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ITALIAN REPORTS SUSPICIOUS PLANE OVER ROME BEING ESCORTED TO LAND (Update: No bomb found)
Fox News | April 8, 2005

Posted on 04/08/2005 7:51:19 AM PDT by CitizenM

Reporting now on FOX. Italian sources are suspecting a bomb on board. Story coming in fast.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bomb; intel; italiannews; italy; rome; terrorism
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To: Lijahsbubbe

That's what I was thinking. It's probably nothing. Otherwise, they'd nose it into the ground.


51 posted on 04/08/2005 8:02:04 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: CitizenM

Some fat-cat in a Lear.


52 posted on 04/08/2005 8:02:05 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: TNCMAXQ

I believe that Air Force One left Rome about an hour ago. Fox was reporting on a report from the plane in which the President said that Pope John Paul II definitely would not have a "mixed legacy". Take that Clintooon.


53 posted on 04/08/2005 8:02:05 AM PDT by jackbill
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To: Rokurota

There is still thousands mingling in the square. To Bomb the funeral with all the World Leaders and Millions of faithful be (excuse the pun) Suicide...The World would be after Al Qaeda until there was no more of it.


54 posted on 04/08/2005 8:02:15 AM PDT by el_doctor2 (Pope John Paul the Great...Dziekuje)
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To: CitizenM
the whole world will certainly take up some action against terrorism

Except France

55 posted on 04/08/2005 8:02:24 AM PDT by jwalburg (Those buried included children still clutching toys)
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To: dfwgator
Brigitte on Fox says she was reading on the wire some comments from President Bush on AF1, so he is already safely in the air. However, she points out, many of the dignitaries are still there.

Plus, there are millions of regular people still there.

56 posted on 04/08/2005 8:02:34 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: CitizenM

Ready, aim ... anti-aircraft missiles, part of the Italian defence system, are displayed near Rome for the funeral of
the Pope. Italian authorities readied anti-aircraft rocket launchers and took other security measures to protect the
dignitaries converging on Rome for the funeral. Photo: AP

57 posted on 04/08/2005 8:02:41 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: CFW

Thought maybe they DID leave WJC behind to find his own way home....But he's not innocent so it couldn't be him.


58 posted on 04/08/2005 8:02:51 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Barbara Bush our "FIRST GRAND- LADY"!)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

I would like to believe that too. This is confusing. But weren't those terrorists who took over the school in Russia from the Balkins (Chesnia - sp?)


59 posted on 04/08/2005 8:02:56 AM PDT by CitizenM (An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded. Pope John Paul II)
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To: dead

No bomb aboard the plane, just reported by MSNBC.


60 posted on 04/08/2005 8:03:27 AM PDT by YaYa123
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To: CitizenM
I’m guessing that it’s a small plane? My uncle had a Cessna 150 (?) and I recall that it chugged along at 90 or 95 knots.

Is it actually possible to “escort” something like that with an F-16?

61 posted on 04/08/2005 8:03:53 AM PDT by Who dat?
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

LEARJET 131 INTERCEPTED


62 posted on 04/08/2005 8:03:59 AM PDT by thierrya
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To: el_doctor2
The World would be after Al Qaeda until there was no more of it.

I have to say I seriously doubt it.

63 posted on 04/08/2005 8:04:02 AM PDT by Rokurota (.)
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To: YaYa123

No bomb doesn't mean no explosives.


64 posted on 04/08/2005 8:04:30 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Lijahsbubbe
I'm glad our President is very far away from there by now, but I have a friend who arrived in Rome last Friday for a long-planned tour of art museums.

I'll be very glad when she arrives home safely - this is driving me nuts! She is due in tomorrow night. Can't imagine how messed up air traffic is going to be.

65 posted on 04/08/2005 8:04:35 AM PDT by mombonn (íViva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: CitizenM

I'm convinced AQ is recruiting blue-eyed Bosnians. Since they don't look Arabic, they won't raise nearly as much suspicion. I predict the next big terrorist act will be done by Bosnians for precisely that reason.


66 posted on 04/08/2005 8:04:36 AM PDT by dfwgator (Minutemen: Just doing the jobs that American politicians won't do.)
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To: dead
>anti-aircraft missiles, part of the Italian defence system, are displayed near Rome for the funeral of the Pope

Would any modern
politician have the will
to fire on a plane?!

67 posted on 04/08/2005 8:04:55 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: scab4faa
It's Jimmy!


68 posted on 04/08/2005 8:05:06 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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To: sandyeggo

If this plane were on a bona fide suicide mission, I don't think the F-16s would have stopped it short of shooting it down. Somebody screwed up good, but I doubt it was terrorists on board.


69 posted on 04/08/2005 8:05:08 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Proud infidel since 1970.)
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To: CitizenM
Well, if there is something hostile going on here, the whole world will certainly take up some action against terrorism.

Which is exactly what the hard-core jihadi want -- a war in which the West descends on Islam so they can religiously justify an all-out, no-holds-barred military posture including non-conventional weapons. Which is why I applauded Bush's initial response after 9/11 of specifically NOT attacking Islam, but going after the individuals who sponsored the act, and then going after despots who were already waging war on fellow Muslims. So far, they've had no cause to claim that we are at war with Islam, so their Imams cannot issue a blanket call to Jihad in defense of the faith.

71 posted on 04/08/2005 8:05:18 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Everything that I've written on it for the past two years is GONE!)
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To: drjimmy

What's the A/C? A Grumman Mohawk?


72 posted on 04/08/2005 8:05:25 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Having my own CAR-15 meant never having to say I was sorry......)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Some fat-cat in a Lear. Hmmm, or a French jet, German....haven't heard what type, only "executive plane"

Oh wait...now hearing a 131 Lear jet! Hmmm

73 posted on 04/08/2005 8:05:34 AM PDT by CitizenM (An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded. Pope John Paul II)
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To: dfwgator

From Fox: Belgrade was the originating city.


74 posted on 04/08/2005 8:05:42 AM PDT by KJC1
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To: drjimmy
Castro is helping Jimmuh!


75 posted on 04/08/2005 8:06:24 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: CitizenM

I am breathing a little sigh of relief. Sounds like a mechanical problem?


76 posted on 04/08/2005 8:06:46 AM PDT by CitizenM (An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded. Pope John Paul II)
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To: thierrya

Lear 55-131

77 posted on 04/08/2005 8:06:55 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: theFIRMbss

Ping to the top


78 posted on 04/08/2005 8:07:46 AM PDT by KansasConservative1
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To: YaYa123
No bomb aboard the plane, just reported by MSNBC.

Shocking. Nice hype job by Fox yet again though.

79 posted on 04/08/2005 8:08:08 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Robe

If it was innocent, I bet that pilot was shaking in his seat (to put it politely) when the Italian jets were at his side.


80 posted on 04/08/2005 8:08:21 AM PDT by CitizenM (An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded. Pope John Paul II)
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To: CitizenM

I just want to know who the Italian was that reported this.


81 posted on 04/08/2005 8:08:37 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: Rokurota

Come on...The World Leaders of Hundreds of Nations, dead, even the UN would be after them
It would be Mass Assasination


82 posted on 04/08/2005 8:08:40 AM PDT by el_doctor2 (Pope John Paul the Great...Dziekuje)
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To: mombonn
I'll be very glad when she arrives home safely - this is driving me nuts! She is due in tomorrow night. Can't imagine how messed up air traffic is going to be.

Bet your friend never imagined she'd be caught up in all of this! Hope she arrives home safely, and quickly for the sake of your nerves.

83 posted on 04/08/2005 8:08:53 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.)
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To: Strategerist

Fox is a joke. They're not a serious news organization anymore. Nice while it lasted, I suppose.


84 posted on 04/08/2005 8:09:38 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: Rutles4Ever
Fox is a joke. They're not a serious news organization anymore. Nice while it lasted, I suppose.

Careful, you'll be sent to the FR re-education camps to have blind worship of Fox re-instilled.

85 posted on 04/08/2005 8:10:22 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: dfwgator

What was Jimmy doing in the Balkans? LOL!! Peacemaking as ususal


86 posted on 04/08/2005 8:10:37 AM PDT by el_doctor2 (Pope John Paul the Great...Dziekuje)
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To: dfwgator

What was Jimmy doing in the Balkans? LOL!! Peacemaking as ususal


87 posted on 04/08/2005 8:10:38 AM PDT by el_doctor2 (Pope John Paul the Great...Dziekuje)
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To: el_doctor2

Come on...The World Leaders of Hundreds of Nations, dead, even the UN would be after them
It would be Mass Assasination




We are talking about thugs with nothing left to lose. So yes I believe they might attempt something like that.


88 posted on 04/08/2005 8:10:50 AM PDT by Mixer
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To: jackbill

Right Air Force one had already left.

Anyone know how long it takes to fly from Rome Italy to the US??


89 posted on 04/08/2005 8:12:15 AM PDT by stopem
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To: CitizenM

Nothing on Drudge yet.


90 posted on 04/08/2005 8:13:33 AM PDT by RushCrush (My tagline escapes me.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
Bet your friend never imagined she'd be caught up in all of this!

We asked her a week before she left if she had thought about the Pope dying while she was there, never really thinking it would happen.

She's barely been out of our state before, let along overseas.

I can't wait to hear about her trip!

91 posted on 04/08/2005 8:13:43 AM PDT by mombonn (íViva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: el_doctor2
Come on...The World Leaders of Hundreds of Nations, dead, even the UN would be after them It would be Mass Assasination.

The UN? The UN is a case of Mass Ass In Nation.

92 posted on 04/08/2005 8:14:39 AM PDT by hflynn
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To: el_doctor2
Come on...The World Leaders of Hundreds of Nations, dead, even the UN would be after them.

Not if it made everybody forget about oil for food.

93 posted on 04/08/2005 8:15:44 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: dfwgator

Yeah...that reminds me of The Grid and how one of the Muslim terrorists was a blonde haired, blue eyed, American-Chechan kid. There are a lot of Muslims from the Caucasus regions.


94 posted on 04/08/2005 8:16:05 AM PDT by cwb
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To: RushCrush
Ok, everyone hear the update? No bomb, it was an Italian businessman coming to Rome. Must have figured the airspace was opened again since he waited until after the Funeral. There was a communication issue. The jet did divert when confronted. Whew. There must have been a lot of scurrying around.

Better safe than sorry. I am glad they reacted. Even though it was a "false alarm" I am also glad it hit the news. Being on alert never hurts.

95 posted on 04/08/2005 8:17:12 AM PDT by CitizenM (An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded. Pope John Paul II)
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To: Rutles4Ever

Jets force plane down near Rome

Italian military jets have intercepted a plane flying over the capital Rome where world leaders had gathered for the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

Two F-16s forced the aircraft - heading to the city's Ciampino airport - towards a local airport, Italian news agencies said.

There might have been a bomb on the plane, intelligence and military sources said.

A massive security operation has been under way all day around the capital.


96 posted on 04/08/2005 8:17:16 AM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: Rutles4Ever
Fox is a joke. They're not a serious news organization anymore. Nice while it lasted, I suppose.

OK, I'll bite - what's your take, exactly, on what constitutes a "serious news organization", and please give an example or three.

Awaiting your reply with bated breath....

CA....

97 posted on 04/08/2005 8:18:43 AM PDT by Chances Are (Whew! It seems I've once again found that silly grin!)
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To: admin

Thanks for updating the title of the post! You are on the ball today (well, always I guess) ;)


98 posted on 04/08/2005 8:19:35 AM PDT by CitizenM (An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded. Pope John Paul II)
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To: sandyeggo

Fox reported that Bush is already aboard Air Force One and it's airborne with USAF fighter jet escorts.


99 posted on 04/08/2005 8:19:42 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Proud infidel since 1970.)
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To: Rutles4Ever

100 posted on 04/08/2005 8:21:55 AM PDT by martin_fierro (UnnnghConscious)
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