Remember the Stonehenge scene from Spinal Tap, when at the climactic point of the song an 18-inch model of a rock plinth, instead of a life-sized recreation, is lowered from the rafters?
Stonehenge, ’tis a magic place
Where the moon doth rise with a dragon’s face
Stonehenge where the virgins lie
And the prayer of devils fill the midnight sky
Something like that happened here:
German authorities staged raids on Tuesday after uncovering an alleged Islamist plot to carry out bomb attacks using model airplanes, federal prosecutors said, according to the AFP news agency.
Elite police units stormed nine sites in southern and eastern Germany, as well as in Belgium, based on suspicion of “preparation of grievous acts of anti-state violence” as well as money-laundering, the federal prosecutor’s office in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe said in a statement.
The searches targeted two men of Tunisian origin “suspected of acquiring information and objects with the aim of carrying out radical Islamist explosives attacks using remote-controlled model airplanes,” according to AFP.
Beyond the two men of Tunisian extraction, the searches also targeted four of their alleged contacts “on suspicion of financing militant jihad” as well as a fifth person accused of money-laundering, the report said.
Public broadcaster SWR reported that several of the suspects studied in Stuttgart, some of them specializing in aeronautics and doing internships in which they flew model airplanes using GPS navigation.
The German raids came one day after six people were arrested in the Paris region in coordinated raids on members of a suspected radical Islamist cell allegedly planning terrorist acts on French soil.
The suspects, aged between 22 and 38, were “all known to police for serious delinquency” and are being detained by the police anti-terrorist unit in the Paris suburb of Levallois.
The members of the suspected Islamist cell include one man from Benin, another from the Comoros and four French nationals, a source close to the case said.
I’m sure model airplanes can do plenty of damage if handled right (or wrong)—look what a couple of pressure cookers did in Boston—but still.
Osama bin Laden is shaking his bullet-ridden, barnacle-encrusted head.
Arms merchant of death.