LONDON, Aug. 27 â€” On Aug. 9, in a small second-floor apartment in East London, two young Muslim men recorded a video justifying what the police say was their suicide plot to blow up trans-Atlantic planes: revenge against the United States and its â€œaccomplices,â€ Britain and the Jews.
â€œAs you bomb, you will be bombed; as you kill, you will be killed,â€ said one of the men on a â€œmartyrdomâ€ videotape, whose contents were described by a senior British official and a person briefed about the case. The young man added that he hoped God would be â€œpleased with us and accepts our deed.â€
As it happened, the police had been monitoring the apartment with hidden video and audio equipment. Not long after the tape was recorded that day, Scotland Yard decided to shut down what they suspected was a terrorist cell. That action set off a chain of events that raised the terror threat levels in Britain and the United States, barred passengers from taking liquids on airplanes and plunged air traffic into chaos around the world.
The ominous language of seven recovered martyrdom videotapes is among new details that emerged from interviews with high-ranking British, European and American officials last week, demonstrating that the suspects had made considerable progress toward planning a terrorist attack. Those details include fresh evidence from Britainâ€™s most wide-ranging terror investigation: receipts for cash transfers from abroad, a handwritten diary that appears to sketch out elements of a plot, and, on martyrdom tapes, several suspectsâ€™ statements of their motives.
There are details here, including indications that the plot-launch date was “not imminent”. One perspective is too view the timeing of the rollup positively “they stopped the carnage — maybe left some blokes yet to be uncovered”.