Explosives found at the port of Miami? Update: Nope

posted at 3:02 pm on January 8, 2007 by Allahpundit

Fox and CNN are reporting that the bomb squad is back and that C-4 has been detected on a suspicious “instrument” found there. They’re suiting a guy up in body armor to inspect it as I write this.

It’s probably another false positive, but standby.

Update: I’m sticking with the false positive theory, but Linda SoG‘s a mile away from the scene and says: “The box/device was being loaded onto a cruise ship scheduled for four day cruise starting later. The sensor caught it as having C4. They tested it five more times with positive reactions each test.”

The bomb squad just blew up the device.

Update: As expected, a false positive. The package contained sprinkler parts.


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I’m on the edge of my seat … ok well … I normally sit forward cuz I have a nervous twitch in my legs but hey that’s besides the point

:-)

One Angry Christian on January 8, 2007 at 3:06 PM

hmmmm..what are the odds that a few middle eastern men are caught trying to get into the port yesterday and now explosives are found there?

Guardian on January 8, 2007 at 3:07 PM

A box of auto parts maybe?

vcferlita on January 8, 2007 at 3:26 PM

Things that go boom Alex!

Kini on January 8, 2007 at 3:35 PM

Coincidence? I think not!

LonelyMassRepublican on January 8, 2007 at 3:37 PM

I have a view directly toward the Port of Miami (about a half mile to a mile away) from my office window. Nothing’s gone “boom” yet, today.

SWLiP on January 8, 2007 at 3:38 PM

Ok I had to say it

I question the Timing

Gwillie on January 8, 2007 at 3:39 PM

That evil Karl Rove, just before the Presdidents speech, he dusts some containers with C4 and we are all reminded of how important the war on terror is.

That saves you from going to the left wing blogs.

right2bright on January 8, 2007 at 3:41 PM

I don’t get it. If you really wanted to attack a cruise ship, just put some e-coli in a bottle of salad dressing headed to the buffet. They never seem to catch that.

Nethicus on January 8, 2007 at 3:41 PM

That evil Karl Rove, just before the Presdidents speech, he dusts some containers with C4 and we are all reminded of how important the war on terror is.

That saves you from going to the left wing blogs.

right2bright on January 8, 2007 at 3:41 PM

Thanks! Now I don’t have to watch Katie Couric when I get home.

LonelyMassRepublican on January 8, 2007 at 3:51 PM

If you really wanted to attack a cruise ship, just put some e-coli in a bottle of salad dressing

But if nobody knows it’s terrorism, then you’re not really terrorizing anybody. A bomb is so much more effective for that.

Bad Penny on January 8, 2007 at 3:53 PM

If you really wanted to attack a cruise ship, just put some e-coli in a bottle of salad dressing

But if AQ is now attacking our digestive systems, that would explain the bad smell in NYC.

pedestrian on January 8, 2007 at 3:58 PM

If you really wanted to attack a cruise ship, just put some e-coli in a bottle of salad dressing

You have a good point there Penny. No doubt that the terrorist scumbags would love to hit us again. I will wait for more information, but I thought it was suspicious yesterday when they found the two “Middle Eastern” men hiding in the back of the cab when the driver tried to get into the port.

Scorched_Earth on January 8, 2007 at 4:02 PM

Auto parts…Sprinkler parts.. I was close.

vcferlita on January 8, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Love that modern technology.

Just imagine of those new weapons you were posting about were as accurate in determining a threat … as these

;)

One Angry Christian on January 8, 2007 at 4:05 PM

False positive? Check

False positive? Check

False positive? Check

False positive? Forget it, it’s another…BOOOOOMMMMM!!!!!

ScottG on January 8, 2007 at 4:13 PM

So how do you get a false positive from sprinkler parts?

frreal on January 8, 2007 at 4:17 PM

As I prediceted yesterday before the verdict. And that is that there was no lying on the part of these terorists, it was a PC “Language Barrier”. Makes one question the “Sprinkler Parts” explanation.

Bearhopi on January 8, 2007 at 4:20 PM

Innocuous sprinkler parts rubbed with explosives, maybe? To test our responses? Or am I just drawing too many “what ifs” from an innocent event?

JinxMcHue on January 8, 2007 at 4:22 PM

Well.. string the “innocent events” together. Day 1: Try to sneak a couple of guys into the port and see what happens. Day 2: Rub some sprinkler parts with c4 and try to get those on board a cruise line to see what happens. It probably is nothing but you really have to wonder. AQ has been known to run dry runs in the past, just to gain intelligence about what they might be able to get away with. A cruise liner with a couple thousand passengers would be a tempting target.

jasnell on January 8, 2007 at 4:30 PM

Amazing what excuses are given for these things, isn’t it?

Sprinkler parts – really, how stupid do they expect us to really be?

Lends credence to all of these points:

So how do you get a false positive from sprinkler parts?

frreal on January 8, 2007 at 4:17 PM

As I prediceted yesterday before the verdict. And that is that there was no lying on the part of these terorists, it was a PC “Language Barrier”. Makes one question the “Sprinkler Parts” explanation.

Bearhopi on January 8, 2007 at 4:20 PM

Innocuous sprinkler parts rubbed with explosives, maybe? To test our responses? Or am I just drawing too many “what ifs” from an innocent event?

JinxMcHue on January 8, 2007 at 4:22 PM

Well.. string the “innocent events” together. Day 1: Try to sneak a couple of guys into the port and see what happens. Day 2: Rub some sprinkler parts with c4 and try to get those on board a cruise line to see what happens. It probably is nothing but you really have to wonder. AQ has been known to run dry runs in the past, just to gain intelligence about what they might be able to get away with. A cruise liner with a couple thousand passengers would be a tempting target.

jasnell on January 8, 2007 at 4:30 PM

Not to mention that there is far more going on in America if one connects the dots. We just have to remove our blinders to see and connect.

Not paranoia, just reality. Look around.

Emmett J. on January 8, 2007 at 4:42 PM

The five o’clock departure horns from the cruise ships just sounded. All is well.

SWLiP on January 8, 2007 at 4:49 PM

Sprinkler parts?

I was convinced it was going to be weather balloons this time.

Misha I on January 8, 2007 at 5:07 PM

False positive? Check

False positive? Check

False positive? Check

False positive? Forget it, it’s another…BOOOOOMMMMM!!!!!

ScottG on January 8, 2007 at 4:13 PM

I’m having the same feeling. Is this another case of the ‘wolf crying wolf’ like the flying Imams.

Did anyone think to check if the parts had traces of exposive compounds on them? You know, so they would set off the detectors, but not actually be something. Wait for it . . . “We were guilty of driving while muslim”.

- The Cat

MirCat on January 8, 2007 at 5:17 PM

Springler Parks
December 11th, 2006 to January 8th, 2007

R.I.P.

Hoodlumman on January 8, 2007 at 5:20 PM

Note to self: The joke is funnier if you don’t eff up the spelling of the joke.

Hoodlumman on January 8, 2007 at 5:21 PM

Wait for it . . . “We were guilty of driving while muslim”.

- The Cat

MirCat on January 8, 2007 at 5:17 PM

In our PC nation, I’d bet on it. Also “sailing while muslim”, “flying (but not landing) while muslim”, and possibly “walking in crowds while muslim”.

Emmett J. on January 8, 2007 at 5:22 PM

Somebody is going to have to explain to the Coast Guard why their sprinkler system hasn’t been upgraded.

SWLiP on January 8, 2007 at 5:23 PM

Did anyone think to check if the parts had traces of exposive compounds on them? You know, so they would set off the detectors, but not actually be something. Wait for it . . . “We were guilty of driving while muslim”.

- The Cat

Shepard Smith already called a bunch of people who have been emailing him “conspiracy theorists.”

*sigh*

NTWR on January 8, 2007 at 5:33 PM

Hoodlumman on January 8, 2007 at 5:21 PM

I thought it was fine, never saw the spelling till you called it out.

right2bright on January 8, 2007 at 5:40 PM

Parts for what kind of sprinkler?

I can’t help but be a little skeptical knowing what a confirmed and acknowledged positive would do to the tourist industry down there, and especially to the cruise industry.

thirteen28 on January 8, 2007 at 5:40 PM

Why would a cruise ship need a crate full of sprinkler parts? It’s not like they have a landscape to water or anything. What kind of sprinkler causes positive tests for C4 and be so scary looking that the bomb squad blew it up anyway?

Guardian on January 8, 2007 at 6:00 PM

Why would a cruise ship need a crate full of sprinkler parts? It’s not like they have a landscape to water or anything. What kind of sprinkler causes positive tests for C4 and be so scary looking that the bomb squad blew it up anyway?

Guardian on January 8, 2007 at 6:00 PM

That’s something I’m wondering too. If it’s an indoor sprinkler system (the kind that’s used to put out fires) then I could understand a little better … but that hasn’t been specified yet.

thirteen28 on January 8, 2007 at 6:07 PM

Sprinklers are a very important component of a cruise ship. A fire at sea can be a very bad thing, indeed, so no cruise ship can sail without a sprinkler system that has been approved by a semi-annual Coast Guard inspection.

I have heard that some types of PVC plastic can give off a positive for C-4.

SWLiP on January 8, 2007 at 6:16 PM

Just in case you haven’t figured out what the big deal about Miami is…. If Al-Quaeda knows anything at all about US culture, they know that the most people in this country watching a live television event this year will be for Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium. It could make 9/11 look like nothing.

You can be sure that Homeland Security knows it. So there’s a few extra people taking extra care around there. And maybe they have some equipment turned up to eleven.

The Monster on January 8, 2007 at 6:36 PM

Sprinklers are a very important component of a cruise ship. A fire at sea can be a very bad thing, indeed, so no cruise ship can sail without a sprinkler system that has been approved by a semi-annual Coast Guard inspection.

I have heard that some types of PVC plastic can give off a positive for C-4.

SWLiP on January 8, 2007 at 6:16 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

thirteen28 on January 8, 2007 at 6:49 PM

If Al-Quaeda knows anything at all about US culture, they know that the most people in this country watching a live television event this year will be for Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium. It could make 9/11 look like nothing.

An attack at Dolphin Stadium would be unlikely to yield the sorts of casualties that Al Qaeda goes for, unless they flew an airliner right into it (which, ironically, was sort of anticipated by the book and movie, “Black Sunday“).

More worrisome is a WMD attack via the port, or an attack on a cruise ship. The latest mega-ships carry about 3,500 passengers, plus at least 1,800 crew, making them attractive targets. Or if they get a sunken or damaged vessel to plug up the cruise ship channel or Government Cut, even for a few days, it would be a significant disruption to the entire South Florida economy for a while.

My personal observation is that the security procedures at the Port of Miami are pretty good, at least where the cruise ships are concerned. If someone were to breach security, it would have to be an elaborate inside job.

SWLiP on January 8, 2007 at 7:11 PM

Yes, but if there is a biological agent used, dispersed with the help of a sprinkler system, (I saw that one on CSI bum bum buuum) during The Super Bowl, just imagine the panic; especially due to the fact that there are people from all over the country going to The Super Bowl and then coming back.

- The Cat

MirCat on January 8, 2007 at 7:55 PM

My personal observation is that the security procedures at the Port of Miami are pretty good, at least where the cruise ships are concerned. If someone were to breach security, it would have to be an elaborate inside job.

Damn. It’s a good thing that the Deputy Director of the Port of Miami isn’t somebody like imam Khalid Salahuddin formerly of the Nation of Islam and currently involved with the Islamic Society of North America.

Oh, wait…

Misha I on January 8, 2007 at 8:37 PM