The result of this elaborate terror hoax last year was the snap roll-out of a new generation of full body X-Ray scanners in airports worldwide. Make no mistake, security theatre is a big global business and is now one of the only growth businesses amidst our current global recession. After a mere cursory review of this latest insidious ‘bomb plot’ out of the UK and Yemen, we have been hard pressed to find any bit of the story that shows real explosives or reveals anything to the public above the level of hoax. And here we go again for Halloween 2010; we are given the latest faceless, anonymous (and mythical) terror demon and media darling:
“The Inkjet/Toner Cartridge Bomber”
Was it inkjet or toner? Hmm. Obama will classify it as a “Credible Terroristic Threat“. The crowd jeers and awes.
Question: have we finally lost the (terror) plot?
For those who are able to read between the lines, the answers should come as no surprise at all. The only problem with this latest terror episode is the obvious lack of an actual terror plot- or any genuine evidence to support one. Not a major inconvenience for major newspaper and TV editors though. The lack of a real story does not seem to have stopped every major network in the US, UK and Europe from portraying this little vignette as if it was some kind of real ‘Al Qaeda’ event. As we previously reported, US President Obama has already taken a string out of Bush Jr’s bow by hyping the terror alert to gain a little bit of much-needed political traction before the mid-term elections. Nevermind that the tread on these terror tires is getting more worn down by the day- it’s still a big tool in the 21st century State-sponsored tool box. More than this however, notice the epic mainstream media reaction to this non-event which almost certainly begs the crucial question: what are all these faux terror announcements really about?
Clue: if you have ever read Orwell’s classic novel 1984, you will have heard “Attention: alert, alert! The terrorist Goldstein has been spotted in your area”. More likely a scenario might be that a financial terrorist has gained from this recent cartridge-bomber non-event. A hedge fund, or ‘put options’ shorting United Parcel Service stock would yield a financial windfall from such an Al Qaeda-related event, much the same way American Airlines and United stocks were targeted in the days before 911, followed by millions in profit that were in fact made after 911 by a select group of individuals. The global shipping business is substantial especially after the dotcom/online shopping boom has positioned these private freight companies – UPS, DHL, FedEx ahead of state-owned monopolies. In a similar event this week, Greece has suspended all air freight shipments for 48 hrs, possibly more. So look for a realignment of this industry… under the guise of the war on terror. News hounds will eventually work out any evidence if it is there.
Watch this space. Meanwhile…
What Really Happened
Nov 1, 2010
Obama’s “scare the Americans into voting Democrat” plan is already in trouble. The official story on Friday October 29th was that an unnamed ally issued a warning for British authorities to be on the lookout for a suspicious package sent from Yemen to Great Britain on a UPS flight. A search of the UPS flight on the ground in Britain yielded a package containing a printer toner cartridge sprayed with a white substance that looks like plastic Christmas tree snow. To make the “toner cartridge of death” look even scarier, a circuit board was attached to the outside with wires. Careful analysis of the card itself suggests it is a circuit card from a TV set, most likely the tuner, circa 1980s. Note carefully there is no battery to power this object, nor were any detonators found. The initial reports of the toner cartridge reported no explosives were found in it. Of course, Obama claimed exactly the opposite, which left the BBC struggling to placate the President while not allowing themselves to look like they were changing the original story to do it.
Obama did not miss another opportunity to hype the terror threat level again.
But the story gets better… the original claim was that the suspicious package originated in Yemen and flew to Britain on an aircraft owned by UPS, and the media showed us all the video of a UPS aircraft being stopped and searched on the runway in Britain. But there is a problem(Washington, we have a problem). There are no UPS aircraft flying in or out of Yemen. UPS own website (from before the so-called terror incident) does not list Yemen as one of their service regions.
A PDF file (which includes the history of the document from weeks ago) listing of all the international airports the UPS aircraft fleet flies to does not list Yemen as a destination!
In short, there was not and could not be a UPS aircraft flying out of Yemen. UPS uses a subcontractor, Sun Tours, to handle shipping in and out of Yemen. Sun Tours sends their shipments via Yemenia Air, and Yemenia Air’s Cargo Director reports there were no shipments sent through Yemen to Chicago for the 48 hours prior to the “discovery” of the toner cartridge in Britain. A second claim that a flight from Dubai carried packages from Yemen has been refuted by the United Arab Emirates� Civil Aviation Authority. In short, a toner cartridge that cannot explode shows up on a UPS jet which could not have come from Yemen, and Obama pounds it for all its worth trying to save the Democrats next Tuesday. Frankly I think Americans should be outraged not that Obama tried such a stunt, but that after all the times Bush was caught using terror scares for political gain that Obama thinks you are all stupid enough to fall for it again. If tonight’s polls are accurate, you weren’t and you didn’t, and Obama may have just screwed his own party to the point where (like the Republicans before them) they are all praying for Diebold(electronic voting machines) to save them.
21st Century Wire would like to mention a special thanks to the InfoHighwayman for bringing this story to our attention.