Wednesday, March 07, 2007

No Threat

Interesting piece of news. Reuters reports that: "An Iraqi national wearing wires and concealing a magnet inside his rectum triggered a security scare at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday but officials said he posed no apparent threat. A police bomb squad was called to examine what was deemed a suspicious item found during a body cavity search of the man. Local media reports said a magnet was found in his rectum. "He was secreting these items in a body cavity and that was a great concern because there were also some electric wires associated with that body cavity," Larry Fetters, security director for the Transportation Security Administration at the airport, told reporters. ... 'There never was a threat,' Fetter said."

Just two posts ago, in "Lifestyle Control", it was noted that mini-grenades can fit in body cavities. Here's the source article describing how a V40 grenade was found in a Central American prisoner's rectum.


Guards at the San Francisco Gotera prison outside the capital San Salvador found the V40 grenade, about the size of a golf ball, lodged up the man's rectum during a security clampdown, a prison spokesman said on Thursday. They also caught another 16 inmates who each swallowed a mobile phone. ... Last year, prison guards found an M67 grenade in the vagina of a female visitor at the overcrowded La Esperanza-Mariona prison on the northern fringes of San Salvador.

Here's an accompanying illustration from Pajamas Media.

18 Comments:

Blogger Alexis said...

This report is ominous. Whether a bomb was found is less important than whether people are being sent to scout our defenses.

3/07/2007 06:14:00 AM  
Blogger Art V said...

Sheesh. All this fuss over a harmless assmagnet.

3/07/2007 06:17:00 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

ohmigod,

Not only do we have to remove our shoes and throw out any liquid before boarding a plane now we've got to do what!!???

3/07/2007 06:25:00 AM  
Blogger Thomas_Bowdler said...

Recall the two aircraft brought down by Chechen women who are believed to have explosives strapped to their torsos? TSA increased screening of bosoms and the naughty bits area and there was a tremendous outcry forcing some scaling back of the pat down procedures. The limited ability to respond to the threat is a function of what the public will accept, not solely what the government can do.

3/07/2007 07:54:00 AM  
Blogger dmb2459 said...

Why was the plane permitted to take off without his luggage being checked first?

3/07/2007 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...

I hear...a...melody...
Fly Me to the Moon...

3/07/2007 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger John B said...

"wearing wires and concealing a magnet inside his rectum"

I wonder what his excuse was.

3/07/2007 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger joe buz said...

No Threat, this al-Maliki was just practicing green sex and magnetic therapy. What were the accessible ends of the wires attached to?

3/07/2007 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger legaleagle said...

Well, what the hell is your point? And what does "no threat" refer to? It sure seems as though you're trying to suggest that this story means something, but you don't have the balls to spell it out.

3/07/2007 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger joe buz said...

legal, I will not speak for our benefactor, but my take is that the "no threat" ref. is a quote from the Reuters article, provided here as sarcasm. Most everyone here realizes that this incident most likely represents just one of perhaps several dry runs at our TSA screening procedures. What exactly with balls would you prefer to read here?

3/07/2007 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

Agree with Alexis.

And our antiquated system of laws has to prove guilt rather than force Muslim terrorist scouts to justify why they have wires and magnets up their rectums or why they have video and floorplans of 3 elementary schools in N Virginia.

So we let them go. Or some ACLU type would scream.

But we should rethink our legal system to put burden of proof on those suspected of terror activities to explain the anthrax recipe on their hard drive, the wires and magnets in their rectum.

Then think the "solution", given enemy scouts can probe our targets, is to add another corporate boondoggle of a multibillion dollar high profit "security screening machines", funded, like the rest of it is, with China IOU money.

It's not like "body-packing" is unknown to contraband smugglers the world over.

The "solution" is to unfortunately wait until a body packer team blows up several planes or a Beslan or two happens - because the power of the ACLU, the secular Jewish progressives, anti-profiling blacks, and hard left is too much to overcome now. But after the next "9/11" the power of those groups to defend Islamists will be destroyed - and we can take the Muslim scouts and teams and treat them as unlawful enemy combatants dealt with in a military system.

If that sounds mildly fascist, too bad. Subjecting every American into being anally probed and banned from carrying any items onto a plane or subway or school is worse than treating Jihadis and enemy rights lovers in a fascist manner.

3/07/2007 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...

Speaking of the “meaning” peculiar travel wear:

This outfit will be promptly returned to the seamstress for alterations. (A size 3, indeed!)

Burqa-clad Taliban leader caught as NATO attacks

Secondarily as an afterthought, since Coulter's cavalier use of the "Edwards" word, one cannot be too careful. But, then, I could be wrong. With the streets ankle deep in bloggers’ blood, however, why take unnecessary risk.

3/07/2007 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Well, we always suspicioned the jihadists were nuts, but now there appears to be proof. Following from today's LA Times:

Al-Maliki, a former security guard, told screeners that he knew what had triggered the alarm and proceeded to remove items from his rectum, including a rock, chewing gum and thin wire filament.

Larry Fetters, federal security director at LAX, said at news conference that Transportation Security Administration officers had become alarmed because Al-Maliki was acting strange but initially refused to identify the items he had hidden.

...During questioning, Al-Maliki said the objects in his rectum were used to alleviate stress, federal law enforcement sources said.

The rock, authorities said he told them, was from another planet."

...insert woooo-eeee-oooo music from The Twilight Zone ...

3/07/2007 04:41:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

legaleagle,

"No threat" was how TSA assessed the matter, presumably after determining that the passenger's elevator didn't go to the top floor and the objects in his rectum were inert. However, physically speaking, it should be obvious that technology has made it possible for potentially lethal objects to be concealed in body cavities. I wouldn't even put it past the enemy to put mini-bombs in the body cavity of a child.

That physical possibility will mean that in a certain percentage of cases, body cavities will have to be investigated more thoroughly, whether by imaging or direct examination. But security always comes at a cost, whether in passwords that are difficult to remember or in strict screening procedures. So you can also ask yourself whether this development also poses "no threat" to the accustomed liberties and customs of individuals. In my own view, the correct formulation should have been "no threat this time". Because we don't know anything about the probabilities of the "next time" except that they are no longer zero and maybe we all have to pay the premium in inconvenience to insure against the contingent event.

3/07/2007 05:01:00 PM  
Blogger dmb2459 said...

An update today said he had prior criminal convictions in the AC area and previously served time in prison.

3/07/2007 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger M. Simon said...

I wonder what his excuse was.

Homeopathic hemroid remedy.

3/07/2007 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger M. Simon said...

C4,

You left out secular Christian progressives.

Just to be fair.

3/07/2007 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger j willie said...

Perhaps it was just an "Edwards" with a butt plug...

3/07/2007 11:23:00 PM  

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