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Sunday 21 December  
Passenger undergoes body scan at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport - ANP
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“Al-Qaeda practises beating body scanners”

Published on : 29 December 2009 - 10:06am | By RNW News Desk
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A body scanner at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport would not necessarily have detected the explosives which the would-be syringe bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had sewn into his underwear. A Dutch military intelligence source told De Telegraaf newspaper that Al Qaeda has its own security scanners and has been practicing ways of concealing explosives.

The terrorist group has even carried out test runs at smuggling explosives through European airports, the paper reports.

On Monday Schiphol's operational manager Ad Rutten said the explosives carried by the 23-year-old Nigerian Abdulmutallab may well have been detected had he been scanned by one of the airport's 15 body scanners. Schiphol was the first airport to run a trial of body scanners, which use sound waves to see through passengers' clothing. At present the scanners are only an optional alternative to the conventional metal detector, as European privacy laws prevent them being made compulsory.

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Since the attempted attack on the flight from Schiphol to Detroit, Schiphol has been operating tightened security measures. Around 50 extra security staff have been hired in to carry out the tightened checks on passengers to the United States. All passengers to the US are now being body searched at the gate. The airport says that while the chance of discovering any concealed explosives is still not 100 percent, it is at least much higher than it was.

Passenger undergoes body scan at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport - ANP


Katariina Billige Lån 28 October 2010 - 5:32pm / Greenland

A scary story but of course it is possible to cheat the bodyscanners. Let's just hope that the wrong people does'nt find out how to do this.
I really hope that people like Abdulmutallab in the future won't feel that it is necessary to commit such acts.
I also think there are many interresting post on the blog in here and think it's a good topic to bring up for debate because I also believe the best way to get the entire terror solve the problem is by providing information, not only against the Middle East but also to Western countries have many stereotypes about Muslims.

Arthur Durnan 11 January 2010 - 2:28pm / Canada

Deasr Anonymous: Pray tell, what good is your "civil LIBERTY" if you're indisputably DEAD in a plane explosion? Muhammad would appreciate your illogic, yes?

Anonymous 11 January 2010 - 1:05am / yemen

This is hilarious joke to see how easily the West triads off its cherished freedoms and dignities in exchange to imaginary perception of security. People that give freedom for security deserve neither. Way to go - anal scans at the airports.

Arthur Durnan 10 January 2010 - 3:03pm / Canada

Emulate the Israeli system fully....psychological evaluation of each passenger by fully-trained & tested security personnel AS THEY ENTER CIRCUMFERENCE! Don't be afraid to reject as many security personnel as is required in order to get the best highly-motivated security officers. Go face-to-face with EVERY passenger LONG BEFORE they get anywhere near the security enclosure. Watch their faces, note their demeanor, check their fidgeting or anxiety to move on past you.....listen to their answers.....their very responses will give security personnel a precise understanding of their intents. Check their passports & ASK WHY they visited Yemen (or Pakistan, or Saudi Arabia, or wherever) according to the stamp/s in their passport. If necessary, contact their host in country visited to substantiate their visit there. KNOW what luggage (or non-luggage) they are bringing into the they possess a ONE-WAY ticket?.....was it purchased by CASH and at the LAST MINUTE?.....are they traveling alone?......are they between SPECIFIC AGES re known mass-homicide Muslim bombers? fIRE ALL UPPER-LEVEL SECURITY PERSONNEL WHO ULTIMATELY DO NOTHING ABOUT SECURED INFO. Harass the would-be terrorist, not the innocent traveler. Ensure one armed Air Marshall on board every international flight into America. ISRAELI security guarantees ZERO disasters! Civil SECURITY always trumps "civil liberty". What good is "civil liberty" if civil SECURITY miserably fails and all passengers go down in flames? In this particular instance, "civil libertarians" strike me as individuals who would probably head east to view a sunset! By jove, I think we're onto a winner here, yes?

God Bless America!

Arthur Durnan 8 January 2010 - 2:41pm / Canada

Polygamous WarLord Muhammad of Yathrib gave rise to a political philosophy of extreme violence, mass-murder, horrendous misogyny and rampant anti-Semitism, Simply check out his Qur'an from start to finish: Surah 2:98; 2:161; 2:191; 2:193; 8:39; 2:103; 2:216; 4:74; 4:76; 4:89; 5:14; 8:67; 8:65 and on into the night! It's all a long nightmare of warring & conquering from the 7th-century onward. The entire world is at war with Muhammad's psychosis & his desire to establish a global Muslim Caliphate. The price for liberty will always be eternal vigilance and unabashed ultimate defence against the intruders from the Arabian Peninsula!

alhaji daramy-bassey 7 January 2010 - 9:39pm / "uk"

In the name of "allah", gracious and merciful; please join forces to stand in the defence of "Islam" at all times against 'feuding merchants'.
The act of verification is included within the 114 'suras' of the holy book of Islam.
Perhaps this mode of strategy of fighting may potray long term of up to twenty centuries of reasons victory and hope.
No self appointed 'sect' or group should continue acts of "mis-chief" on the backs of un suspecting hard working people.
The verification relating to all miscalculated political areas are now fully understood us.
In palestine for example, no matter what sympathy and aspirations of the international community; if the artificial segregation between the 'sunnis' and 'shei't' factions vis-a-vis 'hammas/fatha cannot be corrected , we now know the result.
Another focal point of misrepresenting Islam by feuding political aspirants is Iraq. For a long time we have been 'squatting' in the band-wagon of blame-culture. The facts have now revealed the same devious, arrogant and headbent self distruction.
In Afghanistan, the verification is as far back as the time of the "democracy" of the King that was exiled to europe. The word corruption is a nucleus of correction at this point-in-time. Having to use the word corruption without the basic analysis of the involvement and manner, may potray careless intellection flaw/imperfection of the sound mind.
Islam is adaptable to global trend; but not in shape of "hypnotic-science", especially to the unsuspecting.
Any stealth act of associating partners with "allah" requires frequient verifications.

Arthur Durnan 5 January 2010 - 2:35pm / Canada

Countries which should be in fullest focus re security on aircraft: Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria (Northern), Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria & of course, Yemen. Travelers from or thru any of these pro-Muslim entities should be subjected to strip-search or invasive full-body pat-down. Lawyers, the U.N. & the ACLU won't appreciate this, but then simply invite them to sit on insecure & therefore probably doomed aircraft headed to Nirvana! And again, hire Israeli Security Teams to protect U.S. Airports. El Al Israel Airlines continues to fly completely unscathed! Ask yourself why?

Arthur Durnan 3 January 2010 - 10:23pm / Canada

Maybe we forgot that Coalition Forces were in Iraq & Afghanistan due to the fact that Muslim Al-Queda attacked America on 9-11 murdering thousands of innocent world citizens? Polygamist WarLord Muhammad's Islam was born & bred on violence, murder & world domination in the seventh-century. It still murders "infidels," Jews and even other Muslims today. So what's new?

Anonymous 5 January 2010 - 11:18am / Canada

nobody is asking you as a citizen of Israel to talk about it's achievement
I advise you to read newspapers or watch the media or look in the mirror and face yourself with the truth.
I guess you know it.
May God Bless America, AND SAVE GAZA

Willie minha. 3 January 2010 - 11:30am / EU

Terrorists have bombs, but no `planes....Whereas, the West has both.

Maybe, when gun-happy yanks stop invading other countries, and stealing their resources, this madness will halt.
By the way, how did the guy get past security with no passport, and no papers who escorted him through, despite the obvious dangers, a young muslim, frightened, with no passport....?
This stinks to high heaven of "let it happen".

Arthur Durnan 2 January 2010 - 2:49pm / Canada

Emulate the world's safest & most successful Airport security system, that of Israel. Know all incoming passengers as they arrive at airport parking, their baggage, their associates, their demeanor, if they fit profiling. Plus, of course, all I've stated above....most (if not all) mass-homicide-bombers tend to be Muslim, 20-35 (or whatever the profiling suggests), and implement those complete body-scanners and strip-search by gender. Israel Airlines are totally safe airlines, are they not? Plus who has ever heard of a mass-homicide bomber belonging to the Salvation Army? Onward & Upward, America!

Arthur Durnan 1 January 2010 - 4:39pm / Canada

Hebetudinous half-measures are not acceptable re airline security. Strip searches imperative (gender by gender). Hire Israeli Security Teams for all Airlines. El Al Airlines safest of all! Must be a reason, yes?

Matt O 1 January 2010 - 4:18am / USA

Airport screening is an experiment intended to discover the limits of abasement to which the general public will subject themselves. It's quite amazing, actually, to see thousands upon thousands of folks lining up for their daily/weekly/monthly portion of abuse.

We have allowed our governments to grow well beyond their capabilities. Nay, we have begged our governments to grow beyond their capabilities. There is no enemy, there is no right, there is no wrong, there is only power that must be exercised; power that is concentrated in the hands of narcissists.

We only claim to be civilized; we lack the courage of true civilization.

Arthur Durnan 1 January 2010 - 12:48am / Canada

Get serious with Muslim mass-homicide-bombers! (1) In the last ten years: (A) have these bombers belonged to what religion? (B) in what specific age group? (C) male or female? (D) attend which particular mosque teaching what? (E) identify person's history re law-breaking; (F) Why not eliminate (white, if all bombers are black or brown) individuals & grannies & grampas over 65? (G) Prohibit burkas, yes, all swaddling-type clothing which hides the face or allows objects to be hidden; (H) install complete & thorough body-scanners which reveal human figure top to bottom; (I) Immediately hire Israeli security officials as airport guards & air-marshals! Zowie, a Canadian with understanding!

ZZwhale 31 December 2009 - 9:57pm / USA

We will keep killing the muslim islamo terrorists and supporters until they tire of it and give up. They have been using terror for over 40 years. Each day we use sophisticated technology to identify the leaders, supporters and operative pawns. All we need now is a President with the will to turn the dogs loose, track down and execute the leadership and financial supporters and the pawns BEFORE they act. You know like a 3am wake-up call....... ask KSM, except the new tactic will be to leave a corpse with a sign like the ace of spades on the forehead.

regiecee 31 December 2009 - 10:31pm / Canada

My oh my you've got quite a big chest to beat, don't you? Well, I'm impressed. But I wonder why we are spending so much money fighting terrorism. Can you spell IRAQ?

Anonymous 1 January 2010 - 9:09pm / USA

Your from canada stop talking.

Anonymous 31 December 2009 - 11:04pm / USA

You still don't get it. The reason for IRAQ. Can you spell OIL?

Anonymous 31 December 2009 - 8:55pm / US

The shallow nature of quite a few of these replies is fascinating. Surely by now, the majority of citizens must realize the following truths:
A) Your President is neither a Muslim lover nor an appeaser, he is however a Liberal Social Democrat elected by a majority ( unlike his predecessor ) who is ( or was ) tired of war ( as ever Democracies are )
B) This nation ( and the so -called "West" as well as a good part of the rest of the world is indeed seen as 'the Great Satan" by a MINORITY of Islamics who are both radical and committed to waging asymmetrical warfare on 'us" ( whatever "us" is defined as )
C) That conflict DID NOT begin on 9/11 nor will it be over anytime soon.
D) Casualties ( in small/large scale ) are NOT preventable regardless of what is done.
E) Your Executive Branch ( the occupant of the White House et al ) is keenly aware of the problem, the causes, the origins and much more. AND is unlikely to wage this war any differently than either its PREDECESSOR ( Bush et al ) or its SUCCESSOR ( as yet unnamed ) in spite of what appears to be signal differences but in truth are largely cosmetic changes.
IN Short.....The "West" for all its faults, has had nearly 20 centuries to review, analyze , think and deploy the instruments of POWER ( and make no mistake, this conflict, like all others, is ultimately about Power ) , in a very real sense , the Islamist Radicals HAVE ALREADY lost and what we are living through is the agony of their defeat and what they stand for.
Please try to keep in mind that a 13th ( and later 19th ) century ideological perversion ( Wahabism) is NO MATCH for the Wii Pluto Technocracies of the West...regardless of the dedication and/or fanaticism of the former.

Anonymous 31 December 2009 - 10:07pm / U.S.A.

How do you conclude that Obama is neither a Muslim lover, nor an appeaser? Although the evidence is inconclusive, clearly there is plenty to suggest that he is, in fact, a Muslim lover. Notice I said evidence and suggest. The notion that he is not an appeaser is very ill informed. Clearly and obviously, he is a pacifist and an appeaser.

Anonymous 1 January 2010 - 12:12am / USA

How can you say that Obama is a pacifist? He has shown his support for the fact that some wars are inevitable by sending more troops into Afghanistan. If by pacifist you mean that he hates war in general, then shouldn't we all be pacifist?

Stephanie 2 January 2010 - 7:38pm / US

Obama is not a pacifist, but do not mistake this for a compliment to him. Opposingly, I find his ideals to be shockingly socialistic and the way the crowds are wooed by his speeches and the public has made him a political celebrity is not unlike the way the Germans first received their Hilter. Though he has done nothing much at this time (1/2/10) it is true that one thing he promised against he has strait up gone against: sending more troops to Iraq. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it just goes to point out that if Bush went this far against his word the media would be in uproar although I must also point out that though not always well-received Bush did do would he said he would, even if he knew his popularity would suffer. Compare this to Lincoln, whose polularity ratings during his presidensy were horribly low; the Northern Republicans felt he was too leinent with the South and the Southern Democrats wanted to seceed from the Union entirely. But now look at him: he is honored as the president who took the necessary steps to preserve the Union and reestablish what our founding fathers meant when they said that each man was endowed by their Creator certain inalienable rights. The problem is that history is written by popculture, and most people do not really look at the situation below the surface. Take a look at Obama's past and you will find that he is heavily involved with terrorist groups who hate America, even donating large amounts of money to them. He is involved with Acorn, a group that due to a sting operation was found more than willing to allow a prostitute to bring in under-aged girls from El Salvador for the same practice; not only this but this group found a clause in tax law so that this prostitute could get a complete refund for all her "buisness expences" such as flying these El Salvadorian girls to the US and buying whatever products they needed. Now that we know how our money is being channeled, maybe the recession is a little more understandable. Obama is a member of this society along with many worse ones, so no he is not a pacifist. But neither was Hitler was he? Obama has not done much yet, but I do not think the change he was talking about was the change America thought she was receiving. His healthcare propisition is completely socialistic, placing every American under the government's care and fining you heavily if you do not wish to receive it. Want to know the truth about his healthcare? Talk to a Canadian or someone from Europe who lives with that type of healthcare already and they will tell you how if you call in with a broken arm they will say they soonest they can see you is in 3 months or how people over the age of 50 are not given meds because they "are likely to die anyway." So if you want your child or grandchild to be born in a hallway waiting to be seen, by all means take your vote. But if you want the liberty to choose your own care VOTE IT DOWN! And look at the real facts, not just the peachy, white-washed ones the media loves to deliver us. America, I know you are smart, so use your resources to find out the truth. Vote down problems before they become out of control and the public is wondering why things are the way they are. Its bad enough Obama won office, but do not forget that if we, the citezens, keep him and the media in check he cannot have too much power. It is when we let up that problems will arise, again I point out Hitler's Germany. Lets not be the next global embarrasment.

Anonymous 31 December 2009 - 10:59pm / US

There's no need to waste time on the obvious. Nor is there a need to appease the Ultra Conservative /Pseudo Christian right by mumbling all the right incantations about Obama's 'credentials".
Ultimately, the leadership of the West is about POWER. If nothing else, history should teach that ( provided one is careful enough to study it ) . It is unreasonable to expect major differences between "leftist" and "rightist" Presidents. Kindly remember, that elections in a democracy have nothing to do with the 'will of the people" but are rather simply transfers of power between elites utilizing cosmetically different mechanisms of governance. The ends are ultimately identical.
In case this is not clear, please understand the following :
YOU, the 'voter" can choose FROM AMONGST candidates presented to you by 'parties" , but YOU HAVE NEVER and WILL NEVER have the ability, or the right to choose WHICH candidates are presented to YOU for your alleged 'choice". That , my the truth.

Anonymous 1 January 2010 - 12:55am / usa

Dimwit. Have you not heard of the primary process used to elect the party candidates???
Apparently not. Go study up before you make such idioticly uninformed pronouncements.
You are what is wrong with this country at the present time and stooges like Obama are taking advantage of it BIG time.

Stephanie 2 January 2010 - 7:44pm / US

Amen! This is the spirit Americans need to rekindle!

Anonymous 31 December 2009 - 9:48pm / US

Great points except A. Our current president's predecessor was elected with both the popular and electoral college votes in 2004. In 2000 he was elected only with the majority of electoral college votes (despite his opponent being the first to take the issue to the Judicial).

If we ignored the electoral college and had Al Gore as president in 2000, we'd still end up with a Liberal Social Democrat elected by a majority.

One last point; to all those who claim this administration inherited a miserable system of national security: I will not disagree, but remember that the 2000 administration also inherited a miserable system of national security from a prior administration that also mishandled intelligence.

Anonymous 31 December 2009 - 11:04pm / US

Your praise is appreciated, I do not wish to rehash the 2000 election any more than any of us wish to hear about 'hanging chads". That said...let us remember it was a rather sorry show all around, from start to finish.
On the other hand, the thought of Gore as President makes me want to reach for a bottle of Pepto Bismol.
The only possible bright side is that he might likely have BORED the entire world into complacency. One hour of Gore speech is the surest cure for insomnia I have ever encountered.
The downside of course is that Bush Jr. was, is and shall forever be a moron, ( or as close to one as the White House has gotten in the last 100 years ( exceptions noted for some of the 'gems" this nation elected in the 19th century ( particularly in the 1820's thru the 1840's and after the Civil War )

Anonymous 31 December 2009 - 9:32pm / USA

Good comment, and I totally agree. People seem to be sheep, and well, they are not aware of anything that is really going on. Just smart-a*s comments of ignorant people wasting space on these websites with ignorant (non-educated) complaining. A lot of followers who don't do any research, the modern peasantry and serfs I believe, slipped through the cracks during the Black Plague and made it.

Thank you for your good comment. I respect it.

Anonymous 31 December 2009 - 11:07pm / US

Most welcome, ( Grin ) at the comment on 'peasants and serfs' ...which of course a democracy is supposed not to have.

I would suggest that the real problem is as always, that Democracy requires an INFORMED electorate. And that means one not easily swayed or convinced by either demagogue or preacher. Tyranny flourishes only amidst IGNORANCE and a people 'Ultimately receive such government as they deserve" , to quote Tom Jefferson.

You 'citizens" want to be proud of your Republic? Then BECOME citizens, rather than overweight, complacent, generally uninformed and prone to following the 'guidance" of either so-called journalists or preachers, neither of which has authority OR moral highground to spew their nonsense..unless of course YOU allow it.

Anonymous 31 December 2009 - 10:10pm / U.S.A.

Yes, and there seems to be an inordinate amount of name calling, as well.

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