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Suspected terrorist arrested with bio-suit in Frankfurt: officials
Matt Drudge / Yahoo News Singapore ^ | 10/24/01 | Yahoo News

Posted on 10/23/2001 10:51:28 AM PDT by lady reaper

FRANKFURT, Oct 23 (AFP)

A Turkish student allegedly carrying explosives material and a bio-protection suit is being held in Germany after being arrested as he prepared to board a flight to Iran, authorities said Tuesday.

The 29-year-old man, identified as Harun Aydin, was arrested at Frankfurt airport on Wednesday last week on suspicion of belonging to "an Islamist terrorist organisation planning serious violent attacks," German prosecutors in the western city of Karlsruhe said in a statement.

They said a search of Aydin's luggage turned up a suit for protection against atomic, biological and chemical weapons, combat fatigues, a helmet and materials to build explosives.

A CD-ROM was also discovered that included a training programme for "God's warriors" with detailed instructions for joining the "holy war".

The prosecutors said Aydin was a leading member of an underground Islamic fundamentalist organisation in Germany knwon as the Kaplan group, after its leader, Metin Kaplan.

Metin Kaplan, also known as the "caliph of Cologne", is accused of plotting a holy war against the Turkish government to replace it with a religious regime.

German intelligence suggest the group, believed to have 1,300 supporters in the country, had contacts to Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s.

Judicial sources said the man was in custody in the western German city of Darmstadt pending further investigation by federal police.

The German federal border police said Aydin was preparing to board an Iran Air flight to Tehran when he was arrested and that his capture had been "relatively quiet". They said he was carrying both a German and a Turkish passport.

A report in Tuesday's Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper quoted security sources as saying the material found in Aydin's possession was typical of "sleepers" -- terrorists who lead low-profile, law-abiding lives until they are called upon to strike.

Aydin's lawyer, Michale Murat Sertzoes, told the newspaper that his client disputed the charges and said his baggage had been switched with someone else's at the airport.

"He met a fellow Turk whose first name was Mehmet at the airport and asked him because he had excess baggage if they could check in their luggage together," Sertzoes said.

The lawyer said that Aydin told him that the individual pieces of luggage had gotten confused by personnel and that some bags that did not belong to him were marked with his name. He added that the fact Aydin had bought a return ticket showed he planned to return.

He said Aydin was married to Kaplan's sister-in-law but disputed that he had an important role in the Kaplan group.


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1 posted on 10/23/2001 10:51:28 AM PDT by lady reaper
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To: lady reaper
I think this was already posted earlier today.
2 posted on 10/23/2001 10:54:30 AM PDT by oc-flyfish
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To: lady reaper
What part of "DID ANYONE ASK YOU TO CARRY ON ANY LUGGAGE FOR THEM" of the question didn't this moron understand?????

This is weaker than the OJ Road Rage Defense.

3 posted on 10/23/2001 10:57:15 AM PDT by DJ88
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To: lady reaper
The terrorist is believed to be a member of Al Quesadilla, a shadowy group whose name translates to "The Special Education Jihadists."

In other words, he rode the short camel to school :o)

4 posted on 10/23/2001 10:59:26 AM PDT by Poohbah
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To: lady reaper
An Islamic extremist named Kaplan? Who's his spiritual adviser, Mullah Schwartz?
5 posted on 10/23/2001 10:59:27 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: oc-flyfish
I think this was already posted earlier today.

Get a life.
I believe I have been checking on and off since 5 am PDT and managed to miss it.

I am happy to see it. Some of us can't be here 24/7 and are grateful for bumps or posts.

7 posted on 10/23/2001 11:02:51 AM PDT by Publius6961
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To: lady reaper
So, he was headed to IRAN (not Iraq) with a biosuit. He works for a group that wants to install a fundamentalist Islamic government in TURKEY. Hmmmm. Maybe Israel was correct when 911 happened--they said it was more likely IRAN than Iraq to have supported the attacks. Don't we know that Iran is also working on bioweapons?
8 posted on 10/23/2001 11:04:15 AM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: lady reaper

They said a search of Aydin's luggage turned up a suit for protection against atomic, biological and chemical weapons, combat fatigues, a helmet and materials to build explosives.

Simple solution really . . . this is WAR . . . shoot him as a spy by firing squad, today NOW!

.Lock & Load . . . Free Fire Zone Ahead . . .


9 posted on 10/23/2001 11:04:44 AM PDT by gatorman
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To: wideawake
#5: LOL! I thought something similar when I read that name. You're much more creative than I am!
10 posted on 10/23/2001 11:05:42 AM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: Publius6961
You get life, Wise-ass. The article was posted previously. Redundant articles waste bandwidth. I'm so glad you're grateful, but you could be just as grateful had the previous article been bumped.

I just love when self-centered nimrods jump all over those who try to follow the rules.

11 posted on 10/23/2001 11:06:23 AM PDT by Coop
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To: lady reaper
Aydin's lawyer, Michale Murat Sertzoes, told the newspaper that his client disputed the charges and said his baggage had been switched with someone else's at the airport.

Oh sure.

12 posted on 10/23/2001 11:08:49 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Publius6961
Does posting "previously posted here" waste bandwith? Just wondering.

As for this thread, wouldn't it be nice if we could arrest one of these guys for "suspicion of being a terrorist" without having to worry about hurting his feelings?

13 posted on 10/23/2001 11:09:51 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: wideawake
What better way to throw off suspicion in Germany than to adopt Jewish last names. Clever, up to the point where you try smuggling a bio-hazard suit and bomb making material through Frankfurt, which probably has the tightest security of any airport in the world.
14 posted on 10/23/2001 11:10:11 AM PDT by PsyOp
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To: Dog Gone
"Ve vill find the facts. Ve have vays of making you talk"
15 posted on 10/23/2001 11:10:13 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Coop
rules are made to be broken. its a serious article, he did a search. missed it. so what? I may have not seen it otherwise. I bet you got beat up a lot in school....
16 posted on 10/23/2001 11:10:50 AM PDT by Capt.YankeeMike
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To: PsyOp
Ah, Frankfurt...a classmate of mine visited there in 1987, and they were doing random BCSs...

"Moon River..."

17 posted on 10/23/2001 11:12:26 AM PDT by Poohbah
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To: DallasDeb
Maybe Israel was correct when 911 happened--they said it was more likely IRAN than Iraq to have supported the attacks. Don't we know that Iran is also working on bioweapons?

Iran/Iraq..... turn them both into parking lots.

18 posted on 10/23/2001 11:14:14 AM PDT by b4its2late
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To: Capt.YankeeMike
He/she missed it? Then you're right. So be it. Offer an apology and be on with it, and let others see FR's rules. Don't be a pompous twit spreading hate and discontent because you're offended that someone DARED to point out rules weren't followed. If you don't like the rules, Captain, leave.

Rules are made to be broken... by self centered nimrods. And, no, I have not even been in fight since 1983. (I won that one, BTW). That includes nine years in the Marines, where rocket scientist civilians (probably much like you) always wanted to prove something by throwing down with a Jarhead. Somehow I managed to emerge unscathed, so the lack of your approval ain't exactly gonna ruin my day. Though I do shudder to think what you and Publius are like on the highway.

19 posted on 10/23/2001 11:18:16 AM PDT by Coop
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To: lady reaper
They said a search of Aydin's luggage turned up a suit for protection against atomic, biological and chemical weapons, combat fatigues, a helmet and materials to build explosives.

So much for the theory that Al-Qaeda is still "trying to acquire" atomic weapons...

20 posted on 10/23/2001 11:19:56 AM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: Publius6961
I believe I have been checking on and off since 5 am PDT and managed to miss it

I´ve practically been glued to this site since 9.11 and I missed it too

21 posted on 10/23/2001 11:22:15 AM PDT by riri
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To: lady reaper
This guy is dumb. Just a distraction I believe.
22 posted on 10/23/2001 11:23:14 AM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: DallasDeb
Thanks. But I wasn't quick enough to come up with a Kotter joke.

BTW, do a search on Metin Kaplan and learn more about his wacky organization.

"Yonduh lies da palace of my fadduh, da Caliph."

Tony Curtis in The Voyage of Sinbad

23 posted on 10/23/2001 11:24:52 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: aristeides; Howlin; piasa
A new tenacle- the Kaplan group
24 posted on 10/23/2001 11:27:12 AM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: Poohbah

When questioned by authorities all Mr. Aydin could say was "It wasn't me ... man, it wasn't me! The sun was in my eyes, and my ping-pong paddle had a hole in it. There was a flood, and my luggage got lost. Really, there was this other dude named Memhet who took my identical leather skinned suitcase!"

When asked why his name was in the bio-suit he replied ... "Oh ... that is the suit I wear for Oleo parties!"

25 posted on 10/23/2001 11:27:42 AM PDT by Colt .45
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To: Publius6961
Germany Arrests Turk About to Board Jet With Instructions for Holy War
26 posted on 10/23/2001 11:29:05 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba
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To: Lion's Cub
It sounds like he had a NATO surplus MOPP 4 suit. Mostly used against chemicals (it keeps fallout from clinging to you, but you have to toss the thing out when you're finished).
28 posted on 10/23/2001 11:29:57 AM PDT by Poohbah
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To: DallasDeb
Let's see: A flight to Iran; install a radical islamist regime in Turkey; Turkey is US ally, for now. Russia helps Iran build nuke plant and protect it. Russia and Iran are against terrorism?

PR slogan: "Russia and Iran good; Taliban bad." (Will the real enemy please stand up?)

"We will go after the terrorists and any countries which harbor them" One at a time, I suppose; Let's hope this doesn't blow up on more fronts than we can cover.

29 posted on 10/23/2001 11:30:08 AM PDT by justabig
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To: Capt.YankeeMike
rules are made to be broken. its a serious article, he did a search. missed it. so what? I may have not seen it otherwise. I bet you got beat up a lot in school....

You thinking of the guy who reminded the teachers of missed homework assignments....?? I thought he never made it out of school alive.

30 posted on 10/23/2001 11:30:20 AM PDT by bwteim
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To: lady reaper
Good to know that jihad training is now available on CD-ROM.
31 posted on 10/23/2001 11:32:29 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: right_to_defend
Tommy Thompson: " we suspect he was going to a Halloween party dressed as a CDC technician. There is aboslutely nothing to link this with the present isolated anthrax incidents. We have also just discovered that the postal workers were avid outdoorsmen"

Yes, he was going to a Halloween party. In fact, his cousins have been out buying candy.

33 posted on 10/23/2001 11:37:42 AM PDT by testforecho
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To: Dog Gone
#1 Aydin's lawyer, Michale Murat Sertzoes, told the newspaper that his client disputed the charges and said his baggage had been switched with someone else's at the airport.

#12 Oh sure.

Hey, it can happen. Didn't you see that movie, "What's Up, Doc?," with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neil?

34 posted on 10/23/2001 11:43:37 AM PDT by southern bale
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To: Terry Mross
"Does posting "previously posted here" waste bandwith? Just wondering."

Excellent question. I don't think I've seen anybody ash that before. The technical answer is, no. Since multiple posts of the same article only spread out the discussion, but don't cause additional posts, bandwidth is not wasted. Duplicate articles only waste server disk space and break up the comments.

OTOH, the posting police probably do waste bandwidth, as the griping adds nothing to the discussion and still increases the size of the thread.

Just my opinion.

35 posted on 10/23/2001 11:50:21 AM PDT by Harrison Bergeron
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To: Poohbah
Yep. The Krauts don't mess around when it comes to security. German cops, fer instance are armed with Uzi's and a shoot first ask questions later attitude. Only a complete moron would try to smuggle contraband through that airport.
36 posted on 10/23/2001 12:04:59 PM PDT by PsyOp
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Good to know that jihad training is now available on CD-ROM.

That would be the new Jihad Office Suite for Window XT. It supports the Terrorst Flight Simulator 2002, Adobe BombMill, Quicken for Money Launderers, and Saddam Nuke'Em

All programs can be easily installed with the Installation Mullah program.

38 posted on 10/23/2001 12:17:45 PM PDT by PsyOp
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To: lady reaper
Metin Kaplan ? How does someone with a jewish name become "caliph of Cologne"? And an Islamic Fundamentalist at that?
39 posted on 10/23/2001 12:17:59 PM PDT by Cacique
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To: southern bale
A chick movie that is also a Barbara Streisand movie???

I would rather jump naked into a swimming pool filled with double-edge razor blades than see it. Yikes.

40 posted on 10/23/2001 12:19:24 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
I know, I know. But it is an older movie when Babs was more about humoring an audience than indoctrinating them. It really has a lot of funny stuff in it, though.
41 posted on 10/23/2001 12:46:53 PM PDT by southern bale
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To: wideawake
An Islamic extremist named Kaplan? Who's his spiritual adviser, Mullah Schwartz?

Kaplan, and for that matter Schwartz, are German names, not specifically Jewish. There's nothing peculiar about a German terrorist group named Kaplan (or Schwartz). There have long been ties between violent German leftists and Pro-Palestinian Arab outfits. This doesn't mean the Germans in question are Muslims. Just that they hate some of the same people.

In the USA, Kaplans and Schwartzes tend to be Jewish (maybe they didn't like Germany so much), but even then not always.

42 posted on 10/23/2001 12:59:02 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Salman
Kaplan is form Turkey. His aim is to establish a Federal Islamic State in Anatolia. More info on that here.
43 posted on 10/23/2001 1:51:04 PM PDT by BMCDA
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To: DallasDeb
"Don't we know that Iran is also working on bioweapons?"

Iran - Iraq - They all look alike and think alike anyhow.

We'll soon get around to taking BOTH of them out!

44 posted on 10/23/2001 3:38:24 PM PDT by Bill Rice
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To: Coop
While it helps not to have multiple posts on same topic, unless someone is actively posting to both of them, it does not increase the bandwidth. It does however make it harder to follow posts and followups ... use that as your argument.
45 posted on 10/23/2001 5:14:45 PM PDT by fnord
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To: Harrison Bergeron
I will read the whole thread next time before responding, lol. OK, I will TRY to read the whole thread ...
46 posted on 10/23/2001 5:17:12 PM PDT by fnord
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To: wideawake
Yes, Kaplan, English name George. James Mason and Martin Landau have been tracking him for forty years. Finally caught up with him, eh?
47 posted on 10/23/2001 5:29:07 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: lady reaper
Out of all the threads I have read lately this one gives me the creeps.
48 posted on 10/23/2001 5:41:25 PM PDT by CathyRyan
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To: BMCDA
My guess is that this guy is a Kurd with Turkish citizenship. Most of these terrorist bozos with Turkish citizenship in Europe are displaced Kurds from Eastern and Southeastern Turkey. The PKK is a well known Kurdish separatist party with links to fundamentalist islamic groups and hardline communist regimes.
49 posted on 10/23/2001 7:47:09 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: IceCreamSocialist
This guy sounds like a real moron. Too bad not all terrorists are as stupid.

I am beginning to wonder. We also have the Einstein who went back to get his $200 deposit on the truck that he blew to bits in the WTC in 1993!

50 posted on 10/23/2001 7:58:48 PM PDT by Clay Moore
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