Explosives

British investigators now say that the explosives used in the recent train and bus attacks were “military-grade” (i.e., a professional compound, not a fertilizer mix or some similar homebrew) The article includes much speculation on where they might have gotten it from, checking if anything is missing from quarries, and so on.

Nope, I’ve got no clue where someone could have gotten their hands on several hundred tonspounds of, say, RDX or HMX. I mean, that stuff is carefully guarded all over the world, and terrorists wouldn’t just be able to walk in to a military depot and take it…

Edit: (In response to a comment that should probably stay screened) Oh yes, there are definitely far too many ways to get one’s hands on that. I’m just amused (morbidly) that everyone seems to have publicly forgotten about huge volumes of missing HE, and is now remembering that about 60lbs total is enough to wreak pretty extraordinary havoc.

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Published in: on July 11, 2005 at 20:22  Comments (7)  
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  1. ===Interesting, is it not?
    ===Makes me wonder if it’s leaving was more overlooked than “lost”. (of course, that would be the silly conspiracy-mind in me wondering, especially with how those dratted Downing Street Memos came out a little bit of time ago, and folks have been asking more questions….)

  2. ===Interesting, is it not?
    ===Makes me wonder if it’s leaving was more overlooked than “lost”. (of course, that would be the silly conspiracy-mind in me wondering, especially with how those dratted Downing Street Memos came out a little bit of time ago, and folks have been asking more questions….)

  3. we’ve met, but I’ve got to keep this screened/anon for obvious reasons.
    I used to buy/sell military grade plastique. I’m not a military person, have never been in the military. I’m pretty certain as to where the stuff I middlemanned came from but I can’t *officially* say and well, shit, you get teh point, right?
    Some supply sgt is always ready to sell, given incentive.

  4. You aren’t making a reference to all of those explosives that went missing in Iraq by any chance, are you?
    http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/10/25/iraq.explosives/

  5. You aren’t making a reference to all of those explosives that went missing in Iraq by any chance, are you?
    http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/10/25/iraq.explosives/

  6. Oh, those? Nope, no reference at all…

  7. Oh, those? Nope, no reference at all…


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