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  •  errrrr (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, chimene

    maybe it is common in the US for IEDs to contain gunpowder/black powder. That I would suggest is a factor of its ease of purchase and common circulation in the USA.

    Over here in Euroland our own domestic nutballs would say "Awwww....how quaint." or "Black powder? WTF Guy Fawkes!"

    The serious and motivated boom boom fanatic uses stuff that is much more effective than black powder. Fertilizer or peroxide for example..... the classic ingredients of CoOp Mix.

    and when you start sticking markers into black powder, or demolitions explosives like C4 guess what the serious terror goons do? They stop using them and make their own (often much better) explosives. The UK and EU started putting markers in commercial explosives like Semtex, and started applying stricter controls to supply, so the IRA and ETA shifted to fertilizer and bleach bombs. So much for the marker protections.

    There are no magic fixes for bomb making threats. Certainly markers offer little or no protections - they are just another faddy gadget to keep the proles in awe.

    •  Feh. (4+ / 0-)

      More of the old "If you outlaw X only outlaws will have X" bullshit.

      If taggants drive wannabe terrorists to other materials that are less commonly available and easier t trace, that is a net positive.  It will eliminate the lazy wannabes who are too shiftless to find a different way, and the stupid, who don't have the wit to properly research alternatives, and will also highlight the really stupid who do their research in a way that is hard to track.

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 10:26:37 AM PDT

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    •  black powder/gunpowder is WAY TOO EASY to (0+ / 0-)

      make at home. and the instructions are available EVERYWHERE, too... thousands of websites probably, and zillions of copies still out there of any number of SF stories!!!

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 04:22:22 PM PDT

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