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Terez
12-31-2011, 09:08 PM
http://www.sunherald.com/2011/12/31/3658688/man-with-explosives-detained-at.html

MIDLAND, Texas -- A man was detained Saturday after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, federal and local officials said.

The man was stopped at a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. and taken into custody by the FBI, they said.

FBI spokesman Mike Martinez declined to say whether the man was in military uniform or how many explosives were found in the bag. He said he did not know where the man was being held, saying he was at either the airport or at the FBI office in Midland.

Midland police Sgt. Brian Rackow told the Midland Reporter-Telegram and Odessa American that the man identified himself to investigating officials as being active in the military. He and his family had been in the area visiting relatives and were on their way back to his base in North Carolina, Rackow said. It's not clear which base.

City of Midland spokeswoman Tasa Watts said she had no information on the suspect but the explosives were wrapped in military-grade wrapping. She said the specific grade won't be known until the explosives are tested.

The Transportation Security Administration issued a statement saying one of its officers spotted a suspicious item in a carry-on bag during X-ray screening. It said the checkpoint was closed for about an hour while officers investigated and removed the item.

Watts said the man was entering a terminal when he was stopped, and a sweep was done to clear that terminal before normal operations resumed.

An American Airlines spokesman said the man had a reservation on Flight 3283 from Midland to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The departure time for the American Eagle plane was 9:45 a.m.

GonzoTheGreat
01-01-2012, 04:08 AM
Could also be just an ordinary American soldier who wasn't aware that there were any limitations on his freedom to travel.

Sinistrum
01-01-2012, 10:33 AM
I'm so looking forward to the inevitable overreaction to this and the installation of the peeping tom scanner this year. Now I can get felt up in violation of the 4th amendment both coming and going from Midland. BTW I nor my office will be touching this prosecution. This will be purely a federal level prosecution.

Davian93
01-01-2012, 02:03 PM
I'm so looking forward to the inevitable overreaction to this and the installation of the peeping tom scanner this year. Now I can get felt up in violation of the 4th amendment both coming and going from Midland. BTW I nor my office will be touching this prosecution. This will be purely a federal level prosecution.

Silly boy, air travel is a privilege and thus not protected under the 4th Amendment.


Now move along, Citizen.

Zombie Sammael
01-01-2012, 02:25 PM
Silly boy, air travel is a privilege and thus not protected under the 4th Amendment.


Now move along, Citizen.

I wonder if anyone's considered the risks posed by terrorists causing damage to major cross-country land routes such as rail or "freeways"?

Terez
01-01-2012, 04:38 PM
I'm so looking forward to the inevitable overreaction to this and the installation of the peeping tom scanner this year. Now I can get felt up in violation of the 4th amendment both coming and going from Midland. BTW I nor my office will be touching this prosecution. This will be purely a federal level prosecution.Yeah, I kind of figured since they were holding him at the FBI office, lol. You made it seem like Midland was a small town or something; I was surprised to see there was an international airport.

Sinistrum
01-01-2012, 04:53 PM
Yeah that airport is about as international as a hotdog. And Dav if I were a terrorist, I'd just detonated in the security checkpoint itself.

Davian93
01-01-2012, 05:49 PM
I wonder if anyone's considered the risks posed by terrorists causing damage to major cross-country land routes such as rail or "freeways"?

In all seriousness, yes, of course they've looked at both of them. Also, TSA also checks bags on Amtrak FWIW.

Yeah, I kind of figured since they were holding him at the FBI office, lol. You made it seem like Midland was a small town or something; I was surprised to see there was an international airport.

International probably means "at least one flight to Mexico a day" in this case.

And Dav if I were a terrorist, I'd just detonated in the security checkpoint itself.

Easy solution to that...any time you want to fly, you must first pre-register with TSA and they check you at your house before you even go to the airport. And they escort you to the airport itself under guard. Safety First!



All TSA does is security theater anyway...anyone who thinks otherwise is just fooling themselves.

Res_Ipsa
01-01-2012, 06:07 PM
NDAA '12 was quietly signed on December 31st.

Davian93
01-01-2012, 06:10 PM
NDAA '12 was quietly signed on December 31st.

Dont worry though...Obama "promised" to not use it to detain American Citizens. I mean, that's good enough for me right there. I'm sure he wont break that promise and I'm 100% sure a future president wouldn't either.

Its completely unconstitutional but I wonder what our current SCOTUS would say on it...not very hopeful that the Roberts court would reverse it given their views on an Imperial Presidency.

Zombie Sammael
01-01-2012, 07:08 PM
In all seriousness, yes, of course they've looked at both of them. Also, TSA also checks bags on Amtrak FWIW.

And... does that make you feel any safer? I was being slightly sarcastic when I asked, as it appears the security services in this country, for what it's worth, have decided that the risk to our rail networks is minimal (perhaps because train prices are so high only rich bankers can afford to travel by train, and we can afford to lose a few of those :rolleyes:) but I don't think I'd like it if the government or worse the train companies could inspect my baggage at will. At least with the government they're just looking for bombs and aren't going to record details about what I'm travelling with to sell on to the highest bidder.

Terez
01-01-2012, 07:11 PM
NDAA '12 was quietly signed on December 31st.Now you sound like Naomi Wolf. We all knew it was coming; I posted the letter to the editor I wrote about it more than a month ago.