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Intelligence Bonanza

It’s now clear that the “fizzled” july 21 bombings — the ones where the suicide bombs didn’t go off — were a terrific intelligence bonanza for the British. They got fingerprints, pictures, descriptions… And now they are chasing it all down

Good luck to them. The talk from some quarters over there that the fizzles might have been an “inside job” by the security services, giving the terrorists dummy explosives, or wiring up the bombs to just go “pop” instead of “boom,” seems to me a bit far-fetched, though. If they knew enough to do that, they would have been rounding these folks up right after 7/7, not

playing spy-thriller games with fake explosive.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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