Exploding Boobs: The Next Terrorist Threat?

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If you aren’t reading WorldNetDaily, you’re really missing out. Today, for instance, the paranoid conservative website ran a big scoop entitled, “MI5 hunting breast implants of death.” WND, which is obsessed with the “Muslim mafia,” claims that Britain’s intelligence service is concerned that British teaching hospitals have churned out Muslim doctors who are now returning to their home countries to outfit female suicide bombers with breast implants that blow up–and not just to a DD cup. WND cites British medical experts who reported back to MI5 that:

“Properly inserted the implant would be virtually impossible to detect by the usual airport scanning machines. You would need to subject a suspect to a sophisticated X-ray. Given that the explosive would be inserted in a sealed plastic sachet, and would be a small amount, would make it all the more impossible to spot it with the usual body scanner.”

If WND is right, the breast implants of death are just one more reason the naked full-body scanners the US is scrambling to install in every airport won’t make us any safer. Michael Mukasey, please take note.

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