View Full Version : Terror Alert: Terrorists may be using gasoline trucks

08-12-2005, 12:54 PM
Heard on the radio that intelligence reports that Al Quaeda terrorists inside the US may use gasoline trucks in attacks throughout the country. If you see anything suspicious concerning this matter, they are asking you to contact your local law enforcement.

08-12-2005, 12:57 PM
I heard on the radio that rock is dead.

08-12-2005, 12:57 PM
The good news is that carrying such loads do require a higher level CDL, which were monitored much more closely with respect to approving post-911. Obviously, that does not rule out hijacking or fraud, but at least it isn't just anyone with a CDL can drive a gasoline tanker.

08-12-2005, 01:11 PM
Fuel trucks are one of those "soft targets" that are going to be next to impossible to harden. The more fuel we consume, the more of these that are on the road.

At any given time, there probably isn't a 10 linear-mile area of Interstate or US highway anywhere in this country that doesn't contain multiple trucks carrying something toxic or flammable. That's way too much to guard or worry about.

Personally, I'm reassured by the rules that keep hazardous cargo away from certain stretches of highway.

Caveat Emperor
08-12-2005, 01:31 PM
Yeah, the terrorists are not only driving the gasoline trucks, they're pumping the gas into the stations and then going up and changing the price to $2.50 a gallon.

08-12-2005, 01:34 PM
I heard on the radio that rock is dead.

Has been for awhile

08-12-2005, 01:40 PM
Yeah, the terrorists are not only driving the gasoline trucks, they're pumping the gas into the stations and then going up and changing the price to $2.50 a gallon.Pfffttthhh

Hah :D

08-13-2005, 06:10 AM
I'd say the terrorists have already taken over at the pumps. But then, how can even they afford a tanker full of gas?


08-15-2005, 11:44 AM

By Daniel McGrory

POLICE admitted last night that they are no nearer to finding a mastermind behind the July 7 bombings as Scotland Yard faced a new threat from terrorists driving hijacked fuel tankers into petrol stations.

A focus for the investigation will be to trace any video evidence recorded by the four bombers admitting the attacks, as other British suicide bombers have done in the past.

Counter-terrorism officers want to pour more manpower into investigating the July 7 atrocity but will now have to concentrate on the weekend warning from the US Department of Homeland Security, which said that terrorists plan to strike within the next month in Britain and in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Scotland Yard’s priority remains preventing another attack but it will draft more officers into hunting the support network behind the 7/7 attacks, which killed 56 people.

Police do not know where the four bombers spent the night before the attack and senior officers do not believe that they acted alone.

One senior source said: “The background of these four does not suggest that they could have done everything themselves. Someone had to train them in building a sophisticated set of bombs and all sorts of other logistical support.”

Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has conceded that tracing any third terrorist cell is proving difficult as there is no intelligence on those involved in the attacks.

Scotland Yard dare not relax the London lockdown with reports that another terrorist cell is in place. Sir Ian said at the weekend: “The fact that we had two attacks makes the possibility of a third attack more likely, not less likely.”

US agents would not say how they had discovered details of the plot to hijack fuel tankers, a favoured terrorist tactic in the Middle East.

British police are understood to have foiled a number of plots involving lorry bombs, including one on London pubs and nightclubs last year.

The Department of Transport has issued security guidelines for fuel companies and others with fleets of tankers. Transport experts have called for closer monitoring of tankers on the road and companies are examining technology to allow vehicles to be shut down if they are hijacked.

Al-Qaeda figures in US custody have said that videos showing how to prepare lorry bombs and footage of tankers ramming buildings are shown at training camps. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of al-Qaeda’s leading tacticians, has reportedly told interrogators that he drew up plans to target petrol stations, because of “their apparent vulnerability and the potential destructive force of a fuel-driven explosion”, the Homeland Security report says.

It adds: “Al-Qaeda leaders plan to employ various types of fuel trucks as vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices in an effort to cause mass casualties . . . The stated goal is the collapse of the US economy.”

The Government received support yesterday from an independent watchdog for its policy of deporting Islamic extremists.

Lord Carlile of Berriew, the Liberal Democrat peer appointed to review anti-terror measures, said in an interview for the BBC that ministers were right to get deals with foreign governments to take back “preachers of hate”.

Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, has banned one cleric, Omar Bakri Mohammed, from returning from Lebanon and ordered the arrest of ten radicals, including Abu Qatada, described as “al-Qaeda’s spiritual ambassador in Europe”.

His lawyers have to appeal by Wednesday to stop his deportation to Jordan, where he may face terrorism charges.