- 80 Grams of PETN is roughly the equivalent of ten blasting caps, or 4 Hollywood type blood pack squibs. Yes, if 80 grams of PETN were sewn into the crotch of our "terrorist's" underwear and detonated, it would blow his balls off, but with the shock wave absorbed by his legs, not much more than that.
I think this underwear story is being put out to explain how our "terrorist" got past the full body scanners at the Amsterdam airport; by claiming the bomb was concealed behind the man's testicles.
But as an explosive, 80 grams of PETN is insufficient to bring down an airplane from the crotch of a traveler's pants!
This is simply not a credible story.
Of course, when ABC News reports 80 grams of PETN was used to attempt to destroy an airliner, most Americans swallow it whole, and don't bother to ask, what is PETN? They just assume the government's story is credible, because it allegedly involves an Islamic jihadist. In fact, all the government has to do is include "Islamic extremist" to any black op cover story and they are given total immunity to scrutiny. And I'm not saying that was the case here, but the public is so dumbed down it doesn't matter what the truth is.
Meanwhile, after about ten minutes of researching PETN, I was able to determine that 80 grams of PETN is the equivalent of approximately one quarter the explosive power of a WWII bazooka round. I tend to agree...enough to blow his balls off, but not much more than that. Certainly not enough to take an jumbo jet down. No wonder they said it was a "firecracker".
- ABC News -
The plot to blow up an American passenger jet over Detroit was organized and launched by al Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect's underwear before sending him on his mission, federal authorities tell ABC News.
Investigators say the suspect had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin used by the military. The so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, had only about 50 grams kin his failed attempt in 2001 to blow up a U.S.-bound jet. Yesterday's bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or was not in "proper contact" with the explosive material, investigators told ABC News.