Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Urban air freshener

US officials received credible intelligence that al-Qaida operatives had been 45 days from releasing a deadly gas into New York City subways when the plan was called off by Osama bin Laden's second-in-command in 2003, according to a book excerpt released Sunday on Time magazine's Web site.

The informant said that al-Qaida operatives had planned to use a small, easily concealed delivery system to release hydrogen cyanide into multiple subway cars.

According to the investigative report by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ron Suskind, an informant close to al-Qaida management told US officials that Ayman al-Zawahri canceled the plan in January 2003, despite the likelihood that the strike would have killed as many people as the Sept. 11 attacks.

Fortunately for us, Al-Zawahri concluded that a sudden release of cyanide gas would most likely only improve the air quality normally found in the NYC subway system.


Blogger meesh said...

I lived in NYC for about seven years (through 2002) and you only had to ride the 4/5 train during rush hour once to realize that it would make a great terrorist target. But cyanide gas? Yeah, I don't know that New Yorkes would have noticed. Some of those homeless people are, well....pretty stinky.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

they must be watching 24.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

Their version is called 72.

7:45 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

i'm tired now.

10:16 PM  
Blogger dusty said... kill me..I love coming over here and seeing what you have always have enough snark to make my day :)

10:27 PM  
Blogger The Lone Beader said...

I love the smell of cyanide gas in the morning....

5:02 PM  

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