September 24, 2009, - 3:09 pm
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More information is coming out about jihadist and terrorist Najibullah Zazi. And some of it, in my view, falls in the TMI category. Too Much Information.
Yes, if someone wants to kill, they’ll find a way. But I’m not sure of what benefit it is to announce to the other would-be jihadis, criminals, and kooks out there, how Zazi went to beauty supply stores to get the basic ingredients for his planned Weapons of Mass Destruction.
But the feds made this info public, anyway. And, in the process, they stupidly alerted Islamic terrorists, so they can be more clever the next time.
An Afghan immigrant plotted for more than a year to detonate homemade bombs in the United States, had recently bought bomb-making supplies from beauty supply stores and was looking for “urgent” help in the past two weeks to make explosives, an indictment charged Thursday.
Najibullah Zazi — a 24-year-old airport shuttle driver who authorities said received explosives and weapons training from al-Qaida during a trip to Pakistan last year — was charged in New York with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. . . .
The two-page indictment of Zazi — who appeared in a Denver court on Thursday — offers few details, but a separate document — a government motion seeking to deny bail — lays out evidence gathered by investigators. . . .
The document says that on Sept. 6 and 7, Zazi tried to communicate with another individual “seeking to correct mixtures of ingredients to make explosives.” . . .
In July and August, Zazi bought unusually large amounts of hydrogen peroxide and acetone — a solvent commonly found in nail polish remover — from beauty supply stores in the Denver metropolitan area, the document says. . . .
Beauty supply store employees in New York and the Denver suburbs said authorities had been there recently asking whether large quantities of hydrogen peroxide or acetone supplies had been purchased.
At Hidden Beauty in Queens’ Flushing neighborhood, a quick walk from the apartment where Zazi stayed this month, a plainclothes officer stopped by and asked whether anyone had been there to buy a large amount of acetone, store employee Sam Chin said Thursday. The manager told him that no one had, Chin said.
John Choy, a salesman for 707 Beauty Supply and Fashion Plus in the Denver suburb of Aurora, said FBI agents went to his store about two weeks ago and asked him whether he sold hydrogen peroxide to anyone recently. Choy said that the store sells only a few small bottles a year and that no one who bought it fit the description of Zazi.
So, the lesson for us here is beware of Muslim men looking for nail polish remover and hair bleach.
And the lesson for Muslim men: start hiring women to go to those stores to buy the ingredients. The “clever” feds have just announced to the world they’re on to you. So, now you can plan how to evade them.
**** UPDATE: More on the beauty supplies. For every jihadi who’s wondering, the feds provide you a “cookbook”:
The court paperwork lists several chemicals Zazi and his associates were using to make the explosive “Triacetone Triperoxide” or “TAPT,” which is the explosive used in the 2005 London train bombings and intended to be used in the 2001 “shoe bomb” plot by Richard Reid.
The government alleges Zazi and others associated with him purchased unusually large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and acetone products from beauty supply stores in the Denver metropolitan area.
The indictment states there are surveillance videos and receipts that Zazi purchased six bottles of “Liquid Developer Clairoxide” from a beauty supply store in Aurora on July 25.
The document goes on to describe how videos and receipts also show that on Aug. 28 Zazi purchased 12 32oz bottles of “Ms. K Liquid 40 Volume”, another hydrogen peroxide based product form the same store.
Records cited by the government in the indictment also show Zazi stayed at a nearby hotel suite in Aurora on Aug. 28 that was equipped with a stove to practice working with the chemicals.
Others associated with Zazi made purchases at beauty supply stores, according to the indictment. One person purchased a one-gallon container of a product containing 20 percent hydrogen peroxide. A second person purchased an acetone product during the first week of September. Yet another person purchased 32 ounce bottles of “Ion Sensitive Scalp Developer” a product with high levels of hydrogen peroxide on three occasions over the summer of 2009.
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