Friday, December 25, 2009

Serious incident at Detroit airport today; CNN has complete coverage

CNN has complete video coverage of an apparent attempt by a man from Nigeria to ignite a device on a flight landing in Detroit Christmas day. The man had traveled from Nigeria through Amsterdam. The CNN link for the story is here.

The suspect was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and apparently was not on any no-fly list, and apparently was not rescreened in Amsterdam.

I personally last passed through Schiphol in May 2001, returning to Minneapolis on Northwest. On that occasion, the Dalai Lama passed right by me as I was waiting to board.

The Los Angeles Times
reports that other passengers overpowered the suspect, story here. (See my TV blog Dec. 26).

CNN is also characterizing terrorism as the weapon of the weak: it seems to come from the notion that if one has a grudge or has been "wronged", one is entitled to anything, almost as in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Wikipedia attribution link for Schiphol indoor picture.

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