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Naval Insecurity
Scotsman ^

Posted on 04/14/2005 7:16:37 PM PDT by zappermom

Wed 13 Apr 2005

9:47am (UK) Naval Security Reviewed over Ship Intruder

By Ben Mitchell, PA

A review of security at a major UK naval base has been carried out after an alleged intruder was found on board a visiting US aircraft carrier, the Royal Navy said today.

The alleged trespasser was discovered on board the USS Harry S Truman, anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hants, on Saturday night during a week-long visit to Portsmouth Naval Base.

A navy spokesman said the man had allegedly passed through both Royal Navy security and US Navy security to get on board passenger boats used to ferry crew back and forth from the visiting warship.

It is understood that the man’s identity was not checked by the Royal Navy security guards – as the base’s rules dictate – with the responsibility being left to the US guards on duty at the gate.

The spokesman added that a thorough review of security had been carried out at the naval base since the incident and a number of changes implemented.

The spokesman explained that the jetty for the boats was very close to the public area in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard museum complex and the large number of visiting sailors from the US aircraft carrier had allowed the confusion.

Royal Navy spokesman Anton Hanney said: “I wouldn’t want to talk about embarrassment but we are taking it very seriously, as we would any security breach.

“Our main focus at the moment is to put everything right and to improve our arrangements.”

Mr Hanney said that he did not believe the incident would put off future visits by American or other foreign ships.

He said: “It shouldn’t cause any problems with future visits because we are making the necessary security improvements.”

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said that 37-year-old Abdoul Masmoud Yessoufou, from West Africa but of no fixed abode, had been charged with trespass under sections 2(2) and 4(3) of the HM Naval Base (Portsmouth) Byelaw 1981.

He is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The spokeswoman said that Yessoufou was originally held under the Terrorism Act 2000 but had since been released into normal police custody.

The USS Harry S Truman, which arrived at Portsmouth last Monday, departed on schedule on Sunday. s

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1 posted on 04/14/2005 7:16:41 PM PDT by zappermom
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To: zappermom

"Abdoul Masmoud Yessoufou"

Do you think this guy's maybe just a Boy Scout that just got lost?


2 posted on 04/14/2005 7:18:37 PM PDT by Bald Eagle777 (Death, oppressive Taxes, and Marxism... the legacy of liberal US Democrats)
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To: Bald Eagle777

Yeah, probably just a tourist that got lost. (!)

My son is on the Truman and believe me this story could give me nightmares.


3 posted on 04/14/2005 7:23:58 PM PDT by zappermom
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To: zappermom

This is a frequent security exercise. No breaking and entering, rather sending people to "waltz-on-in" to places. All that's required is to look like you belong.


4 posted on 04/14/2005 7:26:27 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: zappermom
sombody's will get ZOTTED bigtime over this one...!!! i wonder where he was caught???
5 posted on 04/14/2005 7:28:33 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: zappermom; All

"...Yessoufou, from West Africa but of no fixed abode,"
Those Brits, what a way with words.

This is not good, to say the least. It sounds like the first security point passed the torch to the second security point, which did not come through.

I also read a week or so ago that the British now are relaxing their rules for screening the flying public. I don't know that that is such a good idea.


6 posted on 04/14/2005 7:35:30 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Fee, Fie, Foe, FReep!)
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To: zappermom

I feel sooooo much safer now. THANX!


7 posted on 04/14/2005 7:38:05 PM PDT by Iam1ru1-2
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To: zappermom
It is understood that the man’s identity was not checked

I wish I would have read "It is understood that the dead man’s identity was not checked"

8 posted on 04/14/2005 7:44:19 PM PDT by Flyer ( ~ http://askGONPO.com ~)
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To: Calpernia; Velveeta; DAVEY CROCKETT; WestCoastGal; SandRat; TexasCowboy; SevenofNine; Chieftain; ...

Ping.......this one was too easy, what a warning the intruder is giving.

Remember last year, all the messages with Kitty Hawk in them?

I was so sure that it meant something else, maybe I was wrong.


9 posted on 04/14/2005 7:48:44 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Airspeed, altitude, or brains. Two are required to successfully complete a flight.)
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To: zappermom

.......it's 'OBL' on vacation?


10 posted on 04/14/2005 7:49:33 PM PDT by maestro
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To: BIGLOOK; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Who has the water watch ping list?


11 posted on 04/14/2005 7:53:52 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Bald Eagle777

Probably one of the crew members' boyfriend.


12 posted on 04/14/2005 7:54:11 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: nw_arizona_granny

There were plenty of references that made us think of North Carolina (Kitty Hawk) too.


13 posted on 04/14/2005 7:57:54 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: All

More on this story:

Wed 13 Apr 2005

5:00pm (UK)
Asbo Imposed on US Naval Warship Intruder

By Ben Mitchell, PA

An intruder who sparked a security review at a UK naval base after he was found on board a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier previously breached security three times at Heathrow Airport, a court heard today.

Portsmouth magistrates today imposed an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) preventing Abdoul Masmoud Yessoufou from entering restricted areas at Portsmouth Naval Base, the neighbouring ferryport and Southampton International Airport.

The court heard that the 37-year-old sparked a security review after he was discovered on board the USS Harry S Truman, anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hants, on Saturday night during the vessel’s week-long visit to Portsmouth.

Colin Shackel, prosecuting, said that Yessoufou had mingled with a group of sailors returning by boat to the aircraft carrier from a jetty in a restricted area next to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which is open to the public.

When confronted by a US Navy yeoman, Yessoufou, from Newport, Isle of Wight, said that he was with a woman at the front of the group and he was allowed to embark the small boat taking the sailors to the warship, Mr Shackel said.

The court heard that it was at least two hours later that he was challenged by a US Navy master-at-arms and escorted off the ship where he was initially detained by police under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Mr Shackel said the only apparent explanation for Yessoufou’s behaviour was “to satisfy his curiosity”.

Bill Meads, defending, said: “It’s a most unusual state of affairs.

“He appears to have been able to wander into the dockyard and wander on to an American aircraft carrier for a couple of hours before being detected.

“Some pretty serious questions are now being asked as a result of his behaviour and it may be he has done someone a few favours about security arrangements.”

The court heard that Yessoufou had appeared before Uxbridge magistrates on three occasions in February this year after breaching security at Heathrow Airport and reached airside in three separate incidents.

He also appeared before Southampton magistrates after reaching airside again at Southampton International Airport on January 5, this year.

Chairman of the bench, Tony Young, said that an Asbo would be prepared against Yessoufou banning him from entering restricted areas at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth Continental Ferryport and Southampton International Airport.


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14 posted on 04/14/2005 7:58:20 PM PDT by zappermom
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To: zappermom

"Naval Insecurity"

I used to be worried that my belly button would disappear.


15 posted on 04/14/2005 7:58:24 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: zappermom; nw_arizona_granny; Calpernia; Cindy

The guy was released and attempted to do it again!!!
****
Navy Ban Man Arrested Again

A man who managed to get on board a US aircraft carrier was arrested today attempting to enter a naval base less than 24 hours after being made subject to an anti-social behaviour order banning him from entering prohibited areas
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4397258

(Zappermom, welcome to FR)


16 posted on 04/14/2005 7:59:39 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

The guy is focused on his goal, huh?


17 posted on 04/14/2005 8:06:21 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: zappermom
Royal Navy spokesman Anton Hanney said: “I wouldn’t want to talk about embarrassment but we are taking it very seriously, as we would any security breach.

Getting awfully upset over a picayune incident. Everything was so much grander in the good old days.

The Dreadnought Hoax

18 posted on 04/14/2005 8:08:42 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Laws are for the guidence of wise men and the blind obedience of fools - Solon, Lawmaker of Athens)
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To: Cindy

LOL. Evidently, he's free to try again and again.


19 posted on 04/14/2005 8:16:36 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

"If at first you don't succeed, then try, try again!"

The bombing of the USS Cole was a deeply disturbing event, but potentially a CARRIER?

If this was not a scheduled test (as can happen in cases of, for ex. units testing air base sec.), someone's head needs to be on a plate right about now.


20 posted on 04/14/2005 8:21:14 PM PDT by Bald Eagle777 (Death, oppressive Taxes, and Marxism... the legacy of liberal US Democrats)
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To: Velveeta
Did you see the last paragraph?

The court heard that Yessoufou had previously been convicted of entering airside areas at Heathrow on three occasions in February this year and on another occasion at Southampton airport.

21 posted on 04/14/2005 8:27:52 PM PDT by Selene
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To: zappermom
The court heard that Yessoufou had appeared before Uxbridge magistrates on three occasions in February this year after breaching security at Heathrow Airport and reached airside in three separate incidents.

He also appeared before Southampton magistrates after reaching airside again at Southampton International Airport on January 5, this year.


Quite the tourist! This guy is obviously testing security in very sensitive places! 5 times in a few months? Wake up!

9-11, 3-11, 6-11? I'm no Louie Farrakhan (sp) so my math is no good but this guy needs watching or imprisonment. :-(

22 posted on 04/14/2005 9:08:47 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (I'm not winking - this way I only have to hit the shift key once - so I'm lazy! ;-)
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To: Tunehead54

What the heck is airside? Aren't airside unless you are underwater or buried?


23 posted on 04/14/2005 10:09:26 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Airside: You're walking around the plane or you're in it - past all security. FYI. :-(


24 posted on 04/14/2005 11:19:09 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (I'm not winking - this way I only have to hit the shift key once - so I'm lazy! ;-)
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To: Velveeta; Calpernia

This man keeps going on the bases.

During a time of war.

He has been caught so many times, that he now knows the ships and also the jails on base.

When they make the move, later, you will see that they get the guys out of jail too, if any live to get caught.

There is no way this man is a friendly little nut.


25 posted on 04/16/2005 12:26:57 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Airspeed, altitude, or brains. Two are required to successfully complete a flight.)
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To: nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta

They could be tracking him. I bet they want to net the contacts he has.


26 posted on 04/16/2005 7:24:34 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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