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El Al bomb-plot foiled, but plotters go free
What's up with that???
BERLIN · Six people are under investigation in Germany in an alleged plot to blow up an Israeli airliner by bribing an airport worker to smuggle a bag packed with explosives on board, officials said Monday.
Several of the accused approached a person with security clearance at an unidentified airport last summer, who agreed to smuggle an explosives-filled bag onto a plane in exchange for money, federal prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said in a statement that some of the accused then contacted their "so far unknown" terrorist backers, but could not agree on a payment amount.
What the hell did they use to 'contact' their backers that prosecutors couldn't trace - mental telepathy?
These people must think we were born yesterday.
A security official said the plot was centered on the Frankfurt airport.
Didn't they just say that the airport where the unnamed person with security clearance was approached was 'unidentified?'
This is very confusing.
The plan apparently was to attack a plane belonging to Israel's El Al. Three suspects were apprehended in Hesse state, where the airport is located, the official said.
Doesn't that pretty much identify the airport? How many airports are located in Hesse?
The six, who could face charges of belonging to or supporting a terrorist organization, were temporarily detained Friday, but five of them were released Saturday after questioning.
The remaining suspect was kept in custody over an unrelated matter.
What are they holding the last one for? A parking violation???
This is beyond absurd.
Some of these guys are caught BRIBING AN AIRLINE EMPLOYEE TO SMUGGLE A BOMB ONTO A PLANE and almost all of them are released???
Under German law, authorities must release suspects after a maximum of 48 hours unless they have enough evidence to convince a judge that they can be held in long-term investigative custody.
After everything described here, they couldn't gather enough evidence to prosecute???
"This case is encouraging in that our security authorities are clearly very observant, get very close to possible [terrorist] structures and, at least so far, have succeeded in intervening early enough," said Stefan Kaller, an Interior Ministry spokesman. He declined to offer further details on the alleged plot.
What a joke.
This isn't encouraging - this is EMBARASSING!
And, apparently, it's routine.
In a similar investigation, police in the northern city of Hamburg in 2002 arrested seven suspected Islamic extremists who were believed to be plotting new terrorist attacks, only to release them several hours later.
Authorities there later said that through five months of surveillance they had not managed to come up with enough evidence to charge the men, but that they were convinced they were getting ready to act and wanted to thwart their plot.
A testament to the abysmal state of law enforcement in the 'global war on terror'.
In medicine, they call these people paranoid delusionals for acting out their fantasies. Yet, in law enforcement and politics, they're considered efficient.
There is, of course, another more sinister explanation - there was a bomb plot - but investigators don't want us to know WHO was behind it.