“Keeping You Safe” From Bombs (on Planes)

Keeping us safe in the air. The false alarm bomb scare on the Virgin Airways flight to Albury

by Dee McLachlan

It’s been a busy time for bombs, planes and terror — as Dr Day had predicted in his ‘Everything Is In Place And Nobody Can Stop Us Now’ lecture, in 1969:

“Terrorism would be used widely in Europe and in other parts of the world… and just a little bit of terrorism would help convince Americans that the world is indeed a dangerous place, or can be if we don’t relinquish control to the proper authorities.”

School Room Hoaxes

Earlier this year, a 17-year old (now 18) Israeli national was charged with making thousands of bomb hoax calls — many targeted Australian schools.

In a separate case, another 17-year-old was charged in a Victorian court for making dozens of bomb hoax calls to schools across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia between May and April 2017.

Another Malaysian Airlines Saga

Then on the 2nd of June, there was the case of Sri Lankan Melbourne student Manodh Marks, 25, creating a midair drama on Malaysia Airlines flight 128. He was trying to enter the cockpit, while clinging onto a device he said was a BOMB. Bold passengers pounced and subdued him.

Manodh Marks, and (R) being “subdued”

The jet, carrying more than 330 people, on its way to Kuala Lumpur, turned back and landed at Melbourne airport. While people sat on the “bomber”, the police mulled over what to do for 90 minutes before boarding the plane — only then evacuating the frightened passengers.

The Sick Bag Bomb Message

I had not heard of this next episode, but The Australian reported it a few days after the Marks saga. On the 6th of June, one of the 42 passengers on a Virgin Airlines flight to Albury…

“allegedly wrote a threat on the sick bag provided in his seat, which was discovered soon after. The threat made claims that he had stashed a bomb on the aircraft, prompting air cabin staff to contact NSW police.”

The plane landed, and the doors were “ripped off” by authorities from the outside — and passengers were told to”RUN, RUN, RUN.” Leaving their bags, the passengers jumped from the front exit onto the tarmac.

Police arrested the 30-year-old man on the tarmac, and charged him with “sending a [hoax] document threatening death or grievous bodily harm and giving false information.”

The Explosive Sex Toy

And then there’s the case of the mistaken sex toy  (reported on May 30th). At first glance, the bomb squad team thought it was a dangerous bomb, “at risk of exploding into a fireball at the slightest shock.”

The owner insisted it was nothing more than a homemade sex toy. But then why were several officers struck down with burning skin, irritated eyes and vomiting? Two were taken to hospital. That’s what you get when tampering with saucy items!

But now for the real deal — the sausage mincer.

The Sausage Mincer Bomb

This reads like a movie script.

The plot: to build an “Islamic-inspired improvised device” to bring down a plane.

The cast: Four men in Sydney. The family drama stars son Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat, with Khaled and Abdul Merhi. The four are known as cleanskins — actors not on any casting lists. The supporting lead — the good guy — is played by our prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Props required: a crude homemade bomb disguised as a kitchen mincer. It was also described as a domestic grinder — a “multi-mincer” used to make sausages. Plus, handwritten notes, two phones, an iPad, two mobile phone SIM packs, and vehicle registration and insurance papers.

The climax: extra security measures in place at major airports, resulting in long lines (many extras required.)

I am writing this up with a touch of sarcasm, even though this might be a real threat.

But that’s what it feels like — a hyper-drama. It is like we are all caught up in movie — unsure what is real, fake, or scripted. The log line, “keeping you safe,” is on every poster, and is being used over and over again.

We have thankfully not had a major attack in Australia (yet) — and this, in the media, has been contributed to the extra money, excellent policing, and surveillance work. (I was unable to find a press release on the raids.)

The ABC reported that,

“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed raids carried out in Sydney on Saturday ‘disrupted‘ what appeared to be an ‘elaborate‘ conspiracy, and said extra security was in place at airports around the country.”

Maybe the PM should get the same authorities to investigate another elaborate conspiracy that actually killed 10 Australians back in September, 2001.

And AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin said,

“We do believe it is Islamic-inspired terrorism. Exactly what is behind this is something that we will need to investigate fully,”

I’m not quite sure if I’m living through an espionage thriller or a comedy.

 

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Comments

  1. An interesting take on this, and one that comes up occasionally: The execrable Melbourne Herald/Sun had one of its more popular columnists praising up the security services and then erecting a straw-man about conspiracy theorists who (in this case, it seems) claim the whole thing is just a ruse to help sell papers (who knew?). Of course, that she (or her editor) felt the need to say this at all, then misdirect away from the reason people ask questions only raises the index of suspicion, but then those who scribble for the Herald/Sun have their instructions.

  2. No major attack in Australia ? So Port Arthur doesn’t count?

    I guess it depends on who’s terrorising who.

  3. The other big hoax is a technical one, known as the NBN. It took me 3 “Recover Page” operations to be able to read this page. I then attempted to read Honest Aussie’s link page which took 5 “Recover Page” operation.

    This sort of fault is happening almost every day, but not necessarily 5 attempts, mostly 2 or 3. I have had up to 6 attempts before being able to read a particular page.

    The speed is also not faster than the broadband was previously, but that does not worry me, even though we were promised much faster speeds.

    When on broadband prior to November the occasional “Recover Page” did happen but this NBN caper is ridiculous.

  4. To Honest Aussie, yes they do fake other incidence. The underwear bomber for one. Probably the Paris truck incident. And of course the Martin Bryant “gunman” hoax. With all the proof available that Martin Bryant was not the gunman and the “authorities” can’t bring themselves to own up that it was they who planned the event and hired the real gunman.

    Unfortunately the possible real gunman will never be able to confess, as he has, you guessed it, suicided. Oh really? Not another convenient suicide?

  5. Honest Aussie says:

    Oh look, the Adelaide Advertiser picked up a car bomb in Baghdad http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/world/car-bomb-explodes-in-baghdad-market/news-story/daeb2a884dab3d7c231bd92a0be58861
    Killing 10 and Wounding 34
    But somebody leaked early video footage just prior to the bomb exploding…

    So did the Adelaide Advertiser believe it to be a real bomb?? OF COURSE NOT!!! They are ALL in on it and it’s embarassing for the dumb South Australians newspaper readers – oops, I see it also in Melbourne, and Sydney…err Dumb Aussies?? errr…

    So my question is: if they faked that bomb in Iraq, did the fake others… did they fake EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM??

    • Hey Honest,
      Nice work with the clip of the False Flag in Baghdad. Saw it a few years back but forgot about it. Of course they’re all fake (nearly). We’re being fucked with by these psychos. Sandy Hook, 9/11, Port Arthur, Nice, Berlin, San Bernadino, Charlie Hebdo, Paris,London Westminster Bridge, Manchester, etc. etc ,etc ….Unfortunately, in some cases, people die, others, it’s just Hollywood and CGI.

      Maybe they’re priming us for another False Flag in Sydney soon, with all the Fake Media hype about airport security and Muslim terrorists trying to blow up planes with sausage mincers-good grief. The MO is becoming too stupid to be stupid.

  6. Of course, if the sausage mincer IED had detonated, everyone on board would have been splattered with sausage mince. Yuk!!

  7. Methinks the “Crisis Acting” industry is about to suffer a serious drop off in funding. It makes one think seriously that the movie “They Live” might have more than just a little truth behind it.
    Crazy days indeed, but it sure is entertainingly hilarious.
    Thanks for the laughs!

  8. Phil sent this link to me this morning

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