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Several MSM outlets got a hold of a joint FBI-DHS homeland security bulletin warning of potential shoe bomb attacks. ABC News: Following the seizure in Europe of hollowed-out shoes containing blasting caps, U.S. authorities have been told to be on the lookout for thick-soled shoes that could be used to conceal explosives, as infamously was […]
“I heard the flight attendant say, ‘Help me!’”
Chee-bomber, chee-bomber. Plus: Whither the John Doe amendment?
Friday night Factor.
TSA: Thousands Standing Around. Those Silly Asses. Taking Scissors Away.
On alert. Plus: A first-hand report from a pilot on airline (in)security.
Chertie has chosen to lie in bed with the very people who make a living intimidating and suing vigilant Americans who take homeland security seriously.
Crying over spilled water.
Update: New WashTimes article on the report here. This weekend, dogged Washington Times reporter Audrey Hudson previewed a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s report on the handling–and mishandling–of Flight 327. Longtime readers will remember this incident as an airline security object lesson on the need for passengers to say something when they see something. […]
Back in 2003, a teenager was arrested and charged for joking about a bomb in his luggage. In 2004, a British student was arrested and released after making a bomb joke before boarding a flight from Miami to Britain. We are constantly warned not to make light of homeland security while passing through airport checkpoints […]
Christopher Soghoian, a PhD student in the School of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington, created a fake boarding pass generator to expose flaws in airport security. A reader sent this link to the generator, but it looks like it has been taken down. Looks like he could be in big trouble for blowing the whistle. […]
***scroll for updates, including new info from Annie Jacobsen (remember Flight 327?)…who were the ringleaders of Bojinka II (is there a better name? let me know)…here’s the reason for the liquid ban: ABC says the jihadists were going to hide the explosives in sports drink bottles…reports of dry runs…USNews now also reporting details involving hydrogen […]
***updated…10pm Eastern-new details about Haq via AP – he “forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl’s head”…told 911 dispatcher, “These are Jews and I’m tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East…”*** ***new photo of Haq via […]
***scroll for updates…university library cancels its NYT subscription!…and the WSJ explains the circumstances that led the newspaper to publish its SWIFT story…read the whole thing…the NYTimes covers the House resolution condemning the paper…*** I mentioned the other day that I’d been hearing buzz about a protest at the New York Times building. It’s coming together […]
But don’t worry. He’s been sent to…Saudi Arabia! Great, just great: New Zealand has deported a Yemeni man identified as having direct links with the terrorists involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States who was taking pilot training in the country this year, the government said Saturday. Rayed Mohammed Abdullah Ali […]
Annie Jacobsen investigates.
***scroll down for an important update*** A number of us in the blogosphere have been catching wind of rumors that a surface-to-air missile was fired at an America West flight originating out of New York. Here’s a post at Little Green Footballs, where many commenters are wisely skeptical but wanting more info. I just got […]
The kill-me-first dress code is dead. It’s good news for air marshals who exposed this reckless bureaucratic idiocy last December. Via the Washington Post: The dress code for federal air marshals has been modified, apparently relegating a fashion spat to the back of the Homeland Security closet. The issue of what the marshals wear when […]
Via AP this morning: A flight from Los Angeles to London was diverted to Boston early Tuesday because three Pakistani passengers were acting suspiciously, but nothing amiss was found and the three were released after questioning, authorities said. United Airlines Flight 934 landed in Boston shortly before 3 a.m., Logan Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said. […]
You’ve seen some of the news coverage by now of Bassam Khalaf, the self-proclaimed “crazy, suicidal Arabic” rapper fired from his job as a TSA baggage screener. But did you know that he’s not the only Islamist who has been poking through your luggage? Debbie Schlussel has the lowdown on both. Repeat: Political correctness is […]
This story out of Cleveland is disturbing. And it’s not the first report of a laser tracking a commercial plane in American skies. I blogged on Bill Gertz’s report in September about a Delta flight to Salt Lake City, Utah, that was diverted when a laser penetrated the cockpit and reportedly injured the pilot. And […]
The fashion police at the Federal Air Marshals Service still don’t get it. But the Lakeland (Fl.) Ledger does. The paper weighs in with a scathing editorial about the dress code debacle here. Meanwhile, I received a “supervisor’s Daily Airport Activity Report” dated 12/15/04, which shows how managers are forced to play clothes cops. Here’s […]
Audrey Hudson of the Washington Times has another great piece on the Air Marshal dress code story that I wrote about yesterday: Some federal air marshals are playing a high-tech game of hide-and-seek to dodge supervisors from inspecting their attire and ensuring compliance with a mandatory dress code. “The ‘suit Nazis’ are out there, so […]