Communion Of Dreams


“Grab your ankles, please.”
September 28, 2009, 10:35 am
Filed under: Bruce Schneier, Civil Rights, Emergency, Failure, Government, Humor, Predictions, Privacy, Terrorism

Good lord. I’d heard about this, as an “attempted assassination”, but I hadn’t heard the details:

On the evening of Aug. 28, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the Saudi Deputy Interior Minister — and the man in charge of the kingdom’s counterterrorism efforts — was receiving members of the public in connection with the celebration of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. As part of the Ramadan celebration, it is customary for members of the Saudi royal family to hold public gatherings where citizens can seek to settle disputes or offer Ramadan greetings.

One of the highlights of the Friday gathering was supposed to be the prince’s meeting with Abdullah Hassan Taleh al-Asiri, a Saudi man who was a wanted militant from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al-Asiri had allegedly renounced terrorism and had requested to meet the prince in order to repent and then be accepted into the kingdom’s amnesty program.

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But the al-Asiri case ended very differently from the al-Awfi case. Unlike al-Awfi, al-Asiri was not a genuine repentant — he was a human Trojan horse. After al-Asiri entered a small room to speak with Prince Mohammed, he activated a small improvised explosive device (IED) he had been carrying inside his anal cavity. The resulting explosion ripped al-Asiri to shreds but only lightly injured the shocked prince — the target of al-Asiri’s unsuccessful assassination attempt.

As Bruce Schneier says:

Nobody tell the TSA, but last month someone tried to assassinate a Saudi prince by exploding a bomb stuffed in his rectum.

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For years, I have made the joke about Richard Reid: “Just be glad that he wasn’t the underwear bomber.” Now, sadly, we have an example of one.

Richard Reid was the “shoe bomber”, and the reason why we all have to remove our shoes when you go through security at an airport.

Consider the possible reactions from the TSA. I suppose we all should limber up, and get used to literally bending over from now on.

Jim Downey

(Cross posted to UTI.)


3 Comments so far
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Yikes. My plan: picking the security line at the airport with the TSA agent with the smallest hands.

Comment by Steve Tuck

Yeah, and with your luck that agent would go on break just when it was your turn, only to be replaced by someone who could palm a basketball and hadn’t trimmed his nails in a month . . .

Jim D.

Comment by James Downey

[…] As I noted back in September, Bruce Schneier has already talked about an ‘underwear bomb’: For years, I have made […]

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