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The terrorist’s handbook

I’ve been thinking a little about terrorism lately and how to fight it. Some clues might be in this how-to manual seized in England and used as evidence in the trials for the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, according to It includes chapter titles such as “Assassinations using poisons and cold steel,” and “Explosives.” The bomb-making instructions are pretty detailed, but given my past experiences trying to assemble dollhouses for my kids, I’m glad my job doesn’t involve making bombs based on written directions. It is not light reading and not for the faint of heart. Chapter 17 on being interrogated reminds you vividly why they call it torture.