Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussein tilsto mandag at de hadde tenkt å gjennomføre eksplosjoner for å skremme folk, men de avviste at de hadde tenkt å sprenge sju passasjerfly over Atlanteren.
Pågripelsen av en gruppe personer i august 2006 og opprulling av planene om å sprenge sju passasjerfly, som hvis det var blitt gjennomført kunne kostet minst 2.000 mennesker livet, gjorde dypt inntrykk på britene. Planen var å smugle flytende sprengstoff om bord i mineralvannsflasker. Dette er den direkte foranledning til innstramming av reglene slik at det ikke lenger er lov å medta flytende om bord i fly.
Selv om de tre benektet planen om et 9/11 i lufta, var aktor sikker i sin sak.
Peter Wright, QC, in his closing speech for the prosecution, said the defendants wanted to «shock the world… It was their chance to achieve immortality and notoriety in equal measure.» When they were arrested in a series of co-ordinated police raids preparations for the attacks were, allegedly, at an advanced stage.
Suicide videos had been recorded, flights had been researched and several of the plotters had applied for new passports. Bombmaking materials had been assembled and a bomb factory had been established in a flat in Walthamstow, east London.
Mr Wright said: «From the deployment of this evidence before you, we say you can be sure of the involvement of each of these men in a plot to murder as many civilian passengers as possible upon as many civilian aircraft as possible.
«And that some of these men were prepared to lose their life in achieving it whilst others were prepared to facilitate them in doing so in pursuit of a common goal.» He added: «Each was signed up to the cause, each was ready, willing and able to play their part in a deadly attack to bring about its successful and bloody conclusion.»
In their defence, Mr Ali and Mr Sarwar denied the bomb plot and said they planned to record a documentary highlighting injustices against Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon.
The two men also considered other targets including gas terminals, oil refineries and airports, Mr Sarwar said.