August 21, 2006, - 1:13 pm

Another Dry Run?: FBI Claims Very Suspicious Passenger “Not Suspicious”

By Debbie Schlussel
Another strange security incident with Delta (we just reported on its new self-service security out of DC). And more proof that you can’t take the FBI’s dismissals that there is nothing to worry about with strange passengers, missing students, and TracFonistan participants.
The FBI says this passenger is “not suspicious“:

SAN ANTONIO (AP)–A passenger who was detained after flight attendants said he tampered with a bathroom smoke detector wasn’t arrested because he was determined through searches and interviews to be “not suspicious at all,” the FBI said Sunday.

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The passenger, a San Antonio man whose identity wasn’t released, was questioned Saturday after flight attendant reports of suspicious activity. Explosive experts swept the Delta Air Lines plane after it arrived from Atlanta but found nothing.
“He was cooperative during the interview,” FBI spokesman Erik Vasys said Sunday. “He allowed a search of his house, a search of his person, a search of his belongings. Nothing of a suspicious nature was found.”
Flight attendants reported he had been “disruptive” in the bathroom and had spent an extended amount of time there, the Transportation Security Administration said Saturday. In addition to the smoke detector being tampered with, authorities said ceiling tiles were moved.
Vasys said it appeared someone tried to disconnect the detector, but it was still working and wasn’t damaged.
“It wound up being the flight attendant’s word against a passenger’s, and this guy turned out to be not suspicious at all,” he said.

And so, of course, the FBI took the word of the guy who was moving ceiling tiles in the plane bathroom and not that of the flight attendant.
Yup–Famous But Incompetent.
Of course nothing was found! Since when has anyone found anything in the residence of a dry run person? Doesn’t happen. That’s why the dry runs are so successful. They get to test the system. And clueless FBI Agents give them the full seal of approval that they’re “not suspicious.”
It’s not like FBI investigators are going to find a bomb factory in the guy’s basement. You’ve heard of the “CSI Effect“? Apparently, the FBI now suffers from the “24 Effect.”
Their suspects have to be dressed in a kaffiyeh mask and star in a Nick Berg video to get the least amount of attention from the Bureau.
It’s reminiscent of when the FBI pulled its planned aware to “former” Islamic terrorist Imad Hamad–as a result of a New York Post column I wrote about him. Privately, FBI sources told me there were more than a dozen open terrorism investigations revolving around him. But publicly, the four different press releases and conferences the FBI held–each with different and false versions of why they were revoking the award to Hamad–all said “it’s not related to terrorism.” (I detailed this in a follow-up New York Post column.)
Which means it certainly was related to terrorism. If the FBI says there’s “no imminent threat,” it’s safe to assume the exact opposite.

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11 Responses

“There’s nothing to see here,keep moving. Keep moving…nothing to see.”

Thee_Bruno on August 21, 2006 at 1:43 pm

Just curious…what do you expect the FBI to say. Something like “We caught Ahmed screwing with the smoke dectector and we are now engaging in a intensive investigation of his family, friends and acquaintences. We want to let all potential terrorists to know how we investigate these incidents so they can better evade our scrutny.”
Of course the FBI is going to say that an obvious terrorist dry run is not a threat. It is away of not revealing sources and methods.

jerry on August 21, 2006 at 2:03 pm

Jerry, you’ve gotta be shit’n me, right? Not a way of revealing sources and methods of who, the terrorists or the FBI? I’m assuming you’re talking about the terrorists since the FBI didn’t do anything here except receive the info from the flight attendants. If this guy was a terrorist or even a wannabe terrorist, and he was up to no good, the U.S. Government’s “premier law enforcement agency” needs to alert the public. If you are right, and they are withholding the truth about this, it’s just more evidence that they believe they have all the answers and can do it all without any help from other law enforcement or the public. The FBI has a long and distinguished history of being, in general, an arrogant bunch of pricks. This would just be more evidence of that fact.

AynaydaPizaqvick on August 21, 2006 at 2:41 pm

How do you know how FBI procedures are for running this down? Do you assume that because they haven’t been outed in the NYT that they don’t have their own sources and methods for following up on this investigation?

jerry on August 21, 2006 at 3:43 pm

I am 100% convinced that the FBI is committing seditious acts of treason against the United States of America. The FBI is infiltrated by Islamic jihadist subversives and why the Bush administration has not fired Robert Mueller and uprooted the FBI cleaning out its moles is beyond me but a very good question for you all to ponder out there in secure America land.

cyberbot7 on August 21, 2006 at 6:25 pm

The FBI is as good at comedy as Ehud Olmert’s government in Israel. We should laugh ourselves to death at their inept performance – which is Academy Award winning.

NormanF on August 21, 2006 at 6:32 pm

Sometimes I wonder why I post here. This looks like the DU of the right.

jerry on August 21, 2006 at 7:13 pm

Yes, we wondered about that to. The DU would just say obtuse obsene comments and blast the right. If you had a clue you’d know that we on the right are nothing like that. Perhaps a review is in order……do some time at the underground and report back. Cya

warpmine on August 21, 2006 at 8:33 pm

Yes, we wondered about that to. The DU would just say obtuse obsene comments and blast the right. If you had a clue you’d know that we on the right are nothing like that. Perhaps a review is in order……do some time at the underground and report back. Cya

warpmine on August 21, 2006 at 8:34 pm

I would never go so far as to allege the FBI is intentionally doing or not doing something in order to harm our country. That is outrageous to even suggest. What I do believe is that they are so wrapped up in promulgating their image and carrying on their stupid traditions from JEH’s days, they’ve forgotten how to do their job. Their arrogance and incompetence are putting our country at risk.

AynaydaPizaqvick on August 21, 2006 at 8:39 pm

AynaydaPizaqvick,
Read Paul Sperry’s book Infiltration and then tell us if your opinion of the FBI hasn’t changed.

cyberbot7 on August 22, 2006 at 2:40 pm

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