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Boxcutter in Hollowed-Out Book at TIA
Little Green Footballs ^ | Feb. 20, 2008 | Charles Johnson

Posted on 02/20/2008 3:44:16 PM PST by jdm

He forgot it was there: TIA Passenger Had Box Cutter In Hollowed-Out Book.

TAMPA — A 21-year-old Clearwater man was arrested at Tampa International Airport this weekend after security personnel found a box cutter in a hollowed-out book, authorities said.

About 7:30 a.m. Sunday, airport security ran Benjamin Baines Jr.’s backpack through an X-ray machine and saw the image of a box cutter, according to a report from the Transportation Security Administration. When searching the backpack, a security officer found a book titled “Fear Itself.” The book was hollowed out, and the box cutter was inside.

After Baines was read his rights, he said his cousin had cut away the pages to make the hollow section in the book. Later, reports state, he said he had hollowed it out himself to hide money and marijuana from his roommates. Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.

Officers found books in the backpack titled “Muhammad in the Bible,” “The Prophet’s Prayer” and “The Noble Qur’an.” He also had a copy of the Quran and the Bible.

Several sheets of paper in the backpack included rap lyrics that referred to police, narcotics, weapons and killing. Baines told officers he is a rapper who writes his own lyrics and that rap music writers need to “play the part,” the report states.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: airlinesecurity; baines; boxcutter; florida; johnnyjihad; quran; rap; rop; suddenjihadsyndrome; tampa; thuglife; tia; tpa; trialrun
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1 posted on 02/20/2008 3:44:17 PM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

This happens to me all the time, forgetting what I put in my hollowed out books.


2 posted on 02/20/2008 3:45:32 PM PST by squidly
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To: jdm

The enemy within.


3 posted on 02/20/2008 3:46:28 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: jdm
Look, if the guy just had a box cutter in his pocket, I'd say no big deal. Fine, him and forget it if he has a clean record. But this guy had it in a hollowed out book. (We all have hollowed out books, don't we.) I say he should be executed.

ML/NJ

4 posted on 02/20/2008 3:49:53 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: jdm

GRRRREAT job whoever that TSA employee was! America’s finest! BUMP-TO-THE-TOP!


5 posted on 02/20/2008 3:51:47 PM PST by PGalt
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To: jdm
Baines told officers he is a rapper who writes his own lyrics and that rap music writers need to “play the part,” the report states.

Well then I guess he needs to spend 10-to-15 in the pen to earn his "street cred".

6 posted on 02/20/2008 3:52:23 PM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: PGalt

btt


7 posted on 02/20/2008 3:53:05 PM PST by varina davis
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To: jdm

Benjamin Baines, Jr.

8 posted on 02/20/2008 3:53:26 PM PST by kcvl
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To: jdm

I predict that within a month, new TSA rules will prohibit passengers from bringing books onto airplanes in carry-ons.


9 posted on 02/20/2008 3:55:50 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Men fight well when they know that no prisoners will be taken.)
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To: kcvl

Thanks kcvl for constantly expanding our frame of reference with additional information.


10 posted on 02/20/2008 3:58:27 PM PST by PGalt
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To: jdm

“oopps was that in my back pack?”

Under the jail with him!


11 posted on 02/20/2008 3:58:43 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude ({new and improved redneck})
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To: jdm

Throw away the key.


12 posted on 02/20/2008 3:59:42 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jdm
Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.
13 posted on 02/20/2008 4:01:36 PM PST by RetiredArmy (It is time for Conservatives to think about forming our own party. NO MORE RINOs!!)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
I predict that within a month, new TSA rules will prohibit passengers from bringing books onto airplanes in carry-ons.

Naw, more like "Pardon me, ma'am, but I'll need you to step aside, take off your shoes, turn on your laptop, and read a few chapters of your book".

14 posted on 02/20/2008 4:01:53 PM PST by Antonello (Oh my God, don't shoot the banana!)
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To: kcvl

Ben is clearly confussed


15 posted on 02/20/2008 4:02:10 PM PST by colonialhk (Harry and Nancy are our best moron allies)
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To: jdm
...hollowed it out himself to hide money and marijuana from his roommates.

When faced with a felony, confess to a misdemeanor.

16 posted on 02/20/2008 4:02:14 PM PST by TChad
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To: RetiredArmy
Woops, my answer disappeared!!!

Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.

Bull s***!!!

17 posted on 02/20/2008 4:02:51 PM PST by RetiredArmy (It is time for Conservatives to think about forming our own party. NO MORE RINOs!!)
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To: jdm

Who are his friends?


18 posted on 02/20/2008 4:03:25 PM PST by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: colonialhk

“Ben is clearly confussed”

Ben is clearly screwed, and should be going to the Federal pen.


19 posted on 02/20/2008 4:04:34 PM PST by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: jdm

If he forgot it was there, it’s because he has been messing around with terrorist plots and dreams on a regular basis, and neglected to take it out of his bag when he went to the airport.


20 posted on 02/20/2008 4:07:57 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ml/nj
" I say he should be executed."

Bad, bad idea. Waterboard him first.

21 posted on 02/20/2008 4:11:59 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Planting trees to offset carbon emissions is like drinking water to offset rising ocean levels)
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To: jdm
Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.

Give this man an award for funniest statement of the year.

22 posted on 02/20/2008 4:16:44 PM PST by syriacus (Mrs. Obama's Little Book of Etiquette says it's NOW acceptable to be REALLY proud of being American.)
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To: jdm

I hope he isn’t related to Harold.


23 posted on 02/20/2008 4:18:19 PM PST by JZelle
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To: Cicero

somebody please waterboard his ass to find out what he is really up to...


24 posted on 02/20/2008 4:19:23 PM PST by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: syriacus
From the TSA
On Sunday, Baines was scheduled to fly Southwest Airlines Flight 338 to Jacksonville at 7:45 a.m., then catch another plane to Las Vegas,
Remember this Southwest airlines passenger from the same day? LAX 'hoax' suspect in court today
Donovan Wenger, 37, who is locked up at the Metropolitan Detention in downtown Los Angeles, is scheduled to make his initial appearance before a federal judge at 2 p.m., said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

25 posted on 02/20/2008 4:28:09 PM PST by syriacus (Mrs. Obama's Little Book of Etiquette says it's NOW acceptable to be REALLY proud of being American.)
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To: norwaypinesavage
Bad, bad idea. Waterboard him first.

I think you're being supercritical. But I would have no objection to waterboarding him one or twice before he is put to death. Maybe if he sings real good we could even wait a couple of months to make sure we got all we could before supplying the coup de grâce.

ML/NJ

26 posted on 02/20/2008 4:44:42 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: jdm

Security should just shoot him and say they “forgot it was loaded”.


27 posted on 02/20/2008 4:45:05 PM PST by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: jdm

Not the sharpest crayon in the box. Did he really think that paper prevents x-rays from penetrating?


28 posted on 02/20/2008 4:47:58 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: MizSterious

Hmmmm.


29 posted on 02/20/2008 4:51:20 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: ml/nj

He probably dog-ears the pages to mark his place too.


30 posted on 02/20/2008 4:53:26 PM PST by firebrand
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To: girlangler

Yeah, he went to all that trouble to hollow out the book, then forgot about it. Sure. Thanks for the ping, looks like a recent convert to Islam.


31 posted on 02/20/2008 4:53:52 PM PST by MizSterious (If it's Hillary v. McCain, I refuse to vote for EITHER liberal !)
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To: ml/nj

Damned good idea. This guy was up to no good. Glad to see TSA give a good account of itself.


32 posted on 02/20/2008 5:22:24 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: jdm

I know a lot of people who would welcome meeting this guy with a boxcutter on a plane. They should let a few of these guys get through every once in a while - just to show what happens.


33 posted on 02/20/2008 5:23:03 PM PST by ibbryn (this tag intentionally left blank)
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To: randog
"Well then I guess he needs to spend 10-to-15 in the pen to earn his "street cred"."

Yup. That ought to do it. When he gets out Rap will have 'moved-on.'

34 posted on 02/20/2008 5:28:10 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: jdm; Robert Spencer

More commentary here...

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/020040.php#comments

Thanks to Robert Spencer and the great posters at jihadwatch.


35 posted on 02/20/2008 5:54:31 PM PST by PGalt
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To: syriacus
Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.

Give this man an award for funniest statement of the year.

Hey, give him a break, everyone knows that a good boxcutter is hard to find in Vegas.

36 posted on 02/20/2008 5:55:50 PM PST by Clink (The more you complain, the longer God lets you live.)
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To: Clink
When the TSA found my plastic dagger (on the 3rd leg of a trip) all they did was ask if I wanted to forfeit it.

I did. It seemed like the prudent thing to do at the time...

37 posted on 02/20/2008 5:59:26 PM PST by null and void (The less you know, the better Hillary looks.)
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To: jdm
...rap music writers need to “play the part”

Keepin' it real. Representin'.

38 posted on 02/20/2008 6:06:19 PM PST by seowulf
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To: All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1963607/posts?page=886#886


39 posted on 02/20/2008 6:06:27 PM PST by Cindy
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To: jdm

Obviously a set-up by Rove & Bush to instill fear in the public and elect McCain over the softy dems.


40 posted on 02/20/2008 6:12:28 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: syriacus
Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.

He forgot the federal pen was in Kansas, too.

41 posted on 02/20/2008 6:18:39 PM PST by ecomcon
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To: jdm

I think I’ve read (in the hundred-cellphones-bought-at-a-time threads) that their instructions are to have a cover story in case they’re caught. Apparently they are not instructed that the cover story should not be absolutely unbelievable BS.


42 posted on 02/20/2008 7:01:45 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jdm

Testing....testing....testing....


43 posted on 02/20/2008 7:02:54 PM PST by goodnesswins (We are not going to let McCain go all the way, when we’ve just had a FIRST date!)
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To: jdm

Shouldn’t this be bigger news than some Wal-Mart cashier’s remark to a scarf-covered Muslim?


44 posted on 02/20/2008 7:05:03 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: squidly

Yikes ! I fly in and out of that airport all the time


45 posted on 02/20/2008 7:22:23 PM PST by TinaJeannes
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To: squidly
forgetting what I put in my hollowed out books.

Common problem. Half the time I want .38's, I get the wrong book, then either have to find a different weapon, or hunt the shelves for the right ammo.

Last month, I had to reinforce the shelving, because the contents of the books were getting too heavy. I think it was the 12 ga slugs that were the final straw.

At least all the cut out pages are great for starting fires in the sood stove, though I always have to make sure I don't have any cans of powder hidden in it before lighting it.

Fireworks Stashed In Oven Cause Explosion

46 posted on 02/20/2008 7:32:53 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If Liberalism doesn't kill me, I'll live 'till I die!)
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To: squidly

Absolutely. It is the down side of using hollowed-out books for low-life things.


47 posted on 02/21/2008 5:40:07 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: kcvl
Benjamin Baines, Jr.

OMG! I had no idea he was black! Not that that matters.

48 posted on 02/21/2008 5:42:28 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: popdonnelly

Sadly, not much will happen to Ben!! Our Justice System is so broken!


49 posted on 02/21/2008 5:43:38 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: jdm; Cindy

Drudge has this up now


50 posted on 02/21/2008 5:45:29 AM PST by RDTF (Go AEGIS!)
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