Here’s an open thread to keep up on events, as it seems we may be expecting the Ferguson grand jury decision any moment. The quintessential Friday night news dump.
The huge tornado that touched down today near Moore, Oklahoma, has caused terrible devastation; here’s a shot from MSNBC of one area of completely leveled homes and buildings.
More photos of the destroyed areas:
Worst tornado damage I have seen since Joplin. Picture of what’s left of a daycare in Moore, Oklahoma. Brings tears. twitter.com/StormCoker/sta…
Witnesses described a teenage gunman wearing a white mask with some kind of body armor, maybe a vest, and an assault rifle. Up to 60 shots were reported fired inside the mall’s food court. It’s unclear right now how many gunmen may be involved; some witnesses say there are several.
An Associated Press notification just received on my iPhone:
Breaking (4:04PM EDT): Sources: CIA foils Al Qaida bomb plot against US-bound jet near anniversary of bin Laden death.
No details available yet…
Al Qaeda has apparently upgraded their underwear.
The CIA foiled a plot by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner around the one-year anniversary of the killing of its former leader Osama bin Laden, senior U.S. officials told NBC News.
Officials said the plot involved a bomb with a design that upgraded the underwear bomb taken aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. That explosive device failed to detonate.
The improved bomb had a more refined detonation mechanism, but was still intended to be hidden in a passenger’s underwear. Officials told NBC News the device was “totally non-metallic,” which would have made it more difficult to detect by traditional screening processes.
An official told NBC News no airlines were ever at risk. The plot was disrupted well before it threatened Americans or U.S. allies, the official added.
At Virginia Tech, where a student gunman killed 32 people before committing suicide in 2007, a policeman has been killed and there are reports of a second victim…
AP now reports that the second shooting victim has died as well…
Here’s a thread to post breaking news on the crash of a vintage WWII aircraft at the Reno Air Races…
The latest news is that the plane crashed into a “VIP box seating” area near the main grandstands.
This report must be a mistake; after all, John Edwards says there is no terrorist threat: 4 Charged In Plot To Blow Up Jet Fuel At JFK.
NEW YORK — According to NewsChannel4’s Jonathan Dienst, sources said federal investigators have made arrests in an alleged terror plot on Kennedy Airport.
Four people have been charged. One is in custody in New York.
Sources said the plot involved a plan to blow up a jet-fuel pipeline at JFK setting off a potential massive explosion.
Law enforcement officials said the plot may involve a former airport worker.
A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. this afternoon.
What are the odds that at least one of the alleged plotters is named Mohammed?
(Hat tip: LGF readers.)
UPDATE at 6/2/07 9:54:58 am:
One of the alleged plotters, Abdul Kabir, is a former member of the parliament of Guyana, and was arrested in Trinidad.
UPDATE at 6/2/07 9:58:42 am:
Again, the media are obsessively asking “experts” whether the plotters were connected to Al Qaeda, and again, it appears they were not.
Let’s all just ignore that big green elephant in the middle of the living room, shall we?
UPDATE at 6/2/07 10:02:17 am:
More names: Russell Defreitas (aka Mohammed), Abdul Nur, Kareem Ibrihim and Abdul Kadir.
UPDATE at 6/2/07 10:08:58 am:
There are connections to the radical Islamic group Jamaat al-Muslimeen. One of our posts about the jihad in Trinidad relates some of the violent history of this group; in 1990, they bombed police headquarters, stormed the Trinidad parliament, and took the prime minister and his cabinet hostage in an attempted coup that killed 24 people. And the plotters in that case were eventually pardoned.
UPDATE at 6/2/07 10:24:56 am:
Sources said a cargo worker at JFK allegedly began to plot attacking the US last July or August. The cargo worker sought help in carrying out a plan and went to an FBI informant, who gathered information about the plot.
The cargo worker is a U.S. citizen with roots in Guyana. Sources said he be [sic] a former government official in Guyana.
Sources said counter-terrorism officials have been following the plot for a little less than one year.
Sources said the plot involved a plan to blow up a BuckEye jet-fuel pipeline at JFK setting off a potential massive explosion. BuckEye provides fuel to all three NYC-area airports.
Sources said the plot involved putting explosives inside the fuel pipeline but realized that “it was not technically feasible.”
UPDATE at 6/2/07 10:37:06 am:
A possible connection to wanted Al Qaeda operative Adnan Shukrijumah:
FBI agents feared but never confirmed the three men accused of plotting to attack John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York were linked to one of the most wanted al Qaeda leaders, Adnan Shukrijumah, known to have operated out of Guyana and Trinidad.
Officials tell the Blotter on abcnews.com that they heard repeated references to “Adnan” during the extensive wiretaps conducted on the suspects’ telephone conversations, including calls to Guyana and Trinidad.
There is a $5 million reward for information on Shukrijumah, who officials consider extremely dangerous because of the years he spent living in the Miami area and his known ties to al Qaeda. Some of the 9/ll hijackers attended a south Florida mosque run by Shukrijumah’s now deceased father.
UPDATE at 6/2/07 12:58:53 pm:
The student who terrorized the University of Missouri-Rolla has been identified as a graduate student from India: Indian Student Charged in Missouri University ‘Anthrax,’ Bomb Scare. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
ROLLA, Missouri — A graduate student from India whose bomb and anthrax threats shutdown the University of Missouri-Rolla was charged Wednesday with making terrorist threats and assaulting a law enforcement officer, authorities said.
Sujithkumar Venkatramolla, 22, was arrested on campus early Tuesday after walking into a civil engineering building armed with a knife, holding paper bag and saying he had a bomb and anthrax, according to authorities.
Police eventually subdued him with a stun gun after he refused to drop the knife, interim Police Chief Mark Kearse said.
Kearse said the student was depressed and apparently distraught over grades.
That looks like a Hindu name, but the types of threats he made were right out of the Islamic terror playbook.
At the University of Missouri-Rolla, a student is in custody after making “terrorist threats:” Student Arrested After Threat At UM-Rolla Campus. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
CNN has already decided why he did it: Police: Depressed student said he had bomb, anthrax.
And no one’s talking about whether he’s a Buddhist, a Mennonite, or something else.
KSDK - A student is in custody and 23 people are undergoing decontamination after what officials call “terrorist-type actions.”
The incident started at about 2:30 a.m. at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Campus police received a call of a student making threats. He was arrested in the Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Building, which is on Pine Street in Rolla.
The building was evacuated. Police say the student had a white powdery substance, and the Rolla Fire department’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Team has been called in. 23 students who were in the building ate undergoing decontamination. Police also say they may have found bomb materials in the area of the student.
In a news conference Tuesday morning, police say the student who called was a man trying to disguise his voice as a woman.
Police say he held a knife, held up a bag and said, “This is a bomb.” Police used a stun gun to subdue the student, who also claimed that he had anthrax.
The investigation is made more difficult by the materials kept in the building, which include some chemicals and powders.
The suspect gave several different stories, say police. They searched where he lived with at least two roommates. Police say they found a threatening note with the student. The note threatened to destroy the building, and was a couple of pages long.
They say they believe he was distraught over grades, and the acting Chief of Police says the student’s depression may have led to the incident.
UPDATE at 2/27/07 8:44:02 am:
The CNN report includes this:
The man’s identity and nationality were not released, though school spokesman Lance Feyh said he was an international student.
TOKYO - A U.S. Army official confirmed a small explosion outside an American base south of Tokyo, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. An explosion was heard near the base late Monday, and police suspected an attempted attack on the base, Kyodo News agency reported.
The blast was in the area of the U.S. Army’s Camp Zama, Kyodo said. The report did not say whether there were injuries or damage.
Police found parts of “launch pad” near the base, Kyodo said, and investigators suspected a “guerrilla attack.”