The mainstream media swallow the TATP myth
Costello was gibbering on about the War on Terror stretching out for
the next 50 years when I switched off the radio. I went down to the
Brushtail Café for dinner and found Alex, from the pharmacy
around the corner, propped up at the bar chuckling over a back issue
of the Daily Terror.
tickled your funny bone? I asked, as Joadja handed me a cider.
this garbage about the Great Airline Bomb Scare, he said. Obviously
the journalists havent a clue about basic chemistry.
they arent willing to risk their cushy little jobs by asking
difficult questions or phoning a scientific professional, I
rather ring some fuckwit terrorism consultant. Youre
the expert. Is it really credible at all? Is it really as easy as
carrying a couple of bottles of different chemicals onto the plane
and mixing it in the toilet?
another swig of his drink. Theyre talking about TATP
Triacetone Triperoxide. Somewhere along the line some journalist wrote
somewhere that the jihadis call it Mother of Satan. Who
knows if they do, but it makes a great headline, so its been
endlessly repeated. What is correct is that its a dangerously
unstable brew with a use-by date the day before you mixed it. And
you need to keep it nicely chilled or youll go to meet Allah
earlier than you counted on.
imagining for a moment that youre a jihadi and youre actually
going to try to cook up TATP on an airliner, what would you have to
do? I asked.
firstly youve got to understand that TATP isnt a liquid,
its a white crystalline powder. Looks like sugar and it makes
nitroglycerine look safe. I read in one breathless story that the
alleged bombers got the recipe from an al-Qaeda website.
Why would al-Qaeda bother? Everyone who studied chemistry knows the
recipe. And its on Wikipedia.
The three ingredients are acetone, sulfuric acid and hydrogen
peroxide. The acetone and sulphuric you can buy at the hardware store
without attracting suspicion, but the hydrogen peroxide has got to
be virtually full strength. You cant use the stuff you buy over
the counter at the pharmacy because its 97 per cent water. Well,
you could, but youd have to buy a lot of little bottles of peroxide
and boil off the water, which is very risky. One false move and youve
burned your house down.
Anyway, you can premix the peroxide with the acetone
a couple of litres might make a useful amount of TATP and carry
that onto the plane in a single container but youve got to keep
it cool and the only way I can think of to do that is to carry it
in a Styrofoam container with some of those cold bricks from the supermarket.
Plus, in your kit youll need to have a stirrer and a thermometer
and a glass beaker or a stainless steel bowl to mix it in.
Hang on a sec, Joadja said. You mean youve
got to get a cooler box and all that stuff on as hand luggage? Thatd
raise a few eyebrows!
Sure would, but lets pretend you use your Jedi force on
the security folks and get it on board. Next, youve got to get
all your gear into the toilet. So you get the cooler down from the
overhead luggage and lug it up the aisle. And then youll need
to take out a mortgage on the toilet, cos youre gonna
be in there for a long time.
First youll need to fill your cooler box with water and
wait till it the cold bricks cool it below 10 degrees C. Next step:
take your mixing bowl, float it in the cold water, pour in the peroxide/acetone
mix and then add the sulphuric acid, a drop at a time, stirring carefully.
Youd need to check the temperature constantly. If it gets a
little too hot youll get a piss-weak batch; if it gets way too
hot youll get a weak batch that spontaneous detonates. Id
probably kill you and nobody else.
Lets assume that takes twenty minutes or so. You still
arent finished. Youll end up with damp crystals. Youll
have to carefully, very carefully, decant them onto a paper towel
to soak up surplus liquid and then leave them to dry for an hour or
so. Hey presto! Mother of Satan.
So youre gonna be in the toilet for an hour and a half!
I said. Thats ridiculous. Somebody would call the flight
attendants, even if only to check that you hadnt had a heart
Isnt TATP the explosive the cops reckon was used in the
7/7 London bombings? Joadja asked.
Yeah. At first the mainstream media said it was most likely
a high-grade military explosive called C4 but when nobody could point
to a credible connection to al-Qaeda, or some other source of C4,
they started to run with the yarn that the kids had brewed up some
if that were the case they should have found
cooler boxes in the abandoned cars at Luton Station. And nobody has
ever said that they did.
Right. The whole official story of 7/7, like the whole of this
current 'thwarted' airline TATP plot is just rubbish. And the mainstream
media have swallowed it
hook line and sinker.