Skip to comments.Statement from Department of Homeland Security [UK Airline Terror Plot]
Posted on 08/10/2006 12:52:41 AM PDT by HAL9000
The Department of Homeland Security is taking immediate steps to increase security measures in the aviation sector in coordination with heightened security precautions in the United Kingdom. Over the last few hours, British authorities have arrested a significant number of extremists engaged in a substantial plot to destroy multiple passenger aircraft flying from the United Kingdom to the United States. Currently, there is no indication, however, of plotting within the United States. We believe that these arrests have significantly disrupted the threat, but we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted.
For that reason, the United States Government has raised the nations threat level to Severe, or Red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for the United States. This adjustment reflects the Critical, or highest, alert level that has been implemented in the United Kingdom. To defend further against any remaining threat from this plot, we will also raise the threat level to High, or Orange, for all commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States. Consistent with these higher threat levels, the Transportation Security Administration is coordinating with federal partners, airport authorities and commercial airlines on expanding the intensity of existing security requirements. Due to the nature of the threat revealed by this investigation, we are prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels, and lotions from being carried on the airplane. This determination will be constantly evaluated and updated when circumstances warrant. These changes will take effect at 4:00 AM local time across the country. Travelers should also anticipate additional security measures within the airport and at screening checkpoints.
These measures will continue to assure that our aviation system remains safe and secure. Travelers should go about their plans confidently, while maintaining vigilance in their surroundings and exercising patience with screening and security officials.
The United States and the United Kingdom are fully united and resolute in this effort and in our ongoing efforts to secure our respective homelands.
It's a scandal that this press release is not available at dhs.gov yet.
time to line up the ships and begin the mass deportations
Enough is enough
All passengers advised not to travel from Heathrow today.
Thanks to Bermuda II, DFW, IAH, and ATL don't have non-stop flights to and from LHR.
So was it 4 planes or 20 planes? Other sources said 20, maybe that was in error?
I'll ping or Freepmail you when I have further. I've got some calls into our Chain of Command for clarification.
I'll share what I can when I can.
Don't forget, three of the Egyptians who arrived in Montana were detained yesterday.
Can't wait to see the pic line up and names...
Does this mean I can't put my whisky bottle even in my checked baggage? It is inexcusable that they can't explain themselves clearly and unambiguously. Publik Skool training at work, no doubt.
FNC says as many as 50 people, 20 planes, flying out of four airports in England.
Fox/BBC now saying six planes.
Another thread says Sky News reports 6 planes (not 20) were targeted.
Obviously the number is still very up in the air (no pun intended). We'll have to await developments.
They've scaled the number back -- when I first turned on the TV Fox reported "at least" 20.
News like this is fluid. We probably won't know most of the details until investigators beat it out of the suspects.
Fox's caption on the TV under "Fox News Alert" still said 20 less than a minute ago --
I no longer believe in coincidence.
That is very different from what we are getting here. Thaks
David Asman of FNC says at 1:15 a.m. Pacific that the plot is "not as many as we originally reported to you" (paraphrase) and has scaled the number of planes back from 20 to 6.
You can be assured that the citizens of Iran are not constantly terrorized like this.
"Five people have been arrested after anti-war protestors boarded a US military plane at Prestwick airport, according to press reports.
In the third breech of security at the Scottish airport in just four days, the campaign group Trident Ploughshares claimed that a group of its activists boarded a US Air National Guard plane at Prestwick in the early hours of this morning."
This from yesterday. Gives you confidence eh?
Have they released the names of the Protestant grammas involved in the plot?
Such as, "Who is this Jesus dude? Does he blow up airplanes?"
Series and Hugh!
It is a freepism. Someone in the long distant past misspelled serious as "series" and huge as "hugh." It thence achieved immortal memehood.
A hugh inconvience!
If so - CONGRATULATIONS to our allied security forces!
this is not all bad
this is going to be a bonanza for baggage handlers.
check out pawn shops near airports,
This is a very simple problem, which can be solved in a month with a few steps.
1) Cancel all visas for citizens or subjects of Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, KSA, and Pakistan.
2) Allow a grace period of 72 hours for all former visa holders to report to concentration points designated by the Secretary of Defense.
3) At the concentration points, ascertain whether any such former visa holders are performing services of critical value to the security of the United States, and re-issue their visae.
4) Arrange transportation to their home countries for the rest.
5) Declare any remainers (former visa holders or citizens/subjects from the above states here illegally) enemy combatants and arrest or execute them as prudence dictates.
I first posted these simple steps on the afternoon of 9/11/01. It still shocks me that they were not carried out then, but they still are required.
Your problem is that you make too much sense.
Thanks for the alert.
""Due to the nature of the threat revealed by this investigation, we are prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels, and lotions from being carried on the airplane."
Does this mean I can't put my whisky bottle even in my checked baggage? It is inexcusable that they can't explain themselves clearly and unambiguously. Publik Skool training at work, no doubt."
You don't carry what gets checked.
And if you want to convey that the event in question is quite momentous, you use an intensifier such as "very," which is preferably spelled "vey."
So if something is deemed both hugh AND vey series, you are justified in disconnecting your computer, turning off all the lights, bringing your family to a central location (preferably windowless), and waiting quietly for the all-clear to sound.
(At least, that's what I've gathered, but I'm easily confused.)
You don't carry it on the plane but it is carried on the plane, in the hold.