#10 Liquid Explosives Plot
“[M]ass murder on an unimaginable scale.”
In 2006, 24 Muslim men were arrested in Britain as they were entering the final stages of a plot to blow up as many as 10 jets headed for the U.S. Their plan was to mix an explosive cocktail, disguised as innocuous beverages, and detonate the mixture using a common electrical device such as a cellphone or mp3 player. A British agent had infiltrated the group, and the plot was foiled by British authorities. Many more were involved in the plot than were arrested and two of them left “martyrdom tapes.” The plot was “intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale,” reflected U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.