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British Cops Find Terrorists’ ‘Martyr’ Videos: UK News Sources

Posted by kinchendavid on August 19, 2006


By  Jim Kouri


Several martyr videos were discovered on computer laptops that were owned by some of the almost two dozen terrorist suspects being questioned in connection with the thwarted terror plot in London, according to news reports in the United Kingdom.

Twenty-three suspects are being questioned by authorities in connection with a suspected terror plot authorities believe was meant to bomb as many as 10 airplanes bound for the United States.

The videos are similar to those suicide bombers routinely leave behind, according to security experts,

It is one of the largest investigations in British history and investigators are still sweeping homes, businesses and wooded areas in the country looking for evidence and intelligence.

US officials estimated that up to ten planes were targeted in an operation they said bore the imprint of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network. Britain‘s domestic Press Association quoted senior police sources as saying they believed up to nine planes were to have been blown up in a simultaneous attack. Other British media said from five to 12 planes were to be targeted.

A US intelligence official speaking on condition of anonymity said the alleged plot had targeted United Airlines, American Airlines and Continental Airlines flights to New York, Washington and Los Angeles, and possibly other major hubs such as Boston and Chicago.

US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff indicated that bombs had been recovered at the homes of the arrested suspects. “Since we did not have an opportunity to study the bombs before we took them under arrest and because it will take time to analyse what they have done, the prudent course was to prevent any kind of liquid that might be harbouring an explosive device coming in,” he said in an interview with Fox News Channel.

However, Scotland Yard declined to comment on what had been found in the suspects’ homes, including the so-called Muslim “martyr” videos.

Last year, four suicide bombers — all Muslims who had grown up in Britain — killed 52 commuters in coordinated attacks on three London Underground trains and a bus, the worst terror attack on British soil.


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Jim Kouri  is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s a former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. Kouri has appeared as on-air commentator for more than 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc.  His book “Assume The Position” is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.U.S.



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