In early August, 2 men, college students were arrested in Goose Creek, SC, for unlawful possession of explosives. The arrest was made just miles away from a U.S. Naval Weapons Station.
September 27, 2007, it was repored that one of the college students had made a video showing how to detonate explosives using a remote control toy, and the demonstration was uploaded to a popular Web site before the Egyptian man was arrested in South Carolina, according to court documents.
Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed said he made the video "to assist those persons in Arabic countries to defend themselves against the infidels invading their countries," according to an FBI agent's statement filed Tuesday.
Mohamed, 24, and Youssef Samir Megahed, 21, both students at the University of South Florida, were indicted last month on charges of transporting explosives across state lines.
The statement also detailed what was found in their car: 20 feet of fuse, a box of .22-caliber bullets, a drill, several gallons of gasoline, PVC pipe and gun powder.
Today we see reports that remote-control toys are a new security concern at airports and that screeners are having to take a closer look at all remote controlled toys.
Terrorists may try to use remote-controlled toys to blow up jetliners, prompting heightened security checks at US airports, the government said Monday. The warning is not linked to a specific threat, but travelers may face extra screening if they try to bring such toys on board in carry-on baggage, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.
The agency said its increased vigilance followed the latest report by the US intelligence community on terrorist threats to the United States.
Publicly released excerpts of the National Intelligence Estimate in July did not mention a toy threat, but the report said al-Qaeda wants to attack the US again and is "innovative in creating new capabilities and overcoming security obstacles."
As terrosist evolve and test our security, they will continue to create new methods to attack us and our interests, here and abroad.
For anyone that still doubts that terrorist threats to the U.S. and U.S. interests abroad, all they have to do is look at some of the recent foiled terror plots, the latest one being reported just today about an attempt to attack our U.S. Embassy in Vienna.
VIENNA, Austria - Austrian authorities said they arrested a man on Monday after he tried to enter the U.S. Embassy in Vienna carrying a backpack with explosives.
The man tried to flee after his backpack triggered metal detectors at the embassy entrance. He was arrested nearby and was being questioned.
Officials said the backpack was found to contain two hand grenades, nails and Islamic literature.
"There were a lot of nails in that bag. Had it exploded, it would have had an enormous shrapnel effect," said Doris Edelbacher, of Austria's federal counterterrorism office.
The explosives resembled hand grenades, she told reporters, and munitions experts were working to determine whether the device had been properly rigged to explode.
The suspect — described only as a 42-year-old Bosnia native who now lives in the province of Lower Austria — was taken into police custody around noon, Vienna police spokeswoman Michaela Raz said. No one was injured.
During initial questioning, the man "seemed very confused," Austrian investigators reported.
2nd terror scare
The nature of the Islamic material he allegedly was carrying also was unclear.
It was the second recent terrorism scare in Austria.
Last month, authorities arrested three people — all Austrian citizens of Arab origin in their 20s — in connection with a video posted online in March that had threatened Austria and Germany with attacks if they did not withdraw their military personnel from Afghanistan.
Other recent terror attacks foiled include Germany, shown here, updated here and the latest update was yesterday and found here, an unsuccessful attack in London, shown here and updated here, a foiled plot in Denmark as well as one in Turkey... the list goes on and on and all these were foiled.
Those linked above are simply the most recent.
They will keep trying and to deny that one fact is to deny the obvious.
There is no need to live in fear and no one will suggest we cower, but it is a reminder to be alert, be aware of your surroundings and those around you and to just keep your eyes open and report suspicious activity to the proper authorities.