Terror Suspects Held in Amsterdam: Feds Caution ‘Against Jumping to Any Conclusions’
September 1, 2010
(ChattahBox)—After ominous reports of a terrorist ” dry run” and “mock bombs” found in suspicious luggage, the two Yemeni men currently being held for questioning in Amsterdam, may be just two unrelated men, whom both missed their flight from Chicago to Washington and were booked on the Amsterdam flight by the airline. Regarding the cell phones taped to a Pepto Bismol bottle and watches taped together, yah that’s strange, but apparently the two men were just bringing gifts home to Yemen for family members.
The two passengers, Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al-Soofi and Hezem al-Murisi, both from Yemen, a hotbed for al-Qaeda terrorism, were in the U.S. legally. Mohamed Nasser al-Soofi, has permanent resident status and al-Murisi was here on a visitor’s visa. Although Amsterdam officials are still questioning the two men on suspicion of terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement, saying the men are unlikely to be charged with a crime.
“This matter is under investigation but as of right now, these two passengers have not been charged with any crime in the United States and we caution you against jumping to any conclusions.
“This incident illustrates how airport security protocols, law enforcement cooperation, and prompt international information sharing allows us to respond quickly to potential threats. In this instance, sound judgment led to suspicious items being identified, which triggered automatic security responses by U.S. security personnel. Appropriate security screening measures took place to ensure the safety of all passengers, including the proper screening, handling and matching of all checked luggage. Federal Air Marshals already on board the flight were notified.”
And according to the report in the Detroit Free Press, the F.B.I., has also cleared the two Yemeni men of conducting a terrorist test run.
“An FBI probe has determined that the pair were probably not on a test run for a future terror attack, the official said. The pair were detained in connection with items found in the luggage of al Soofi – which was sent on a separate flight from Chicago bound for Dubai via Washington. The aircraft was called back to the gate in Washington after it was determined al Soofi was not on the flight with his luggage and was instead on the United flight from Chicago with Murisi that landed in Amsterdam.”
We can expect more of these false alarms, as the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 approaches and federal officials conduct heightened security operations.
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