You could argue that the most terrifying weapon of the post-modern era is the car bomb, delivering explosives anywhere, at any time, and hidden in plain sight. The only weapon that's possibly more piercing into the collective unconscious is drones, and the Google Car could very well combine the two.
Car bombs feel so common now that they don't even seem like news, but 31 people were killed and 94 injured in far western China from two explosives-laden SUVs. The New York Times has the full story.
Last September, lawyer Erik Chappell and his two sons were victims of a car bomb assassination attempt driving through Monroe, Michigan. Federal authorities now believe it was an attack using an explosive device partially made from an R/C car.
A Michigan man and his two sons survived what authorities are calling an assassination attempt after someone planted a bomb in their car Tuesday night. Law enforcement agencies appear to be investigating whether the bomber has ties to the victim's law practice.
Federal officials are currently investigating a potential car bomb plot that Al Qaeda has planned for this weekend, the anniversary of 9/11. The car bomb plot is "credible" but not confirmed and is supposed to target bridges and tunnels.
Saturday, a Nissan Pathfinder loaded with propane and gasoline was discovered in New York's Times Square after onlookers saw it smoking. Bomb Squad technicians were called to dismantle it. Expect mass-media mass-hysteria when sponsorship money clears (immediately). [ABC.net]