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NEWS:Turkish Ship Captain Makes Fake Bomb Threat: Update

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posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 12:59 PM
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Just breaking, Coast Guard guiding a ship off Delaware coast with possible bomb on board, report said that the Coast Guard has known about this ship and stopped it off the coast to minimize potential incident.
Ship is from Turkey and it was in Philadelphia port when a bomb was reported, the ship was directed out to sea and the captain is not allowing search as of yet.
Upon further investigation, the capitan of the ship said he "was just joking."
 



Bomb Threat Aboard Turkish Ship off U.S.
WASHINGTON A report of a bomb aboard a Turkish merchant ship Thursday forced the U.S. Coast Guard (search) to escort the vessel away from the port of Philadelphia and out into the sea off Delaware, senior Defense officials told FOX News.

The ship's master notified authorities about the possible bomb, officials said. The information was revealed after the captain refused to have portions of the ship searched by the Coast Guard.

Upon reaching a safe distance off the coast, officials expect to inspect the ship.

This particular vessel is well known to authorities and its prior movements have been tracked, senior Defense officials said.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


[edit on 7/28/04 by JacKatMtn]




posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:03 PM
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Interesting chain of events:

1. Ship docks in port of Philadelphia
2. Ship's captain tells officials that there's a bomb on board
3. Coast Guard escorts ship to location off Delaware coast
4. Captain refuses to allow a search

Why would he report a bomb but refuse a search? Seems like very unusual behavior to me.



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:06 PM
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Yeah, it seems everything seems fishy these days.....

I am still waiting for more info, if anyone finds something before me please update the thread, I will be on this one.

Here is a related article going into the increased Coast Guard inspections of all
foreign ships.


The Coast Guard is now boarding and searching all foreign vessels in U.S. waters. But will it stop terrorists?
The boardings are called for in two new regulations designed to thwart terrorism in U.S. ports.

Since July 1, the Coast Guard has boarded 1,249 foreign-flagged ships in various U.S. waters to check for their compliance with security rules. Twenty-four ships were denied entry into or expelled from the country. Another 50 were detained because they raised security concerns, such as failing to have a proper lock on the engine room. The rest were deemed safe enough to proceed to port.

In the lower Mississippi River, the Coast Guard has conducted 261 boardings. Ten ships were detained; none was turned away.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Still searching for story on the Turkish ship with the bomb.....

[edit on 22-7-2004 by JacKatMtn]



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:16 PM
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ok it just hit the fox news website.

www.foxnews.com...

That about confirms it.

"Upon reaching a safe distance off the coast, officials expectto inspect the ship.

This particular vessel is well known to authorities and its prior movements had been tracked, senior Defense officials said."



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:17 PM
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Why would he report a bomb but refuse a search? Seems like very unusual behavior to me.


a distraction maybe. Hey look at me, and then in another port they are distracted by what is occuring there. People can become more excited, not vigilant when events are occuring in another place..just a thought...



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:17 PM
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Why would he report a bomb but refuse a search? Seems like very unusual behavior to me.


a distraction maybe. Hey look at me, and then in another port they are distracted by what is occuring there. People can become more excited, not vigilant when events are occuring in another place..just a thought...



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:24 PM
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Thanks PN for the link, I will try and keep up with the story but I have a thunderstorm in my area and my satellite usually goes out during this kind of weather. Fellow ATSers please feel free to update when further information becomes available....Thanks in advance...



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:24 PM
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Okay, it makes a bit more sense now... the captain became "irate" when inspectors wanted to search certain portions of the ship, and said something about possible explosions. That's what led to the ship being escorted out of the harbor. This has distraction written all over it.



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:28 PM
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Drugs?
This reminded me of these facts.
Korean freighter Pong Su...
www.defence.gov.au...

Curtailing North Korea's Illicit Activities
Drug Production and Trafficking
The North Korean regime has been involved in illegal drug production and trafficking since the 1970s, but these efforts increased in the 1990s as the country's economic situation worsened. Drugs cost little to produce and reap the largest profits.
www.heritage.org...

Sanc'.



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:30 PM
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This particular vessel is well known to authorities and its prior movements have been tracked, senior Defense officials said.


Then why wait, allowing 'into' port, and then taken back out if we knew it could be a threat. I



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:33 PM
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Originally posted by PurdueNuc
Okay, it makes a bit more sense now... the captain became "irate" when inspectors wanted to search certain portions of the ship, and said something about possible explosions. That's what led to the ship being escorted out of the harbor. This has distraction written all over it.


I concur, :: gets out my conspiracy detecter. :: Maybe there's more going on here like another ship with a real bomb on it being unloaded unnoticed.



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:40 PM
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Originally posted by PurdueNuc
Interesting chain of events:

1. Ship docks in port of Philadelphia
2. Ship's captain tells officials that there's a bomb on board
3. Coast Guard escorts ship to location off Delaware coast
4. Captain refuses to allow a search

Why would he report a bomb but refuse a search? Seems like very unusual behavior to me.


I'm not a boating expert, but it says the ship's "master" reported the bomb. The captain then refused the search. Is there a difference between the ship's master and captain. If so, could the master have been an undercover agent? But like it was said before, why let it into port.



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:44 PM
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On FNC, Captain now says he was joking about the bomb, but the Coast Guard are going to thoroughly inspect this ship. Diversion looks more likely with this update.



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:45 PM
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.....the capitan has since said .....

HE WAS JUST "JOKING!"

:shk: :shk:



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:49 PM
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Isn't the Master someone who comes on board to take the boat into port? They have local knowledge of sea depths and things like that.

I'm not 100% sure on this though.



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:49 PM
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Update from MSNBC...



Coast Guard responds to bomb scare on ship
The commander of a Turkish merchant vessel has recanted his claim that there is a bomb on board his ship, but the U.S. Coast Guard is still preparing for a full inspection of the ship off the coast of Delaware.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:50 PM
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Some good old fashion joking? Is that allowed in this day and age?



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:52 PM
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Originally posted by muppet
Isn't the Master someone who comes on board to take the boat into port? They have local knowledge of sea depths and things like that.


You're thinking of the harbor pilot.

If this captain truly was "just joking," the Coast Guard should refuse the ship access to any ports in the US. Make it go back to its source or another country. I don't care what kind of cargo it's carrying. I don't think there's anything the US can do to the captain, so we'll let his company take care of him. The angry customers should ensure him being penalized at a minimum. It doesn't matter what cargo he was trying to protect, there are certain things you just don't "joke" about. You don't yell "fire!" in a movie theater, you don't mention "bomb" on an airplane, you don't screw with customs/Coast Guard officials.

[edit on 7/22/2004 by PurdueNuc]



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 02:07 PM
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Originally posted by PurdueNuc
You're thinking of the harbor pilot.


Ahhh!. Oh well. Shows how little I know about aquatic matters.
you learn something new every day!


Any naval people on here able help us out?



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 02:19 PM
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Originally posted by PurdueNucIf this captain truly was "just joking," the Coast Guard should refuse the ship access to any ports in the US. Make it go back to its source or another country. I don't care what kind of cargo it's carrying. I don't think there's anything the US can do to the captain, so we'll let his company take care of him. The angry customers should ensure him being penalized at a minimum. It doesn't matter what cargo he was trying to protect, there are certain things you just don't "joke" about. You don't yell "fire!" in a movie theater, you don't mention "bomb" on an airplane, you don't screw with customs/Coast Guard officials.

[edit on 7/22/2004 by PurdueNuc]


First they can send him a bill for the time of the officers he wasted. I know there has to be some law that this broke. You can't yell fire in a movie theater than say just joking when everyone is up and running.



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