They are breaking into my program on television to announce that another man has just been removed from another Northwest Airlines Amsterdam -> U.S. flight. No further details at this time.
My daughter flew from Logan to Wash state yesterday, I was VERY relieved when I spoke to her when she got there.
Reports: Man in his "early 30s" boarded the plane in Nigeria w/o luggage and acted "suspiciously." Once the plane was over the US, he barricaded himself in the bathroom. Crew kicked the door in and dragged him out and sent a request for police to meet the aircraft.
Only Fox has picked it up on the internet so far.
Metro Airport spokesman John Witner said there was a report of suspicious activity on the Delta/Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam Sunday. That is the same flight number as the flight that a Nigerian man was suspected of attempting to blow up over Detroit on Christmas Day. All 257 passengers and 12 crew have deplaned safely, said Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott. The flight landed safely in Detroit at 12:34 p.m. Sunday.
I have found the story on http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34602186/ns/us_news-security/
The msnbc story was only 16 minutes old and the wmtw story was 12 minutes old at the time of this post. I am sure as time goes on it will be all over the place in a matter of minutes.
Clearly, these Nigerian fellows are merely trying to deliver the money they've promised to all those American citizens.
He had intestinal upset. All is well. So I heard on WBZ.
Well, if he didn't before, he certainly does now.
Poor Bob MacGregor! Will he ever get his money??
Exactly. I want to know how many checks they found in his luggage when they searched.
* DECEMBER 28, 2009
Attack Attempt Spurs Look at Air Security
U.S., Nigerian and Dutch Authorities Probe How Suspect and His Baggage Were Screened; New Calls for Better Scanning
by Daniel Michaels
Aviation-security regulators have long known...small quantities of dangerous substances can elude even advanced screening, so they have set rules that tried to ensure terrorists couldn't sneak enough on board to seriously damage an airplane.
Politicians and security experts now are urging governments to install more advanced scanning equipment, but also to emphasize...profiling.
Air-security experts caution that well-prepared attackers can still avoid detection. Drug traffickers routinely smuggle large quantities of narcotics inside their bodies.
* DECEMBER 28, 2009
Terror Watch Lists Come Under Scrutiny
By CAM SIMPSON, EVAN PEREZ and SIOBHAN GORMAN
WASHINGTON -- The databases used for such tracking are managed by numerous intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, including the [FBI], the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security. They have been criticized for being overly broad -- barring musicians, lawmakers and toddlers from jetliners -- and for not being broad enough to keep suspected radicals out of the U.S., or off planes.
Is it just me, or is the whole world wondering why the good people of AMSTERDAM dropped the ball on this? Maybe the US missed something here prior to this flight, but can't we at least lay SOME of the blame on the country that let him board the plane?
Is it just me, or is the whole world wondering why the good people of AMSTERDAM dropped the ball on this?
Um... not to hijack the thread, but from what I hear, the legality and accompanying regulation of both means their authorities are not as busy.
ps - it must be really weird at first, to order a cappuccino and make a selection from the pot bar along with the pastry bar.
Although, this article does say the government is limiting coffee/pot bars to LOCALS ONLY. Oh, the injustice. Cities and towns were COMPLAINING about all the tourists coming to buy pot on the weekends from other countries. MAINE - ARE YOU LISTENING?
Dutch cannabis coffee shops ban tourists
Alarmed by the side effects of its tolerant approach to soft drugs, the Dutch government announced plans this week to limit drug tourism by reserving hundreds of cannabis-vending coffee shops for locals.
"The sale of hashish and cannabis in coffee shops must be limited and aimed solely at the local user," said a cabinet statement ...
Tourist Dollars for Sale
(Al Qaida) said Abdulmutallab used explosives manufactured by al-Qaida members. "He managed to penetrate all devices and modern advanced technology and security checkpoints in international airports bravely without fear of death," the group said in the statement, "relying on God and defying the large myth of American and international intelligence, and exposing how fragile they are, bringing their nose to the ground, and making them regret all what they spent on security technology."
They sound like something from Monty Python. "You silly English pig-dogs..........."
Ignoring, of course, the fact that IT DIDN'T WORK.
Ignoring the obvious, and hoping nobody will notice.... gee. We should introduce them to Napolitano.
Well, I guess there's no way to do a test of each detonator for obvious reasons, but does it seem to anyone else that the failure rate on these devices seems to be a tad high?
Sen. Collins Talks Security, Health Care During Address in Bangor
by Sarah Komuniecki · Dec 29th 2009
...Collins...at a lunch meeting...Bangor....
"We dodged a bullet on Christmas day. The result could have been 300 people whose lives could have been lost," she says.
The result could have been 300 people whose lives could have been lost," she says.
* JANUARY 2, 2010
Obama Reviews Antiterror Steps
By ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON and SIOBHAN GORMAN
HONOLULU -- ...Obama...digests hundreds of pages of reports from a half-dozen agencies...
Emerging as a central focus...deficiencies in...U.S.'s network of watch lists, ...designed after the [9-11] attacks to keep tabs on potential terrorists and prevent them from boarding planes...
...government audits turned up problems in recent years, including gaps that kept suspected terrorists from being added to...U.S.'s no-fly list.
In Washington, officials were maneuvering to assign or avoid blame.
* JANUARY 2, 2010
Lawyer Has Terror-Case Track Record
By AMIR EFRATI
The lawyer appointed to represent the man accused of attempting to bomb Northwest Flight 253 had prior success helping to defend an alleged terrorist.
Miriam Siefer, the chief public defender in Detroit, also has handled cases involving disturbances on other Northwest flights, including one in which a man pleaded guilty after illegally transporting ammunition and saying he was traveling overseas to kill Osama bin Laden.
So, is our government back to calling this stuff terrorism now?
Brennan Says U.S. Shut Embassy Due to Al-Qaeda Threat
By Ian Katz and Bill Schmick - 1/3/10
“What we had...was a failure to act on a very credible report from the terrorist’s father that should, at the very least, have caused the State Department to revoke his visa,” Senator Collins.., said on “This Week.”
“Why wasn’t this individual’s visa revoked once we had such a credible report that he posed a threat?” Collins said. “That to me is an even bigger failure than the failure to screen him effectively.”
According the the Sydney Morning Herald, the White House was warned about this underpants bomb in October after an attempted assassination of Saudi Prince Muhammid bin Nayef in August.
...White House was warned in October that al-Qaeda in Yemen had used the same concealed bomb technique...It was the latest piece of intelligence that, if put together with others available, might have stopped...Abdulmutallab...chief counterterrorism adviser [John Brennan] was briefed by his Saudi Arabian counterpart...that the group had exploded a suicide bomb sewn into underwear. Prince Muhammad survived an assassination attempt by a Yemeni al-Qaeda operative in August.
So, how is it that this man was able to board a plane in Amsterdam without a passport? Why wasn't the pilot notified of this? Seems he had a "handler" to help board the plane without a passport.
You can't even go to Canada or Mexico now without a passport book, or card, but yet this guy was able to board a plane in Amsterdam, and fly to the US.
Something stinks here, but then again this site isn't known for it's "conspiracy" theories.
Do you suppose the SEIU was behind this in an attempt to unionize underwear manufacturers?
This story is being carried elsewhere, but the Detroit local media has the most comprehensive.
Dutch counter-terrorism agency says he had a passport and a visa.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab presented a valid Nigerian passport and U.S. visa to authorities...NCTb and Dutch military police had been investigating the claims of Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell, who first told MLive.com he witnessed a well-dressed man try to help Abdulmutallab board the flight in Amsterdam without a passport...Haskell, who talked yesterday with the FBI, is sticking by his account..."I never stated he didn't have a passport...I stated he was trying to board without a passport, what transpired after that I don't know."
On December 30, Mr. Haskell made the news again:
Haskell...observed a second person being taken into custody at Detroit Metro Airport after bomb sniffing dogs alerted authorities to the man's carry-on bag...Haskell...did not believe it was the same man who he saw try to help Abdulmutallab in Amsterdam. Customs...spokesman Ron Smith confirmed...that a second person was detained...[He would not]...say whether it was the same person Haskell discussed, why he was detained or whether he'll face any charges. Two other passengers corroborated Haskell's story...
Two other passengers seem to corroborate the statements (this one with video):
Daniel Huisinga...says he also saw a man being taken away in handcuffs at the airport after a dog search. A third person, Roey Rosenblith, told The Huffington Post...he saw a man in a suit being placed into handcuffs and escorted out...Huisinga talked about seeing a man taken away at the airport during an interview Monday on MSNBC. He mentions it at about the 1:25 mark of the video...The reporter appears to confuse Huisinga's account with a man who was detained on a separate flight Sunday and deemed not to be a threat.
White House national security adviser James Jones says Americans will feel "a certain shock" when they read an account being released Thursday of the missed clues that could have prevented the alleged Christmas Day bomber from ever boarding the plane.
I gotta tell you, absolutely NOTHING about this administration is going to shock me. They have made it abundantly clear that they care not a whit for transparency, honesty, the good of the people, or even whether Americans live or die unless those Americans are directly related to them and their plans.
I was not even shocked when Mr. Obama took time out from his golf game days after this incident to tell us that he inherited the "connect the dots" malady.
I am a tad curious, however, to see whether Michael Moore decides to open a movie with this golf scene as he did President Bush's golf game.
What I found more shocking was Napalitano putting more effort into stoping government officials from using the word "terrorist" instead of fighting against the terrorists.
Both cases were caused by more concern for preserving Political Correctness than finding and stopping those who seek to kill us all.
So I've listened twice to the entire press conference fandango, and I find nothing shocking in the information any of them gave.
What I do find shocking is the idea I cannot shake that they have decided that the "shocking" information is not something the American people should know. Why am I not shocked that they are once again filtering just about everything that comes out of our White House?
I cannot help but think: GOOOH!