NDSchu777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 419 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3363 times:
Aparently three suspiscious men were heading down to Miami to cause some trouble. A waitress in Georgia overheard them discussing some sort of terrorist plot on Miami. And then they shut down Allegator Alley (I-75) in southern Florida to stop them from getting to Miami. Here's what MSNBC had to say.
NAPLES, Fla., Sept. 13 — A major highway in southern Florida remained closed Friday as authorities continued to carefully check two vehicles and question three men allegedly overheard discussing a terrorist plot a day earlier in Georgia. Bomb-sniffing dogs reacted to the possible presence of explosives in both vehicles, but no bombs or bomb-making materials were found, authorities said.
ONE OF THE vehicles, a black Honda, was moved shortly before noon ET, indicating that authorities were satisfied that no explosives were inside. They were continuing to examine items pulled from the second vehicle, a white Nissan Maxima.
E.J. Picolo of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said that the three men were detained after one of the vehicles drove through a toll booth without paying shortly after midnight on Interstate 75 near Naples.
Officers who responded quickly realized that that the eastbound vehicle was one of two vehicles identifeid in a law enforcement alert issued Thursday warning of a possible domestic terrorist plot, Picolo said. When officers pulled over that vehicle, the second vehicle pulled in behind it, he said.
The men initially were uncooperative and refused to allow a search of the vehicles, a black Honda and a white Nissan Maxima, Picolo said. Bomb-sniffing dogs reacted to the vehicles, indicating the possible presence of explosives or accelerant, he said.
Authorities shut down a 20-mile stretch of the highway, which crosses the Everglades and is known as “Alligator Alley,” shortly after 1 a.m. and called in bomb squads to check the vehicles.
‘ALARMING’ DISCUSSION OVERHEARD
The vehicles were the subject of a law enforcement alert issued Thursday after a patron at a coffee shop in Calhoun, Ga., overheard an “alarming” discussion by three men who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent, said Mickey Lloyd of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Eunice Stone, who said she was the one who called authorities, told FOX News Channel that one of the men said: “Well, if they’re mourning it 9/11, what are they going to do about 9/13?”
Picolo said both vehicles were registered in Illinois, but declined to provide any details on the occupants other than to say that all three were apparently legal immigrants.
A U.S. law enforcement official, who spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity, said the men had told police officers that they were medical students who had been trained on the Caribbean island of Dominica and were headed to a Miami hospital for additional medical training.
Officials at the hospital told NBC News that FBI agents have called them to inquire about the three men. The officials confirmed that the hospital is affiliated with the medical school in Dominica, called Ross University School of Medicine, but did not say whether the three men were expected there for training.
Another official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said the men were of Pakistani, Jordanian and Iranian descent. Two of the three were born overseas, but all three were legal residents, the official said.
MAN SAYS LICENSE PLATE STOLEN
Adding to the mystery, a man in Illinois indicated that the license plate on one of the cars in Florida apparently was stolen from his brother’s vehicle. Salud Munoz, who voluntarily went to police headquarters in Hanover Park, Ill., to talk to investigators there, said the plate was issued to his brother, Fernando, but his brother’s car doesn’t match the description of either vehicle stopped in Florida.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was coordinating the investigation from its emergency command center inside FBI headquarters in Washington, sources told NBC News.
Several hours after the highway was closed, explosive charges were used to blast open what appeared to be a backpack taken from one of the vehicles. Bomb squad technicians in protective blast suits also removed a suitcase and plastic bags from one car and searched the interior and trunk.
Picolo said at a midmorning briefing that no explosives were found in either vehicle in initial searches, but a bomb-detecting robot from the Miami-Dade Police Department was brought in for a more thorough examination of the vehicles.
“We’re taking it very seriously until we can can eliminate the possibility of a threat or verify that there was a legitimate threat,” Picolo said.
Pete Andrew, a spokesman from the Miami-Dade Police Department, said later that officers were preparing to attach ropes to items in the vehicles to pull them out onto the roadside for further examination.
A bulletin asking officers to be on the lookout for the vehicles and occupants issued Thursday by Florida authorities said the customer overheard the men talking about what appeared to be amounts of explosives. The woman quoted one of the men as saying, “We do not have enough to bring it down.”
GARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3172 times:
They didnt close any roads near MIA. This incident took place about
90miles away from the airport. It is located on the major East-West
Highway between FLL and Naples, Ft.Myers. That highway was closed
for about 16hrs. MIA was not effected by this at all. The airspace
closed was directly over I-75 where this took place.