ali, 28, Tanvir Hussain, 28, and Assad Sarwar, 29, were convicted of conspiracy to murder in the airline bomb plot,” reports Sky News. Three co-accused were found innocent of the plan to blow up planes.
“British-born Ali, of Walthamstow, was said to be inspired by the July 7 bombers and Osama bin Laden and considered taking his baby son on his suicide mission. He planned to smuggle home-made bombs disguised as soft drinks on to passenger jets run by United Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada. The hydrogen peroxide devices would have been assembled and detonated in mid-air by suicide bombers.”
Shortly after the plot was made public, chemists and scientists insisted the notion of assembling liquid bombs from hydrogen peroxide and other household substances is preposterous.
“We’re told that the suspects were planning to use TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, a high explosive that supposedly can be made from common household chemicals unlikely to be caught by airport screeners. A little hair dye, drain cleaner, and paint thinner — all easily concealed in drinks bottles — and the forces of evil have effectively smuggled a deadly bomb onboard your plane,” Thomas C. Greene wrote for The Register on August 17, 2009. “Making a quantity of TATP sufficient to bring down an airplane is not quite as simple as ducking into the toilet and mixing two harmless liquids together.”
Certainly, if we can imagine a group of jihadists smuggling the necessary chemicals and equipment on board, and cooking up TATP in the lavatory, then we’ve passed from the realm of action blockbusters to that of situation comedy…. We’ve given extraordinary credit to a collection of jihadist wannabes with an exceptionally poor grasp of the mechanics of attacking a plane, whose only hope of success would have been a pure accident. They would have had to succeed in spite of their own ignorance and incompetence, and in spite of being under police surveillance for a year.
Under police surveillance for a year. Sound familiar? Virtually every supposedly cracked terror plot since September 11, 2001 (and no shortage of plots before) has featured police and in the states FBI involvement. Is it possible the British cops didn’t arrest these supposed terrorists because they were too busy rolling around on the floor in fits of laughter?
Ahmed Abdullah Ali, the accused ringleader, actually thought he could pull off a minor explosion on an aircraft. In his defense he claimed he was merely planning a small explosion to draw attention to a documentary he was making to protest against western foreign policy. The court persuaded the jury that Ali was the leader of an east London al-Qaeda-inspired terror cell. It was an excessively clueless wannabe terror cell under constant surveillance.
“The al-Qaeda franchise will pour forth its bowl of pestilence and death. We know this because we’ve watched it countless times on TV and in the movies, just as our officials have done. Based on their behavior, it’s reasonable to suspect that everything John Reid and Michael Chertoff know about counterterrorism, they learned watching the likes of Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vin Diesel, and The Rock,” writes Greene. “Our official protectors and deciders trumpet the fools they catch because they haven’t got a handle on the people we should really be afraid of. They make policy based on foibles and follies, and Hollywood plots.”
In fact, the people they should really be afraid of are the bosses of these official protectors and deciders.
Jean Baudrillard described hyperreality as simulation of something which never really existed. The 2006 transatlantic aircraft terrorist plot was an instance of hyperreality connected to a larger hyperreality framework — the threat of international Islamic terrorism as described by the United States and British governments. Indeed, there are real threats, significantly minor in character to be classified mundane felonies, emanating from the hyperreality of this fantastic and improbable construct, this Disneyland of terror and murder. These minor threats pale in comparison to the real threat posed by a cabal of internationalists who exploit the Hegelian dialect in order to force their sinister and psychotic will on humanity.
It’s the ruling elite who are the masters a hyperreality that has millions buying into the problem-reaction-solution illusion. It is a sad commentary when something as absurd and transparent as the 2006 transatlantic aircraft terrorist plot is proffered as reality when it is a cheap artifice of coercion and millions go along for the ride.