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Statement from Department of Homeland Security [UK Airline Terror Plot]
Department of Homeland Security ^ | August 10, 2006 | Secretary Michael Chertoff

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 nation’s 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.



TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911fifthanniversary; chertoff; dhs; homelandsecurity; londonairlineplot; wot

1 posted on 08/10/2006 12:52:44 AM PDT by HAL9000
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To: Lurker

Ping...


2 posted on 08/10/2006 12:53:19 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Howlin

It's a scandal that this press release is not available at dhs.gov yet.


3 posted on 08/10/2006 12:54:59 AM PDT by HAL9000 (Happy 10th Anniversary FreeRepublic.com - Est. Sept. 23, 1996 - Thanks Jim!)
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To: HAL9000

time to line up the ships and begin the mass deportations
Enough is enough


4 posted on 08/10/2006 12:55:08 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Howlin; All
Sky News/FNC: 2 more being sought, 4 airports in UK involved. All inbound flights to the UK are to be suspended. Hijackers were traveling on 4 consecutive flights.

All passengers advised not to travel from Heathrow today.

5 posted on 08/10/2006 12:55:28 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: HAL9000

BTTT


6 posted on 08/10/2006 12:57:04 AM PDT by nopardons
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On DHS page:


7 posted on 08/10/2006 12:57:13 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE; COEXERJ145; phantomworker; Pukin Dog
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.

8 posted on 08/10/2006 12:57:55 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: STARWISE

So was it 4 planes or 20 planes? Other sources said 20, maybe that was in error?


9 posted on 08/10/2006 12:57:59 AM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: STARWISE
Helicopter film of Heathrow shows it to be mightily congested. I would not think the staff or systems could cope with this for long. I will grid to a halt or cancel many, most lights. Many people are just turning away and going home. which as disappointing as it it is, is probably sensible right now. Get back to normal asap.
10 posted on 08/10/2006 12:58:53 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: Howlin
Thanks very much.

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.

Take care,

L

11 posted on 08/10/2006 12:59:41 AM PDT by Lurker (I support Israel without reservation. Hizbollah must be destroyed to the last man.)
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To: STARWISE

Don't forget, three of the Egyptians who arrived in Montana were detained yesterday.


12 posted on 08/10/2006 1:01:00 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: Mount Athos
The BBC are still saying 3 - but I figure that they might lower the figure right now not to cause more alarm than is needed.
13 posted on 08/10/2006 1:01:06 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: HAL9000

Can't wait to see the pic line up and names...


14 posted on 08/10/2006 1:02:40 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: HAL9000
"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.

15 posted on 08/10/2006 1:03:13 AM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: vimto

FNC says as many as 50 people, 20 planes, flying out of four airports in England.


16 posted on 08/10/2006 1:03:45 AM PDT by GOPrincess
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To: GOPrincess

What????

Fox/BBC now saying six planes.


17 posted on 08/10/2006 1:05:04 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: GOPrincess

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.


18 posted on 08/10/2006 1:05:54 AM PDT by GOPrincess
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To: Howlin

They've scaled the number back -- when I first turned on the TV Fox reported "at least" 20.


19 posted on 08/10/2006 1:06:29 AM PDT by GOPrincess
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To: GOPrincess

News like this is fluid. We probably won't know most of the details until investigators beat it out of the suspects.


20 posted on 08/10/2006 1:07:10 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: Howlin

Fox's caption on the TV under "Fox News Alert" still said 20 less than a minute ago --


21 posted on 08/10/2006 1:07:15 AM PDT by GOPrincess
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To: HAL9000
They are way too busy...


22 posted on 08/10/2006 1:07:42 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Howlin
I wonder if this is related:

2 Held In Terror Plot In Ohio

I no longer believe in coincidence.

L

23 posted on 08/10/2006 1:12:59 AM PDT by Lurker (I support Israel without reservation. Hizbollah must be destroyed to the last man.)
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To: GOPrincess

That is very different from what we are getting here. Thaks


24 posted on 08/10/2006 1:13:32 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: vimto

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.


25 posted on 08/10/2006 1:16:20 AM PDT by GOPrincess
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To: LeoWindhorse

You can be assured that the citizens of Iran are not constantly terrorized like this.


26 posted on 08/10/2006 1:16:45 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: HAL9000

"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?


27 posted on 08/10/2006 1:18:17 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: Just A Nobody

Ping


28 posted on 08/10/2006 1:22:24 AM PDT by jan in Colorado
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To: vimto
Doesn't it seem like the far-left steps up their Attacks when the Islamic Fascists do? They are truly in "lock-set".
29 posted on 08/10/2006 1:26:59 AM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts ("Liberals see what they believe... Conservatives believe what they see")
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To: Dallas59

Have they released the names of the Protestant grammas involved in the plot?


30 posted on 08/10/2006 1:27:47 AM PDT by MIT-Elephant ("Armed with what? Spitballs?")
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To: MIT-Elephant
They're still interrogating them..
31 posted on 08/10/2006 1:41:33 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: HAL9000
Deputy Met Officer live on Radio "we have foiled a terrorist attack of mass murder of huge proportions". the exact word for Huge may be different but it means no less it might have been 'enormous' or 'unimaginable'.

He was very, very serious.

Memory loss, senior moment.
32 posted on 08/10/2006 1:58:26 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: Dallas59

Such as, "Who is this Jesus dude? Does he blow up airplanes?"


33 posted on 08/10/2006 2:03:07 AM PDT by The Red Zone
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To: vimto

Series and Hugh!


34 posted on 08/10/2006 2:04:00 AM PDT by The Red Zone
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To: The Red Zone
"Series and Hugh!"

Out in the UK - the reference is completely lost in translation (to me anyhow) - I guess it is something to do with senior moments? Or is it cockney rhyming slang?
35 posted on 08/10/2006 2:07:32 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: vimto

It is a freepism. Someone in the long distant past misspelled serious as "series" and huge as "hugh." It thence achieved immortal memehood.


36 posted on 08/10/2006 2:09:33 AM PDT by The Red Zone
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To: The Red Zone
Ah! this is a truly hugh plot. (gottit?)

Seriously though I am fed up with the liberal luvvie left who will be pouting tomorrow about their travel arrangements being cramped and their civil rights being disrupted. And then they will blame the government for 'hyping' it all up.

Phah!!!! and Phah again.
37 posted on 08/10/2006 2:16:55 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: vimto

A hugh inconvience!


38 posted on 08/10/2006 2:18:06 AM PDT by The Red Zone
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To: HAL9000
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.

If so - CONGRATULATIONS to our allied security forces!

39 posted on 08/10/2006 2:41:00 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: HAL9000

this is not all bad

this is going to be a bonanza for baggage handlers.

check out pawn shops near airports,
for bargains


40 posted on 08/10/2006 3:23:20 AM PDT by greasepaint
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To: LeoWindhorse
time to line up the ships and begin the mass deportations

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.

41 posted on 08/10/2006 3:50:38 AM PDT by Jim Noble (I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure.)
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To: Jim Noble

Your problem is that you make too much sense.


42 posted on 08/10/2006 5:22:50 AM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Thanks for the alert.


43 posted on 08/10/2006 6:12:41 AM PDT by phantomworker ("I wouldn't harm you for the world, but you are standing where I am about to shoot." ~ Quaker quote)
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To: Neanderthal

""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."




Let's take a look at that, OK? It clearly stated that liquids were prohibited from being CARRIED on the airplane. Last time I flew, I didn't carry my checked luggage on the plane. Some guy threw it into the baggage hold, where any whiskey bottle that had been in there would have been broken.

Reading is FUNdamental.


44 posted on 08/10/2006 6:43:10 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: Neanderthal

You don't carry what gets checked.


45 posted on 08/10/2006 6:46:18 AM PDT by Xenalyte (who is having the best day ever!)
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To: HAL9000
Scary stuff. A reminder that while the Murthas and Sheehans of the world are carrying on, real work is being done behind the scenes by people who don't seek the spotlight.
46 posted on 08/10/2006 6:47:34 AM PDT by veronica (New Literary and Arts Journal Offers FREE ADVERTISING! - FReepmail me for info...)
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To: vimto; The Red Zone

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.)


47 posted on 08/10/2006 6:50:41 AM PDT by Xenalyte (who is having the best day ever!)
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To: Xenalyte
"You don't carry what gets checked."

You don't carry it on the plane but it is carried on the plane, in the hold.

48 posted on 08/10/2006 9:29:22 AM PDT by Neanderthal
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