"Margaret Gavin, 67, waiting to board a train, said she wasn't scared. 'Why should I change my life because some idiots want to blow something up?' she said."
Amen, Margaret. While pants-peeing Cheney administration and mouth-foaming neocons will be shouting from under their beds that they need their mommies, the rest of us can continue to live our lives.
When this Heathrow bombing plot story first broke, I couldn't help but wonder if this was another terrorist-gang-that-couldn't-shoot-straight smokescreen like the one manufactured in Miami. You remember, the "al-Quaeda" sleeper cell that wanted to blow up the Sears tower, but couldn't afford to buy their own boots.
I'm holding final judgment until more details come out, mostly because Blair isn't nearly an accomplished liar as Bush; but initial details aren't looking good. Bombing planes with hydrogen peroxide and camera flashes? Unless one of these halfwits worked for Dow, it's starting to sound like Keystone Kaeda all over again.
On the other hand, the U.S. reaction to this story should make it very clear that Cheney and Rummy not only have no interest in protecting you, they have no fucking clue how to protect you.
Hearing of a plot to blow up a plane should have elicited a yawn from Chertoff and a quick press release saying "we have had counter-measures in place for in-flight bomb manufacturing every year since 9/11. This scenario has been exhaustively researched and no changes in airport security are necessary."
Honestly, at this point I picture bin Laden and his 17th number 2 man (we captured the other 16) smoking dope in a Pakistan cave:
"OBL: I bet you I can get the American dogs to dump out their Slurpees before they get on planes.
Number 2: No way! I'm all over that; I bet you two rolls of toilet paper.
OBL: You sure you don't want to think about it? You're already into me for a half-dozen RPGs over the 'take off their shoes' bet..."