unlikely that the Secret Service would ever notice the C4 layer. That was the easy part.
The difficult part was hiding the wire and the detonator. Because those items were very
dense, they would get picked up in any X-Ray scan.
But Santiago had thought of that. He was The Builder, after all. The wire and
detonator would go in the Bible. With a small rotating saw, he gently cut the Bible away
from the statue. In its place he put a rectangular wooden box with a copper skin. Along
the length of the Bible‘s spine, Santiago placed a slender blasting cap about the size of a
harmonica. He had specially carved the metal housing of the blasting cap so that it
blended in perfectly with the Bible‘s spine. To anyone waving a security wand over
Bible, it would look merely like an ornate metal spine. The wire ran from the detonator
through a small hole at the top of the Bible, into the Saint‘s arm, and finally into the layer
of C4. When he was finished, he took out a portable X-ray machine that he had stolen
last year when he had worked at a local hospital as an X-ray technician. He passed the
portable scanner over the Bible.
In his training several years ago as an X-ray technician, Santiago had learned all
about X-ray machines and how to avoid detection. X-ray machines were made to detect
the density of objects. Some objects have low atomic density, called ―low Z.‖ Other
objects had high atomic density or ―high Z.‖ X-rays worked by passing photons through
an object. If the object being scanned had high Z, the photons would be absorbed.
Otherwise, the photons would be scattered. Through special software, the X-ray machine
could recreate a black and white picture of what was within an object based upon its
density. An object with a recognized shape, like a gun, could be readily identified.
However, individuals attempting to trick security personnel succeeded when they made
dangerous objects appear to be everyday, non-lethal objects with similar density. That
was Santiago‘s plan here. By disguising the detonator as parts of the Bible‘s spine, he
hoped to avoid detection. As he ran the portable scanner over the Bible, he looked at the
picture on the screen. He was convinced that the blasting cap would go undetected.
He placed the new explosive copper Bible against the Saint‘s hand and arm and
secured them temporarily with small pieces of clay and plaster. Then he applied Crazy
Glue, securing the Bible in place permanently. After the final layer of plaster was added,
the statue was left to dry alongside the Builder‘s other masterpieces: Jesus Christ and
Joseph of Arimathea. The detonator on Jesus was hidden within a metal crown of thorns,
which Santiago thought was most appropriate, given the amount of suffering he and the
others planned to unleash on the arrogant infidels.
It was now midnight and St. Anthony was ready for painting. Santiago also loved
the irony in hiding the C4 and detonator within St. Anthony of Padua, who the Catholics
believed to be the patron saint of lost items. If you lost your keys or your wallet, this was
the saint to whom you were supposed to pray. And now the saint could not even find a
load of explosives buried inside his own body! These Americans with their ridiculous
beliefs. Who would waste Allah‘s time with prayers to find car keys? Santiago removed
a color glossy 8x10 picture of the original statue which he had taken this morning. Out of
a nearby desk, he took out an artist‘s palette and squeezed out a dozen globs of different
colored paint. He used a brush and mixed some of the paints together to obtain more
realistic hues. Then, copying the colors in the photograph, he began to repaint the statue
of St. Anthony of Padua so that it resembled the original. He had to work quickly to get
the statue back in the Church by 5 a.m.