May 13th, 2013
07:13 PM ET

Passport, pressure cooker problematic for traveler

By Todd Sperry

A Saudi man is jailed in Detroit following his arrest over the weekend by authorities who alleged he altered his passport and was not truthful about why he had a pressure cooker in his luggage.

According to a criminal complaint, Al Kwawahir Hussain reportedly could not explain to U.S. Customs officers at Detroit Metropolitan airport why pages were missing from his Saudi passport on Saturday.

He told them only his family had access to it and he kept it locked in a box, and that he was planning on visiting his nephew, according to the court filing.

During followup security screening, customs officers discovered a pressure cooker in his luggage.

Pressure cookers are not illegal but have been in the spotlight since authorities said they were used in the Boston Marathon bombings.

"Initially, he said that he brought the pressure cooker for his nephew because pressure cookers are not sold in America," the complaint said.

But Hussain allegedly changed his story and said his nephew had purchased one in the United States that "was cheap" and broke after its first use, officers reported.

Based on the conflicting stories and missing pages in his passport, Hussain was arrested and charged with altering a passport and making materially false statements.

A U.S. official familiar with the matter said the intelligence community is aware of the case and is tracking it, but has not seen anything to indicate anything suspicious.

Hussain was ordered at an initial court appearance on Monday to remain in custody temporarily.

CNN was unable to reach the public defender representing him.

He is due back in court on Tuesday.

CNN's Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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  1. OO7°``

    It should be illegal for anyone from the Middle East and/or Muslim to buy pressure cookers.

    May 20, 2013 at 10:10 am | Reply
  2. rudolf vs

    If this man wanted to utilize a pressure cooker to create mayhem, then he would had acquired one in this country; this is just the imagination of inept people.

    May 17, 2013 at 7:19 am | Reply
  3. pnm9pnm

    maybe DR.INTERNATIONL QUACKERY.is up to no good agen maybe his trying to put are justus of track in the USA. in a time of war when we need it to be what it is the most in all was,.pnm,.

    May 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  4. suzyqpie

    I think Pres 0bama should give a speech about Muslims clinging to their korans and their pressure cooker. That would be a fair and a balanced approach.

    May 16, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  5. joe

    The next stamp on this terrorists passport should be GITMO

    May 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • rudolf vs

      Hmm... It appears that you are the one who needs a few years in Gitmo.

      May 17, 2013 at 7:22 am | Reply
      • OO7°``

        Your comment makes no sense.

        May 20, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • OO7°``

      Hahahahaha!!

      May 20, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
  6. wjmccartan

    Let's just stand back and take a second look here, passport with pages ripped out, can anybody wonder why someone might want to rip out pages of their passport, besides hiding the history of their travels? Pressure cooker, can't by them in America. Everyone who lives in the US knows you can purchase them just about any old place. Then it was to replace his nephews, so where did his nephew purchase his? This almost seems more like a set up to distract authorities, while someone else entered the country at the same airport, without drawing any bodies attention. Deport the individual back from whence he came, without his passport and let the authorities of his home country know why he was sent home and let them deal with him. Pay for his jail time, pay for his meals, pay for his healthcare.

    Just a thought

    May 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • ash

      We, Americans; love DRAMA, watching too many soap operas......

      May 16, 2013 at 3:17 am | Reply
      • Jomama

        Maybe ,maybe not; what happen in Boston was real.I find it hard to believe That the person from Saudi would think that pressure cookers are not sold in America after the Boston incident. That would be in every paper, website and their version of tabloids.

        May 16, 2013 at 3:48 am |
      • rudolf vs

        Right!

        May 17, 2013 at 7:24 am |
  7. Jomama

    Heres a thought , the person was used and maybe just an indirect message .Pages missing from a passport?Its just a little to strange.Just an off the wall thought nothing more.More likely its nothing.

    May 15, 2013 at 5:30 am | Reply
    • piranha

      If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, then he is a........terrorist duck.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Reply
      • Floyd Johnson

        There is a good joke there; unfortunately, timing and delivery are difficult to convey in writing. My attempt:

        If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, then he is a terrorist.........DUCK!!!

        May 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
  8. Hubba hubba dave

    Something is fishy with this guy i got one at home its good for cooking

    May 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  9. Spgfld Tom

    Not to worry, boys and girls, Eric Holder will get him off with 100 hours of Community Service. Plus a souvenir Homeland Security sweatshirt, a Student Visa and bus fare to Cambridge, BTW: The Atty General has warned us all not to be mean and nasty to Muslim Jihadist.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Eric

      Tom, your scenario might well have worked if this was one of the Saudis who is so tight with the Bush family that they consider him family, and the Bush Regime was still in power. Then you KNOW this guy would be protected.

      But we now have a president who actually goes after terrorists, instead of using wars as a justification to help out his buddies who invest in or run companies that reap amazing profits from the business of war.

      May 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Reply
      • steve

        Eric – and we know whom you voted for, we know what Eric Holder is good for, he is a liar, he should quit. He did lie to the people in America on the death of Brain Terry( Border Agent), now he is lies with the IRS going after conservatives, and he did lie on several occasion. Going into Iraq was the right thing to do, if you see the intelligence on the table, why blame Bush and Cheney for an intelligence failure. SImilarly when 30 navy seal died in Afganistan in 2011, it was an intelligence failure, Benghazi is another intelligence failure, Boston Bombing is another. So you need to see the bigger picture, after 11th of Sept 2001, there was no terrorist attack on US soil, now you saw it last month on the 15th. The economy is in shambles, 51 million on food stamp, 24 million out of work, and unemployment is at 7.5, buddy blaming the Bush and CHeney duo is not going to help, real work, real job is required.

        May 15, 2013 at 11:34 am |
      • ash

        Steve , you keep on watching Faux News, it will increase your stupidity

        May 16, 2013 at 3:23 am |
  10. Juanito

    Un burrito!!!!!

    May 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  11. weezer

    Cooking jokes aside, it was probably a trial run to see if he could get a pressure cooker on a plane. Next time it may have something in it. Won't take as much fireworks as Boston to bring down a plane.

    May 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  12. itsthere

    looks like many nephews have started asking pressure cookers from muslim countries.

    May 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  13. Joe

    Damn, I was just on my way to Walmart to buy one!

    May 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  14. Sarcastro

    Cook up a little pork in that pressure cooker and shove it in the bullet holes he should get

    May 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  15. Thinkergal

    Sounds like a "tempest in a teapot" to me. Give the guy his pressure cooker back and let him go on his way.

    May 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Eric

      Sure, let him go. Nothing to worry about. Perhaps a dingo ate his passport pages.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Reply
    • ash

      Very well said, a sane voice amongst such illiterate and dumb comments

      May 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  16. Homer10

    Yeah, I'd say send his little slimy hiney back to Saudi Arabia. And put him on the terrorist watch list too.

    May 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • GrowUp

      And keep an eye on that nephew too.

      May 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  17. Thinker

    Make Me Laugh. Russians are coming. Cooker bomb. Cooker bomb.

    May 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  18. Saudi Uncle's Nightmares

    that's it...no more pressure cookers for nephews living in the US. No more.

    May 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • GrowUp

      Saudi+ Pressure Cooker = TROUBLE

      May 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
      • alexpdx

        You should heed your own advice as stated in your username.

        May 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
      • GrowUp

        @Alex–your PC prism highlights your ignorance.

        May 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
      • steve

        what Alex is trying to tell us, that folks from Saudi arabia are great, did he forget that 15 of the 19 terrorist on Sept 11th 2001, was from Saudi Arabia.

        May 15, 2013 at 11:40 am |
  19. davecu

    Doh!

    May 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  20. Dusty2701

    I see another law coming. Make all law abiding U. S. citizens register their pressure cookers after a full criminal background check has been completed. Of course, this law will not apply to illegal immigrants since they get a free pass to all services in the U.S., paid for by the U.S. tax payer.

    May 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • witchesrock

      I have a pressure cooker – they can put that in their files – makes no difference to me.

      May 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • Indian

      Right Said.. jail the innocent give free pass to non – deserving.

      May 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply
      • BobJones

        They can have my pressure cooker when they pry it from my cold dead turkey-grease-laden fingers.

        May 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
  21. adersonxrew

    His story is legitimate because he has no connections to terrorist groups and Saudi Arabians are well known for their exotic dishes, like steamed iguana lizard. A terrorist would never carry a pressure cooker on a plane if he was going to commit acts of terrorism because he doesn't want to alert airport security or the FBI. A terrorist would rather have someone purchase a pressure cooker for him in the U.S. to prevent anyone from knowing what his plans are. His nephew probably had a pressure cooker that broke its handle and he decided to buy his nephew a better quality German cooker sold in Europe.

    May 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • perrysw

      You seem to know an awful lot about what a terrorist would and wouldn't do...just sayin

      May 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Reply
      • adersonxrew

        It's common sense, you wouldn't tell a police officer that you're driving to the bank to rob it because he will follow you there. A terrorist is not going to carry a pressure cooker on a plane to alert the police that he might use it in a bomb. He would rather buy it himself at Wal mart in the states.

        May 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • Joe

      This is the final straw Saudi Arabia! First you attacked us in Afganistan, then you blew up 9/11, then Boston, now THIS? A pressure cooker on a plane!?!?!? When will you wake up people? Ban all pressure cookers and Saudi Afganistaners or whatever thay are called!

      May 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  22. Jeff

    and if he was a chink who said the pressure cooker is for making cream of sumyungai, this would not be in the news.

    May 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • ryckmmat

      And if you weren't a racist, your comment wouldn't exist on this article.

      May 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
      • don

        he makes famunga cheese

        May 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
      • SE

        This whole article is racist and offensive! Lets profile someone as a terrorist because that's where everyone is going with it, when this is something that happens every day. Just because the Boston bombers used pressure cookers for their bombs doesn't make anyone who travels with one a terrorist. And having pages out of his passport doesn't make anyone a criminal. I have witnessed this first hand by a border guard at the border in Detroit! Just like everyone jumped the gun and tried to lay blame on the Saudi for the Boston bombing who was later found innocent, people are making their own speculations on this persons guilt. Sad world.

        May 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
      • SE

        While the choice of words and racial stereotype was a poor one, the underlying point is correct! If any other person from a country other than an arab was found with a cooker, there would be no news. The fact this has made news, is racist!

        May 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
      • Eric

        jklbus, you mean like all the bin Ladens and Saudis protected by the Bush Administration immediately after 9/11?

        I guess when you do business with the bin Ladens and a bunch of Saudis, and some of them are close enough to be considered members of the Bush family, that trumps any investigation into their possible actions in regard to the worst terror attack in our nation's history. Yeah Bush!

        May 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • sly

      Excellant Jeff, not only have you demonstrated WHY terrorists kill Americans like you, but you perfectly illustrate how in many cases foreign terrorism is justified, and a good thing.

      When people like Jeff are killed by terrorists, it is a good thing.

      May 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
      • RangerDOS

        Jeff is just an ignorant loud mouth racist – but advocating terrorism? Really? You are far worse than Jeff is.

        May 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
      • jklbus01

        I wonder why they just didn't fly him back to saudi like they did with the Saudi who was injured by the Boston bombs and flow out in secrecy by the Obama administration two days after the bombing.

        May 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
      • Eric

        jklbus, you mean like all the bin Ladens and Saudis protected by the Bush Administration immediately after 9/11?

        I guess when you do business with the bin Ladens and a bunch of Saudis, and some of them are close enough to be considered members of the Bush family, that trumps any investigation into their possible actions in regard to the worst terror attack in our nation's history. Yeah Bush!

        May 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • Jeff

      and if he was a cyber tough guy, he would make racist comments on news articles.

      May 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      Jeff appears to have put a chink in his own argument.

      May 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Reply
      • Jeff

        Jack appears to not know that 2 people can have the same first name.

        May 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • american

      Jeff you are an imbecile. What do you do for a living? My guess is you are economically challenged (poor), never went to college or graduate school and your job sucks. That's why you feel the need to refer to asians in the way you did. The problem with people like you is you hate yourself and feel inadequate, therefore you have to bring others down. Blame everybody else for your shortcomings. Maybe some day you might actually achieve something but my guess is that you wont and you will continue to wallow in your own meager existence and contribute nothing to society. It's actually sad – get some help, buddy.

      May 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Reply
      • Eric

        If what you say about Jeff is true, he is also a die-hard Tea Partier or Ron/Rand Paul fanatic.

        May 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  23. jonat

    Our government is is in bed with the Saudis, he will be deported without being prosecuted as are all saudi nationals. The most recent example being the first suspect in the Boston bombing

    May 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • gladitsnight

      That's because he was no longer a suspect.

      May 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • KSM

      What exactly are they suppose to charge him with...it's one thing to not let him in the Country...but charge him for what!?

      May 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  24. reddog

    Hmmmm. Our government will get the "truth" out of him. He may have to be tortured first, but whatever it takes. (I'm betting that after a few "simulated drownings" he'll admit to being Lee Harvey Oswalds accomplice on the grassy knoll, or anything else they want him to admit to.)

    May 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  25. bankrupt1

    sorry, not buying it.

    May 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  26. MilitaryAF

    This guy's pot could have been an active bomb & brought the plane down! How did such a huge hunk of metal make it through x-ray systems for checked bags?

    May 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • RockoT

      You can have metal in checked luggage. It's only carry-on where they scan you with a metal detector.
      Having a pot or pan, or pressure cooker isn't a problem. It's not a bomb – it's used to cook meat.

      Also, it's not uncommon to have someone tear something out of your passport. You are required at every airport to surrender the passport to multiple people who ask for it – and those people can and do whatever they feel like.

      So far, there is nothing in this story of concern, they are only holding him out of an abundance of caution.
      At this point – the story amounts to nothing.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
      • GrowUp

        @Rocko. I have traveled all over the world and it most certainly is not common to have someone tear pages out of your passport. This dude was up to no good. Send him home.

        May 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • Science!

      Who's to say it wasn't opened and found to be empty?

      May 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  27. Andy

    He wanted to cook food for himself as airlines have stopped giving food (lol). And food in Saudi Airlines suck...so must have planned for it- lol

    May 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  28. KeithE4

    A well fed Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Pot Roast, shall not be infringed.

    May 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      Awesome!

      May 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  29. Rob

    Its NOT the pressure cooker – its the explosive material a person puts in the pressure cooker that's the problem – all by itself a pressure cooker is just a big piece of metal.

    May 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  30. Hamburger Jones

    Please quit saying we need stronger laws to prevent this horrible tragedy from recurring, and that he should be executed for his crime. All that happened was some Saudi stooge made a donkey of himself on a plane. I think our current laws can handle a man with an altered passport and a pressure cooker. What a bunch of little old ladies!!!

    May 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • hkirwin

      proof once again that you can't fix stupid. and I bet he wonders why they call him Hamburger.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • me not you

      yes and IF it would have been a bomb inside that chunk of steel that went off while your family was on that plane would you still have the same train of though I DOUBT IT

      May 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • BioHzrd420

        Have you even seen the list of items you can put in checked luggage? You can carry a gun and ammo in your checked luggage.

        May 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
      • Eric

        You can carry certain knives with you ON the planes again, as of a year or so ago. But NO box cutters. LOL. That makes tons of sense.

        May 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
  31. ...

    ...couldn't he have just bought a pressure cooker over here if he really needed one?

    May 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Julian

      The pressure cookers here are worthless!

      May 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • skyguy

      He said pressure cookers weren't sold in the US? Couldn't he have come up with something just a little more believeable?

      May 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • BioHzrd420

        That definitely set off some alarms...

        May 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
  32. Eloi

    I have two pressure cookers, you know...just in case.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  33. GIUK

    Remember folks. Regard all pressure cookers as loaded, store them locked away from children, separate them from potatoes, and never...NEVER...point a pressure cooker at anyone you do not intend to feed.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Hamburger Jones

      Rule One: if that little relief valve at the top is hissing, do NOT open the pressure cooker. You will first eat the lid and then bathe in the boiling contents. Google pressure cooker burns and look at the images.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Reply
      • Norm

        This is like having to print "Do Not Eat" on those little packets that absorb moisture.

        May 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • epenguin

      When you live in the middle of nowhere and don't have a target on your back or have never experienced terrorism, i guess your post would be funny, for the rest of us, you just seem like an @$$ hole.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  34. huh

    So much for security checks at European airports Any explanation from them as to how his luggage passed security there? Was his passport checked in Amsterdam? Don't we have any reciprocity with international airports for flights flying into the US?

    May 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • toronto166

      Could not agree with you more!!!

      May 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Hamburger Jones

      A pressure cooker isn't illegal or even unheard of in luggage, and his passport was probably fine when he got on. This guy is a moron. Like I said, it's not illegal to buy candy, rat poison, apples, and razor blades on Halloween, but try doing it . . .

      May 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
      • Eric

        That would be fun to do just to see the reaction. And if the authorities were called and questioned me, it would great to see their reaction when I refuse to answer their questions. I'll just be sure to have video rolling so I can record their physical abuse for the inevitable lawsuit against them.

        May 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • Steven

      Could it be that he could have torn out the pages after leaving the airport over there? Let's not jump to conclusions before all the evidence comes to light.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • speedro

      I am guessing that it was screened and they saw it was empty. I do not think an empty cooking pot would alarm them. Any way, we know nothing of the screening. Maybe they opened his luggage and checked it out.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  35. sly

    Most of the terrorists are white conservative tea party members:

    the wacko from Waco
    the Olypmic bonber
    the Ok City bomber
    the Bunker Kidnapper
    the Sikh killer
    the Columbine killers
    the Aurora killer
    the Connecticut killer

    All white. I think we need to start racial profiling and screening on white people.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      Actually, they were all democrats. TRUE STORY Look it up...

      May 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Reply
      • downwithnazis

        I don't know that these guys have been associated with any poltical party. Your post will be interesting if it is true. Proof please.

        May 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
      • Norm

        We don't waste our time looking up anything a lying FoxTaard posts here.

        May 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
      • kdee

        I'll start with the easiest ones to disprove. Neither kid in the Columbine shooting was old enough to vote. The parent of one was an Air Force pilot, not usually known to be liberal. The guy at Virginia Tech was not a citizen and was ineligible to vote. The rest are just as easy to disprove unless your only source for information is a right wing shock jock.

        May 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
      • Eric

        The only people who believe all those criminals/terrorists were democrats are insane republicans who are too dumb to think or research for themselves. "But I done seen it on a list, yes I did! They's all wuz dumocrats, evr'y last one uv um, yeeeehaw boy howdy! now let's go collect us our welfare checks and go vote GOP!"

        May 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • helicohunter

      Yep. Terrorists come in all flavors. Anti-terrorism resources are needed at home and abroad.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • blackfargo

      Don't let facts get in the way of your slant Sly.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • RealityCheck

      Most inventors are white too, your point?

      May 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Yep, most of those people belonged to a group that didn't exist until well after they were dead.

      Intelligence knows no bounds, I see.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • Arthurrrr

      you are obviously a terrorist yourself

      May 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • hkirwin

      LOL...are Islamic terrorist white? Most of the people on your list were before the tea party was created. The other three are left wing loons. I bet you can't name a single tea party terrorist.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Reply
      • Ken in MD

        How about Michelle Bachman? She can strike terror into anyone with a brain.

        May 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • sly

      Yes, I could also have listed many Arab terrorists, and likely some Asian terrorists.

      My point is not that all terrorists are white conservatives, simply that terrorists come in all shapes, religions, races etc ...

      Whenever it is an Arab terrorist, we hear all the racists come out of their holes ... so I thought I'd provide another way to look at terrorists.

      May 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • GrowUp

      Get real. Don't confuse random acts of criminality (often the result of mental illness) with violence to "advance" a political cause.

      May 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  36. huh

    I I need the brand names of the smuggled pressure cooker and the ones his nephew bought in the US that were defective. Smuggling 1 pressure cooker. It really wasn't smuggling but in his luggage. Is it safe to go to Williams-Sonoma? I I don't know. Why not just send him home , keep the pressure cooker? So now he sits in an American jail and an international incident to further enrage the Muslim extremists. Why not just deny him entry to the US as his passport was not in order? Now it is an international story

    May 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • Hamburger Jones

      "an international incident to further enrage the Muslim extremists." Let them rage. If I was a Muslim extremist, I'd pretend not to know this guy. I bet they hope he stays here.
      "Why not just deny him entry to the US as his passport was not in order? " Attempting to enter this country with a bogus passport is a crime. I think we're gonna keep him for a while.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Reply
      • GrowUp

        Muslim extremists are enraged by definition. Have you ever known a calm, rational Muslim extremist?

        May 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
  37. Demgod Vadik, CA

    Even if this guy is innocent he should be in jail for stupidity...

    ...how the HELL do you bring in a pressure cooker on a plane in the US a month after the Boston bombings...

    May 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • Mj

      It is two days after Mother's Day. If he hadn't been an idiot, saying it was a Mother's Day gift would probably have worked just fine.

      Good thing he was an idiot.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • Menelik

      And not just an Arab, but a Saudi too! He is in troule. I bet the media is going to dig up some dirt about him, and make him a monster that he may not be.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
      • RU Nuts

        They've already dug up some dirt. He was an assistant coach to Mike Rice. A word to those attempting to travel with basketballs, beware.

        May 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Hamburger Jones

      That's my point. He's STUPID. He needs a good nickname.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
      • Ken in MD

        How about "Hamburger"?

        May 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  38. Johm

    Since we're debating on banning guns, let's ban pressure cookers to, as weapons of mass destruction! While we're at it, let's ban knives, shovels, bricks and finally ourselves from the face of the sorry planet.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • johnmansk

      You're silly and making silly points to prove your view

      May 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • jamesg

        Yeah sure...

        May 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • john b good

      If I, a regular American college student, traveled to Saudi Arabia, pages missing from my passport, with a pressure cooker in my luggage, I would expect to be detained for a while in Saudi Arabia because I have common sense.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Hamburger Jones

      That would be a really stupid idea. Do a little thinking.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • Jer

      The difference is that guns were meant to KILL.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Reply
      • Hamburger Jones

        In this case, I think the guy intended to do some harm with it along the way somewhere, or maybe, just maybe, he thought no one would actually dare do anything but they would all go home worried. Gee, I hope he doesn't fall down the stairs while he's in police custody.

        May 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      The planet is only sorry that we are here.
      It was fine before we came along, asteroids not withstanding.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  39. Fladabosco

    Further proof that our 'war on terror' is pretty one sided. Look, if someone wanted to commit a terrorist act in the US it would be very easy. How hard is it to kill hundreds of people? Really not very hard. Think about it, you get a couple of automatic weapons at a gun show, turn up at a crowded place and let loose. You poison a water supply. You blow up a school. These are not difficult things to do. If you have a couple of accomplices you do it in three cities at the same time and people will be terrorized.

    Instead we get idiots blowing up their genitals or get caught trying to light their shoe bombs or fumblemouths who bring pressure cooker on airplanes and think you can just cut some pages out of your passport and no one will notice.

    These are not 007 type villains who alter the flight paths of US satellites. These seem to be middle school drop outs who can't get a job.

    May 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • steveo

      For terrorists to even be effective you have to be scared of them. I for one am not scared. If others had this same point of view they would be far less effective.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • GrowUp

        Lack of fear does not save your life.

        May 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • Reason

      Automatic weapons are NOT sold at gun shows, or anywhere else for that matter. It is illegal in the US for a private citizen to own an automatic weapon and it is likewise illegal to sell them.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • Chewy

        They're considered class III weapons, and they are legal. They're just very expensive to own.

        May 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
      • Reason

        My mistake – caught up in the moment. They are EXTREMELY hard to acquire and require a lot of paperwork and approvals. My point is that you cannot just walk in and buy one.

        May 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • Hamburger Jones

      I suspect that this guy considered himself a deadly terrorist and intended to blow someone up with his pressure cooker; however, he is so incredibly stupid that he's have probably just blown up his kitchen instead.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Reply
      • Reason

        I thnk he's just a misguided idiot who thought it would be neat to cause a ruckus and get some attention.

        May 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
      • Stupid is...

        For sure, not the brightest bulb. He went to Detroit, he is really taking a chance!

        May 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • blackfargo

      What? Automatic weopons are damned hard to secure. I've been around firearms all my life (40 years and father was a gunsmith) and I have only seen one, it was a 9mm that jammed about every 8-10 rounds.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  40. Conrad Shull

    I was gonna – um – make some beans.

    May 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  41. Johnna

    I don'T give a crap what others say, we here need to profile for terrorists as we could probably prevent 85% of terrorist acts here in the states, as they do in Israel. If you don't like it LEAVE ! ! !

    May 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • nuntukamen

      Absolutely. It borders on dismal stupidity not to. This was a dry run through and through, 100% guaranteed.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      It sure is easy to say that when your a white male behind a computer screen.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • David

      I was born here I live here, and I choose not to leave, If you want to live in a country not founded on principles of freedom and due process move to antartica, and create your own. Telling people to leave if you dont like it is vigilante justice at its finest. I dont recall an instance in history where people were even compensated for their property in those situations (one ends up having to abandon it).

      May 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • kev

      why dont YOU go to Israel!! I'm tired of sending my tax dollars to that crappy Zi onist state while Americans are still in need.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • Marco

      The cry of another brainless nationalist. "if you don't like it, leave". There are just as many nutjob white Americans who commit heinous crimes, and terrorist acts, and guess what lady – that means YOU should get profiled too, or your husband/brother/cousin/father. How would you like that? I bet you'd think that was an invasion of your privacy or a civil rights violation. Now shut your trap before you say something else stupid.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • rocinante2

        "There are just as many nutjob white Americans who commit heinous crimes, and terrorist acts,"

        Uh huh.

        I don't have much use for the "love it or leave it" argument, but until you provide some solid statistics to back up that completely unsupported false equivalency, you'll pardon my skepticism. Besides, a quick trip to the FBI Uniform Crime reports for homicide will completely disprove at least part of your "heinous crimes" assertion. (Conflating terrorism with other crimes: ISWYDT. Lol.)

        May 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
      • rocinante2

        PS It's probably a bad idea to call someone else "stupid" right after you've said something provably false.

        May 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
      • GrowUp

        Don't conflate random criminal acts with terrorism. Get informed before mouthing off.

        May 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Hamburger Jones

      "we could probably prevent 85% of terrorist acts" We DO prevent more than 85% of them, honey, and if you don't like the freedom here. go somewhere else. I bet you and Rush leave before I do.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  42. Cassarit

    I don't understand the Saiudis. How can people with so much money tolerate being treated like garbage? I've heard them say plenty of times that they will not use oil as a weapon. They should ask themseves, if it was the other side holding the oil, would they make the same promise?

    May 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Fladabosco

      Actually it's the ruling family that 'owns' all the oil and has ll the money. Fully a quarter of its citizens live in poverty.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • Hamburger Jones

      Most Saudi citizens are fundamentalists who dream of killing the royal family. The royal family is full of educated people who are pro-USA, and they need us to keep the fundamentalists down. It's a circus over there.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  43. cookiemonstersmom

    Oh come on, now! I'm sure he was traveling to spend time with his great Aunt Sarah and help out with her summer canning..

    May 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • Jerome Horowitz

      Canning or caning?

      May 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  44. Stormy

    So lets see here... This guy woke up ready to go visit family members in the USA!!! He pulls out his passport and leaves it on the kitchen table for a few minutes while getting his luggage from his room. He remembers that he forgot to put the pressure cooker in his luggage that he bought as a gift for one of his family members. While the kid gets the pressure cooker, he notices a really cool book on the table... it looks like a notepad, but much more official and cooler than that!!! He decides to take a page or two because he may never see another one again. This guy finally makes it to the USA just to be stopped by immigration for a passport missing a few pages. (This usually invalidates a passport) After being run through the grinder about his passport, inspectors decide to do a precautionary search of this guy's luggage and finds the pressure cooker. This fella's day just couldn't have gotten any worse, due to the Boston bombing the month prior with a pressure cooker. It's either all that or this guy is a complete jag bag knowing exactly what he was doing, and just wanted to see how much he could get away with. I know we test our own securities like this a lot these days....who's to say planners of terror don't do the exact same thing??

    May 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • Stormy

      Think another side could just be that he had two strikes against him before stepping off the airplane. 1. US immigration. 2. Detroit.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • nuntukamen

      They do.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  45. Frank

    I think we should also find out from Google everyone who has searched for "pressure cooker" and look very closely at them, and if they've ever done anything that can't be fully explained, arrest them! We also need to stop focusing on people of Arab descent too – remember, terrorists are everywhere, all skin colors, all races, all ages, and both genders! Just because your grandmother is 86 and has a last name of "McAllistar" doesn't mean she's not an independent cell member of the Scottish Independence Army planning to blow something up! Be afraid! Be very, very afraid! All the time! Baaaaa! Baaaaa! Baaaaaaaa!!!!!

    May 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Hamburger Jones

      That's actually a stupid idea.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  46. kraznodar

    How about you try thinking Peter? He was arrested after flying to America and without any explosives so your postulate that he wanted to blow up the plane is moronic at best.

    May 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  47. Lisa12345

    Send him back to Saudi Arabia.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • SmooothSailin

      How about in the pressure cooker

      May 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • BigShiz

      We should send you back to Europe.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  48. Guri S

    I think this is a good catch. This Saudi can be on a trial run to see what can or cannot be taken on a flight. I am sure, the bad guys are finding ways to attack us. Pages missing in a passport is a RED flag, why are the pages missing, where did the passenger go and does not want to disclose.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Hamburger Jones

      This guy is way too stupid to be a threat, but he may have been wound up and turned loose by the smart ones to see how far he got. But a pressure cooker? Even the smart ones are stupid if that's how they roll. He might be "joking," like my friend back in the day who bought some apples and razor blades on Halloween, and freaked the clerk out so bad she called the police.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  49. rker321

    Before people here start getting hysterical about pressure cooker, bear in mind that pressure cookers have always been used in canning of fruits, and also for making beans. it is a fast way of cooking.
    I have always had pressure cookers and have always used them. so please, take things in stride.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • Presha Kukah

      They are extremely dangerous, but then so is a car. If you do not sterilize your food correctly, you could die that way too.

      May 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply
      • rker321

        Of course they are dangerous, if you don't know how to use them, but once you do, they are no more dangerous than using a microwave. remember microwaves can be dangerous is you also don't know what to put inside of them.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
      • smsf

        Modern pressure cookers are not dangerous. You are most likely thinking of the types from a number of years ago that could blow up on the stovetop. Modern pressure cookers have safety measures built in. For when one is cooking, not making bombs, that is.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
      • What Is Next??

        are you tipping bad guys to make microwave bombs??

        May 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
      • Hamburger Jones

        "are you tipping bad guys to make microwave bombs??" He's hoping they'll microwave their heads by mistake. Ssshhh.

        May 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • Hamburger Jones

      Colonel Sanders used to drive around with his trunk full of them. Today, they'd lock him up.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  50. Cartho

    Good ole Janet Napolitano...

    DHS extendeded the “trusted traveler” status to Saudi Arabian travelers. Maybe the DHS forgets what the rest of us remember: Fifteen Saudi travelers helped orchestrate and carry out the 9/11 attacks. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano didn’t announce this new policy to the news and Americans. Instead, she whispered it into place in January after meeting with the Saudi head of national security. The plan is that the Saudis – who support ultra-fundamentalist Wahhabi Islam at home and abroad – will have a direct role in putting Saudi citizens on the airline security fast track for entering America. The only reason that the public is learning about this favor to the Saudis is that the Investigative Project on Terrorism learned about the plan through concerned sources and then published that knowledge on March 20. The Saudis have joined a small handful of countries that are considered to be sufficiently trustworthy that their national security organizations can promise the DHS that vetted citizens do not pose a threat to the United States. The countries already on this short list are Canada, Mexico, South Korean, and the Netherlands.

    KEY WORD....the NETHERLANDS (AMSTERDAM?????)... go figure.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Hamburger Jones

      "DHS extendeded the “trusted traveler” status to Saudi Arabian travelers." It doesn't mean ALL Saudis are automatically trusted, you low-info dittohead. It means Saudis are no longer barred from applying. I know it scares Glenn Beck, but everything scares him.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  51. M Khan

    Meanwhile the real terrorist are getting away with stuff and making more plots bravo TSA.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  52. ddpp

    why go through the trouble of proving his motives? send him back, with his pressure cooker.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • rker321

      Send him back and leave the pressure cooker. I have used pressure cookers all my life, they are used constantly for canning.
      I want now to give my grankid a pressure cooker to make beans, and I am sort of worried that I may have to actually provide my name address and serial number. LOL

      May 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • ....

        There will be a 2 week waiting period for all pressure cooker purchases.

        May 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • Hamburger Jones

      Attempting to enter the USA with faked or altered papers is a serious thing. He's gonna be living here for a while. Letting him go is not gonna happen.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  53. Greenspam

    I failed to understand how USA can jail him... altered passport... it's not within USA jurisdiction to arrest non-US national for altering his passport. Not truthful about pressure cooker.... How do you prove that? So if govt says I am not telling the truth, I can be jailed?

    May 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • Just sayin

      Since you are clueless, you should get an education. For you, that would probably mean prison time. Just sayin

      May 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • Greenspam

        So you are siding with N Korean which arrest foreigners because it determines that foreigners are not telling the truth, and sentences them to hard labor?

        May 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Just sayin

        You remain clueless. You know nothing of our laws. Prison would educate you. I did not say I sided with anyone, dipwad.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
      • kev

        You are the clueless idiot. You sound like a paranoid, scared child. Just sayin...the truth.

        May 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • steve

      No. You alter a passport it means something is wrong. You are then here potentially illegally. If you can't keep your story straight, something is up. And if so, GTFO of our country. Simple enough.

      If you don't like the form of justice, don't go to the country administering it. Don't wear a bikini in Iran. Nor go hiking in N. Korea. Simple.

      May 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        Nobody is in the US illegally just because pages are missing from their passport. If he ever did anything illegally in the US which could jeopardize his status as a traveller, that eould be in the system, not in his passport. Nothing on those passport pages could make him illegal to be hee.

        Now, pages missing in a passport can mean that somebody wants to hide where they have been, but that does not make them an illegal presence in the US.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • Shariah bin Shariah

      In Saudi Arabia his crime was worth beheading.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Hamburger Jones

      "it's not within USA jurisdiction to arrest non-US national for altering his passport." Entering this country with an altered passport is a crime, no matter who you are. We may let him go, or we may send him to prison.

      May 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  54. George Patton-2

    pressure cooker "broke after its first use" !!!! was it a test run Muhammed?

    May 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Muhammed

      yes

      May 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
      • blackfargo

        haha

        May 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  55. George Patton-2

    Muslims are not allowed to enter the US in their underwears, with shoe on, and carrying pressure cookers with them. Period.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  56. ru serious

    Yeah ha ha so funny you fools. Pressure cookers have never been used in a commision to commit crime...oh wait, they have. Bet the people in Boston only wish someone had been as vigilant...................................

    May 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  57. Civil war victim

    During Civil Wars, pressure cookers are banned.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  58. dave

    um forget the uncle -how bouts we look at the nephew?

    May 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  59. Peter

    There are lots of things that you can't take on a plane which are perfectly legal and do not require a background check to purchase.

    Why are so many people on this board tying background checks to things you just plain can't fly with (like box cutters, fire extinguishers, cigar lighters, etc)?

    I don't understand the connection.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Harsis Cat

      NRA trolls are trying very hard to talk down any background checks, so they will say silly things to make it look like background checks are silly.
      But they work in some cases and are not silly. They are law enforcement tools that can be used wisely or misused, just like any tool.

      May 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      He was caught AFTER he flew. Not before. Obviously the plane didn't blow up.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  60. Bill

    Um...if he wanted to use a pressure cooker as a bomb, why would he not purchase one in pretty much any store with cash?

    May 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      Yah thing that would work if you wanna blow up the plane?

      Come on, think,

      May 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
      • Kirk

        He was apprehended when he LANDED in Detroit. If he wanted to blow up the plane, he would've done it while he was still on board.

        Come on, think.

        May 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
      • bla

        You're asking way too much of most these people Kirk.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
      • Hamburger Jones

        "Come on, think." It makes their heads hurt. They have FOX to do the thinking for them.

        May 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • djthbp

      I would suspect that he brought the pressure cooker into the country in his luggage so that it would be untraceable if it were being used to make a bomb. If one is purchased here in the U.S., and pieces survived the explosion, they could be used as evidence.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  61. Operation Plumbbob

    He should have said he brought the pressure cooker because he heard that airplanes needed to be pressurized and he was just trying to help out. He still would have been lying but at least then he would have shown some vaudeville flair.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • rker321

      He could have gotten one at Walmart, they do sell it in the US. That was a stupid waste of traveling weight.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
      • Dude

        Maybe that's why he's being jailed

        May 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
  62. manyote

    "It's the end of the world as we know it..." REM

    May 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • ArchieDeBunker

      Yeah, but we didn't really "know it" anyway – or, at least we didn't understand it. If we had, we would never have elected Bozobama or Nancy Peeelosi.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  63. larper2

    He just didn't want to get traced buying a one for a WMD when he got here.

    May 14, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply
  64. NotOurBusiness

    Really, if they checked the cooker and found no threat, then all the news is doing is making a big stink on the passport issue while feeding into the brainwashed, media moulded, american fear mongering, policital retardation agenda. Curious if the son speaks up soon and if he ends up getting totally scrutinized by our incompetent FBI/CIA.

    May 14, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
  65. Martin

    "it was cheap and broke after first use".

    The pressure cooker he was taking to the USA was probably also Made in China, too.

    May 14, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
  66. Background Check

    I think we should have a Background Check on anyone buying pressure cookers and any other form of WMD like pans, kettle

    May 14, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • sabhyy

      not every guy with a pressure cooker gonna use it to kill ppl, in ksa we always use it for cooking, its so important for kabsa & other middle eastren food, a lot of saudies who go there miss it so they bring a pressure cooker with them .
      arresting ppl with pressure cookers became a joke in middle easren newspapers.

      May 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Reply
      • Pliny

        It isn't a joke.

        This guy DESERVES to sit in jail, even if his crime is just 'being incredibly stupid'.

        1) He is a Saudi. The country that breeds terrorists like roaches. The country that brought us the 9/11 muslim-murderers.

        2) He is carrying an appliance that was just used by other muslims to murder more American-infidels.

        3) He had pages ripped from his passport. Pages that could have shown him traveling to Afghanistan/Yemen/Somalia. All muslim-terrorist home-bases.

        If the cops did NOT arrest him....then they should all have lost their jobs.

        I don't care about ethnic profiling. I want *MORE* ethnic profiling. I want arab/muslims to be put against a wall and frisked if that's what it takes.

        Good job to the law-enforcement-officers. Don't let one of those murdering muslims slip by.

        May 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
      • Chris

        Pliny, none of the crap you just spewed is a crime under any US law. You are a racist bigot and we should profile against your ability to vote in our nation.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  67. BigSir

    Good work!

    May 14, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  68. abmri60

    I guess airport security does not scan for pressure cookers as yet.

    May 14, 2013 at 11:15 am | Reply
  69. DickPerry

    LMAO.. The american WMD.. A pressure cooker.. Ya all should be in chains for being so ridicules.

    May 14, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • geoz

      Right. There is no evidence that they do any harm is there.... oh wait.

      May 14, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • Chris

        You know what else does harm? Coconuts,bricks, cars, frying pans, forks, goats, dogs, pancakes, etc. Are all those WMDs now too? WMDs in any realistic definition that has not been butchered by politically motivated idiots are atomic, biological, and chemical weapons, along with explosives of a certain power. Next thing you know some senator is hit in the head by a tomato and those are WMDs from that point forward.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
      • sam

        Chris, you're beginning to sound like a hysterical pearl-clutcher.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
      • Paul J.

        Chris.... Seriously.. you need to put down your comic book and look at the real world. Pancakes have never blown innocent peoples legs off, or blown up and killed children. Your argument is absolutely worthless and wrong.

        May 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  70. proud american

    I wonder if everyone who has complained about detaining this man would be willing to get on a plane with him and take a chance that they would make it to their destination?!! America is the greatest country on Earth and we should all feed privileged to live here. We have more freedoms than any other country in the world. But, we also have laws created to keep us safe from harm. Are the laws perfect? No, but I would still rather live here than anywhere else.

    May 14, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply
    • Martin

      Anyone who still thinks that America is the greatest country on Earth needs to take more prescription meds.

      "Why is America the greatest country on Earth?" "It's not, but we used to be" – The Newsroom

      May 14, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • Mike

      By calling America the greatest country on Earth, you're implying you've been to every other country on the planet. Impossible.

      May 14, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
      • frank

        I am not an American but I have liked living in America. I have been to other countries and lived there too. I can say by comparison it is still one of the great countries to live in, where you admit that things can be made better and people are accountable and the laws are the same for everyone.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • KungFuqueU

      Anyone who thinks America is the greatest country on Earth hasnt been to other great countries. We have fallen so far behind, catching up will be nearly impossible. However no progress will be made with the two (only two!) government parties obstructing each other, so it will be very impossible. I hate to say this, but America has fallen and cant get up.

      May 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply
      • Eric

        That is exactly why we pump so much money into our military.

        The biggest, strongest, meanest kid in class doesn't have to be the best at anything to get respect (begrudging respect or not), he can attain it through force.

        America is the biggest, strongest, meanest kid in class. And it is about 50% retarded.

        May 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • Harsis Cat

      Clap on, clap off.
      The tide comes in
      The tide goes out

      May 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • matrixisreal

      Have you seen Turkey?

      May 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
      • Fur ball

        Under my bird feeder pecking up all the spill over. They scare my cats. >(oo)<

        May 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  71. Liricus

    Pressure cookers should be made illegal, banned, forbidden and destroyed from now to eternity. Period.
    We have already stated that the US anti terrorism intelligence is lacking and faulty so let's complement with some irrational thinking, that will surely help. Pressure cookers are evil!!!

    May 14, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • Eric Murray

      I really hope you are kidding....

      May 14, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
      • Eric

        Eric, you have me confused. He said his idea was irrational thinking, so are you advocating that we actually take his position to heart and outlaw pressure cookers? Or are you advocating that we raise a generation of superkids?

        May 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
    • CoBeerToad

      They don't need to ban pressure cookers, but you should have to register them on a federal database after a thorough background check.

      May 14, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • Peter

        You can't take box cutters or fire extinguishers on a plane, but you don't need a background check to buy them.

        What does one have to do with the other?

        May 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
      • Harsis Cat

        Since a pressure cooker could explode the same way a fire-extinguisher could on a plane, they should be banned from flights above a certain elevation due to pressure differences at that elevation.
        All pressurized containers should be stringently controlled for air travel no matter what they are used for.
        Grandma's oxygen bottle is a bomb waiting to happen in the unpressurized baggage compartment at 40, 000 feet.
        Pressure cookers do not need to have explosives inside them to explode. Try to keep up.

        May 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • Safety on fire

      They are extremely dangerous to use in any kitchen by ignorant people who don't know the first thing about engineering or physics and who won't read the fffng manual and are too distracted to keep on eye. Safety first.

      May 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
      • rker321

        I can't believe the ignorance of many. Pressure Cookers need to be cooking in order to actually get pressure.
        So a pressure cooker in your hands is nothing more than a pot.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  72. John

    Pressure cookers should be declared weapons of mass destruction.
    Everyone that owns one should line up at your local Fusion Center for registration, processing, and profiled according to race and religion.

    TSA should increase size of knives allowed in carry-on baggage from the current 6cm limit to 12cm.

    Finally, government should start mass producing tin-foil hats and duct tape. They should be produced in 3 patriotic colors, red, white and blue. CNN will spread the word. Blue is my favorite color, so I'll make sure to let them know at the Fusion Center!

    May 14, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • Peter

      Cut the drama.

      There are lots of things that you simply can't fly with which are perfectly legal and do not require your silly proposal.

      May 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  73. Logic

    How do you get on an international flight without a valid passport? He ripped the pages out mid flight? Did he not think this would be discovered? I better rip out these pages where I went to Sudan, Somalia and Iran...or they won't let me in with my pressure cooker...

    May 14, 2013 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • Martin

      I was wondering this too. Ground crew at check in usually scrutinize your passport pretty closely before letting you even check in – it has to be valid and not damaged etc, because if you can't get in to the destination country, usually the airline who allowed u to travel is responsible for flying you back.

      May 14, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
  74. Dumb and Dumber

    I find this one very hard to believe. Are people this dumb? Sure let's take a pressure cooker thru customs in a country that just had terrorist use a pressure cooker bomb. I think this was a drill.

    May 14, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • TonyZ

      you might be surprised, but people from Saudi Arabia and other countires regularly bring pressure cookers as gifts for their relatives in America. They definately have better pressure cookers there. This guy was most probably speaks poor english and was confused during questioning, and I bet you that this customs officer is trying to play a hero. Follow this story, other than him screwing with his passport... I gurantee you there is nothing else there.

      May 14, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply
      • wheelsva

        Guarantee? You are obviously aware of much more than so many others. Pressure cooker or no, there is a reason why pages were removed, intentional or otherwise, from his passport. Hopefully Customs/Intel will be thorough in their review and findings.

        May 14, 2013 at 11:43 am |
      • NotOurBusiness

        Word.

        May 14, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • bla

      I'm more interested in when he tore the pages out of his passport. Had to have been mid-flight because you shouldn't be able to get on a plane if security sees that.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  75. D

    There is a chance (albeit a remote one), that this guy did not hear about the Boston incident, and thus was not aware of any problem bringing a pressure cooker on a plane to the US. However, it surprises me that the airport where he boarded didn't say anything. I think the local embassy should start asking questions there first.

    May 14, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
  76. Nick Smith

    Hmmmm. Isn't Saudi Arabia the country that we give so much money to, having made them rich beyond measure, and they return the gift with terrorists?

    May 14, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
  77. Nick Smith

    What a country! Now I suppose they're going to arrest EVERY person that travels to it with a forged passport and a pressure cooker! ;)

    May 14, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • JimTheo

      Uh, yeah. As well they should arrest anyone with an unauthorized altered passport traveling with an assault pot.

      May 14, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
      • SG

        JimTheo loves jokes.

        May 14, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  78. Its_twu

    Why do we even let anyone with a last name like this buy a ticket? Send all these foreign nationals a packn. They don’t belong in this country.

    May 14, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
    • jerry

      you are a foreign national as well you POS, regardless how many generation your immigrant ancestors have been occupying the native american's land

      May 14, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
      • Jamie

        Even the American Indians were immigrants at some point :).

        May 14, 2013 at 10:27 am |
      • Amoeba

        Hmm. You guys are all latecomers to this part of the biosphere. Amoebas were here even before dinosaurs or monkeys.
        Lemme see your passport. Oh, wait, I don't have eyes. nevermind.

        May 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
      • Earth

        All you biological creatures need to get the hell off of me. You're like a bad rash and no ointment in sight.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
      • Universe

        All you bits of matter, dark or not, need to get the F out. I was here before all your shttt appeared. GTFO

        May 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • Hamburger Jones

      When you grow up, ask a teacher to explain it to you. "Why do we let people with funny last names buy a ticket" OMFG. What an empty-headed thing to say. I bet you are allowed to vote, too, and probably voted for Mitt Romney. What a funny name. Mittromnie. Mitromny. Sounds like a deadly disease. Better deport him.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  79. Voice of the World

    I've never understood all of the Anti-American garbage that is puked all over online comment boards/forums, especially when it comes from other Americans. Whether or not any of you agree with its policies The United States is one of the greatest countries in the world for a few poinant reasons. 1. "Americans" are not some previledged people that were born in the US and are given a free ride. They work every bit as hard as the people of any other country. 2. Americans are the world. The American population are of every race, every color, every religion etc in the world living and working together. Yes there are those that are racist, or religious zealots, but those kind are everywhere in the world. 3. The US are humanitarian in nature, they give more support and funding than any other country in times of calm and crisis. 4. The US is a very stable country, they have due process of law, they dont torture, maim or otherwise bring harm to their civillians, in fact they are very protective to their people. 5, The Americans are not pushovers, in addition to protecting their people, they will protect their interests, such as military action to stop or destroy those who try to harm the American way of life. (All countries do this, not just the Americans). 4, Freedom. What more can be said. They can say what they want, do what they want (within the American Laws), worship as they want and never fear persicution.

    Ok im done for now. I'll leave it to the American traitors, mis-informed people from around the globe and the rest of the trolls. And keep in mind, name calling and swearing are just signs of low intelligence. ;o)

    May 14, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • TommyVIO

      I totally agree!!! Even though i wasn't born in the USA...

      May 14, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
    • A guy with a rant

      I see you have been drinking the spiked koolaide, "Voice of the World".
      Your propaganda is nothing but already-debunked, extremist American Exceptionalism.
      As to your laundry list of distorted ravings:
      1. "Americans" on average are underprivileged / oppressed, povertry-stricken, and just the same as anyone else. Working is something people with jobs do, and there is nothing special about that, either. In fact, American greed is responsible for destroying much of the world's economy.
      2. We are not the world. YOU are NOT the "voice" of anyone but yourself. We do not have people from all around the world running the show in this country. Gathering poor people from around the world isn't doing us much good.
      Just having different people doesn't make us great or better in any way. We could be any country in Europe.
      We are not working together. Powerful criminals are spending billions to destroy our country from within.
      By destroying every bit of progress we've made since the Civil War, we are quickly devolving into a country of ignorant fools easily manipulated, exploited, and enslaved.
      3. The U.S.A. is NOT humanitarian in nature. There are no laws to force people to be humanitarian here. Go read up on the law. Greed is the dominant factor here because powerful people worship money and are clearly willing to destroy everything and anyone, committing every heinous crime ever seen, just to make sure no one will ever hold them accountable. We don't give more than other countries. We destroy more than we give, not as a country, but as a haven for the worst criminals. Our policies protect the worst the planet has to offer. Suck on that.
      4. The US is extremely unstable and is being destroyed from within at this very moment. Our rule of law has been gutted. Our government thugs torture, maim, and otherwise bring harm to our citizens. Our country is a police state run by thugs and robber barons for their own sadistic pleasures. Human slavery happens here. Children are easily kidnapped and tortured to death here. This is not a good place to raise a child. Every government service has been gutted and turned into a wasteland of criminal wrongdoing run wild.
      We don't protect our citizens. We DO take vengeance when we can on those who have harmed our citizens. Not the same thing, kiddo. Anyone is free to come here and kill or kidnap anyone, torture them to death or smuggle them to a foreign torture chamber, and we won't do anything about it because the rich thugs running the show have their own little crimes to hide. This is a country run by criminals. There is no accountability here.
      5. We are considered the world's last super-power. Other than that, our military is used mostly to enrich the wealthy criminals running the show, to protect their interests and no one else's, and is only used to protect the interests of the citizens when there is no other way to avoid it.
      6. Freedom. We don't have it here. You come here at your own risk and in peril of your life and the lives of your children.
      We are not exceptional. We are a fascist police state. That is not a unique thing in this world.
      Sure, we can complain freely, but we are not allowed much else. We can worship however we want or play with our organs or do criminal things as long as we don't get caught by more powerful criminals.
      Okay, I'm done refuting your air-headed post.

      May 14, 2013 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • Andy

        Voice of the World is clearly a Tea-Party type, and A guy with a rant is clearly an Occupy movement type. And folks. Reality and truth, is somewhere between these examples of the franking fringe.

        May 14, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • Voice of the World

        Lol I got a good chuckle out of your rant there old fella. Did you forget to take your medication today? I never claimed Americans are any better than anyone else. Just that theres no reason for so much hatred for American any more than all the rest of the world. Just a word of advice to you. There are no black helicopters with "whisper mode", there are no men in black, everything that happens in the world is not some kind of conspiracy theory. It's obvious you watch too many spy movies..

        May 14, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • Harsis Cat

        The truth is whatever it is, no matter what anyone thinks or says it is. Facts are facts. BS is BS.
        Until crimes are stopped, victims will always exist. Victims have the freedom to hate back, to fight back.
        Mental illness is everywhere. Damage is being done by criminals. Where will it stop?

        May 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
      • Paul J.

        WOW "Guy with a rant". That was the crazy rantings of a mad man. You literally did what "voice" said. You opened a new message and puked all over the page and hit send. People like you are the ones everyone else have to watch out for. Don't go blowing anything up nutcase.

        May 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
      • Richard Taufman

        I agree completely. America is a fascist police state.

        May 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
      • Hamburger Jones

        "We are not exceptional. We are a fascist police state." And this is why the IRS is auditing you creeps. You just aren't real Americans anymore. All it takes is five minutes of Rush or Beck and you are ready to turn commie on us.

        May 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
      • Eric

        Guy with a rant, very well said. I don't agree with 100% of it, but you made some excellent points.

        May 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
    • Steven Harnack

      Yeah, we're free to complain, just as long as you get the proper permits and do it in the designated area. Try exercising your "freedoms" without getting permission from the authorities and see how soon you get shut down.

      May 14, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
      • Voice of the World

        For all of you poor subjugated American Citizens. Move to Afghanistan, or anywhere in the middle east for a little while and you will have your eyes opened.

        May 14, 2013 at 11:51 am |
      • Hamburger Jones

        "Try exercising your "freedoms" without getting permission from the authorities and see how soon you get shut down." You don't agree with the Homeland Security Act? Liberal traitor. Why, that's just to keep us safe from progressives. Safe groups like the Tea Party can protest freely.

        May 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • holam

      lol, you didn't have to wait long till it started, but I agree with you 100%.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  80. A Linoge

    Apparently you can't tell the difference between "innocent until proven guilty" as it applies to law and as it applies to the opinion of someone commenting on a website.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • Think

      Apparently you don't realize that the law is based on American principles. How are they principles if they only apply on paper and not in the hearts and minds of Americans. American values are being eroded by the very people who shout them out the most. Do not claim what's not yours. If your opinions are not influenced by these principles then do not claim them as your principles.

      May 14, 2013 at 10:35 am | Reply
  81. sandhra01

    it is good to know pressure cookers are not allowed to bring in US. People bring it here because they might be used to certain types that not available in US.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:55 am | Reply
  82. Crazy_Town

    A pressure cooker, really? Is he really that moronic or was he just the "distraction/bait" and the real threat easily walked on in?

    May 14, 2013 at 9:51 am | Reply
  83. George Patton-2

    although it is not likely these wackos would you the same device again, but better safe than sorry; lock him up and throw away the keys. nuff of these passport altering jihadists, and btw, I suspect, the missing passport pages were being used to clean his ass.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:49 am | Reply
  84. edog355

    Duck and cover! We found a pressure cooker in his checked bag!!!

    May 14, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  85. shasu

    Who travels with a pressure cooker??

    May 14, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • Logic

      Amazon will ship it to you free...

      May 14, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
  86. Ace

    Please. Saudi men never EVER cook for themselves.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • Tony

      Great comment.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:43 am | Reply
  87. strangways

    well, at least the system worked THIS time. Remember the Islamo-nutjob who tried to explode his shorts on a flight to Detroit a few years ago – he had been flagged as an extremist (by his very own father) and still managed to almost get here.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • edog355

      The system "worked"? There is zero evidence there were any explosives at all. So the guy travels with kitchen appliances and the dog ate his passport pages – so what?!

      May 14, 2013 at 9:48 am | Reply
      • DB Cooper

        So what? How soon you forget about the 9-11 hijackers, most of whom were Saudi.

        May 14, 2013 at 10:14 am |
      • TommyVIO

        Even if this guy had totally no intentions of doing any harm, he did have some perks (pages missing in passport) that triggered a security alert. Therefore, the system did work this time. Nobody knows if he did or did not want to do harm, so to be safe, he needs to be checked.

        May 14, 2013 at 10:18 am |
      • Lew

        I'm glad your not in charge of protecting this country. Since its no big deal, I have an idea for you to make a lot of money. Go over to the middle east and set up a Pressure cooker stand. Maybe you will be rich and you can live like a Saudi man. Never have to cook for yourself.

        May 14, 2013 at 11:51 am |
      • Sordan Milechovik

        So saudis never eat unless a woman is there to cook it? Yeah, right.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
      • reen

        "The dog" could not have eaten his passport pages. He wouldn't have been able to board in Saudi with a tampered passport. This means he obviously tore them out during the flight, a huge red flag.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
      • Live and lern

        I bet nobody in charge was smart enough to check the airplane toilet? Now its probably too late. Live and lern.

        May 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
  88. Think

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? It'd be a safe bet to assume English isn't his first language. It's also possible that he meant that in the US that particular type/brand of cooker isn't available. So him later referring to a cooker that his nephew had does not affect his first statement. Why would a terrorist transport a cooker into an airport with all the attention they're getting. He can just go to a store and buy it in cash and no one will know his name. If it turns out he did have violent motives, execute him. If we value law and the rights we support then we can't jump to conclusions, no matter how many times it turns out to be right. Innocent until proven guilty applies each time.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply
    • Wally

      Did you read the article? He was being held for an altered passport and not being truthful. The article does not mention any charges related to the pressure cooker. But thanks for the civics lesson.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
      • Think

        Did you read my comment? When did I refer to charges against him? I'm referring to comments on this board. My comment was about him "not being truthful". Read again with a clearer head and maybe you'll get it.

        May 14, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • Nick Meron

      Other than top-quality dates and camel's milk, there is very little you can buy in Saudi that you can't buy in the US. High quality consumer durables, including kitchen appliances (remember, women do all the cooking here, but men shop for the hardware – cheap is a priority because they don't have to use the junk they buy), are less expensive for better quality and selection in the US than in the Gulf. Lots of well-to-do folks here travel abroad for shopping, particularly to Europe or the US.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • cornfused

      'If we value law and the rights we support then we can't jump to conclusions, no matter how many times it turns out to be right.'If it turns out he did have violent motives, execute him.' LAST TIME I CHECKED HAVING A VIOLENT MOTIVE WAS NOT CAUSE FOR EXECUTION. Think about the laws you value there for a minute!

      May 14, 2013 at 9:48 am | Reply
      • Think

        I support the law being changed to execute those who plan or attempt mass killings. That does not affect the principles of rights and freedoms.

        May 14, 2013 at 10:20 am |
      • Hamburger Jones

        "I support the law being changed to execute those who plan or attempt mass killings." I could easily construct a case against you for either of those things based on a book you read or a google search you made. How about let's let the grownups do the lawmaking, and you just watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show, ok?

        May 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • ving74

      Obvious test of our security (my opinion). No reason to consider innocence until proven guilty. Rule #1 – have a valid passport. Rule #2 regardless of nationality don't be a f***ing idiot. We need to remember that people have the PRIVELEGE to visit here not the RIGHT. Invalid Passport = never try to come here again! What we need to do folks in order to protect our country. When are we going to wake up.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:51 am | Reply
      • Al Kwawahir Hussain

        Hey don't call me an idiot !!! Airport restroom had no tissue papers, and I had only thing around was my passport, so what the f*** if I used few pages!!!! only from genius minds of arabs.

        May 14, 2013 at 10:12 am |
      • Al Bundy

        Actually Al, that wasn't what he claimed so it came out of your mind alone. You're the genius.

        May 14, 2013 at 10:38 am |
      • Hamburger Jones

        That's exactly right; not likely he'll be allowed back here and he will probably do some time for the passport thing. He had no hope of entering the country with his passport messed up. Once someone's caught, they are pretty strict.

        May 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Sam

      You ever stop to think that maybe this was a dry run to see how far he could get through the airport system with a pressure cooker? He boarded in Amsterdam and made it into the US without raising an eyebrow.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
      • Think

        All possiblities are there, that's why they will investigate.

        May 14, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Hamburger Jones

      "Why would a terrorist transport a cooker into an airport " He ain't smart. This guy is no Doctor Evil.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  89. Elwood

    In addition to pressure cookers, we should ban high-capacity crock pots and add a ten day waiting period for juicers.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • edog355

      Gotta admit Elwood – that made me chuckle.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
      • Hamburger Jones

        Anyone with a bread machine in their luggage must be sent to Gitmo.

        May 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
  90. PeterD

    Just send him back without wasting any more court time and money.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:20 am | Reply
  91. Hot Carl

    Should have let him on the plane then pushed him out!

    May 14, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply
    • sam stone

      if you do that, there will be issues of the cabin having to de-pressurize. a better solution would be to duct tape him to the landing gear and see how long the tape will hold

      May 14, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      whatever way you pick, make sure it is done before they hit the US soil, we don't want another burial headache.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
      • JimTheo

        There would be no headache–until the person hit ground, however.

        May 14, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • Hamburger Jones

      Not in America. This isn't the country that throws you out of a plane if you cause trouble. That's Argentina. You should move there soon.

      May 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Reply
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