On Wednesday Sept. 5th
, German police stopped a
The planned bomb consisted of 730 kilogramms of hydrogen peroxide to be mixed with other chemicals.
The explosive power would have been equivalent to 550 kilogramms of TNT.
The IHT reports
the possible targets were the Ramstein US Air Force Air Base and Frankfurt International Airport.
The suspects had been under observation for 10 months, the chemicals had been clandestinely rendered harmless
by German authorities.
What caused the final arrest?
Two things: 1) they had just recieved a call from north Pakistan urgently ordering them to follow through within 14 days.
2) a local village policeman blew the surveillance cover
by literally telling them at a routine road stop that they were on a watch-list. German intelligence immediately knew the policeman had blown their cover. How? They had bugged the car
Making a bomb out of hydrogen peroxide is school chemistry class knowledge. In combination with acetone and acid it becomes explosive and is commonly referred to as TATP
or also, due to its instability, as the Mother of Satan
. Hydrogen peroxide is the fluid that the airlines are scared of
The Germans recieved the decisive tips
that lead to observation of the suspects from American authorities.
Even during the G-8 June 2007 meetings in Heiligendamm President Bush asked Chancellor Angela Merkel how
"Operation Alberich" was proceeding [Spiegel
, rough translation
The terrorists were fully aware that they were under surveillance. Once one of them stepped out of the car at a red light and calmly walked up to the car following them and slit their tires. [see the previous Spiegel-links]
Oh and concerning the Sept. 21st put options
: the answer
was posted by patricio here
. There is no connection, this practice, referred to as a box trade
, is a method of borrowing without a bank as a middleman.