Something up at the Port of Miami?

posted at 1:59 pm on January 7, 2007 by Allahpundit

Florida Cracker has details. Fox’s correspondent at the scene says the bomb squad is on the way. According to the Miami Herald, the driver is Iraqi and one of the men found hiding in the truck is Lebanese.

The Herald also says the Center for Domestic Preparedness, which bills itself as “the nation’s premier Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center,” is on the scene.

Maybe something, probably nothing. Standby.

Update: All three men are here legally and none are on a terror watch list. The truck was detained at 8 a.m., but apparently the cargo hold hasn’t been opened or inspected yet.

Update: There’s an outstanding warrant for one of the men.

Update: The truck has been searched, and the FBI has now arrested the three men. There’s a press conference in half an hour. According to Fox, the driver didn’t know what was in the cargo hold when asked.

Update: Nethicus watched the press conference and says nothing but auto parts were found in the trailer. Apparrently all three men are from Dearborn, Michigan.

Update: The Miami Herald initially reported that two suspicious 55-gallon drums were found in the cargo hold. The police denied it at the press conference.


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Perfect place for it. Busy international port, lotsa Cuban employees for Arabs to blend in with like Atta did, direct access to the rest of the nation. Probably nuthin’.

Tony737 on January 7, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Maybe it is a lazy Sunday, but I did notice Kirsten this morning. Her transformation seems near completion.

JammieWearingFool on January 7, 2007 at 2:14 PM

If they were hiding in the truck there’s only two likely scenarios: they were either trying to drop something off or pick something up. If they don’t find anything in the truck, hopefully they’ll take the time to explore the other possibility.

jasnell on January 7, 2007 at 2:20 PM

It’s the guys that aren’t on the terror watch list I worry about most.

flipflop on January 7, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Probably nothing serious…
And even if it is, they won’t tell us about it;
Nothing to see here, move along.

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2007 at 3:12 PM

Just waiting for CAIR to say we violated their rights…

flagwaver on January 7, 2007 at 3:14 PM

Pardon the interjection, A.P., but why in the hell are you accepting blogads from the psychof__ks at PeTA? Forgive my saying so, but theirs is the kind of money you don’t need.

mikeomatic on January 7, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Were their DNC voter IDs and credentials taken? 3 more donors off their list. Shame.

roninacreage on January 7, 2007 at 3:26 PM

Maybe they were just bringing Ellison a new Koran

William Amos on January 7, 2007 at 3:27 PM

Just waiting for CAIR to say we violated their rights…

flagwaver on January 7, 2007 at 3:14 PM

wait for it … wait for it …

I give it a few hours at MOST

Pardon the interjection, A.P., but why in the hell are you accepting blogads from the psychof__ks at PeTA? Forgive my saying so, but theirs is the kind of money you don’t need.

mikeomatic on January 7, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Earlier I saw one with … Keith Olberman. I PHREAKING HATE SEEING HIM EVERYTIME I OPEN THIS SITE AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!

… so tell me Oac … how do you really feel?

One Angry Christian on January 7, 2007 at 3:27 PM

Pardon the interjection, A.P., but why in the hell are you accepting blogads from the psychof__ks at PeTA? Forgive my saying so, but theirs is the kind of money you don’t need.

mikeomatic on January 7, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Taking the nutroots money and putting it to good use ?

William Amos on January 7, 2007 at 3:27 PM

Pardon the interjection, A.P., but why in the hell are you accepting blogads from the psychof__ks at PeTA? Forgive my saying so, but theirs is the kind of money you don’t need.

mikeomatic on January 7, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Just more proof that money is non-partisan. I hate the lefties add too but then I do see some of the rights add on lefties pages too. Not so much however.

Gwillie on January 7, 2007 at 3:41 PM

It’s the guys that aren’t on the terror watch list I worry about most.

flipflop on January 7, 2007 at 2:25 PM

I mean wow! That would mean you’re afraid of 99.999% of the people that you meet each day. You know, in your neighborhood. This should chear you up!

THeDRiFTeR on January 7, 2007 at 4:00 PM

Oh, and maybe this to make you laugh! While we wait for the port thing to pan out.

THeDRiFTeR on January 7, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Oh, and maybe this to make you laugh! While we wait for the port thing to pan out.

THeDRiFTeR on January 7, 2007 at 4:03 PM

When is the democratic party going to put up a statue of Hussien in Washington DC since they seem to be so worried about him now ?

William Amos on January 7, 2007 at 4:08 PM

When is the democratic party going to put up a statue of Hussien in Washington DC since they seem to be so worried about him now ?

William Amos on January 7, 2007 at 4:08 PM

I dunno. When? Or was that a joke? Oh, and if you think it’s just dems that are concerned about the way that execution was handled, check out Joe Scarborough, he’s hopping mad and challenging O’Really? to a debate, “anytime, any place, anywhere.”

Made me laugh too! ;O)

THeDRiFTeR on January 7, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Maybe the guys were planning to hide for a while, then go to work when something was delivered.

mikeyboss on January 7, 2007 at 4:38 PM

A press conference in a half an hour . . .from when? :P Please to be updating with times when updating the updates.

- The Cat

MirCat on January 7, 2007 at 4:47 PM

I think flip flop meant that it’s the terrorists we don’t know about are the ones that worry him most. I agree. You don’t think the government knows who all the terrorists are, do you? The next terrorist attack will most likely be carried out by people here legally who have found a work-around to our security..

Guardian on January 7, 2007 at 4:52 PM

I was watching the news with my 8 year old and he said,”There were two Iraqis and a lesbian in a truck.” I told him that sounded like the beginning of a good joke. I guess you had to be there to appreciate that coming out the mouth of an 8 year old.

vcferlita on January 7, 2007 at 4:59 PM

Just waiting for CAIR to say we violated their rights…

flagwaver on January 7, 2007 at 3:14 PM

The Council are still in good health, then? I admit it’s a little disappointing, but it’s the sort of indulgence one comes to expect of the patient, restrained Americans.

Kralizec on January 7, 2007 at 4:59 PM

Hearty laugh indeed. Thanks for sharing Drifter.

I thought there is some hope for Muhammar Quadaffi but he just reverted to the latrine bulls-eye. We each chose how we live and die, especially the big ones…

Entelechy on January 7, 2007 at 5:01 PM

Lets see how long it takes for attorneys and CAIRless to get there.
Just another flying imam chapter? The trucking imam saga? A set-up?
Somehow, not knowing how many people are in your truck, and not knowing what the cargo is in your truck, will be a prayer thing. A muslim prayer thing….again.

shooter on January 7, 2007 at 5:06 PM

Heya Entelechy, how’s it? You thought that was funny. Check this out, while we wait for the follow up to this port enigma. Now we know where Bush intended to get the additional troops necessary to surge and why it won’t work. From onegoodmove.

THeDRiFTeR on January 7, 2007 at 5:21 PM

I’ve been Liveblogging this at The Autopsy.

Turns out the container had very dangerous auto-parts.

But it may have been a “probe” of port security. All were young men of middle-eastern descent.

Oh, and they all originated from Dearborn, MI.

Nethicus on January 7, 2007 at 5:23 PM

Completely overblown.
Thank you Fox News.

rockhauler on January 7, 2007 at 5:48 PM

I think you called it accurately on your blog, Nethicus.

This was a probe of security. The sort of dry run the 19 September 11, 2001 hijackers took the week before they did the deed.

They were looking to get something in or out, my bet is get something in.

Hyunchback on January 7, 2007 at 5:56 PM

Dunno what this might have been or might not have been but I think that whoever noticed this and sounded the alarm needs a pat on the back.

100% of our nations security lies directly on the shoulders of guys and gals who perform usually boring thankless jobs day in and day out. It’s nice to know that they’re not all asleep at the switch.

Buzzy on January 7, 2007 at 5:59 PM

If those auto parts are destined for Pep Boys; where will be problems at some point…Pep boys is the worst :)

lorien1973 on January 7, 2007 at 6:00 PM

AUTO parts from Dearborn Mich? Must be Polish terroists importing a suicide vehicle.

auspatriotman on January 7, 2007 at 6:07 PM

From Dearborn?… A shocker.

freebird on January 7, 2007 at 6:23 PM

Most of the guys hauling those containers are independent contractors, a.k.a. owner-operators.

Anyone who employs a driver younger than 21 years old is in violation of federal regulations. (Fox news reported that the driver was 20 years old.) Unauthorized passengers are also a violation. Not knowing the cargo is also a violation, but I hauled a lot of loads where I had no clue what it was. Not having correct shipping documentation is also a violation. From the news conference as covered by Fox, the only violations I see are the under age driver, and unauthorized passengers. The passenger with an outstanding warrant is most likely a co-driver with an unpaid traffic citation, or other violation.

Probably, ‘the company’ will turn out to be the guy who has title to the truck.

Law enforcement has a long history with violators like these three guys, going back to the days when independent contractors were hauling bootleg booze during prohibition. The Department of Transportation (DOT) shuts down guys like these three, everyday.

If this was reconnaissance it would be STOOOOOPID to make these types of mistakes.

If this was a terrorist attack, violence would have started before the security guard approached the truck, or at the moment he discovered the undeclared passengers.

The real danger is terrorist infiltration of port operations, or transportation, (think airline baggage handlers, ground support vendors, etc). Once you have successfully embedded an agent ‘inside’, then carrying out an effective attack is relatively easy.

Which, of course, means pre-employment background checks, and a government agency to do them.

rockhauler on January 7, 2007 at 6:56 PM

Don’t underestimate their stupidity rockhauler! The guys who perpetrated the first WTC bombing went back to Ryder (?) to get their deposit refunded—after reporting the truck stolen! Not the brightest bulbs on the tree.

IrishEi on January 7, 2007 at 7:26 PM

I’d sure like our side to have some of them doomsday autoparts.
“I cannot allow an auto parts gap!”

Buck Turgidson on January 7, 2007 at 7:35 PM

too many “fit the profile” coincidences in this story. I’m not quite yet ready to drink the Kool aid.

frreal on January 7, 2007 at 8:11 PM

Pardon the interjection, A.P., but why in the hell are you accepting blogads from the psychof__ks at PeTA? Forgive my saying so, but theirs is the kind of money you don’t need.

mikeomatic

Ads?

*Hugs his Firefox adblock extension*

Benaiah on January 7, 2007 at 8:40 PM

IrishEi
your point is well made. Those mistakes begin the process that unravels the thread.

“For want of a nail, a shoe was lost”

rockhauler on January 7, 2007 at 8:50 PM

I don’t know that this is the case, and want to make clear that I’m not necessarily jumping to the conclusion… but I would like to say what almost no one else wants to:

“Dry Run?”

RightWinged on January 8, 2007 at 1:03 AM

THeDRiFTeR on January 7, 2007 at 5:21 PM

Drifter, that sounds morbidly funny. Just proves that our bureaucracy works almost as good as the European one, where some dead people in France were found in front of the TV, running, months later, same in Austria, same here…

If only you wouldn’t connect it to Mr. Bush you’d make me laugh on the face of the article.

All well here in South. Calif. New year, new programs at work, new challenges, old/new news daily, old/new e-friends on HA, never boring.

Regards to you and family and be good,

Entelechy on January 8, 2007 at 1:39 AM

All who are thinking dry run have it right. Too many things point to it. Then you hear Dearborn and that is the icing on the cake. Wake up folks! They want ALL who are not Muslim DEAD. There will be another attack and the naysayers will hopefully wake up before it is too late.

I don’t believe a word in the media that says it was miscommunication. Me thinks it is being kept under wraps and investigated. Just pray that it is so and that we have twarted another possible attack.

Profiling should rule.

bjb on January 8, 2007 at 11:44 AM

Yep, definetly a DRY RUN. First the airlines with the “Flying Imams” now the port of Miami, what’s next?

Oh yeah, I’ll be over at the “passing gas” thread for that.

NTWR on January 8, 2007 at 3:45 PM

of course it was not a PC “miscommunication”, they lied. We all saw that comming though that they would label it as such.
Rather than prosecute the terrorists, or expect them to speak english while working in the U.S. as citizens, the port gaurd will undoubtedly have to take diversity training and learn 121 different languages in order to keep his job.
In addition there will be a lawsuit wher ethe 3 terrorists collect a mill or so each for their “profiling” experience.

What ever became of the “one is wanted for a felon” report?

Bearhopi on January 8, 2007 at 5:53 PM