the amount of water shifted will cause untold damage to the sewers, and send seismic shockwaves that will topple the statue of liberty ;-) • April 1, 2006 AM The Premise: soviet era physicist are going missing and so is nuclear material. The Gaff: Captain Nemo's Grandson is ready to wreak horrible vengeance on the surface world.
Movie plot 2: Terrorists develop a tiny RF device that will disable computer avionics systems on commercial aircraft.
Easily concealed, they plant them in over 100 planes during normal flights, as well as in fedex "next daiy air" packages to an additional 100 destinations.
They activate all the devices and bring down these 200 planes, many of them as they pass over major population centers.
Movie plot 3: Terrorists use unsolicited bulk e-mail ("spam") which contain messages urging the recipient to kill everyone around them.
For a while now, I have been writing about our penchant for "movie-plot threats": terrorist fears based on very specific attack scenarios. Assume an attacker profile on the order of 9/11: 20 to 30 unskilled people, and about $500,000 with which to buy skills, equipment, etc. Judging will be by me, swayed by popular acclaim in the blog comments section.
Terrorists with crop dusters, terrorists exploding baby carriages in subways, terrorists filling school buses with explosives -- these are all movie-plot threats. The prize will be an autographed copy of Beyond Fear.
They're good for scaring people, but it's just silly to build national security policy around them. And if I can swing it, a phone call with a real live movie producer.
But if we're going to worry about unlikely attacks, why can't they be exciting and innovative ones? Entries close at the end of the month -- April 30 -- so Crypto-Gram readers can also play.
If Americans are going to be scared, shouldn't they be scared of things that are really scary? This is not an April Fool's joke, although it's in the spirit of the season.
"Blowing up the Super Bowl" is a movie plot to be sure, but it's not a very good movie. It is in this spirit I announce the (possibly First) Movie-Plot Threat Contest. The purpose of this contest is absurd humor, but I hope it also makes a point.
Entrants are invited to submit the most unlikely, yet still plausible, terrorist attack scenarios they can come up with. Terrorism is a real threat, but we're not any safer through security measures that require us to correctly guess what the terrorists are going to do next. EDITED TO ADD (4/4): There are hundreds of ideas here. Tags: contests, fear, movie-plot threat contests, movie-plot threats, terrorism Posted on April 1, 2006 at AM • 973 Comments • April 1, 2006 AM Nobody can beat that decade-old plot: Set your 20-30 terrorists loose with plastic syringes filled with salmonellea - infecting the salad bars at restaurants all over the US.