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  • TSA's 'Quiet Skies' Program Tracks, Observes Travelers In The Air

    07/30/2018 12:19:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | July 30, 20181:23 PM ET | Camila Domonoske
    Some Americans have been trailed and closely monitored by undercover air marshals as they traveled on U.S. flights, as part of a previously undisclosed Transportation Security Administration program called Quiet Skies. The existence of the program was first reported Saturday by the The Boston Globe, citing an internal TSA bulletin from March as well as anonymous sources within the department. The Globe says the program targets travelers who are not on terrorist watch lists and are not suspected of a crime. Some air marshals involved have expressed misgivings about the domestic surveillance program, questioning whether it's legal and whether it's...
  • Putin Putting Russia's Fate in Iranian Hands?

    02/21/2011 5:14:02 AM PST · by captjanaway · 1 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | February 21, 2011 | Lt. Colonel James Zumwalt, USMC (ret)
    Rather than the January 24th suicide bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport (that claimed 36 lives and wounded almost 200) giving rise to a soul searching by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, it has sadly given rise to hypocrisy on his part. Moscow’s investigation into the attack is still ongoing. But earlier this month, in a very chilling video, Doku Umarov—the self-styled emir of the Causasus Emirate—claimed responsibility for it.Threatening further attacks, Umarov said, "With Allah's grace, we will make this year for you a year of blood and tears."
  • U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens (Big Brother lives)

    12/13/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 63 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/12 | Julia Angwin
    Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. ~ snip ~ The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an...
  • Chrissy Teigen live tweets as her flight returns to LAX with unauthorized person

    12/27/2017 8:23:05 AM PST · by bgill · 50 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 27, 2017 | AP
    A plane heading from Los Angeles to Tokyo turned back because an unauthorized person was on board. KABC-TV reports All Nippon Airways Flight 175 left Los Angeles International Airport around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, but it never arrived at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Model Chrissy Teigen, who was on the plane, tweeted that the flight made a U-turn about four hours into the 11-hour flight.A plane heading from Los Angeles to Tokyo turned back because an unauthorized person was on board. KABC-TV reports All Nippon Airways Flight 175 left Los Angeles International Airport around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, but it never arrived...
  • Dead cougar found in man’s luggage at Las Vegas airport

    12/27/2017 2:37:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    One traveler’s holiday plans hit a snag after airport officials found a dead cougar in his luggage. A Transportation Security Administration agent at McCarran International Airport discovered the carcass just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to Metropolitan Police Lt. David Gordon.
  • Agent Wrote Memo to Spur Screening

    05/21/2002 7:54:18 PM PDT · by Dog Gone · 6 replies · 234+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, May 21, 2002 | JOHN SOLOMON
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI agent who wrote a pre-Sept. 11 warning about Arab students at an Arizona flight school hoped his memo would lead to screenings of Middle Easterners who came to study U.S. airport operations, according to government officials familiar with his account. Agent Kenneth Williams testified behind closed doors Tuesday to lawmakers investigating what the government knew about terrorist threats before Sept. 11. Williams believed his information might provide a significant but prospective lead about Osama bin Laden's intentions, according to lawmakers and government officials familiar with his account. But Williams wrote his memo for terrorism experts...
  • 9 men thrown off Ryanair flight for shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’

    09/04/2017 9:26:25 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 56 replies
    RT ^ | 2 Sep, 2017 15:52 Edited time: 3 Sep, 2017 10:08 | RT
    Nine men have been thrown off a Ryanair flight for allegedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” and claiming to carry bombs, which they later said was a “joke.” The group was removed from the Madrid-bound flight before it took off from Zaventem Airport, Brussels early Saturday. The airport was targeted by suicide bombers in the Brussels attacks on March 22, 2016, in which 32 people were killed and over 300 injured Following the disruptive passengers’ removal, the Boeing 737-800 was briefly evacuated and searched before departing with a two-hour delay around 9:15am local time. Spokesperson for the Belgian federal police, Peter De...
  • Belgium: US youth in Pittsburgh linked to cyberattack on Brussels airport

    02/09/2017 7:09:33 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | February 9, 2017
    BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgian authorities say that a U.S. youth in Pittsburgh tried to hack into the Brussels airport computer system and disable it the night after the March 22 attacks that killed 32 people. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement Thursday that at its request, the FBI interrogated the American minor and said he confessed. The statement said the hacking attempt was unsuccessful and stressed that "it appeared there were no terrorist motives."
  • British passengers to US could PAY MORE as White House seeks armed officers at UK airports

    07/09/2017 6:21:29 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 13 replies
    U.K. Express ^ | 7/8/2017 | Sam Sholli
    BRITONS travelling to the US could face higher air fares and extra security before boarding flights, under new plans. The new plans are for the introduction of armed US immigration officers at UK airports. The change would mean that transatlantic passengers would have to clear immigration before boarding an aircraft. Airlines, under the plans, may be forced to pay for US security staff and their families to live in the UK. It is likely that airlines would pass the extra costs on to passengers travelling from Britain to the US, according to reports. Passengers would also be likely to be...
  • 2 Men Arrested “Scouting” Areas… Their Ties Will Make You Shake (Hizballa)

    06/19/2017 2:45:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 20 replies
    conservativetribune.com ^ | JUNE 18, 2017 | TIFFANI GREY
    Two Middle East immigrants in the United States have been arrested in connection with terrorist activities after the FBI found out their chilling ties to the terrorist organization known as Hezbollah. This is a wake-up call to every American. According to a news release from United States Attorney’s Office, District of New York, “Ali Kourani and Samer El Debek, a/k/a ‘Samer Eldebek,’ were arrested on Thursday, June 1, 2017, on charges related to their alleged activities on behalf of Hizballah[sic], a designated foreign terrorist organization. “ Kourani was reportedly living in the Bronx in New York, while Eldebek was living...
  • Air Force fighter jets scrambled after disturbance on American Airlines flight

    05/19/2017 9:28:21 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 86 replies
    Guardian ^ | 19 May 2017
    A passenger reportedly tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles The US military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu international airport after a disturbance was reported on board, a Pacific Command spokesman said. Neither the military nor American Airlines immediately disclosed the nature of the disturbance, but local news media reported that a passenger had tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles. HawaiiNewsNow said an airline crew member and an off-duty Honolulu police officer...
  • ACLU wins legal challenge against immigration ban: ‘Hope Trump enjoys losing’

    01/28/2017 8:03:18 PM PST · by Mariner · 102 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 28th, 2016 | Hunter Walker
    The American Civil Liberties Union announced Saturday evening that a federal court in New York had issued an emergency stay on President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The court’s decision, which will affect people who have been detained in airports, came after the ACLU and other activist groups filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of two Iraqis who were held at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as a result of the order. “I hope Trump enjoys losing. He’s going to lose so much we’re going to get sick and tired of...
  • General: IS Recruits Could Enter U.S. Via Caribbean

    03/16/2015 6:33:06 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 16, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: The head of U.S. Southern Command has warned lawmakers that IS is radicalizing converts and other Muslims in Latin America and could train and send them north via human traffickers. Gen. John Kelly issued his warning in a hearing Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on defense appropriations for fiscal 2016. He's concerned that in addition to the Iranian terrorist puppet Hezbollah being active in Latin America, the Islamic State is promoting and recruiting for jihad against the United States in the region. "Last year, IS adherents posted discussions on social media calling for the infiltration...
  • Plane-load of Ryanair passengers enters UK with no passport checks after Border Agency blunder

    09/15/2010 12:44:12 AM PDT · by thecodont · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail / dailymail.co.uk ^ | Last updated at 7:54 AM on 15th September 2010 | By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    A plane-load of people flew into Britain from Spain without having their documents checked in either country, officials have admitted. Passengers on the Ryanair flight are furious that there was no system in place to check for possible illegal immigrants or terrorists. The plane left Malaga and flew into Bournemouth, where the 180 passengers walked out of the airport without showing their passports. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1311887/Almost-45-Ryanair-passengers-enter-UK-passport-checks-Border-Agency-blunder.html#ixzz0za6m3aKB
  • Exclusive Interview: Passenger Aboard Grounded Flight with Phony ‘Air Marshals’ (tonight)

    09/11/2011 9:08:28 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-11-11
    Alert readers have reported that their flight, United Airlines 3681, from St. Louis to Washington Dulles had to make an emergency return to the gate as it prepared for take-off. According to local officials, it was found that two men who had boarded the plane as ‘federal air marshals’ didn’t have the proper credentials. Passengers were deplaned, all luggage was removed and re-scanned. All passengers were also re-screened. Passengers are now in the process of re-boarding. There is no word on the two ‘air marshals.’ BigGovernment has contacted security officials in St. Louis. Ron Meyer, of Young America Foundation, was...
  • Feds took Times reporter’s notes from police evidence room

    11/21/2013 10:16:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2013 | Kellan Howell
    Weeks after Maryland State Police and federal agents seized reporting files from a former Washington Times journalist’s home, a Homeland Security agent checked the materials out of the police evidence room for an hour, according to logs that shine new light on a case that has raised First Amendment concerns. The custody logs don’t state why the reporting materials were removed from evidence Sept. 3, about a month after they were seized from reporter Audrey Hudson’s home during a search in an unrelated investigation of her husband. But they do show that the Homeland Security agent checked out files and...
  • State Department Adds Former Gitmo Detainee to U.S. Terrorist List

    07/13/2016 3:09:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/13/16 | Natalie Johnson
    The State Department announced Wednesday that it has added two people to the federal list of designated terrorists, one of whom was once detained at Guantanamo Bay military prison. Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov, one of the newly added jihadists, was a former detainee at Guantanamo for less than two years from June 2002 until February 2004 before being turned over to Russian officials in his home country. Turkish authorities recently arrested Vahkitov in connection with the June 29 suicide bombings at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that killed 42 people. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, U.S. and Turkish authorities...
  • (Sikh) Actor Waris Ahluwalia Kicked Off Plane Because of Turban

    02/09/2016 12:49:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Celebrity fashion designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia was not allowed to board a plane yesterday because he was wearing a turban. The Sikh American celebrity - who you may know from Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, several magazines' best-dressed lists, New York Fashion Week, and a famous Gap ad - tweeted about his experience as it was happening in an effort to raise awareness. While on his way to board an Aeromexico flight from Mexico City to New York City on Monday morning, Sikh American Ahluwalia was stopped by security personnel who asked him to remove his turban. As...
  • (Funny/Surreal): Plane hit by suicide bomb blast lands safely in Somalia, pilot describes incident

    02/04/2016 3:45:09 PM PST · by Ulmius · 24 replies
    SunSentinel ^ | February 4, 2016 | Tribune News
    An explosion that blew a hole in a jetliner shortly after takeoff and left one man missing was believed to have been caused by a bomb, the pilot said Wednesday, describing how the crew calmed frightened passengers as smoke enveloped the cabin before he brought the plane back to Mogadishu's airport for an emergency landing. Residents of Balad, a town 30 kilometers (about 18 miles) north of Mogadishu, found the body of a man who might have been blown out of the Airbus 321 in Tuesday's blast, said police officer Mohamed Hassan.
  • BREAKING: Shooting at LAX, several possibly injured.

    07/04/2002 11:49:21 AM PDT · by sonserae · 1,282 replies · 1,104+ views
    ABC News Special Report | 07/04/02 | Sonserae
    Shooting at LAX, several injured....