With little over a month before the ten year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks this story has a real impact on many people across the country, but hits home even more as the situation played out at the Phoenix SkyHarbor airport. This story broke August 8th when the female ‘Lewiza Daman’ an African refugee tried to carry the ‘fake bomb’ (container with a ‘paste-like’ substance-with the same xray color range as explosives- inside with a cell phone strapped to the container). She quickly told investigators that ‘Shullu Gorado’ gave her the package and instructed her to give the package to someone in Iowa. When the story initially broke the motive was believed to be a ‘test on airport security’.
It was quickly discovered the suspicious item was not explosive ready and the paste like substance could be some type of food. A bomb expert said the pavkage could pass for an explosive device but did not have the wiring to make it explosive ready. The cell phone attached to the package didn’t help matters. Phones can be used as detonators in homemade bombs.
In an interview with Gorado he told reporters the paste like substance was food and the cell phone was only attached to the package because he wanted to keep all of his stuff together so she could easily pass it on to the person in Iowa. As the story continued to play out over the week the third accomplice was named: Shani Asa (also African Refugee) who was named as the person who gave the package to Gorado. All three have been brought up on federal charges; accused of
possessing a package that simulated the appearance of an explosive device and allowing it to be taken to a security checkpoint without disclosing its presence.
Which is in violation of title 18 of US code; sections 2 and 1001. The story was broke by Phoenix Fox News and you can check out one of the early reports to the left. You can also follow the story here.
There have been multiple complaints brought to the media regarding what is perceived as inappropriate airport security tactics. Whether this was an actual test on airport security from three refugees that are from a country that has been ‘accused of supporting Islamic terrorist groups’, or a case of bad judgement and lack of common sense in these types of matters is still a little unclear. One thing that is clear is the airport security at Phoenix Sky Harbor did not fail the people on the plane to Iowa or any other plane that may have been used in this alleged bomb plot.
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