Step-by-Step: Making Aliyah to Israel

Documenting the very personal process of making Aliyah (immigration to Israel) by one very atypical Israeli-American girl. Aliyah on 17, August, 2005. Roadmap: What do you mean there's no roadmap?! Hang on, we're in for a bumpy ride! Ole!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Arrests in U.S. and UK --air travel off my list for awhile

Anyone else feel like flying the becoming-less-than-friendly-skies? check this out:

Two men have been arrested in Ohio: Investigators: Pair with passenger info, phones linked to terror. Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, were arrested and charged with money laundering for a terrorist organization among other things. In their possession they had the flight documents along with $11,000 cash and 12 phones in their car. They had detailed information on airline security checkpoints. They also had maps with the location of Walmart Stores marked on them from Ohio through Kentucky, Tennessee and into North and South Carolina.

But don't go thinking the U.S. authorities were hot on their trail or anything like that. Nope, these guys got caught and found with all this stuff because they were stopped for a routine traffic violation.

They were arrested about 8 miles from where I used to live in Ohio. I am telling you now that they fact that they were arrested at all, given that little tidbit of info, puts their capture somewhere into the realm of miraculous accident. That they were stopped to be ticketed for speeding is not surprising, however, as that is a (for people in the area) notorious "speed trap" stretch of road. That the cops could figure out....that is where the miracle comes in.
*****Update: Michelle Malkin is all over this story and provides loads of information and connection to other information that has come out previously. (And, it seems that, while these guys only had 12 cellphones related to terror on them, they have bought and distributed more than 600 of them in the past couple of months). Go read Michelle's blog!

And the big news in the U.K. today is the arrest of 18 21 terror suspects who were planning to blow up airplanes on their way from Britain to the U.S. Now, if you are flying into or out of the U.K. you are not allowed to bring on hand-luggage. Not even purses. You have to put your wallet and passport in a clear plastic baggie and that is the only thing you are allowed to bring on. Just. wallet. and. passport.

******6 9 airplanes were to be blown up: United, Continental, and American flights*****

This is why I only fly El Al --service kinda sucks and it is usually more expensive but it is the safest airline in the world with far more security checks at every point than any other airline out there.

Additional thoughts: Will the BBC now drop their love affair with Hezbollah and Hamas? I'm doubting it. As Hashmonean points out in an excellent post (recommended reading) Israel is considering cenuring tthe BBC. He quotes "Senior diplomatic officials in Jerusalem went as far as saying that "the reports we see give the impression that the BBC is working on behalf of Hizbullah instead of doing fair journalism." Boy, you got that right.

Aha anyone else notice this: The BBC has just changed their headline of "Israel Seizes South Lebanon Town" to "Israel 'Takes' South Lebanon Town". Hmmmmm :)

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