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LiberalHeart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:00 PM
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FBI: Cell Phone Case Has No Direct Connection to Terrorist Groups
CARO, MICHIGAN (AP) -- The FBI said Monday it had no information to indicate that the three Texas men arrested with about 1,000 cell phones in their van had any direct connection to known terrorist groups. Authorities had increased patrols on Michigan's 5-mile-long Mackinac Bridge after local prosecutors said investigators believed the men were targeting the span.

Local authorities didn't say what they believed the men intended to do with the phones, most of which were prepaid TracFones, but Caro's police chief noted that cell phones can be untraceable and used as detonators.

More:
http://wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=5278932
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:05 PM
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1. No shit.
"Caro's police chief noted that cell phones can be untraceable and used as detonators." No doubt they can also be used to contact UFOs and travel in time. I've also heard they can be used to make phonecalls, but this seems a bit too far-fetched.

Here's a new word for the FBI: R-E-S-A-L-E. It's what people who don't have cushy government jobs-for-life complete with healthcare and pension often have to do to make M-O-N-E-Y, so that they can E-A-T.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:09 PM
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3. Using Tracfones to make phonecalls IS far-fetched
Edited on Mon Aug-14-06 04:09 PM by wtmusic
they might make better detonators. They make terrific paperweights.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:08 PM
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2. Damn, the authorities are suspicious of EVERYTHING, huh?
I guess I can understand some suspicion, but I would think they would have done some investigation BEFORE jumping to the conclusion that these guys were terrorists!
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:32 PM
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9. one would think
but it's easier to yell terrorist and let the chips fall where they might

the retraction will be on page 21 as opposed to the terrorist headline in 24 point type
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:10 PM
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4. well, click, click, der
Of course it doesn't. It was probably drug and/or organized crime related.
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NoAmericanTaliban Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:13 PM
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5. Mission Accomplished. It scared people & made * look successful
in the MSM. All that matters is perception. Most of the high level alerts for about a year after 9/1 were all based on false info. Sometimes the informer failed lie detector test - but of course that hardly made the news.
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William Seger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:21 PM
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6. Yeah, if I was going to blow up something...
... the first thing I'd do is buy 1000 detonators. Can't have too many detonators, ya know. :eyes:
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:32 PM
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10. Don't forget to carry them with you everywhere you go
Can't look to suspicious you know.

:eyes:
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Halliburton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:27 PM
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7. gee what a surprise
innocent people accused of terrorism during an election year
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jdadd Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:27 PM
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8. I've got my tinfoil on....
I think this could all be a setup...Dearborn has a large middle eastern population...bound to be some kids looking to make a buck..."Hey buddy want to make some money?"....the two kids busted in Ohio kind of look that way.



http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/10/terrorcharges.ohio.ap... :tinfoilhat:
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 04:38 PM
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11. "terrah terrah terrah!" oops, false alarm again.
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LiberalHeart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 05:21 PM
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12. Original post UPDATED ... Very interesting...
Now the prosecutor in the OHIO case is holding off prosecuting. Hmmm. Lotta noise about nuttin'?
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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 06:32 PM
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13. I tend to belive their story. Drug cartels that spend >$10K
on communications wouldn't do this. They'd have to know that purchases like what got these guys caught would raise eyebrows at the very least, and probably flags in multiple departments and LEA's. And any terrorist controller with more than a room temperature IQ would know this too.

There might be wrongdoing in the bulk resale of these phones. I don't know the regulations. But I strongly suspect that there is no involvement with terror or organized crime.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 07:55 PM
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14. I always wondered what 1,000 cellphones ringing all at once sounded like..
then again, I always activate all the singing fish at the pharmacy at the same time, too.

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BrightKnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 08:30 PM
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15. The Sears Tower Plot might require 1k detonators.
Perhaps there is a Link to the Sears Tower Plot.
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theanarch Donating Member (523 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 11:13 PM
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16. i like the way the Fed's won't let go of this...there is no
"direct" connection? the clear insinuation is there being an "indirect" connection...and that would seem to be to the GOP campaign strategy rather than anything even remotely (no pun intended) to "terrorism".
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