Thursday, August 11, 2005

Terrorist/Not Terrorist? 

Is it just me or is there something a little strange about this story? Starting with the fact that you can only find it on (1)very short scrolls on US cable news, with no particular attention drawn to it despite it having happened yesterday morning, (2) The Hindustani Times and (3) Reuters.comUK:
An Oklahoma man was taken into custody after he tried to carry a bomb on board an airplane on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, an FBI spokesman said.

Charles Alfred Dreyling Jr., 24, was detained on Wednesday morning after a security screener using an X-ray machine saw the device in his luggage as he tried to board a flight to Philadelphia at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City.

"Although the investigation is in its initial stages we have found no apparent connection to any type of terrorist activity or group," FBI spokesman Gary Johnson said.

Johnson said the screener saw an "improvised explosive device" in Dreyling's carry-on luggage.
Oh, and the other slightly puzzling item: Isn't "trying to get on a plane to Philly with an IED in your carryon" sorta "terrorist activity" by default? One suspects if a 24 year old male of slightly darker skin tone, or the name Muhammed rather than Dreyling, were involved, the matter might get a bit more play.

I'm sure it has nothing at all to do with the surprising number of chemical plants that have been catching fire and/or blowing up lately....must be time to replace the tinfoil lining in my headwear.

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