June 27, 2012, - 2:40 pm

US Customs Officials Miss, Lose Stowaways on Ship From Muslim Mid-East; Likely Disappeared Into US

By Debbie Schlussel

I doubt very much this was a dry run or testing the system. Instead, I think it was the actual thing: stowaways in containers on ships from the Muslim Mid-East. And I think that Customs and Border Protection inspectors of the Department of Homeland Security probably missed and have since lost them or they evaded law enforcement long before the ship came to shore. They are probably now halfway across America. It’s not like this hasn’t been a plot point in a million different movies and TV series I’ve seen about Islamic terrorists. And if I saw it on TV, why did they lose these guys? No way they heard “phantom knocks” from ghosts or something. This was probably the real thing. And they probably got into the US and got away with it. Oh, and by the way, I feel sooooo much safer now that the Lesbionic Woman’s Homeland Security has finally decided (far too late) to do a thorough search of the ship. Don’t you? The aliens inside the cargo probably jumped shop and swam ashore or otherwise snuck out to a waiting vessel in the middle of the night. We still don’t check most freight containers on these ships. And Islamic terrorists know this. The odds are in their favor.


Dock workers rushed to unload containers stacked on top of one another inside a cargo ship that arrived in New Jersey from the Middle East on Wednesday after Coast Guard officials heard knocking from one during a routine inspection, suggesting that stowaways might be on board.

More than a dozen ambulances and law enforcement officials met the 850-foot vessel when it docked early Wednesday at Port Newark, one of the nation’s busiest ports. Large mechanical cranes began unloading containers from the ship.

By midday Wednesday, all but one ambulance had quietly left the pier. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Anthony Bucci said officials so far had checked 40 out of 2,000 containers on the Ville D’Aquarius.

The Coast Guard team had boarded the ship outside New York Harbor early Wednesday as the ship prepared to dock, spokesman Charles Rowe said. The officers were knocking on containers during a sound check, “and they knocked on this one and they heard a knocking back,” spokeswoman Michelle Krupa told the Star-Ledger of Newark.

The team followed protocol and didn’t open the container at sea in order to control the situation, Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe said.

Drew Barry, of the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, said he boarded the vessel about 20 miles offshore to help pilot it into port.

“There are at least 30 to 40 containers on top of the hatch cover, and I don’t know how many more below it,” Barry said. “If there are people down there, with no food and water for days, they’re probably pretty desperate by now.”

Or long gone into the American heartland.

He estimated late Wednesday morning that it would take several hours, if not much of the day, to get to the part of the ship, below the hatch cover, where officials heard banging noises.

The container, which a manifest said was carrying machine parts to Norfolk, Va., was loaded in India, Rowe said.

The ship began its voyage May 30 in the United Arab Emirates, then made one stop in Pakistan and two stops in India. Its last port before Newark was in Egypt on June 15.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Wednesday that officials are conducting a “thorough investigation of the vessel.”

Too little, too late. They’re long gone into the American abyss plotting who knows what. And remember that there are plenty of ships like this with stowaways from the Mid-East, whose knocks are never heard and they make it into the US with ease.

Reader Bill:

What a mess. How are we suppposed to police this? Plus, once the morons are caught, I’m sure they’ll just be identified as poor immigrants wanting to come to America for a better life but there’s a LEGAL process for that. What about all of the immigrants who came to the U.S. as LEGAL immigrants (including my grandparents, etc.)? Doesn’t that cheapen the process and put us at risk. I know I’m preaching to the choir. That’s to say nothing of the criminals that are slipping in too. Seems hopeless on so many levels.

EXACTLY. America . . . Desperate But Not Serious.

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20 Responses

So immigration is a federal responsibility.

Therefore by definition it will be FUBAR.

While they are coming by ship, they should know that they can come in through AZ, since ICE will not respond to local law enforcement in that state.

They must not have gotten tht e-mail, or boarded the ship before the Supremes ruled.

Panhandle on June 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Under Obama’s new policy, they are never going to be deported if caught.

Good luck with that happening and don’t look for things to be any different under a Romney Administration.

America, desperate but not serious about illegal immigration and the threat of Islamic terrorism.

NormanF on June 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

i don’t understand where you are getting (more like your speculating) that they lost them. the coastgaurd boarded the ship at 3am wed offshore and knocked on the container and heard knocks back. they stayed on the ship as it was piloted into dock where they are being unloaded now. been reading several reports all day and from what i gather they think there may be people still in the container.

T: Possibly. But I doubt it. I’d bet they are gone by now. We’ll see. DS

tim on June 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    My sources from the Coast Guard stated that they were UNABLE to open the container while it was in the hold of the ship, and had to unload it prior to opening it. This means that anybody that was inside wouldn’t have been able to open it to get out either!

    When those containers are loaded in the hold, they have very limited space around them, and usually are loaded end to end with other containers. They cram as many into there as possible after all.

    Since the CG knew what container it was, and stayed on board until it was unloaded, it is highly unlikely that anybody could have gotten out by cutting a hole in the side of the container or something. Also, once they did get them unloaded, they would have been able to tell if people had been living in there for that long.

    Another conspiracy theory taking an odd happening caused by loose cargo and turning it into fear-mongering.

    It worked, it got more page hits and thus revenue! lol

    Alex on June 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

The scary part is not that we know there were stowaways on this ship who may never be found. The scary part is how many stowaways are on ships that we do not know about.

I_AM_ME on June 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    The latest report is that there is “no sign” of them in any of the containers. So is this the beginning of a cover up? Stay tuned.

    Italkit on June 28, 2012 at 2:21 am

if ragheads start blowing up people in america like they do to each other in jehad land,how long do you think the liberals will last in office.the media can hide the increasing number of attacks by negroes on white people but bombs are a lot harder to hide.it will be insteresting to see how much our nit wit voters will take before they get rid of all national socialists democritc workers party traitors.

BRUCE on June 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Stories like these and we still have yobbos posting daily in high dudgeon that DS is a raaaaaaaacist and is bigoted towards Mooooooooslims!

So many dopes, so little time!

Skunky on June 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

goddamn ragheads tellyou waht them jehad ragheads i be so pissed of fthem raghesa bloin up good ole white decent americans


when can we start killin them ragheads so jesus can come back. 1.8 is a big number

i want me some hevens!

BRUCE on June 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I know skunky

islam aint no race

therefore if i want to kills me 1.8 ibllion of them aint no problem

thats how mah brains be working at least

debbie aint no racist everhoe knkow that

speciall up in mah trailer parks

BRUCE on June 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Read this post again and then read the twaddle “BRUCE” (aka Bilal!) wrote.

    Just as I said.

    So many dopes. So little time.

    Skunky on June 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

That reads like a “Three Stooges” routine: “and they knocked on this one and they heard a knocking back…”

I wonder if the Coasties knocked in a “shave a haircut…” pattern and the muslims inside knocked back, “two bits!”

DS_ROCKS! on June 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Debbie I agree. In case you wondered I am aware of the various Halachic rulings on men lighting Shabbat candles. However my own minhag is that better you should do it. I once asked H. to light the Shabbat candles for us and he came down in a mumu and wig. It weirded us both out and afterwards H. spent the whole weekend checking out his tushy in the mirror and watching the Lifetime Movie Network.

A1 on June 28, 2012 at 12:39 am

    A1, you skank, are you masturbating here again?

    skzion on June 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm


I am guessing most of you commenters are too young to have traveled by ship but I have. Even luxury liners creak, groan and make weird noises. They’re subject to tremendous stresses. It’s possible inexperienced seamen might have mistaken these noises for the groaning voices of distressed stowaways.
It is also possible there is a massive coverup of something, not necessarily human cargo. This was a shipment of “machine parts” that could include a whole lot of stuff that gets assembled to go boom. The article doesn’t mention any DNA evidence left behind which there surely would be in such conditions.
If we ever know, it will be a long time but I think Debbie was right to pick up on the oddness of this situation.

Italkit on June 28, 2012 at 9:53 am


Its official, POS Chief Justice Roberts swings his ass to the left and casts the deciding vote to uphold Obamacare.

The mandate which allows the federal govt to FORCE you to engage in commerce by forcing you to buy health insurance was sure to be voted down as unconstitutional. Instead, POS Foberts found a way the govt can keep the mandate and further open the door for every aspect of your life to be controlled by the feds — bastard Roberts let it stand under the govt ability to TAX. Twisted it into a tax and bingo — Obamacare is now law.

This is only the beginning if Brobama gets re-elected.

Crusty on June 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

Isn’t “Muslim Mid-East” Redundant?
When you say Mid-East most people think Muslim right away. They are the majority population there and therefore the region is attributed to them.

Just a thought

George A. on June 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

There are several things wrong with this story not the least of which there was an assumption made by the agencies involved that there was anyone in a container in the first place.

Believe it or not, smugglers who use intermodal cargo containers actually take care to ensure that their precious cargo arrives at the intended port of unlading in pretty much the same condition as it left. This is not to say that the “snakeheads” do not make mistakes, they do, but even the most inexperienced smuggler will do all they can to protect the “cargo.”

In this case, NONE of the usual methods of human cargo protection were utilized, which would lead those in the know to deduce that there was never a threat. Getting into specifics would be a bad idea on an open forum, but any reasonable person could probably figure out what those methods of protection would entail.

The USCG is very good at lifesaving at sea, but searching ships and finding anything of any consequence is another matter entirely. Consider that a 19-23 year old boarding team member does not have the ability to mitigate a response to any reported incident and then move on from there with your imagination as to how this got blown out of proportion.

This is much ado about nothing.

SME on July 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

They was going to get asylum anyways, so actually they save the taxpayer money, and beside, who going to work at the 7-11 and Duncan Donuts anyway, they own them all dont they? And that’s because they such good business peoples and good citizens in they country, look at all of the great country they come from. Aint no way that many people be on a ship and dont nobody know nothing about it, and that be the crew and captain of the ship, they be doing that for decades, aint nothing new. This country has become the toilet of the world any body can come here and take a dump, for free! Then they hide behind the Constitution, they have rights, aint nothing better than an illegal alien telling a U.S. citizen it’s against the law to park there. Of course it dont apply to themn when they came here and the sign at the border said do not enter without permission, they got rights you know.
So what you going to do about it America?

MF Jones on July 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

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