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Missing Egyptian Student Arrested At O'Hare
CBS 2 Chicago ^ | 8/10/06 | CBS

Posted on 08/10/2006 2:29:53 PM PDT by conservative in nyc

Chicago police on Thursday morning arrested one of the 11 Egyptian students who were wanted for failing to show up for an exchange program in Montana.

At 8 a.m., about four hours after heightened security restrictions went into effect following a foiled terror plot in Britain, a man at the Delta terminal at O’Hare International Airport tried to use a ticket to go to Bozeman, Montana, but his ticket was out of New York rather than Chicago, police Supt. Philip Cline said at a news conference.

A disturbance then ensued. “He was raising his voice for the level for the counter agent to call for the police officer to come over,” Cline said.

The man, Ahmed Abou El Ela, 21, was found to be one of the missing Egyptian students, Cline said.

”He was acting in a strange, erratic behavior, and the Delta supervisor and they went a little farther in their investigation with the ticket, and they discovered that he was one of the missing students that they were looking for,” said Chicago police officer Tim Bulger, who arrived at the scene.

The Delta supervisor contacted the university, who in turn told her to call the Chicago Police Department and the FBI, Bulger said.

“They say he was kind of fidgety, moving around and kind of talking in a loud voice, which caused for a little bit of alarm,” Bulger said.

El Ela was calm when Bulgar arrived. He was taken into custody and turned over to federal authorities, Bulgar said.

Authorities began searching for the 11 Egyptian students after they arrived in the United States last month, but failed to show up for an exchange program at Montana State University.

Two other students were arrested Thursday in suburban Baltimore. Three more were arrested on Wednesday -- one in Minnesota and two in New Jersey. The other six arrived as planned at the Montana school.

The Egyptian men were among a group of 17 students who arrived in New York from Cairo on July 29 with valid visas, according to U.S. authorities and university officials.

The missing students pose no terrorism threat, FBI officials said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: ahmedabouelela; captured; egyptian; egyptianstudents; elela; foreignstudents; missingstudent; misusedvisa; nothingtosee; ohare; ord; wot
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This is one of the Egyptian students arrested today. He basically turned himself in by trying to use a ticket from New York to Bozeman at an airport 700 miles from New York City and screaming like a moron, bringing attention to himself.

Not the brightest bulb in the box, I'd say.

1 posted on 08/10/2006 2:29:53 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

"The missing students pose no terrorism threat, FBI officials said."

Oh. OK.


2 posted on 08/10/2006 2:31:22 PM PDT by Raebie
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To: conservative in nyc
The missing students pose no terrorism threat, FBI officials said.

I would think that after today they would change this statement!

3 posted on 08/10/2006 2:31:43 PM PDT by pctech
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To: conservative in nyc

Must not have heard that the whole country was looking for him. Must also have missed the media alerts about beefed up security at airports.

And CNN tvs are everywhere at the airport.


4 posted on 08/10/2006 2:32:27 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: conservative in nyc

What kind of dipwad at the airline counter calls the school instead of the police ASAP?


5 posted on 08/10/2006 2:32:58 PM PDT by RushCrush (MOAB: Apply directly to terrorists. Repeat.)
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To: conservative in nyc
Or a diversionary tactic.Maybe he's the expendable bulb in the pack.
6 posted on 08/10/2006 2:33:10 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: conservative in nyc

"Not the brightest bulb in the box, I'd say."

I'd have to agree. LOL

Now wait to hear this from the left:

"You would be upset and act like that too if you were lost trying to find your college in the wrong state".




7 posted on 08/10/2006 2:33:36 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: Raebie
"The missing students pose no terrorism threat, FBI officials said."

Oh. OK.


They very well might just be looking for work in the U.S. and not have any terror ties. It doesn't matter, though. Either way, they should get a one-way ticket back to their home country and be permanently banned from coming to the U.S.
8 posted on 08/10/2006 2:33:59 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

Um, I guess we can now assume that these Egyptians are not innocent. Anyway, what innocent person would hear the huge media uproar about his AWOL status and not go to the local police station to clear his name?


9 posted on 08/10/2006 2:34:15 PM PDT by dinoparty
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To: conservative in nyc

How did he get to Chicago from NYC - if he took a bus, why didn't he just go all the way to Montana?


10 posted on 08/10/2006 2:34:26 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo
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To: conservative in nyc

Three down, eight to go.


11 posted on 08/10/2006 2:34:29 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: conservative in nyc

Gee, if he only spoke some Spanish he'd qualify for catch-n-release, and maybe a Guest Worker permit!


12 posted on 08/10/2006 2:34:41 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: conservative in nyc

He must have gone to NYC or Chicago public schools.


13 posted on 08/10/2006 2:34:47 PM PDT by Founding Father (Bush/Rice: Let's negotiate with terrorists!!! Let's all be happy!!!)
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To: dinoparty

Well, my sister lives in Cairo.... Egyptians are not the smartest people around. Lots of inbreeding.


14 posted on 08/10/2006 2:35:11 PM PDT by RushCrush (MOAB: Apply directly to terrorists. Repeat.)
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To: Raebie

Just what I was going to say. I mean how do they determine this? Does this guy say "I am not involved with terror" and that is that?


15 posted on 08/10/2006 2:35:18 PM PDT by Screamname (Batman and Godzilla : When will they fight?)
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To: conservative in nyc

So, will the Fed's investigate how he got from NYC to Chicago? Do we have a Islamist underground railroad?


16 posted on 08/10/2006 2:35:33 PM PDT by PogySailor
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To: conservative in nyc
Not the brightest bulb in the box, I'd say.

It's hard to find good, qualified suicide-bombers these days!

17 posted on 08/10/2006 2:35:33 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: dinoparty

Strange...very strange


18 posted on 08/10/2006 2:35:35 PM PDT by Youngman442002
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To: conservative in nyc
He basically turned himself in by trying to use a ticket from New York
to Bozeman at an airport 700 miles from New York City and screaming like
a moron, bringing attention to himself.


Sounds like some geniuses that have been in front of me in the lines
at the airport...
19 posted on 08/10/2006 2:35:39 PM PDT by VOA
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To: martin_fierro

No, I think we have at least 6 of the 11.


20 posted on 08/10/2006 2:35:58 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pctech
I would think that after today they would change this statement!

What if these missing students are related to the "disrupted" plans in the UK?

21 posted on 08/10/2006 2:36:36 PM PDT by Heartland Mom (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: conservative in nyc

I assume his belongings were searched for "sports drinks"...


22 posted on 08/10/2006 2:37:29 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: DTogo

"Gee, if he only spoke some Spanish he'd qualify for catch-n-release, and maybe a Guest Worker permit!"

ROFLMAO!
Don't forget college tuition discount. That would've come in handy with him being a student and all.


23 posted on 08/10/2006 2:37:29 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: martin_fierro
Actually, 6 down 5 to go:
U.S. picks up six of 11 missing Egyptian students
24 posted on 08/10/2006 2:37:40 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc
The Delta supervisor contacted the university, who in turn told her to call the Chicago Police Department and the FBI, Bulger said.

WTF? Why didn't he call the police immediately?

25 posted on 08/10/2006 2:37:40 PM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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To: conservative in nyc

Too close to the Sears Tower for my tastes.


26 posted on 08/10/2006 2:37:40 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: PogySailor

I'm sure there is one... and one of the stops must be Dearborn.


27 posted on 08/10/2006 2:38:30 PM PDT by rock_lobsta (cair = hamas = iran = EVIL)
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To: conservative in nyc

There's hundreds of "missing" foreign students here and unless the FBI thought something was wrong they wouldn't have came out public with this one.


28 posted on 08/10/2006 2:39:32 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: dinoparty

Oh, no. They are just young men from a turd world country so fascinated by what Amerika has to offer that they wanted to tour and experience our wonderful country before reporting to school. < / sarcasm>


29 posted on 08/10/2006 2:39:54 PM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: pctech

if they didn't pose a threat, why did the FBI put out a nationwide alert for them? Maybe the FBI was just trying to help them find their way to Montana.


30 posted on 08/10/2006 2:40:33 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: pctech

I agree. In light of the incident in the UK, I cannot be quite so blase about the actions of these 11 creeps. They were acting very suspicious if you ask me and I'm for erroring on the side of caution here. The 11 need to be deported at once, and we need to seriously re-evaluate allowing any more student visas from Muslims nations.


31 posted on 08/10/2006 2:41:15 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: weegee
Further evidence that these guys simply got lost in a very large, strange country where they didn't have good command of the language.

Now, if they'd spoken Spanish they could have gotten directions at the McDonald's Fur Shur.

32 posted on 08/10/2006 2:41:44 PM PDT by muawiyah (-/sarcasm)
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To: dinoparty

From all information these 11 Egyptian men appear to be wandering around the country clueless...which begs the question: "Why the hell were they let in in the first place?".


33 posted on 08/10/2006 2:42:44 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Raebie

Just because the f.b.i. has been known to lie through their teeth and have innocent Americans put into jail knowingly for decades is no reason to have any distrust of the f.b.i.


34 posted on 08/10/2006 2:43:20 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: MikeA

Have any of you seen the pictures of these guys? The same kind of emotionless steel cold faces similar to those of the 9/11s


35 posted on 08/10/2006 2:43:30 PM PDT by del4hope (The LORD will be a refuge for His people-Joel 3:16)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

They couldn't get on a plane to Bozeman, Montana but they can find their way to and around in OHare during all the contruction? something doesn't add up here and it doesn't take a genius to figure it out.


36 posted on 08/10/2006 2:43:40 PM PDT by RushCrush (MOAB: Apply directly to terrorists. Repeat.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

"Too close to the Sears Tower for my tastes."

Mine too; my father helped build it.


37 posted on 08/10/2006 2:43:58 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: conservative in nyc
He basically turned himself in by trying to use a ticket from New York to Bozeman at an airport 700 miles from New York City and screaming like a moron

actually mabbe yer on to something - what if he did want to get out but didn't want to appear to give up? hmmmm
38 posted on 08/10/2006 2:44:03 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: Raebie
"The missing students pose no terrorism threat, FBI officials said."

Oh. OK.

All they had on them was some bottles of gel and funny smelling liquids in Gatorade bottles?

39 posted on 08/10/2006 2:44:10 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (ffffFReeeePeee!)
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To: conservative in nyc

OIC


40 posted on 08/10/2006 2:45:28 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: conservative in nyc

if they make it to LA, the City Council will give cover under Special Order 40 (no LAPD stops for phony immigrants)


41 posted on 08/10/2006 2:45:38 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: DTogo
if he only spoke some Spanish he'd qualify for catch-n-release, and maybe a Guest Worker permit!

I only wish your implication were true. Believe me, he qualifies.

42 posted on 08/10/2006 2:45:51 PM PDT by MaineVoter2002 (http://www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: Cementjungle

"It's hard to find good, qualified suicide-bombers these days!"

They blow up so young these days, and the retirement program sucks....


43 posted on 08/10/2006 2:45:53 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Terrorism-You Reap What You Appease........)
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To: Fitzcarraldo

How did he get to Chicago from NYC



SSSSHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, you aren't supposed to ask that obvious of a question. Remember these cats are no threat to you and I, meanwhile approach them with caution.


(sarc- really)


44 posted on 08/10/2006 2:47:18 PM PDT by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamists, now ACT LIKE IT!)
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To: conservative in nyc
I think you are being to kind, to this garbage...this punt puke,I would like to hear that he lost his fingers in an accidental, closing of the cell doors
45 posted on 08/10/2006 2:47:25 PM PDT by thinking
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To: pissant
Correct, we currently have six of them...
46 posted on 08/10/2006 2:48:15 PM PDT by Sopater (Creatio Ex Nihilo)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
From all information these 11 Egyptian men appear to be wandering around the country clueless...which begs the question: "Why the hell were they let in in the first place?".

They all, as a group, missed their connecting flight that day then wound up scattered around the country? Then, with all the news about them they declined to report in? Sounds perfectly normal to me!

47 posted on 08/10/2006 2:49:19 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: RushCrush
The Delta supervisor contacted the university

Why the hell did they call the school AFTER they found out the FBI was looking for them?

And you are right: something REALLY does not make sense here.........and I'm sick of them not telling me the truth.

48 posted on 08/10/2006 2:49:42 PM 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: Proudly Republican
Considering these boys were "lost" for a week before they put out the BOLO, I'd say they were connected. I think if we look at the time, the UK would have been at the beginning of their takedown. They knew who, when and where they were going to come down.

On another note, the Egytians could have been just a distraction....pea and shell game. It's knida what it looks like.

49 posted on 08/10/2006 2:50:41 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: conservative in nyc

I get the impression from the story that no one bothered to flag the tickets for the 11 missing students and quite possibly, if this guy had just kept his mouth shut, could have boarded a flight. As someone else said, how did the get there from NYC?


50 posted on 08/10/2006 2:51:14 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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