The Explosives

The Times has just posted the following:

“Police believe that explosives used in the London bomb attacks may have been homemade and of a type that has been a hallmark of al-Qaeda operations, as the death toll from the July 7 atrocity rose to 54.

Forensic detectives believe that a flat in Leeds was used as a bomb factory to convert acetone peroxide, or triacetone triperoxide (TATP), made from chemicals bought over the counter, into a potent explosive. The mixture is so volatile that it is nicknamed Mother of Satan.

This is the same type of explosive that Richard Reid had in his shoes when he attempted to blow up a Transatlantic flight in 2001, and the Gloucester shoebomber Sajid Badat who decided not to go through with his mission. The discovery provides the strongest link yet between the perpetrators of the bombings and al-Qaeda.”

This explains all the interest in “the chemist“.

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Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".

2 thoughts on “The Explosives

  1. “This explains all the interest in ?the chemist?.” .. perhaps not.

    ?Police believe that explosives…” Forensic determination between HE such as Semtex / RDX and something like TATP is, with on site portable spectrophotometers etc., a piece of piss and takes minutes. It is like the differenc between mayonnaise and Dundee fruit cake mix. “Police believe…” seven days after the event? Forensic scientists KNEW the same day with 100% certainty. They could likely tell the factory of manufacture and which day / shift it was made – which if you doubt can be done, is a feature of the UK passport by the isotope mixture used in the glue sealing the binding which changes every shift – which also has to o-ordinate with the batch of double sided colour coded adhesive used to attach the photograph.

    For some different thinking on the bombings see “Dead Men. Tell no Tales” and

  2. “and takes minutes.”

    I’m happy to take your word about that, the less I know about explosives the better. But I don’t see any difficulty imagining that they knew what it was right from the start. I don’t think anyone is questioning that there is information management. On your general theory, I think it comes down to this: are the British police there to protect us, or are they out to get us. Using – as you recommend – Occams raisor, I’ll stick with the former view.

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