For John, BLUF: Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are not new. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is the Anniversary of the arrest, 408 years ago, of Guy Fawkes, thus ending the Gunpowder Plot. Mr Fawkes, whose visage, "the Guy Fawkes Mask", is the model for some protest groups, installed some 36 barrels of gunpowder in the basement of the House of Lords in Westminster Palace. The plan was to get not just the House of Lords, but also King James I (James IV of Scotland) and the Members of the House of Commons. This event gave rise to the political motto:
Vote Guy Fawkes — The Only Man Ever To Enter Parliament With Honest IntentionsThere is even a political blog with the visage of Guido Fawkes, Order, Order.
Regards — Cliff