Suspicious vehicle near Pentagon to be exploded? Update: AQ propaganda and explosives found? Update: FBI says no

posted at 9:02 am on June 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

One man is in custody this morning and major Beltway roads shut down after police stopped a “suspicious vehicle” near the Pentagon:

Authorities say one person has been taken into custody in connection with an investigation into a suspicious vehicle near the Pentagon.

Pentagon police spokesman Chris Layman says the person was taken into custody early Friday and that one or two other people may be involved. Layman says the car is in bushes near the Pentagon’s north parking lot.

It’s not a case of a stolen vehicle or normal predatory behavior, either. Otherwise, the police wouldn’t be planning to conduct a “controlled explosion” of the car:

Channel 9 is reporting authorities are planning to do a controlled explosion of the suspicious vehicle.

The case apparently began last night when police arrested a “suspicious man,” and after interrogating him, determined that it was important to locate his vehicle.  Initial reports state that police may be looking for two other men, but initial reports in these cases are notoriously unreliable.  So far, the bomb squad has not conducted a controlled explosion but are still inspecting the vehicle.

We’ll update when more becomes available.

Update: The Washington Post now reports that the police arrested the man in Arlington Cemetery last night:

Roads around the Pentagon were shut down this morning after authorities took a “suspicious man” into custody overnight in Arlington Cemetery, said Sgt. David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police.

The man was found in the cemetery after it closed and Schlosser said authorities decided it was “important” to locate his vehicle following an interview with him. Arlington County police found the car off of Washington Boulevard near the Pentagon early this morning, Schlosser said.

Update II: According to the New York Post, police found what they probably expected:

Authorities found al Qaeda-related statements, a backpack containing ammonium nitrate, and spent 9mm shells Friday after stopping a suspicious vehicle close to the Pentagon and arresting a man, ABC’s “Good Morning America” reported.

Pentagon Police arrested one person Friday and closed several roads around the US Department of Defense headquarters after officers stopped a suspicious vehicle and discovered a backpack believed to contain ammonium nitrate, FOX News Channel reported.

The suspect fits the profile, too:

A source told FOX News Channel that the backpack was found outside of the vehicle, and that the arrested man was a naturalized US citizen who came to the US from Ethiopia.

We’ll see whether these get confirmed in later reports, but it’s clear why police acted to seal off the area.  What’s not clear is why the suspect would have lurked overnight in Arlington National Cemetery and aroused suspicion.

Update III: According to WTOP’s Twitter feed, “No suspicious device in backpack. inert materials in backpack, according to FBI. man acted alone.”

Update IV: The Washington Post’s updated story says nothing suspicious was found in the car:

Authorities have found “nothing suspicious” in an abandoned vehicle that prompted officials to close a number of roads around the Pentagon on Friday morning or on a man detained overnight in connection with the incident, an FBI official said.

 

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Attempted revenge for the deaths of OBL, the AQ field commander, and the embassy bomber?

teke184 on June 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Must be a Teabagger. /s

Dingbat63 on June 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Hmm

jake-the-goose on June 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Christian militants – no doubt (sarc)

jake-the-goose on June 17, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Andrew Breitbart at it again.

- psycho leftie

darwin on June 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Lone wolf.

petefrt on June 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM

dude; the pentagon is not a place to be jacking around at all. if you’ve ever visited there, if you so much as look crosseyed, you’ve got trouble coming quickly.

ted c on June 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Dang Norwegian Lutherans.

rbj on June 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Obviously arresting a homegrown radical Islamist from Ethiopia is racist.

JammieWearingFool on June 17, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Probably a disgruntled Lutheran.
Nothing to see here.

Aviator on June 17, 2011 at 9:11 AM

hmmm. hopefully. This is a nonevent. We don’t need more terrorism at this time on our nation. the economy is already on going off a cliff. a major terrorist operation would destory anything that is left of the economy….

unseen on June 17, 2011 at 9:13 AM

A Palinista, no doubt.

RedRedRice on June 17, 2011 at 9:14 AM

read him his damn rights!!!!
/holder

ted c on June 17, 2011 at 9:14 AM


dude; the pentagon is not a place to be jacking around at all. if you’ve ever visited there, if you so much as look crosseyed, you’ve got trouble coming quickly.

– The Ted

True dat.

Tony737 on June 17, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Could it have been a (whisper) Muslim?

Any Democrat “RAAAAAAACIST!”{

MaiDee on June 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

They better know what’s in the car before exploding it. We don’t need anthrax or ricin wafting around D.C.

G. Charles on June 17, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Tell me that guy was in Arlington to piss on Ted Kennedy’s grave and I’ll borrow money to contribute to his defense. The Swimmer is an insult to every hero buried there and I get nauseous every time I think about it.

SKYFOX on June 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Hopefully, it’s a Chevy Volt.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Just scanned drudge, apparently a us citizen of Ethiopian descent….

Hmmm

cmsinaz on June 17, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Could it have been a (whisper) Muslim? – MaiDee

Or perhaps an anti-American lefty pinko flag burnin’ dope smokin’ no-shower takin’ hippie.

They have a lot in common with jihadis.

Tony737 on June 17, 2011 at 9:23 AM

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/suspicious-man-ammonium-nitrate-detained-pentagon/story?id=13865755

Police detained a man near the Sept. 11 memorial at the Pentagon this morning after he was found carrying a suspicious device and pro-al Qaeda literature, officials said.

The man appears to be a U.S. citizen of Ethiopian ethnicity. He would not make any admissions to the police.

blatantblue on June 17, 2011 at 9:23 AM

… authorities took a “suspicious man” into custody overnight in Arlington Cemetery …

Maybe he just wants to pay his respects to our war heroes.

If he did any damage to their headstones, he should hang.

Tony737 on June 17, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Let no one mention the Gorilla in the room with his feet in the foot bath.

Hening on June 17, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Red 2011 Nissan

Tony737 on June 17, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Non-explosive

Tony737 on June 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Maybe it’s someone who is despondent over the loss of his weiner?

jbh45 on June 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM

ooops non-explosive material in backpack

Tony737 on June 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Let no one mention the Gorilla in the room with his feet in the foot bath.

Hening on June 17, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I’m guessing the guy didn’t ask for a bacon egg and cheese biscuit…

hawksruleva on June 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Just a reminder….

We are in a multi-front war with Islam. Let’s be honest.

It’s naive to view Islam as one big monolith.

You have Imperialist Islam like Iran who wants to control other Muslim countries.
You have Tactical Islam like al Qaeda who want to destroy the infidels for a political or religious reasons. They destroy and move on.
You have Evangelical Islam like the Whahabists who want to plant radical Mosques around the world to spread fundamental Islam, win converts, and spread Sharia law.
You now have Socialist Islam. It’s a strange blend of radical socialists with Islam. It’s main goal is to use political tactics to isolate the Muslim world from the Capitalist West and ultimately destroy it. You are seeing this in Egypt.
Then there’s the “baby bomb.” The other front in the war is in the maternity ward. Muslims continue to have huge families while we continue to have smaller ones. Estimates are that the EU will be 60% by 2050 or sooner.

These are just the obvious ones. The end game is the same: a world under the complete control of 1 or more Muslim countries or a Caliphate, if you will.

Wake up, people!!

NickDeringer on June 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Sounds like profiling to me. When can we expect a statement from the ACLU?

GarandFan on June 17, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Yeah, this is causing major problems here in D.C.

Vyce on June 17, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Approximate age is 20′s.

blatantblue on June 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM

The suspect fits the profile, too:

A source told FOX News Channel that the backpack was found outside of the vehicle, and that the arrested man was a naturalized US citizen who came to the US from Ethiopia.

what profile would that be? The middle aged disgruntled white cracker that is po’d because of Obamacare? oh wait….the jihadbot young male type, ok ok…

ted c on June 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM

wrap the guy in pig fat and let us at him! ////

ted c on June 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM

They don’t need to try him, just identify him to the commuters who are sitting on 395 all the way back to Richmond and they’ll take care of him.

Worked there for many moons…if a DPS LEO gets a hinky feeling, you spend a long time in the parking lot trying to get in…if you can get to the parking lot.

Dingbat63 on June 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM

substance is inert

blatantblue on June 17, 2011 at 9:39 AM

What did nappy say previously?, its pointless to profile young muslim men

cmsinaz on June 17, 2011 at 9:39 AM

We’ll see whether these get confirmed in later reports, but it’s clear why police acted to seal off the area.  What’s not clear is why the suspect would have lurked overnight in Arlington National Cemetery and aroused suspicion.

Not very bright suspect figuring that Arlington would be the least active place adjacent to the Pentagon to get close to the building. Something the security people at the Pentagon no doubt had game-planned for well before 9/11 — there’s probably a ton of security camera video of this joker pulling up in his vehicle, getting out amd walking around the cemetery that will somehow come out in the next few days (even if it shouldn’t).

jon1979 on June 17, 2011 at 9:41 AM

What’s not clear is why the suspect would have lurked overnight in Arlington National Cemetery and aroused suspicion.

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Well that’s easy enough to answer, he’s an AQ muslim idiot! He was most likely acting alone, and had NO idea of what he was really doing!

Confederate on June 17, 2011 at 9:44 AM

This is an isolated incident from a member of the Religion of Peace. No conclusions can be drawn from the Lone Backpacker! -Eric Holder

search4truth on June 17, 2011 at 9:45 AM

according to FBI. man acted alone

They drew that conclusion awfully fast.

ProfessorMiao on June 17, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Hopefully, it’s a Chevy Volt.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Probably only in the bushes because the steering wheel came off.

mwdiver on June 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Lone wolf.

petefrt on June 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Winner!!!

Talon on June 17, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Hmmm Isn’t Ethiopia right next to Kenya?

Tc0061 on June 17, 2011 at 10:03 AM

It was one of those dang Southern Baptists again, wasn’t it?

kingsjester on June 17, 2011 at 10:03 AM

How could this happen? Did he see crosshairs and go mad? Why do the Ethiopians hate us? It must be our fault. /s

Aardvark on June 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Hmmm, spent 9mm casings?!?! IIRC they never did bring in someone for the random shootings at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps museum in Quantico, or the recruiting station in northern VA last year. Could this be the one???

Bob in VA on June 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM

according to FBI. man acted alone

They drew that conclusion awfully fast.

ProfessorMiao on June 17, 2011 at 9:47 AM

For sure. They must have that statement pre-printed and ready for these occasions. All that’s left is for the Washington DC mayor to issue a Bloomberg blurb that this may be somebody angry about Obamacare.

Drained Brain on June 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

kingsjester on June 17, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Tea Party!!!!

Cindy Munford on June 17, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Marine Corps Reservist, Motor-T poge. Must have “gentled him” at MCRD.

Does not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps.

Roy Rogers on June 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Authorities found al Qaeda-related statements, a backpack containing ammonium nitrate, and spent 9mm shells

You people DO realize that without further context, there is nothing illegal or inherently dangerous about those articles, don’t you?

The reportage about this incident is incompetent and juvenile.

LegendHasIt on June 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM

You people DO realize that without further context, there is nothing illegal or inherently dangerous about those articles, don’t you?

But it would be to the LSM if it were Tea Party handouts.

Dingbat63 on June 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Ahem.

Ethiopia has close historical ties to all three of the world’s major Abrahamic religions. It was one of the first Christian countries in the world, having officially adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th century. It has a Christian majority and a third of the population is Muslim.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia

orbitalair on June 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Dry run. Testing the system.

Tc0061 on June 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Stupid guy, Probably insane or with a substance abuse problem, screwing around. May or may not be motivated by jihad. A guy arrested a couple of weeks ago for vandalizing his neighbors cars is hardly going to be used by Zawahiri & Co. for an organized dry run.

LegendHasIt on June 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

The brig guards at Quantico will take care of him…

Bwhahahahaha….

Roy Rogers on June 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Former Marine?????

Tony737 on June 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

USMC says the guy IS A MUSLIM.

Tony737 on June 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

KJ, if you didn’t already know it, your server is offline.

Freelancer on June 17, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Does not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. – Roy

Thank you for your service, Roy, a REAL Marine!

This puke needs 5 minutes alone with the Gunny.

Tony737 on June 17, 2011 at 12:04 PM

The Corps will survive.

Achmed, not so certain

Roy Rogers on June 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Suspect is neither a grandmother nor an attractive 20-year-old girl, so the TSA is totally uninterested…

landlines on June 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

YO!!! FBI!!!!

Find his local mosque and you will find the head of the snake.

Roy Rogers on June 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Maybe he is a Muslim Teabagger? /s

Dingbat63 on June 17, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Suspicious vehicle near Pentagon to be exploded?

The Weiner-mobile?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM

The car could have “Allahu Akbar” and “Osama the Martyr” spray painted on the sides and the FBI and media would still be oblivious as to motive.

malclave on June 17, 2011 at 4:02 PM

The car could have “Allahu Akbar” and “Osama the Martyr” spray painted on the sides and the FBI and media would still be oblivious as to motive. malclave on June 17, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Now that’s funny….but true.

Dingbat63 on June 17, 2011 at 5:16 PM

The guy is a Marine Reservist. manofaiki on June 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM

And?

Dingbat63 on June 17, 2011 at 7:59 PM