A terrorism expert says the invasive screening procedures demanded by the Obama-run Transportation Security Administration would do almost nothing to stop a determined terrorist because they already are experimenting with inserting explosives in a body cavity or even surgically implanting the destructive charges.
The comments come from Brigitte Gabriel, who is the founder of Act! For America, a 150,000-strong group that works to warn Americans against the dangers of militant Islam and the Muslims who follow it.
She also is a member of the board of advisers for the Intelligence Summit, and she lectures internationally on global terrorism.
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The issue has hit a flashpoint in the last few days as newly installed TSA procedures demand that airline passengers submit to a full-body scanning machine that generates an essentially nude image of the passenger for TSA workers to see, or a full-body pat-down that includes what critics have called “groping” of private parts of the body.
“These procedures are not effective at all with terrorists,” Gabriel told WND in an interview today. “If a true terrorist wants to go blow up an airplane, these machines will not detect it.”
She said like drug dealers already have proven, substances hidden inside body cavities or even embedded surgically remain undetected by any or all of the TSA’s procedures.
“If al-Qaida is planning against the U.S. multiple attacks in a day, in multiple airplanes, it could duplicate 9/11,” she told WND. “Al-Qaida is testing inserting breast implants, stuffing breast implants with explosives.”
She said a woman then could go into an airplane restroom and use a syringe similar to those used by diabetic patients to trigger an explosion that would disintegrate a modern jet.
“This is what al-Qaida is resorting to, and they’re exploring surgery for men,” she warned. “They want to implant explosives inside the body.
“Terrorists are conditioned and trained to blow themselves up, to become suicide bombers,” she said. “They are ready to die to go to heaven to meet Allah.”
At that time, it was revealed in the special report that intelligence agents for Britain’s MI5 service found that Muslim doctors trained at some of Britain’s leading teaching hospitals had returned to their own countries to fit surgical implants filled with explosives.
The report documented that women suicide bombers recruited by al-Qaida were known to have had the explosives inserted in their breasts under techniques similar to breast enhancing surgery. The lethal explosives – usually PETN (pentaerythritol Tetrabitrate) – are inserted during the operation inside the plastic shapes. The breast is then sewn up.
The report said similar surgery has been performed on male suicide bombers. In their cases, the explosives are inserted in the appendix area or in a buttock. Both are parts of the body that diabetics use to inject themselves with their prescribed drugs.
The report at the time quoted Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, saying, “Properly inserted the implant would be virtually impossible to detect by the usual airport scanning machines. You would need to subject a suspect to a sophisticated X-ray. Given that the explosive would be inserted in a sealed plastic sachet, and would be a small amount, would make it all the more impossible to spot it with the usual body scanner.”
Experts confirmed in the report that a sachet containing as little as five ounces of PETN when activated would blow “a considerable hole” in a jet airliner, guaranteeing a crash.
Gabriel, who has addressed former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, members of Congress, the Joint Forces Staff College, the U.S. Special Operations Command, the FBI and members of the British Parliament, said the only accurate way to spot terrorists is to use the profiling techniques used in Israel, which despite being a major target for terrorism, has a substantially safe airline industry.
“They know how to profile, ask the right questions. This is what it’s going to take,” she said. “We need to throw political correctness in the garbage where it belongs. This is the time for the public to rise up and demand public officials to come up with ways to identity the threats by name.”
Gabriel, who is author of the New York Times best-seller “Because they hate: A survivor of Islamic terror warns America,” and “They Must Be Stopped: Why we must defeat radical Islam and how we can do it,” was a news anchor for “World News,” the Arabic evening news broadcast for Middle East Television seen throughout Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. She covered the Israeli withdrawal from Central Lebanon, the Israeli Security Zone and the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and Gaza. Her work was international in scope, bringing her in contact with world figures such as Margaret Thatcher, George H. Bush Sr., Itshak Rabin, Shimon Perez and Ariel Sharon.
She moved to the U.S. in 1989 and founded a television production company that worked with “The Today Show,” “Oprah,” “Dr. Phil” and others.
She told WND in Israel, terror experts are trained to watch for eye movements, breathing rates and other physical indicators that a “passenger” is more than just that.
Even something as simple as a cologne or perfume can be an indicator, she said, because terrorists essentially are preparing themselves to enter heaven.
Those factors can pinpoint a potential terrorist whether they are dark-skinned and named Mohammed or they are six-foot-tall, blue-eyed, blonde holders of American passports, she said.
The current TSA demands “insult our intelligence,” she said. “It’s nothing more than window dressing. … The American public must come together and revolt against these procedures. The Obama administration has failed in identifying our problem. The administration is not paying attention to terrorism.”
She called out Obama even for his decisions to eradicate references such as “Islamic terrorist,” “jihad” and “Islamic radicals” from the speech of the government.
“How on earth can we win against the jihadists if we are afraid to identify them by name,” she said.