British/Canadian Jihad. From the TimesOnline, with thanks to Granny Weatherwax:
AL-QAEDA terrorists considered using bombs and stun guns disguised as cameras and flash attachments to hijack an aircraft from Heathrow and crash it into the Canada Tower at Canary Wharf in East London, according to a report from the US Department of Homeland Security.
The plot to strike London, and other world targets, is said to have been thwarted in the summer of 2003. This was shortly after Tony Blair was widely ridiculed for ordering extra security, including armoured cars, to Heathrow.
The plan to fly into the Canary Wharf Tower was uncovered in 2004, when computer files belonging to a key lieutenant of Osama bin Laden were seized in Lahore, Pakistan. Among the encrypted messages “” all written in perfect English “” were layouts of Heathrow and details of Canary Wharf, including the heights of tower blocks in the Docklands financial district.
The American report, obtained by ABC News yesterday, provides a further glimpse into what it describes as the “ingenuity” of al-Qaeda in attempting to convert camera equipment and other non-threatening items into deadly weapons that could be smuggled on to an aircraft. Such items could be used to “gain access to an airliner flight deck”….
In total, intelligence chiefs had learnt of nine schemes to hijack aircraft since the September 11, 2001, attacks on America. This, says the US Homeland Security Department, demonstrates “a continued commitment to attack aviation-related targets”.