Some things strike me as odd in this recent business with Mr Abdultallab from Nigeria. We don’t need to go into the security failures prior to the event.
- There is a lot more detailed information much more quickly than the similar issue with Mr Reid several years ago.
- The explosive material has been PUBLICLY identified as PETN. 27 grams of it. with a syringe of some liquid he was trying to inject into the PETN?
Of the first issue, I am pleased that the current government is not as secretive as the previous, but what purpose does this information serve? For one, I know, from professional experiance a bit about PETN (pentaerithritol trinitrate). It is an explosive approximately 66% more powerful than TNT, but it is less stable and is used almost exclusively as a Primary detonating material or mixed with other materials, such as in Semtex, to provide more punch for the pound. Also, when used as a vasodilator, as Lentonitrat, iwhich is nearly pure PETN.
On the second issue, 27 grams, less than an ounce, unless very precisely shaped and placed would do little more damage than what it seems to have done, set the “terrorist” on fire (possibly earning a Darwin Award nomination).
My “burning” questions: does anyone have knowledge of how much damage an ounce of high explosive can cause in the situation as it is known through the media?
And, was the Syringe possibly loaded with an accelerant, in lieu of an electric detonator?