Amazing, isn't it that a handful of people, surfing the 'Net, can discover these video and audio recordings, then be 'gracious' enough to let Rupert Murdoch's vast media empire publish them?
Almost too difficult to believe, isn't it?
ISRAEL: PLEASE, NO MORE BIN LADEN TAPES, NOBODY IS BUYING IT!
Be sure to check the date of the article below--in pdf format-- published by Ben Venzke of IntelCenter; 2002, before the US invasion of Iraq and way before those suspicious IED's starting popping off, killing many an American soldier and marine, further inflaming American hatred for those 'existential' enemies of Israel, the Muslim world.
Ben even depicts drawings of the circuitry and triggers needed to set off these bombs, along with directions for making the explosives using easy to find materials.
Appendix E Improvised Explosive DevicesIED's responsible for 63% of American casualties in Iraq. Take a BOW, Mr. VENZKE!
While terrorists will use conventional weapons, such as rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles to achieve their goals, they also have the ability to assemble and employ a wide variety of lethal improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Explosives are a popular weapon with terrorists and are covered in the al Qaeda training manual. The manual states, “Explosives are believed to be the safest weapon for the Mujahideen. Using explosives allows them to get away from enemy personnel and to avoid being arrested.” It goes on to say that, “In addition, explosives strike the enemy with sheer terror and fright.”
IEDs are a common tool of terror used by non-state actors. These devices have been fabricated in an improvised manner and incorporate highly destructive lethal and dangerous explosives or incendiary chemicals, which are designed to kill or destroy the target. The materials required for these devices are often stolen or misappropriated from military or commercial blasting supplies, or made from fertilizer and other readily available household ingredients.184 IEDs basically include some type of explosive, fuse, detonators and wires, shrapnel and pieces of metal, and a container to pack the explosives and shrapnel.
The most simple of the IEDs used is the one initiated by closing of a battery circuit, similar to turning on a battery operated light. When turning on the switch closes the circuit, electricity flows to the light so it can be illuminated. As shown in Figure E-1, a clothespin- triggering device in this IED replaces the light switch and when it is activated, the electricity flows to the charge, thus detonating the explosive.
Ben N. Venzke and Aimee Ibrahim, Al Qaeda Tactic/Target Brief (Alexandria: IntelCenter/Tempest
Conventional Terrorist Weapons (New York: United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, 2002), 4; available from http://www.undcp.org/odccp/terrorism_weapons_conventional.html; Internet; accessed 12 November 2002.
The IED can be detonated using a number of triggering devices. These can be mechanical, electrical, or remote controlled type devices. For instance, after emplacing the IED, such as in a natural culvert or under a road by digging and then camouflaging the spot, the person waits some distance for the target to arrive. Once the target is within the damage area, the IED is initiated. The damage caused can be phenomenal as even a small amount of explosive can cause an explosion that dislodges a vehicle up to 50 feet in the air, or damage a bridge totally. This same scenario can be applied to a passenger train. More sophisticated assemblies of IEDs can be even more devastating and cause much damage.
Although terrorists use manufactured explosive material, it is easy for them to obtain the ingredients required to make improvised explosive material as well. The ingredients can be purchased at local stores with relative ease. Additionally, the instructions for making these type explosives have been published in a wide variety of literature, such as The Anarchists Cookbook, for years. They are also available on the Internet. One such site has the recipes to make 27 different low and high order explosives and another site gives instructions for both producing explosives and making the bombs. The following are examples of common types of explosive charges found in IEDs.
• Improvised explosive mixtures: Although there are recipes to make virtually any explosive, the following are some common improvised ones that are used.
- Ammonium nitrate fertilizer
William Powell, The Anarchist Cookbook (Secaucus, NJ: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1971)
Improvised Explosives; available from http://members.odinsrage.com/white88/18_ImprovisedExplosives.htm; Internet; accessed 11 December 2002.
Improvised Explosives, vol. I, version 2.0 (15 May 1990); available from http://www.logicsouth.com/~lcoble/password/firearms.html; Internet; accessed 11 December 2002.
- Black powder
- Match heads
- Smokeless powder
- Sodium Chlorate and sugar
• Chemical reactions:
- Acid bombs, such as nitric and sulfuric acid
- Caustic bombs, such as Drano toilet bowl cleaner
- Dry ice
• Plastic Explosives: This has become the explosive of choice for various international terrorist groups. There are 2 main types used by terrorists:
- C-4: a white, RDX based explosive produced by the United States. This is the common plastic explosive used by the U.S. military.
- SEMTEX: an orange, RDX and PETN based explosive produced in the Czech Republic. Intelligence experts estimated the bomb that destroyed Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 contained about two-thirds of a pound of
Common Trigger Devices
As mentioned earlier, some form of trigger is used to detonate the explosive device. These range from very simple homemade devices to highly technical devices. Although not all- inclusive, some examples are listed below.
Manual wind-up alarm clocks and wristwatches. Delay can be up to 24 hours.
Pressure release switch that is spring-loaded. These can be as simple as a mousetrap or a commercially produced switch.
Pull switches that actuate when a trip wire is pulled. There are many different forms of these triggers. They can be made easily by stripping the insulation off of wire and looping them together or by inserting a piece of wood between the contact wires on a clothespin.....
I'm all for freedom of the press, but was it really necessary to go into such detail on how to make these damn things?
That's my question and I bet several thousand more family members of the dead American troops killed in Iraq by these things have similar questions.
Like who was Ben's target audience?