Thursday, June 14, 2007

TEEN TERRORISTS STRIKE WITH CHLORINE BOMBS: Brag about it on YouTube; Michael Chertoff speaks of liability issues

Chlorine reaction in plastic bottles: Threat or menace?

"A disturbing trend appears to be on the rise in New Jersey, and authorities believe teen pranksters are behind it," reported an NJ news agency recently. "Homemade liquid bombs are being placed in mailboxes, and are left there waiting to explode."

At some point prior to Wednesday morning, a dangerous delivery was waiting in [someone's] mailbox -- a chlorine bomb package ... "

"[CBS 2] found nearly 300 videos labeled 'chlorine bomb,' including one showing teens using a homemade soda bottle explosive to blow up a mailbox," on YouTube.

Listed under "Comedy," "Entertainment" and "DIY," the videos spurred local surveillance of YouTube, this in apparent hope of spotting teen terrors in the act of uploading potentially incriminating evidence.

"The pressure that results from the chemical combination [in a chlorine bomb -- usually bleaching powder and an alcohol with weak acid or base] causes a massive ["massive" being open to interpretation] explosion, but instead of seeing the danger in the prank, [teenagers] simply find it funny," reported the horrified news agency.

"One can only imagine what kind of damage the bomb could cause to the human body."

Some chlorine bomb vids on YouTube. Go nuts. What will those dadgum kids think of next? Excrement in a burning paper bag left on the front porch? Fire, fire!


In a semi-related story, moves were afoot this week to yet again scare the country over the potential menace posed by its foolish addiction to chlorine.

The message: Chlorine bombs in Iraq! There's lots of chlorine in this country, too! It's not secure enough!

"Safety officials are warning about the risk of a potentially deadly release of chlorine gas unless the government requires equipment for transporting it," insisted the Associated Press in a story entitled, "Steps sought to avert chlorine disaster."

"About 15 million tons of chlorine is produced each year, and 3 million tons is shipped by rail," reported AP, failing to add, "Causing virtually nil fatal injuries."

"Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday urged operators of water and waste treatment plants to secure chemicals such as chlorine from terrorists, although they're not required to do so," said Newsday, its reporter apparently sensing an appalling inattention to looming danger.

"Referring to water treatment plants' use of chlorine - an ingredient used in an increasing number of truck bombs in Iraq - Chertoff warned that the consequences of ignoring terror threats was 'quite severe' in potential liability as well as lives.

"An estimated 3,000 drinking-water and wastewater treatment plants are listed in EPA documents as keeping more than 2,500 pounds of chlorine gas," continued the newspaper.

By annoying contrast, cholera -- an extremely serious microbial intestinal illness -- has been spotted in Iraqi children recently.

This is primarily a result of the the United States having created a failed state in Iraq, conducting and setting about the smashing of the country's infrastructure, severely damaging its capacity for producing and distributing clean water in a region that has always had a shortage of it.

Nevertheless, the US continental security apparatus continues to hoot about the imminent dangers posed by the use of chlorine although there is no indication that terrorists have the capability to strike with masses of the halogen here.

Up to this point, the chemical industry as well as the science academy have been successful in pushing back against many alleged chemical safety initiatives by the Department of Homeland Security, measures which are unlikely to be of real benefit to any average American. (Why? Hint: Real life just doesn't work the way the disaster scenarists see it.)

Hey kids, keep those chlorine bomb vids coming!

Maybe strict regulations on bleaching powder can be suggested because you never know what terrorists are planning and the liability -- if they strike -- could be quite severe.



Chlorine bombs in New Jersey. Potentially deadly and menacing videos discovered on YouTube.

Chlorine disaster waiting to happen. Chertoff says liability will be high, needs to have prescription of STFU refilled.

Government Homeland Security functionary, Richard Falkenrath, the father of chlorine-terror phobia. Official bio gives him credit for being central to "standing up" the Dept. of Homeland Security. Went before Congress in 2005 to weave scenario describing millions of deaths due to potential terrorist attack on a chlorine generating facility. Now a counter-terror man for the government of New York City, if he says something, believe the opposite.

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