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November 10, 2005

Terror Arrests In Australia Result In Capture of Enough Material To Make 15 Bombs

"Pretext arrests" to stoke a "phantasmal fear" about a "fictitious threat" have, somehow, uncovered real would-be bombs:

The Sydney arm of the alleged Islamic terrorist group raided this week had stockpiled enough chemicals to make at least 15 large bombs to be used against selected targets, police say.

Only chemicals freely available at hardware stores were then needed for the group to be able to replicate the formula used to make the bombs that killed 52 people - and four suicide bombers - in the attacks in London on July 7, senior investigators say.

Senior police decided at the weekend to stage Tuesday's raids on dozens of properties in Sydney and Melbourne because they believed the Sydney suspects were so advanced they could have produced bombs within days.

The investigators say the group registered a series of company names to justify the purchase of industrial chemicals.

Police said they had also learned that suspects in Melbourne and Sydney had made legal appointments, leading intelligence analysts to believe they may have been planning to write wills.

Does anyone else worry that we're not making arrests like this here? Surely we haven't been so effective at preventing terrorism that there are no cells here in America.


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