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Friday, December 23, 2005

Feel Safer Yet?

Feel Safer Yet?

I sure don't. Since DHS, the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and domestic spying apparently aren't working, can we just have our freedoms back already? All these civil rights encroachments seem to be distracting our resources from real safety concerns:

Officials are investigating the theft of 400 pounds of high-powered plastic explosives in New Mexico. The material was stolen from a bunker owned by a bomb expert who works at a national research lab outside Albuquerque, N.M.

ABC News has been told it's one of the most significant thefts of high-power explosives ever in the United States.

...The missing 400 pounds of explosives includes 150 pounds of what is known as C-4 plastic, or "sheet explosive," which can be shaped and molded and is often used by terrorists and military operatives.

"It is a very dangerous material, we want to keep this off the streets," Cherry told ABC News.

Also, 2,500 detonators were missing from a storage explosive container, or magazine, in a bunker owned by Cherry Engineering.

...A special agent at ATF said the incident was unusual because such high-powered material was targeted.

The missing material could potentially make numerous bombs.

But no worries...they don't think terrorists were involved. Obviously, it's your garden-variety street thugs who are interested in high-powered, undetectable "sheet explosives" that can be hidden in letters and books. Yessir, Chertoff's doin' a heckuva job!

wing tip to Americablog!


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