Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Somali Tried to Board Flight With Explosives Last Month



MOGADISHU, Somalia — A man tried to board a commercial airliner in Mogadishu last month carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe that could have caused an explosion in a case bearing chilling similarities to the terrorist plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Somali man — whose name has not yet been released — was arrested by African Union peacekeeping troops before the Nov. 13 Daallo Airlines flight took off. It had been scheduled to travel from Mogadishu to the northern Somali city of Hargeisa, then to Djibouti and Dubai. A Somali police spokesman, Abdulahi Hassan Barise, said the suspect is in Somali custody.

"We don't know whether he's linked with al-Qaida or other foreign organizations, but his actions were the acts of a terrorist. We caught him red-handed," said Barise.

A Nairobi-based diplomat said the incident in Somalia is similar to the attempted attack on the Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day in that the Somali man had a syringe, a bag of powdered chemicals and liquid — tools similar to those used in the Detroit attack. The diplomat spoke on condition he not be identified because he isn't authorized to release the information....

A Somali security official involved in the capture of the suspect in Mogadishu said he had a 2.2-pound package of chemical powder and a container of liquid chemicals. The security official said the suspect was the last passenger to try to board.

Once security officials detected the powder chemicals and syringe, the suspect tried to bribe the security team that detained him, the Somali security official said. The security official said the suspect had a white shampoo bottle with a black acid-like substance in it. He also had a clear plastic bag with a light green chalky substance and a syringe containing a green liquid. The security official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information.

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31 comments:

WoFat said...

Lovely people, simply lovely. Obama (YoMama) thinks there is no problem.

Opus #6 said...

Obama may have thought he could call off the war on terror, but our enemies disagree.

Bungalow Bill said...

Amazing how the Obama administration keeps these stories out of the news, isn't it?

Do you know the Obama administration sent federal flight inspectors to investigate what appeared to be a basic pilot error for flight AA331, which crashed in Jamaica, far from the jurisdiction of the agency sent over to investigate the crash? I have found that strange, especially now with this heightened activity from radical Islam.

Opus #6 said...

I had not heard that, Bill. It seems there is quite a bit of news that is not fit to print...

Bungalow Bill said...

I touched on it a week ago Tuesday. It seemed strange when it happened, but now it seems even stranger.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

This was a practice run for the Detroit bombing. You just know if African authorities could catch one we certainly could too ... right? A big F***ing oops !!! Obama's going to study this ... I feel safer already.

Bungalow Bill said...

Odie, what makes you think this administration wants to catch them? When they catch them they have to put them up for trial in New York and face a stream of criticism and the threat of more terrorism in New York. It's just easy to let them run around and sound tough reading a teleprompter.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Odie's right, this was a practice run. They ran them a lot before 9/11, remember? I'm not convinced, actually, that the underpants bomber wasn't a practice run, too. There've been a lot of seemingly random bombings and attacks carried out around the world, and the thread seems to be doing it simultaneously. So there won't be one underpants bomber taking out one plane, there will many taking out many planes. I'm so sick of the left underestimating al Quada. How much needs to happen before they realize that these people are smart, determined, and well-funded. Instead, they keep their head in the sand whimpering about how it's only the poor and uneducated who are terrorists. What a joke. They are mostly college-educated (often here and in the UK), and they are middle to upper middle class. Sure, there are some locals that they recruit, but that's not who's running the show or doing the more sophisticated planning and execution. Lefties are in complete denial, and they're going to get many thousands of people killed because of it. Make that many thousands MORE, as many thousands have already been killed by terrorists.

Teresa said...

Obama is living in a dreamland where reality doesn't exist. We are living in dangerous times where terrorists want to kill us at any cost. The Appeaser-in-Chief is not taking these threats serious enough. He is vacationing like everything is gim dandy. Plus, his reaction time and first statement was awful.

Opus #6 said...

Bill, Odie is being facetious when he says he feels safer with Obama. It sure looks like a dry run.

Opus #6 said...

Fuzzy, lefties cry and blame us for making a climate that increases muslim recruiting. Then they don't bother getting specific about how we stay safe. It is almost like out leftists think if we get hit, we had it coming.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, it will be difficult for Obama to change his mindset. Reality is easy to ignore, except when you are president. Then reality bites at your heels.

Amusing Bunni said...

Hi Opie: All these 3rd world asswipes are up to the same things. It's just by the grace of GOD and their own stupidity that one hasn't succeeded YET. I hate to say it, but it's only a matter of time. Everyone knows it. Obama is a joke, and can't keep a flea safe. I have some good links and also something to cheer you up over my way. Happy New Year's Eve Eve to you & the family.

Red said...

Can we turn Yemen into a parking lot? I can get coffee just about anywhere else and their other 'export' keeps trying to kill us in the name of Allah.

Nickie Goomba said...

Obama's gonna teach those bad people a lesson. He's planning on putting each and every one of them on Double Secret Probation.

The_Kid said...

May I suggest Janet go on an extensive training tour of Mogadishu, so she can learn from the experts.

Snarky Basterd said...

Dude "was arrested by African Union peacekeeping troops."

And now he's training every last mother$%^king last would-be bomber in Yemen about how he went wrong.

Guy Average said...

One aspect of this that is sometimes overlooked is that the correct combination of attacks, or one attack that is extremely severe, would be enough for The Obama Regime to declare martial law.

How long would the martial law last? Maybe long enough to delay or even cancel the 2010 elections.

Think it could not happen? No precedent in law or the law would not allow it? Clearly, these reasons do not matter to The Obama Regime...just consider what has already been done in just one year.

Opus #6 said...

Guy Average, I need to address your point. I have tried to avoid talking about this on my blog. Some topics are best not discussed on this type of open forum.

What I will say is this. I trust the American People. Americans are among the bravest, most honor-bound people on Earth. The Obama Administration have exposed themselves as power-seeking Communists. Their own voting base is abandoning them in droves. If they are dumb enough to try that kind of power grab to extend their term in office, they will see the consequences.

Opus #6 said...

Snarky Basterd, you have a suspicious mind...

Opus #6 said...

Kid, that type of real-life experience is what the Obama Administration officials have been avoiding their entire lives.

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, Obama strikes fear in terrorists, alright. Oh wait. That was Bush.

Opus #6 said...

Red, sometimes we need to take a deep breath. My Karate teacher, Takayuki Kubota, who has been pictured on my blog a couple of times, was an eyewitness to one of the Atom bombs dropped on Japan in the second world war. He was about 10 years old at the time and lived on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. It was a day he will never forget. I know you were venting, but some who read might not know that.

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, they only need to succeed once. We need to foil their plans EVERY TIME.

Thanks, I will stop by your adorable blog. I look forward to it.

Just a conservative girl said...

Spain has just upped thier terror alert level. ETA has been quite for quite a while now, so it seems like Spain is due for another high profile kidnapping or attack.

What really was the pre-cursor to our attack was the attack on the royal family in Saudi Arabia. Same bomb from the same place in Yemen. The prince was not killed, but the bomber did die. It didn't get much press in this country. It happened in August. That is why they thought they could get it on the plane, as they got it through the metal detector then.

WomanHonorThyself said...

I cant believe what is going on in this twisted administration Opie..HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND!!!

Guy Average said...

Opus:

No question that there would be consequences of such a move by Teh Obama Regime. Although it would be unprecedented in the USA, it has of course happended in other countries, sometimes without an actual crisis as a precipitant.

Here in the USA, The Stimulus Scam was passed QUICKLY by basically manufacturing a crisis. We haven't even seen the bill for that yet; it is a number with a lot of zeros on the end but it is as dangerous to our country as a terror attack, although it does not have a dramatic mushroom cloud attached and the damage is more long-term.

My overall point is that we have already seen publicly that The Obama Regime will go to any length to accomplish the desired goal. Call it Chicago Politics (it fits) or call it Saul Alinsky Principles (it is verbatim from "Rules For Radicals") it would not shock anyone who has been paying attention to see The Obama Regime do whatever. The Health Care Takeover has some facets that are TOTALLY Un-Constitutional and most Americans are not even aware of that, let alone concerned about that aspect. A precedent in this area has been set, however.

We should prepare for the possibility of something more extreme than what we have already seen, especially since We The People are pushing back against this Regime. In the best case, I will be incorrect in my estimation, and the Rule Of Law is followed throughout, and I could live with that.

Opus #6 said...

JACG, all western nations must remain vigilant.

Opus #6 said...

WHT, Thanks! I am looking forward to 2010 very much!

Opus #6 said...

Guy Average, I always pray for peace. But not at the expense of liberty.

Guy Average said...

I always pray for peace. But not at the expense of liberty.

Well said.

On our side, Peace is a desired byproduct of Liberty.

On the other side, The Hard Left, Peace is the absence of conflict, which requires the removal of Liberty.