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2012-05-30 11:19:41

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new standard reference material (SRM) to aid in the detection of two explosive compounds that are known to be used by terrorists. Researchers designed the new test samples to simulate the size and behavior of residues that remain after handling the explosives PETN (pentaerythritol tetranitrate) and TATP (triacetone triperoxide). Instrument developers, academic researchers and government labs can use the SRM to test,...

2010-10-19 17:18:24

University of Illinois chemists have developed a simple sensor to detect an explosive used in shoe bombs. It could lead to inexpensive, easy-to-use devices for luggage and passenger screening at airports and elsewhere. Triacetone triperoxide (TATP) is a high-powered explosive that in recent years has been used in several bombing attempts. TATP is easy to prepare from readily available components and has been difficult to detect. It defies most standard methods of chemical sensing: It doesn't...

2008-09-07 18:00:15

A MIDLAND shoebomb plotter has failed in a bid to be freed after serving just three years of his sentence. Extremist Saajid Badat, 25, from Barton, Gloucester, was jailed for 13 years in 2005 for conspiring to blow up a plane in Amsterdam at the same time as infamous shoebomber Richard Reid targetted an American Airlines flight. Badat couldn't go through with the plan and dismantled his bomb, but was locked up to protect the public. The terrorist says he has had a "wholly genuine...

2008-08-07 09:00:41

By Art Marroquin Performing a barefoot strip tease at security checkpoints may become a thing of the past as federal authorities prepare for summertime tests at Los Angeles International Airport on a pair of new machines that scan shoes for explosives. The PassPort scanners, manufactured by government contractor L-3 Communications, will determine whether travelers are hiding bombs in their footwear. Data collected from the tests at LAX will be used to evaluate whether the technology...

2006-08-10 11:20:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Chemicals sitting in anyone's bathroom at home could be used to make a bomb that would badly damage a passenger jet, and experts have been warning about this danger for years. British police said they foiled a plot on Thursday to blow up aircraft flying between Britain and the United States, and U.S. and British authorities banned liquids, including drinks, hair gels and lotions, from carry-on baggage. "My hunch is that the reason...

2006-07-28 07:50:06

LONDON (Reuters) - A British-based cleric wanted in the United States on terrorism charges renewed his legal challenge on Friday against convictions in Britain for inciting racial hatred and soliciting murder. Egyptian-born Abu Hamza al-Masri, 48, was jailed for seven years in February after being convicted on 11 of 15 charges he faced at a London court. His lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, asked three of Britain's most senior judges at the Court of Appeal in London for permission to...

2006-05-04 13:53:38

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Zacarias Moussaoui, sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for his part in the September 11 plot, will almost certainly live out his days in a soundproofed cell, seldom having direct contact with other human beings. Moussaoui was expected to be sent as early as Thursday to the super maximum security federal prison in Florence, Colorado known as the "Alcatraz of the Rockies." If so, he will spend 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, in a...

2006-04-20 18:06:27

By Deborah Charles ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - "Shoebomber" Richard Reid had no advanced knowledge of the September 11 attacks, a jury was told on Thursday, casting doubt on claims by Zacarias Moussaoui that Reid was to have joined him in the assault. Defense lawyers rested their case at Moussaoui's sentencing trial after reading a statement indicating Reid was not involved in the hijacking plans. Last month Moussaoui, who faces execution as the only person charged in the...

2006-04-20 15:33:45

By Deborah Charles ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - "Shoebomber" Richard Reid had no advanced knowledge of the September 11 attacks, a jury was told on Thursday, casting doubt about claims by Zacarias Moussaoui that Reid was to have joined him in the assault. A statement indicating Reid was not involved was read by a defense attorney and agreed to by prosecutors at the sentencing trial of Moussaoui, who faces possible execution as the only person convicted in the United States for...

2006-04-20 14:17:52

By Deborah Charles ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - "Shoebomber" Richard Reid had no advanced knowledge of the September 11 attacks, a jury was told on Thursday, casting doubt about claims by Zacarias Moussaoui that Reid was to have joined him in the assault. A statement indicating Reid was not involved was read by a defense attorney and agreed to by prosecutors at the sentencing trial of Moussaoui, who faces possible execution as the only person convicted in the United States for...