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Showing posts with label SAME DAY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SAME DAY. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weapons on planes: Two cases, same day, time, destination and airline, Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic.

Weapons on planes: Two cases, same day, time, destination and airline.

At the same time and on the same day, passengers attempted to smuggle weapons aboard two different U.S. Airways flights bound for Phoenix this month.

On the morning of June 4th, the FBI says an airline employee in Philadelphia helped his friend bypass security and onto a plane with an unloaded handgun in his bag. At about the same time, a man with ties to a controversial Islamic school was arrested for allegedly trying to secret a 7-inch butcher knife onto a Tampa flight.

Federal authorities describe each of the incidents as isolated, saying that the date, destination and airline could be nothing more than coincidence. However, FBI Special Agent Frank Burton in Philadelphia said the agency is "looking into" in any possible connections.

Bill Warner, a Sarasota, Fla., private investigator who has worked with federal agencies on terrorist-related issues, says the cases should raise red flags.

He says his investigation found that the man arrested in Tampa,
Raed Abduhl-Rahman Alsaif, 24, is a 2003 graduate of the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Va., a madrasa, or Islamic school, that has ben accused in the past of supporting radical Islamic causes and having potential terrorist ties.

Federal authorities would not comment on Alsaif's alleged ties to the Islamic Saudi Academy.

In 2005, New York
Sen. Charles Schumer called for an investigation into the Academy after the arrests of graduates and employees on terrorist -related charges, including one graduate who was accused of providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to assassinate the President of the United States.

Alsaif, who has two previous arrests on drug charges, was stopped during a security check on his way to boarding Flight 1077 to Phoenix. More............

2 MEN ARRESTED JUNE 4th PHILADELPHIA ONBOARD US AIRWAYS FLIGHT 1195 TO PHOENIX AZ WITH 9mm GUN, SAME DAY AND DESTINATION AS RAED AL-SAIF IN TAMPA

TAMPA TRIBUNE JUNE 16th 2009...Raed Abduhl-Rahman Alsaif was arrested June 4 as he tried to board US Airways flight 1077 from Tampa to Phoenix AZ with a 7 inch butcher knife.

On the same day June 4th 2009 two men from Philadelphia,
Damien Young and Roshid Milledge were arrested by the FBI as Damien Young was aided by US Airways employee Roshid Milledge in getting a Smith and Wesson 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun onboard US Airways flight 1195 to Phoenix AZ. This is the same destination and same airline that Raed Abduhl-Rahman Alsaif attempted to board a plane in Tampa with a 7 inch butcher knife on the same day, June 4th 2009 !

Press Release FBI
For Immediate Release June 4, 2009
FBI PhiladelphiaContact: Special Agent J.J. Klaver (215) 418-4043
Arrests of Damien Young and Roshid Milledge
Charges were filed today in United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, against defendants
Damien Young and Roshid Milledge. Young, 29 years of age from Philadelphia, and Milledge, 38 years of age from Philadelphia, have been charged with violating Title 49, United States Code, Section 46505(b)(1) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2, in connection with Young's boarding of U.S. Airways Flight Number 1195 earlier today from Philadelphia destined for Phoenix, Arizona with a concealed dangerous weapon in his carry-on baggage. Milledge, a U.S. Airways employee, aided and abetted Young's possession and concealment of the dangerous weapon on board the aircraft. The weapon is described as a Smith and Wesson 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, which was unloaded.

"This investigation represents an isolated incident (REALLY ???), involving only these two individuals," noted Special in Charge Fedarcyk. "As noted in the affidavit, another passenger on the flight observed behavior by the two defendants in the gate area that was deemed suspicious. That person alerted U.S. Airways security personnel who, along with Philadelphia Police Department Officers assigned to the airport, took action to return the airplane to the gate and ensure the safety of the flight and its passengers. These circumstances serve to underscore the importance of vigilance on the part of all Americans to help keep our society and our citizens safe."

Bill Warner
private investigator
www.wbipi.com