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Old 03-07-07, 03:21 PM
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Wired Iraqi man triggers scare at L.A. airport

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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.

The man, identified by law enforcement officials as Fadhel al-Maliki, 35, set off an alarm during passenger screening at the airport early on Tuesday morning.

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.


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Maliki, 35, who lives in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was preparing to board a US Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.

The flight left without Maliki but with his luggage aboard. It made an unscheduled landing in Las Vegas, where the plane was thoroughly searched but nothing was found, officials said.

Passengers were not evacuated and no flights were disrupted by the incident at Terminal One at Los Angeles airport.

"There never was a threat," Fetter said.

He said police and the FBI were called in from "an abundance of caution" because Maliki was "so bizarre in his behavior."

Maliki, who had a U.S. green card, was being questioned by immigration officials about his immigration status.


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Was this a test run?

"Rectum?!! Dang near died."
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How common a name is Maliki? Just curious.
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Test run... Testing the waters...
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
How common a name is Maliki? Just curious.
It's the Iraqi version of Schweighardt.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
How common a name is Maliki? Just curious.
IIRC Malik is an area of Iraq and al-Maliki means from the area of Malik. Its like the name al-Tikriti
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I wonder why they didn't blow him up with a water canon. They do that with everything else which is suspicious.
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Test run... Testing the waters...
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hmmm... why did the guy have a magnet up his ass with wires coming out of it?
to jump start his camel
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I think I must be missing something. What would be the purpose of a "test run" for something like this? If he fails, the guy is arrested and most likely deported. If he is successful, he could just blow up the plane; he doesn't need to "test" anything. I could see a test run with one person if the actual plan required multiple people on the same plane, like 9/11. But if a guy is trying to see if he can smuggle a bomb up his ass, why does he need to test the plan?
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I wonder if there were other 'test run' attempts that didn't get caught. Scary.
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Originally Posted by Duran
I think I must be missing something. What would be the purpose of a "test run" for something like this? If he fails, the guy is arrested and most likely deported. If he is successful, he could just blow up the plane; he doesn't need to "test" anything. I could see a test run with one person if the actual plan required multiple people on the same plane, like 9/11. But if a guy is trying to see if he can smuggle a bomb up his ass, why does he need to test the plan?

Sure, anything is possible....
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Jinkies, talk about being the least-liked guy in your terrorist cell. Not only was he not allowed to martyr himself (no virgins for you!) but he got exposed to the whole world as a guy caught with a magnet up his ass.
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Wouldn't putting a magnet up your ass be considered an "unclean" act by Muslims?
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No. Putting a magnet up a pig's ass would be an "unclean" act.
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No. Putting a magnet up a pig's ass would be an "unclean" act.
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[Borat]Pu*** magnet goes in anus? Me likes![/Borat]
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Originally Posted by Duran
I think I must be missing something. What would be the purpose of a "test run" for something like this? If he fails, the guy is arrested and most likely deported. If he is successful, he could just blow up the plane; he doesn't need to "test" anything. I could see a test run with one person if the actual plan required multiple people on the same plane, like 9/11. But if a guy is trying to see if he can smuggle a bomb up his ass, why does he need to test the plan?
Well, of course this article doesn't provide enough details to discern what this was actually about----but I could speculate on what the purpose of a test run would be to ascertain the efficacy of IEADs (Improvised Explosive Anal Devices---you read it here first).

I would think that AQ would not be too keen on following 9/11 with a much smaller attack, as that would give the impression that the organization is much weakened since 9/11---that's not what they want the world to think.

So, just like it was alleged they were trying with the recent liquid explosive thing in the UK, the goal of AQ would be to blow up 6 or 8 airliners simultaneously---something spectacular. Now, for a mission of this importance and magnitude, they want their best, smartest, and most loyal agents. But you can't just send your 8 best men to the airport at the same time with bombs up their asses, not knowing if the airport security would be able to easily detect this---if they were easily detected, then that would result in 8 of your best agents being captured by the feds, all their cells and contacts possibly discovered and disrupted, months of planning and logistics lost, and the infidels acquiring a ton of intelligence. So what you would want to do is get some total dipshit who is totally expendable, and knows absolutely nothing about AQ membership, plans or intelligence, stick some wires up his ass and send him through. If he gets caught, no loss. If he gets through, then maybe you can move on to the next stage of planning the operation.

The moral of the story: if you're on a plane, and the guy next to you is sweating profusely while passionately reading the Koran out loud---and then he yells "Allahu Akbar!", turns to you and says "Pull my Finger, you infidel!"---be very afraid.
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