Today in Ugh: Al Qaeda Has Developed an ‘Undetectable’ Explosive

A TSA agent waits for passengers to use the TSA PreCheck lane being implemented by the Transportation Security Administration at Miami International Airport on October 4, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The pilot program launched today for fliers to use the expedited security screening in Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Dallas/Fort Worth.The lane has a metal detector rather than a full-body imaging machine and passengers will no longer no need to remove shoes, belts, light outerwear, and bags of liquids that are compliant with TSA restrictions.
On the lookout for clothes. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing over a potential Al Qaeda plot recently: Nineteen overseas embassies have been shuttered until next weekend, Senator Saxby Chambliss is getting 9/11 flashbacks, and NBC News reports that “there isn’t a government official who’s seen some form of this intelligence who isn’t spooked by it.”

So, what’s everyone worried about? Well, the head of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, ordered the group’s Yemeni affiliate to carry out an attack “as early as this past Sunday,” and Al Qaeda has apparently produced a liquid explosive that is currently undetectable. “[T]he new tactic allows terrorists to dip ordinary clothing into the liquid to make the clothes themselves into explosives once dry,” according to ABC News. 

From this point on, anybody wearing clothes cannot be trusted. [Takes off pants.]


Al Qaeda Has Developed an Undetectable Explosive