Breaking: Attempted terrorist attack on int’l Northwest flight? Update: Al Qaeda link? Update: “Significant terrorist connections”?

posted at 4:21 pm on December 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This just popped up on the news here in the Twin Cities, and the boss has it, too:

Federal officials and police are interviewing a man, believed to be Nigerian, who allegedly was trying to “explode” a powdery substance aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, injuring himself and two other passengers, law enforcement officials said.

Northwest Airlines flight 253 landed safely in Detroit at 11:53 a.m. The man, whose flight started in Nigeria before stopping in Amsterdam, is in custody at the Detroit airport and being interviewed by authorities there. Investigators are trying to corroborate several statements he made to them and determine his mental stability.

Delta spokeswoman Susan Chana Elliott said that “as the plane was getting ready to land” in Detroit “a passenger caused a disturbance” by trying to ignite what was reported to be firecrackers. He was “subdued immediately.” Northwest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta.

It is unclear how powerful the explosive could have been and what the man’s intentions were. Initial reports were that fireworks or firecrackers had gone off on the plane. The man suffered second-degree burns, which is consistent with a small fireworks device.

A couple of thoughts.  First, the danger must have been considered low after he was secured, or the flight would have been diverted to an East Coast airport rather than sent through to Detroit.  Second, it sounds as though the man succeeded in lighting something, but that it wasn’t powerful enough to do damage to the flight.

The big question will be how he got firecrackers or the “powdery substance” through two airport security checks.  I seem to recall that the TSA has warned about Nigeria’s airport security in the past, but presumably he would have to pass through some sort of security check in Amsterdam.

Update: Michelle says that MS-NBC is retracting the story, but ABC says they’ve confirmed at least an arrest with TSA:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Sandra R. Berchtold from the Detroit office confirmed that the FBI was at the airport but would not comment further.

“All passengers have deplaned and out of an abundance of caution, the plane was moved to a remote area where the plane and all baggage are currently being rescreened,” the Transportation Security Administration, which handles aircraft and airplane safety, said in a statement. ” A passenger is in custody and passengers are being interviewed.”

If anything more breaks, I’ll update it after dinner with the family.

Update II: ABC has reworked the lead to their story to include the skepticism of the authorities of the suspect’s claim to affiliation with an extremist group.  He may just be a nut who smuggled fireworks on the plane, but still, that leaves the question of how he managed to do that.

Update (AP): A nut who thinks he’s in AQ — or a nut who actually is in AQ?

“We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism,” a White House official said…

One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it. The passenger was being questioned Friday evening.

An intelligence source said the Nigerian passenger was being held and treated in an Ann Arbor, Mich., hospital. All the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

One law enforcement source said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil.

Follow the link for details on how he was subdued. Flight 93 redux.

Update (AP): Peter King tells CNN that this guy is for real.

“He is a 23 year old Nigerian who is also – it’s been confirmed to me – while he was not on a no fly list, his name was on a list for having terrorist connections,” King said during an interview Christmas evening on CNN…

“His name was in a database indicating significant terrorist connections,” King said…

“There’s a real worry about terrorist activity in Nigeria, so much so that last year the American government gave body detection technology to Nigeria for their airports,” King said. “Their level of security, we felt was not comprable to others.”


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Everywhere I’ve read about it, it says they were fireworks.

Dunno.

Enoxo on December 25, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Just a lone nut. Nothing to see here, move along.

*Sigh*

pdigaudio on December 25, 2009 at 4:34 PM

I seem to recall that the TSA has warned about Nigeria’s airport security in the past, but presumably he would have to pass through some sort of security check in Amsterdam.

Unless he left the gate area at Schipol, he would not have had to undergo a second security check in Amersterdam.

bgoldman on December 25, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Authorities have no information about the background, behavior or motives of the suspects, but assure the public that terrorism is not involved in any way.

petefrt on December 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM

ABC has reworked the lead to their story to include the skepticism of the authorities of the suspect’s claim to affiliation with an extremist group.

Sounds familiar. Let’s not jump to any conclusions which might affect air travel.

a capella on December 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Just another case of “Going muslim”, nothing to see here, move along. Islam has nothing to do with terrorism, right?

wildcat84 on December 25, 2009 at 4:39 PM

DHS Secretary Napolitano: Right wing teabaggers may be implicated.

petefrt on December 25, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Investigators are trying to corroborate several statements he made to them and determine his mental stability.

Perhaps they ought to determine the religion first.

4shoes on December 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Where’s AP today? Out somewhere celebrating Christmas?

Colorado Anne on December 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM

One word–STAGED!

BobAnthony on December 25, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Suspect: I belong to al Qaeda and I was just following instructions.

FBI: Nawww, we don’t believe you. You’re just a lone mental case.

petefrt on December 25, 2009 at 4:44 PM

I can’t even get a bottle of water through airport security, and if true, this nut somehow gets something ignitable AND an ignition source aboard?

Some heads need to roll, methinks.

UncleOlaf on December 25, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Every potential terrorist is just a nut till he manages to wreak havoc.

I am sorry but they did this BS with the Fort Hood incident, explaining away terrorist acts as crimes by psychologically disturbed people. I knew MSM was in the tank for Obama but I am alarmed at how much the whole system is working on a consistent messaging basis that favors the Obama regime.

promachus on December 25, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Airport security in Amsterdam is the toughest I’ve ever been through. I have no idea how he got something onboard

BuckNutty on December 25, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Some heads need to roll, methinks.

UncleOlaf on December 25, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Standard muslim solution, eh? :)

AW1 Tim on December 25, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Yeah, don’t jump to conclusions ..well…unless it’s a white cop.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 25, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Standard muslim solution, eh? :)

Well it is the religion of pieces or somesuch..

UncleOlaf on December 25, 2009 at 4:53 PM

wow…another nigerian scam artist…its not enough for these morons to spam you with fraudulent schemes but now they need to blow things up on an airplane.

nagee76 on December 25, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Lots of other vehicles to cause panic with.

Gas tankers, shoolbusses filled with children, semis, cars run through crowds of people …

They only have to be “right” once.

The simple solution would be to ban all Muslims. But that’s way, way too pc.

BowHuntingTexas on December 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Airport security in Amsterdam is the toughest I’ve ever been through. I have no idea how he got something onboard

BuckNutty on December 25, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Right on, you get scanned thru security and then again right at the boarding gate. With a full body pat down and all contents of carry-on’s are searched by hand along with the x-ray thingy.

And my son the pilot just landed and said the story is being way overblown. It was just a nut, nothing more. He’ll be arriving at my home in about an hour and I’ll have him update further.

Knucklehead on December 25, 2009 at 5:01 PM

The guy was already on the no-fly list?

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Airport security in Amsterdam is the toughest I’ve ever been through. I have no idea how he got something onboard

BuckNutty on December 25, 2009 at 4:48 PM

The security at Narita (Japan) is the best I’ve ever seen… If the passenger did not have to deplane in Amsterdam, there’s your answer…

Khun Joe on December 25, 2009 at 5:02 PM

He may just be a nut who smuggled fireworks on the plane, but still, that leaves the question of how he managed to do that.

They were too busy making little old ladies take their shoes off.

Mark1971 on December 25, 2009 at 5:05 PM

He may just be a nut who smuggled fireworks on the plane, but still, that leaves the question of how he managed to do that.

Must have downloaded the TSA safety documents before they got yanked.

RobertInLexington on December 25, 2009 at 5:11 PM

I hope we find out what we did to make him try something like that.

Itchee Dryback on December 25, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Ummmm… and I’m flying tomorrow… this isn’t making me feel good…

angrywonk on December 25, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Ed, what the heck are you doing working on Christmas? ;-)

Thanks for your dedication.

cannonball on December 25, 2009 at 5:14 PM

I can’t even get a bottle of water through airport security, and if true, this nut somehow gets something ignitable AND an ignition source aboard?

Some heads need to roll, methinks.

UncleOlaf on December 25, 2009 at 4:45 PM

OK, who let Keith Olbermann on the flight with fireworks? Come on! Fes up!

MeAlice on December 25, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Almost everyone is saying that it was fireworks. However, there are stories that read “powder.” In other words, some sort of explosive powder. Powder that did indeed burn someone. In my mind, “powder” is not the same as “fireworks.”

Expect the FBI to come out and say this is an isolated case and not terrorism. DEFINITELY not terrorism.

Which of course means it’s terrorism.

shibumi on December 25, 2009 at 5:16 PM

You should have seen security swarm me a while back. My Mom was flying back home and due to a injury she was in a wheel chair. They took her shoes from her and screened her from head to toe. I go through security and then walk over to her to help her put her shoes on and I thought they were going to cuff me and lay me right out on the floor. We had both just been cleared. Fortunately the guy who screened my Mom waived them off right before the grabbed me and slammed me to the floor. It was a close call.

If there is a dead bird on my porch or a squirrel, most likely my cats did it. That is just what they do. I never question whether or not it is the neighbor kids or the tiny puppy next door. Cats behave a certain was as do other creatures. When there is a pattern, HELLO, wake up and follow that pattern. I don’t see people of other religions killing people all the time. Yes there are isolated incidents with people of other religions, but only Islam as a clear and current pattern of killing innocents and claiming to be the religion of peace. I think the peace of which they speak is the silence after everyone who is not one of the is killed.

USBB on December 25, 2009 at 5:17 PM

He said he was working for al qaeda? Why would you say that unless … you were working for al qaeda?

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Maybe this guy was just doing research.

Mark1971 on December 25, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Dry run ?

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 5:21 PM

First, the danger must have been considered low after he was secured, or the flight would have been diverted to an East Coast airport rather than sent through to Detroit.

??

Not sure I follow this, but not a security expert.

If the plane was already preparing to land in Detroit when the incident occurred, why would they want to send the plane East and keep it in the air longer?

cs89 on December 25, 2009 at 5:21 PM

He may just be a nut who smuggled fireworks on the plane, but still, that leaves the question of how he managed to do that.

If he can smuggle fireworks, something smaller and more powerful would be a snap. Perhaps putting someone like this up to a trial run to test the screening apparatus?

Amendment X on December 25, 2009 at 5:22 PM

He was already on the no-fly list. He said he was working for al qaeda. We think he might be a tourist or what?

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Remember those security procedures that the TSA released on line a little while ago…?

Seven Percent Solution on December 25, 2009 at 5:23 PM

He was already on the no-fly list. He said he was working for al qaeda. We think he might be a tourist or what?

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:23 PM

An Amish tourist!

Del Dolemonte on December 25, 2009 at 5:27 PM

He said he was working for al qaeda? Why would you say that unless … you were working for al qaeda?

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:18 PM

It was a ploy to confuse airport security. He knew they would never believe him. Apparently someone didn’t believe him when he boarded and told them he was carrying firecrackers.
This sounds a bit like a dry run thingy to see how good our security is.

a capella on December 25, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Maybe he had a toothache?

Itchee Dryback on December 25, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Maybe he was sending a smoke signal =
” I did it”

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 5:29 PM

It was a ploy to confuse airport security.

a capella on December 25, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Apparently they’re sufficiently confused if they let Mr. no-fly on the plane in the first place. Either that or someone at TSA was in on it.

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Who was he going to see in Detroit ?

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Apparently they’re sufficiently confused if they let Mr. no-fly on the plane in the first place. Either that or someone at TSA was in on it.

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Sounds like the aircraft originated in Amsterdam. Not TSA’s fault.

KSgop on December 25, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Who was he going to see in Detroit ?

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Cousin Pookie.
Hakuna matata.

justltl on December 25, 2009 at 5:33 PM

I am sorry but they did this BS with the Fort Hood incident, explaining away terrorist acts as crimes by psychologically disturbed people. I knew MSM was in the tank for Obama but I am alarmed at how much the whole system is working on a consistent messaging basis that favors the Obama regime.
promachus on December 25, 2009 at 4:48 PM

First Obama cures Global Warming.

And now he has single-handedly eliminated Islamic terrorism.

True; we now have “Global Climate Change;” the proponents of which are still demanding the exact same trillions of dollars in wealth transfer to solve.

And “Islamic terrorism” has been replaced by attacks against US citizens, due to completely unrelated instances of “mental instability.” Sure, the poor deluded attackers CLAIM that they’re motivated by Islam and affilitated with Islamic terrorist groups. But we can safely assume they are all completely hallucinating that – even after evidence comes out proving that the links are entirely real.

But, hey, Obama never promised perfection. Go back and listen to his speeches: He promised us change, based on nothing but words. And that is exactly what we got.

logis on December 25, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Ugh. I just put my sister on a plane this afternoon. Too close….

ladyingray on December 25, 2009 at 5:38 PM

..on that route, diverting doesn’t really prove anything:
http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=ams-dtw&&MAP-STYLE=ortho
/.

CaveatEmpty on December 25, 2009 at 5:40 PM

I’ve taken this particular KLM/NWA flight on several occasions and Schiphol airport runs a pretty tight ship. The security screenings take place at the gate to your flight, so without long lines, they’re much less “hurried” than our screenings in the States. Not only are they very thorough, but unlike US airports, this process ensures that airport employees cannot pass something off to a passenger after he or she has made it through the security checkpoint.
 
This is indeed surprising, but the fact that the flight was from Schiphol is enough to make me a bit skeptical of any claims of AQ involvement. Considering the amount of planning that has gone into past attacks, it seems a risky and unlikely choice.

Medicated on December 25, 2009 at 5:41 PM

First, the danger must have been considered low after he was secured, or the flight would have been diverted to an East Coast airport rather than sent through to Detroit.

I don’t see how that’s possible when the quoted story says that ‘”the plane was getting ready to land” in Detroit’. Based on that, I can’t see how or why they would have diverted to the East Coast when the plane was already on final approach to Detroit.

slug on December 25, 2009 at 5:42 PM

I am really confused as to why anyone would think this is terrorism.

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/explosives-northwest-airlines-plane-amsterdam-detroit/story?id=9423871

The man said he was directed by al Qaeda to explode a small device in flight, over U.S. soil, ABC News has learned. Authorities have no corroboration of that information, and the credibility of the suspect’s statements are being questioned, officials said.

The man was apparently already on the government’s no-fly list of suspected terrorists, according to a senior intelligence official.

“The subject is claiming to have extremist affiliation and that the device was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used,” a federal situational awareness bulletin stated.

The suspect told authorities that he had explosive powder taped to his leg and used a syringe of chemicals to mix with the powder that was to cause explosion. This is of concert because it is a method of mixing that is consistent with terror techniques.

It seems clear that people are jumping to conclusions not based in reality. More time needs to be spent inspecting small children and the elderly to combat terrorism. Clearly that is what should be done!
.
I just love the part in the article where they say the guy claims to be a terrorist and then it goes onto say that they are not able to corroborate the information after he has just tried to set off a device on a plan.

USBB on December 25, 2009 at 5:43 PM

<blockquote Not TSA’s fault.

KSgop on December 25, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Maybe. Maybe not. The folks at Schiphol would have run the passenger list by TSA.

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Where’s AP today? Out somewhere celebrating Christmas?Colorado Anne on December 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM That’s what happens when you give Allah a christmas gift,gives him a reason to celebrate christmas./s

heshtesh on December 25, 2009 at 5:53 PM

all your airlines are belong to us.

moonbatkiller on December 25, 2009 at 5:54 PM

That’s what happens when you give Allah a christmas gift,gives him a reason to celebrate christmas./s

heshtesh on December 25, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Allah is in Hawaii
Just like the Prez
celebrating Christmas

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Not sure I follow this, but not a security expert.

If the plane was already preparing to land in Detroit when the incident occurred, why would they want to send the plane East and keep it in the air longer?

cs89 on December 25, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Standard procedure is for the airliner to return to its carrier’s hub, after staying on the tarmac at least four hours with a full load of passengers and at least one nonworking toilet which emits a foul odor.

unclesmrgol on December 25, 2009 at 5:56 PM

The simple solution would be to ban all Muslims. But that’s way, way too pc.

BowHuntingTexas on December 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Would’nt hurt my feelings any.

heshtesh on December 25, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Allah is in Hawaii
Just like the Prez
celebrating Christmas

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 5:56 PM

So you’re saying that wasn’t him helping the woman over the barrier at St. Peter’s?

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:59 PM

No, no no…

Man Made Disaster…. get with the program.

Kini on December 25, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Allah is in Hawaii
Just like the Prez
celebrating Christmas

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 5:56 PM

I’d call that a viable reason to celebrate,minus the prez.

heshtesh on December 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Great…just what I want to read before my flight from MPLS to PHX on Sunday.

My best guess is he’s not AQ since hard would have it been for them to equip him with an actual powerful explosive device. The question remains ….how in the heck did he get this stuff past security?

BTW….MERRY CHRISTMAS from St Paul everyone

VikingGoneWild on December 25, 2009 at 6:01 PM

He’s crazy. You can’t prove he’s not crazy. You can’t prove anything.

/bart “msm” simpson

LibTired on December 25, 2009 at 6:02 PM

So you’re saying that wasn’t him helping the woman over the barrier at St. Peter’s?

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Allah is in Hawaii
Pundit went to The Vatican !

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 6:03 PM

My best guess is he’s not AQ

VikingGoneWild on December 25, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Why would he be on the no-fly list?

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Detroit Press says: “A senior U.S. counterterror official says a passenger aboard a Delta Air Lines flight in Detroit was planning to blow up the plane but the explosive device failed, the Associated Press reported today.”

http://www.freep.com/article/20091225/NEWS05/91225022/1001/news

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 6:06 PM

The suspect told authorities that he had explosive powder taped to his leg and used a syringe of chemicals to mix with the powder that was to cause explosion.

Did he have a dibetic pump and insulin ( lantus vials)with him ? Syringes will not arouse any suspicion in that case

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Next they have to come up with an inoffensive, funny nickname for him to defuse the story completely. How about “Powdery Substance Man”.

LibTired on December 25, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Federal officials and police are interviewing a man, believed to be Nigerian, who allegedly was trying to “explode” a powdery substance aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, injuring himself and two other passengers, law enforcement officials said.

Was this guy in the middle seat? Were the other passengers, window and isle sleeping? Must have been matches to light whatever it was, cause they don’t confiscate matches. Lighters, yes, matches no.

He may just be a nut who smuggled fireworks on the plane, but still, that leaves the question of how he managed to do that.

Full body cavity search?

Kini on December 25, 2009 at 6:14 PM

ABC reported that the suspect was “…already on the government’s no-fly list of suspected terrorists.
So, it probably wasnt “firecrackers” that he was trying to light.

centre on December 25, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Next they have to come up with an inoffensive, funny nickname for him to defuse the story completely. How about “Powdery Substance Man”.

LibTired on December 25, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Fried finger bomber?

Guardian on December 25, 2009 at 6:15 PM

How about “Powdery Substance Man”.

LibTired on December 25, 2009 at 6:11 PM

That has racist tones….

Kini on December 25, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Why can’t the lone nuts let us celebrate Christmas in peace? First, a lone nut attacks the Pope. Now this. Get these people back on their meds.

Philly on December 25, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Then there’s this

Guardian on December 25, 2009 at 6:18 PM

my first thought: uh oh, here comes a wave of airplane bombings. because its Christmas. especially & primarily because its Christmas.

kelley in virginia on December 25, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Threat level: unchanged.

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Then there’s thisGuardian on December 25, 2009 at 6:18 PM

They butter us up, only to discover its margarine.

Kini on December 25, 2009 at 6:21 PM

DHS Secretary Napolitano: Right wing teabaggers may be implicated.petefrt on December 25, 2009 at 4:39 PM

And, we do have to worry about those returning Veterans…/sarc

Nozzle on December 25, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Sounds like someone was maybe testing security to see if it would be possible to sneak explosives past the checkpoints.

The fact that this guy set off something indicates that the someone in question got their answer.

My concern is that they may now be deciding when to sneak something through the next time, and this time with something with a little more damage power.

This is not good.

pilamaye on December 25, 2009 at 6:22 PM

who is in charge of the threat level? Napolitano? that’s a confidence builder.

kelley in virginia on December 25, 2009 at 6:22 PM

as has been mentioned: don’t try carrying your shampoo on board.

i realize the airport security people don’t want to be rude to everyone (well, maybe some of them do), but a “no-fly-list terrorist” carries explosive powders on board, yet i can’t carry a Diet Coke?

kelley in virginia on December 25, 2009 at 6:24 PM

It can’t be terrorism. Its obviously another case of PTSD.

vcferlita on December 25, 2009 at 6:26 PM

this guy just wants free health care. and i betcha he’ll get it too

kelley in virginia on December 25, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Detroit Press says: “A senior U.S. counterterror official says a passenger aboard a Delta Air Lines flight in Detroit was planning to blow up the plane but the explosive device failed, the Associated Press reported today.”

http://www.freep.com/article/20091225/NEWS05/91225022/1001/news

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 6:06 PM

So when will O’bama invite this “counterterror official” to the White House to share a beer with the perp?

Oops, my bad-O’bama is out of town for the next 10 days. Staying an a luxury estate that rents for $4,000 per night. What a cool guy!

Del Dolemonte on December 25, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Sounds like someone was maybe testing security to see if it would be possible to sneak explosives past the checkpoints.

pilamaye on December 25, 2009 at 6:22 PM

The guy tried to blow up the plane. You don’t light the explosives if you’re just testing security. You’d be telling them what to watch for and your test would be useless.

Ronnie on December 25, 2009 at 6:29 PM

explosive powder taped to his leg

Great – now they are going to make us take our pants off to get through security.

The TSA – “Yesterday’s Security Techniques Today.” Always preparing for terrorist incidentas that have already happened. If anyone thinks airport security is actually about security, you are nuts. It’s all a show to make you feel good.

tballard on December 25, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Eric Holder’s buddies lining up to represent this POS pro bono

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 6:30 PM

How long will the media hide the fact that this guy is a Muslim?

tballard on December 25, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Consider the idea that terrorists can potentially score planes from elsewhere and fly them here.

Obviously security at airports outside the US are um, less secure.

dogsoldier on December 25, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Red herring?

OldEnglish on December 25, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Another test, no, this was a failed effort.

If your flying you better be watching what is going on around you.

These people have said they will kill when and where they can. They are at war with us no matter what name you want to name it.

RealMc on December 25, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Great – now they are going to make us take our pants off to get through security.

tballard on December 25, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Or we can make it easy for them by wearing skirts and kilts when travelling !

macncheez on December 25, 2009 at 6:37 PM

well true. other places don’t have the security that we do here. and I have always heard that Israel has the best airport security.

kelley in virginia on December 25, 2009 at 6:39 PM

several statements he made to them and determine his mental stability.

Whew! Just another Muslim nut driven crazy by having to endure free non Muslims in the world. Well, we will just have to wink at the shenanigans of the crazy ones won’t we? Nothing we can do about that. Do they know it’s Christmas? We may never know.

BL@KBIRD on December 25, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Why would someone try to blow it up as it was preparing to land?

Wouldn’t have made more sense to blow it up over the North Atlantic?

BallisticBob on December 25, 2009 at 6:42 PM

This is reminiscent of “The Path to 9-11″.

They tried and tried and were eventually successful in bringing down the towers.

They have time.

They pick when, how and where.

All the while we have bureaucrats worried about being PC, and wanting to have trials for TERRORISTS down the street from the hole that was the WTC Towers and almost 3000 American citizens were murdered.

But please, don’t jump to conclusions, sleep sleeeeep sleeeeeeep sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.

RealMc on December 25, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Slightly off topic, but not really. A week ago I went through security at the Detroit airport and noticed that one of the TSA inspectors was a woman wearing a muslim headdress. Is this some sort of ridiculous liberal attempt to show no animosity to anyone? I seriously doubt that a Catholic nun would be allowed to wear a religious habit and work for the TSA. Why then in the name of sanity is some muslim woman allowed to work as a representative of the U.S. government and wear a ridiculous muslim scarf/headdress??? Ludicrous, divisive, insane and it should be criminal; remember that little chestnut of separation of church & state? What the hell is happening to this country???

jgdp on December 25, 2009 at 6:43 PM

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