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Authorities Were on High Alert for Possible Hijack Attempt (allowed terrorists to board in Chicago!)
ABC News ^ | Aug 31, 2010 | RICHARD ESPOSITO, BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ

Posted on 08/31/2010 9:23:41 AM PDT by Innovative

The arrests of two men in Amsterdam for questioning in a terrorism investigation comes at a time U.S. law enforcement officials have been on a heightened state of alert to a possible hijacking of U.S. carrier flights from the Middle East, according to one senior U.S. official.

As a result, air marshals were onboard a Chicago-Amsterdam flight yesterday and kept a close watch on two suspicious passengers who had triggered security alarms, but were allowed to travel for "investigative purposes," law enforcement sources told ABC News.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; US: Illinois; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airportsecurity; amsterdam; dryrun; hijack; maskofzer0; mosqueofzer0; peptobismol; pobo; spain4just75000day; terrorism; terrorists; unitedflight; wot; yemen
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This is beyolnd outrageous -- knowingly allowing terroristst to board a plane!

Why weren't THEY put through extra security and ARRESTED BEFORE boarding the flight!!!!

1 posted on 08/31/2010 9:23:53 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

Look for something big on 9/11.


2 posted on 08/31/2010 9:27:05 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: Innovative

Because TSA really had no clue and this is an attempt to cover it up and make them look competent.


3 posted on 08/31/2010 9:27:44 AM PDT by Ingtar (If Washington and his peers had been RINOs, we would still be a British colony.)
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To: Innovative

i would be irate if i had been a passenger on one of their flights!!!!!


4 posted on 08/31/2010 9:28:09 AM PDT by sappy (criminallibs)
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To: Innovative

THE SYSTEM 'WORKED'


5 posted on 08/31/2010 9:28:31 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Innovative

wondering if the feds have such insider knowledge that they were confident it was a dry run. Maybe they wanted to see if there were airport personnel that were assisting? Seems unusually ballsy for the feds and all the info we know what they were carrying... usually we hear nothing. hmmmm


6 posted on 08/31/2010 9:29:38 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Innovative

I wouldn’t fly this week for anything.


7 posted on 08/31/2010 9:31:40 AM PDT by Crawdad (Obamacare will lead to back-alley physicals.)
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To: Innovative

Any WASP would be prosecuted for causing alarm.


8 posted on 08/31/2010 9:37:51 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Walkingfeather

scary. i would hope that was the case like them assuring israel that iran is at least a year off from a nuke! Obama Administrations “Mission Accomplished” momentS!!!!


9 posted on 08/31/2010 9:38:12 AM PDT by sappy (criminallibs)
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To: Innovative

Anyone heard of their immigration status?


10 posted on 08/31/2010 9:39:05 AM PDT by Son House (Like Getting Liposuction, and Coming Out Fatter. Time to Convict Democrats of Economic Malpractice.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Big college football Saturday


11 posted on 08/31/2010 9:40:08 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (NO MOS-que AP: It's the "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE")
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To: Innovative
The FBI/HS started spinning this story early this morning trying to say that "it is premature to think" that these people were really terrorists or somesuch lie.

This is a HUGE mistake, especially with 9/11 coming so soon.


12 posted on 08/31/2010 9:41:30 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality Now: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy

13 posted on 08/31/2010 9:42:58 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Perfectly normal travel gear. /sarc


14 posted on 08/31/2010 9:46:42 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality Now: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Innovative

“Geert Wilders, the popular MP whose film on Islam has fuelled the debate on race in Holland, wants an end to mosque building and Muslim immigration. Ian Traynor met him in The Hague,” Guardian UK

Gee I guess the Feds didn’t think the Islamofascist would actual send a plane /w terrorists to Holland.


15 posted on 08/31/2010 9:48:18 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Innovative

Soooo should I stop preparing for Man-Made Disasters?


16 posted on 08/31/2010 9:50:12 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: jimbo123

And Yet, The TSA TOOK my Grandmother’s Embroidery Scissors away! (and they were in a little bag with the half-finished cross stitchery, thread, and threaded needle, a clever disguise!)


17 posted on 08/31/2010 9:53:21 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: Innovative
Wait...AP sources say "Unlikely two men were plotting terror"

So which is it?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2580784/posts

18 posted on 08/31/2010 9:54:39 AM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: Son House

Read yesterday they were in the US legally.


19 posted on 08/31/2010 9:55:46 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

One of the muzzies is a permanent resident. The other muzzie had a tourist visa courtesy of The Kenyan’s state department.


20 posted on 08/31/2010 9:59:04 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: tapatio

I guess it depends on the meaning of “terror”.

Remember, for much of the MSM there is no such thing as terrorists (unless of course your Glen Beck, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh etc)


21 posted on 08/31/2010 10:00:56 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Innovative

Sounds like a probe looking for a weakness or lax in security.

Possibly “dry run” for a future attack.


22 posted on 08/31/2010 10:02:06 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( AKA Rodrigo de Bivar)
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To: Innovative

And they won’t let me on with my fingernail clippers and shampoo.


23 posted on 08/31/2010 10:02:32 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Pray for our leaders: Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Could have been a decoy to get the spotlight off of another passenger.


24 posted on 08/31/2010 10:04:03 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Innovative

I always tape my phone to Pepto-Bismol bottles. Doesn’t everyone?


25 posted on 08/31/2010 10:05:34 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Possibly “dry run” for a future attack.

We don't know, of course, how many other dry runs went undetected.

26 posted on 08/31/2010 10:06:16 AM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: jimbo123

Pepto will blow the crap out of ya.


27 posted on 08/31/2010 10:08:46 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (drain the swamp! ( then napalm it and pave it over ))
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To: Innovative

“but were allowed to travel for “investigative purposes,”

I am not believing this BS for a minute! Not only can you not trust this government to keep these jackasses off our planes, but you also cannot believe one word they say after they screw up!! It is preposterous that they would allow passengers, who have been identified as possible terror risks, to board a plane and fly with hundreds of other passengers! I don’t care how many air marshalls they have on board. What genius thought this was a good idea? I want his name!!


28 posted on 08/31/2010 10:10:50 AM PDT by Batman11 (Sarah Palin: "Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason!")
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To: Innovative

US official said that they are not suspected of any terrorism.


29 posted on 08/31/2010 10:12:15 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I want IMPROVEMENT, not just CHANGE.)
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To: Innovative
This is beyond outrageous -- knowingly allowing terrorists to board a plane! Why weren't THEY put through extra security and ARRESTED BEFORE boarding the flight!!!!

Might be because Obama will no longer allow water boarding or other harsh interrogation methods. Anti terrorism may now be limited to following the guys around and seeing who they talk to.

30 posted on 08/31/2010 10:18:10 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy (Gen 15:16 The iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.)
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To: Nepeta
I always tape my phone to Pepto-Bismol bottles. Doesn’t everyone?

Only if I'm hearing upsetting news.

31 posted on 08/31/2010 10:20:32 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Innovative

I would hope that the TSA was shrewd enough to determine that the “bombs” were fake (in their checked luggage, I think, so they could make that determination) and just watch them to see what they would do and who they would call.


32 posted on 08/31/2010 10:22:52 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Batman11

I don’t know. I can see it making some sense, under the circumstances. They were able to make sure there was no threat in the luggage anymore. Sometimes it pays to sit and watch the target for a while to see who else they might try to contact, or what tactics they are working on, before they move in.


33 posted on 08/31/2010 10:24:12 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Diogenesis

Actually, I think it did. It appears that the fake bombs were in the checked luggage and TSA spotted them. Professionals were called in and determined that the bombs were inert and the Muzzies were allowed to board so they could be observed.


34 posted on 08/31/2010 10:26:18 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Crawdad

...or next week either.


35 posted on 08/31/2010 10:26:18 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: a fool in paradise
US official said that they are not suspected of any terrorism.

I presume this means they're simply not (yet) connected to any ~prior~ terrorist events.

36 posted on 08/31/2010 10:26:31 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I would hope that the TSA was shrewd enough ...

Don't be using 'shrewd' and 'TSA' in the same sentence ... unless it's a joke. And obviously you were kidding and just forgot to type J/K .

37 posted on 08/31/2010 10:29:02 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Ramius

They’ve tried calling the Ft. Hood shooing an act of workplace violence and have denied it was a terrorist act.


38 posted on 08/31/2010 10:31:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I want IMPROVEMENT, not just CHANGE.)
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To: Ramius
No, it means this administration doesn't suspect anyone of terrorism... that word has been banned. Remember?
39 posted on 08/31/2010 10:31:17 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Ramius

AP source: Unlikely that 2 men plotting terror
AP ^ | 8/31/2010 | AP
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2580784/posts

“The FBI probe of two men arrested in Amsterdam after suspicious items turned up in one of the men’s luggage is finding they were probably not on a test run for a future terror attack, a U.S. official said Tuesday, casting doubt on earlier suggestions even as Dutch authorities held the pair on suspicion of conspiring to commit a terrorist act.”


40 posted on 08/31/2010 10:33:08 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I want IMPROVEMENT, not just CHANGE.)
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To: Lurking in Kansas

So has the word “victory”. Barack has said that you can’t really win a war and that we cannot declare victory in Iraq and other muslim countries. Bad for their ego I guess.


41 posted on 08/31/2010 10:34:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I want IMPROVEMENT, not just CHANGE.)
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To: Ramius

“I don’t know. I can see it making some sense, under the circumstances. They were able to make sure there was no threat in the luggage anymore. Sometimes it pays to sit and watch the target for a while to see who else they might try to contact, or what tactics they are working on, before they move in.”

I get all that, and would agree that it makes perfect sense to observe these characters to see what they are up to, if they were on the ground and not traveling at 30,000 feet with a plane full of other passengers. I guess, having dealt with lots of federal agents over the years, most of which were excellent law enforcement officers, I just do not have complete confidence anymore that someone would not screw something up that would put a plane full of passengers at risk.


42 posted on 08/31/2010 10:37:30 AM PDT by Batman11 (Sarah Palin: "Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason!")
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To: Lurking in Kansas

[sigh] Swell.


43 posted on 08/31/2010 10:38:13 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“so they could make that determination) and just watch them to see what they would do and who they would call.”

They were arrested as soon as the plane arrived to Amsterdam.

So why didn’t the US authorities arrest them and not let them on the plane?!

This excuse that they were allowed on the plane “for investigative purposes” is beyond ludicrous!


44 posted on 08/31/2010 10:38:29 AM PDT by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: Innovative

Airport security should be handled by the military.


45 posted on 08/31/2010 10:41:13 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Nepeta
I always tape my phone to Pepto-Bismol bottles. Doesn’t everyone?

Only if I anticipate a high phone bill.

46 posted on 08/31/2010 10:41:43 AM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: Innovative

Why is it ludicrous? Not all TSA agents are inept bunglers. Once they knew that the perps were doing a dry run, observing them was the best thing to do. By the time the plane landed in Amsterdam, the FBI probably knew more about the perps than their mothers and did not need to watch them any longer.


47 posted on 08/31/2010 10:52:46 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Knife, box cutters, digital clocks, cell phones taped together. Of course it wasn’t terrorism. Not that I want it to, but if something does happen on 9/11, the dems are really toast.

FUBO


48 posted on 08/31/2010 10:58:57 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (Proud Infidel)
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To: Innovative

Americans need to boycott the airlines for a week or so as part of a protest against airport security for refusing to profile islamics.

They need to stop playing with the lives of the innocent who board those planes. I agree with random checks, even of grandma, but it’s unbelievably stupid not also to profile.


49 posted on 08/31/2010 10:59:32 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Innovative

Obviously this administration doesn’t want to hurt the feelings of muslims.


50 posted on 08/31/2010 11:02:24 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (Proud Infidel)
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