Airport security officers around the nation have been alerted by federal officials to look out for terrorists practicing to carry explosive components onto aircraft, based on four curious seizures at airports since last September.
The unclassified alert was distributed on July 20 by the Transportation Security Administration to federal air marshals, its own transportation security officers and other law enforcement agencies.
The seizures at airports in San Diego, Milwaukee, Houston and Baltimore included “wires, switches, pipes or tubes, cell phone components and dense clay-like substances,” including block cheese, the bulletin said. “The unusual nature and increase in number of these improvised items raise concern.”
This isn’t new, though news of the items found adds to the uneasy feeling Murdoc has. Recall the story told by Annie Jacobsen in Terror in the Skies (MO review here) about the odd behavior of supposed Syrian musicians and the subsequent and even odder behavior of our security apparatus.
Dry runs to probe our security? Practice for an actual attack? Deceptions to divert our attention from an attack? Deceptions merely to keep us off-balance? Coincidences that are unrelated to each other or terrorism in any way? Fabrications?
Knowing how our enemies fight, do we dare get complacent?
Of course, it’s probably too late to worry about getting complacent.
UPDATE: Beware the Cheese Bomb