“Is that bums? Or bombs? Speak up!”

United Parcel Service Inc. said the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation inspected possible suspicious packages on three jets arriving from Europe. A toner cartridge on a cargo plane in London was checked for explosives, and none was found, the FBI said.

All three UPS planes landed safely in the U.S., with two in Philadelphia and one in Newark, New Jersey, UPS spokesman Mike Mangeot said today in a telephone interview. The Newark jet was later cleared for another flight, he said.

The earlier reports, especially on CNN, said there were bombs everywhere. Even the Manhattan Bridge was shut down.

Interesting story from NYT 1922, shows never-ending nature of our protective services here in the USA. During this debacle probably a half dozen people were robbed and a few murdered.

  1. Luc says:

    Where do you guys GET those pictures? You always seem to have the perfect pic for every situation…

  2. hhopper says:

    I think this whole deal is bogus.

  3. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    Not to diminish CNN’s coverage bloat in any way but FAUX Snews has been fixated on it too.

  4. The DON says:

    The BBC have reported this story more than once so far today. In the latest report…

    “The suspicious item found in the UK was reportedly an ink toner cartridge that had been tampered with.”

    That pesky toner ink is a truly hazardous substance.

  5. goldbug says:

    @The Don – that’s how the bastards get you, sell the printer at a loss and make a killing on the ink.

  6. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    #6 goldbugger – You win. LOL

  7. Blind Stevie says:

    Is the Keystone Cop on the far right Fatty Arbuckle?

  8. Cursor_ says:


    Yes it is. and the chief is his nephew.

    I love Fatty. He was the archetype for so many heavy comedians like Oliver Hardy, Lou Costello and you can see him often in Benny Hill.


  9. TooManyPuppies says:

    October Surprise!


    Of the Toner…

    I like how all the TV reports claim explosives were found. BE AFRAID! But, written reports say no explosives were found.

  10. Dallas says:

    Usually these scares occur during a presidential election, not midterm. Someone’s gonna get fired.

  11. admfubar says:

    hey the guy with the ukulele looked either like Tiny Tim or Andy Ihnatko, ask leo laport about this john.

  12. Camacho says:

    I sent $35 in an envelope to a friend in the US from India. I made the mistake of putting scotch tape on the sides as a protective measure. It never reached my friend. Later I found this PDF poster that the US postal service and the FBI or homeland security dept distributes to dispatch departments all across your country.

  13. deowll says:

    A dry run meant to test security and/or create a stink while requiring the people triggering the stink to make a minimal investment in cash and resources and run minimal risks.

  14. McCullough says:

    Toner is dangerous….ingested over time it will kill you. The Terrorists have nothing but time. It’s a long term plan.

  15. Michael_gr says:

    Interestingly, in my version of reality, the bombs turned out to be real, the toner fileed with an explosive called PETN.
    Hell, even in the link you supply the bombs are real. John, are you posting this from some sort of alternate reality?

  16. TooManyPuppies says:

    @ #16

    “British officials said tests on the package proved to be negative for explosives, despite initial reports that the explosive chemical PETN had been detected.”


    Your version of reality appears to be manufactured bullshit. Don’t feel too bad, that’s how things work to keep the sheep in line.

  17. Someone Else says:

    The real story is how CNN and FOX hyped this into a minty froth. Funny that neither of them would go near Christine O’Donnell’s naked sleep over with a 25 year old. Just sayin’.

  18. clancys_daddy says:

    Yep, them toner cartridges is dangerous, especially when filled with stuff goes boom.

  19. msbpodcast says:

    I’m surprised nobody caught this: “The pen is mightier than the sword, but the toner cartridge blows them both away.”

  20. Michael_gr says:

    Your link does not say what you say it does.
    It does however has a quote from President Obama:
    “Initial examination of those packages determined that they do apparently contain explosive material.”

    I am sorry but currently, news services the world over – including the BBC, CNN, ABC and France 24 carry articles which claim the bombs are real.

  21. Awake says:

    The devices were real, and were only detected because the Saudis had an informant that gave up the plan.

    It’s not over yet. The devices are designed to explode according to different triggering mechanisms. Some were on timers, others on cellphones. They were so well made that sniffing dogs couldn’t detect them.

    The cellphone activated devices seem to indicate that this is part of a much larger plot, where devices would be delivered and activated remotely by a person watching for the UPS truck. So we have active terrorists on US soil that are now being hunted down.

    Rumor is that there are well over a dozen devices still to be located.

    The main reason that a big stink was raised by the government in this case was a very good one: a need to raise the fear factor temporarily so people will pay attention. With more explosive boxes probably in circulation, making everybody aware by ringing the alarm bell seems very reasonable.

  22. TooManyPuppies says:


    They keep changing it and scrubbing the story. At the time I posted the link, it was word for word. One thing is constant though, every story reports that the “President said/says”. That’s the only source that says explosives. Other sources continue to say the tests were negative.

  23. Holdfast says:

    How come nobody else has remarked on the coincence that only the day before A british Airways executive was criticising excessive security?

    There could well be nasty stuff in the parcels, but that does not prove thet were from AQ.

    Someone in Spookville calls a friend in the Arabian Peninsula and has them stick some parcels in the post. The same person in Spookville then announces that they have intel from Saudi about some nasty cargo.

  24. JimD says:

    They shouldn’t incarcerate uke players, they should institutionalize accordion players and drive an M1 Tanks over the “instrument” !!!


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