Man arrested for "suspicious items" in Arlington cemetery.

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/1...shuts-down-several-major-roads-near-pentagon/

Suspect in Custody for 'Suspicious' Backpack Is Marine Corps Reservist
Published June 17, 2011

An Ethiopian-born man in custody for carrying a backpack with "suspicious items and products" inside Arlington National Cemetery overnight is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist, military and law enforcement sources tell Fox News.
Yonathan Melaku, a 22-year-old Lance Corporal Marine corps reservist who lives in Virginia and who is Muslim, has been identified as the suspect in custody, Fox News has learned.
Sources close to the investigation also said a notebook believed to belong to the man was found containing threatening phrases like "Al Qaeda," "Taliban rule" and "defeated coalition forces."

Yonathan Melaku, a Marine corps reservist, was arrested after he was found overnight inside Arlington National Cemetery with a "suspicious" backpack and notebook containing words like Al Qaeda and Taliban, sources tell Fox News.
Authorities said Friday they are investigating the man, whom they did not name, after he was found inside Arlington Cemetery overnight when the cemetery was closed.
FBI special agent Brenda Heck said during a press conference Friday that the man, described as in his 20's, had a backpack containing a "non-explosive, unknown material" that she said will require further investigation.
"The products in the backpack are inert," Heck said, though she described its contents as suspicious.
Though the man was "not forthcoming" when taken into custody, Heck said authorities later found his red 2011 Nissan near the Pentagon. She said authorities found "no suspicious activity" related to the vehicle.
Melaku, who lives in Alexandria, Va., joined as a reservist in August 2007 but military officials say he never deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Ethiopia.
Law enforcement officials also told Fox News that police found five pounds of a substance labeled ammonium nitrate inside the backpack -- field tests, however, came back negative.
Heck would not confirm reports that a notebook was found, saying only that the investigation is still unfolding.
Heck went on to say that the man is believed to have acted alone and remains in custody. No charges have been filed against him, she said.
Investigators and bomb-sniffing dogs were seen sifting through his family's home in Fairfax County on Friday.
According to the Leesburg Police Department, a person with the same name and date of birth was arrested last month for breaking into vehicles at around 3:30 a.m. on May 26 in Leesburg, Va. Twenty-seven vehicles were damaged during the break-ins, according to police.
Gee who would have guessed it was a Muslim?
 

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A backpack and a notebook? And some "unknown substance" that was nonexplosive? Crack police work right there. :icon_roll
 

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A backpack and a notebook? And some "unknown substance" that was nonexplosive? Crack police work right there. :icon_roll
police found five pounds of a substance labeled ammonium nitrate inside the backpack -- field tests, however, came back negative.
Sounds like dummy bought something he thought was explosive and had some less than benevolent intentions. Oh, and they caught him there at night after the cemetery was closed.
 

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Sounds like dummy bought something he thought was explosive and had some less than benevolent intentions. Oh, and they caught him there at night after the cemetery was closed.
Maybe he was going to fertilize the grass. Ammonium nitrate is worthless without diesel or some other fuel.
 

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Maybe he was going to fertilize the grass. Ammonium nitrate is worthless without diesel or some other fuel.
One would assume that everyone knows that, but the guy found in the cemetery after hours with five pounds of fake ammonium nitrate, maybe not. I would imagine at best he was trying to create a bomb scare. Oh, and the only thing that really divides the cemetery from the Pentagon is a highway.
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&s...=1&biw=1280&bih=685&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl
 

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Is there anything these muslims could do that would piss the American people off more than attacking a military cemetery ?
 

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Attacking a preschool?

I really don't think so. I think they could attack elementary schools, shopping malls, the Statue of Liberty, etc... nothing will piss people off more than if they attack Arlington National Cemetery.

and when you consider the Kennedy's being buried there along with Thurgood Marshall, Medgar Evers, Harry Blackmun even the lefties will have a shit fit
 

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If they flew a plane in to the internet people would go on personal crusades against the terrorists.
 

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I really don't think so. I think they could attack elementary schools, shopping malls, the Statue of Liberty, etc... nothing will piss people off more than if they attack Arlington National Cemetery.
Just think of the headline "Al Qaeda attacks cemetary, dead bodies everywhere, casualties expected to be in the tens".
 

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UPDATE:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...detained-near-pentagon-linked-to-dc-military/
The case had apparently gone cold. But after several months of no progress, federal authorities have now zeroed in on a suspect in last year's shootings at several military sites around the nation's capital. Their suspect: the 22-year-old Marine reservist arrested Friday after causing a terror scare near the Pentagon.
Ballistics obtained at the suspect's home have been linked to evidence found at the scenes of the 2010 shootings, including the Marine Corps Museum in Triangle, Va., a vacant Marine recruiting station in Chantilly, Va., and the Pentagon itself, Fox News has learned.
Authorities are now trying to track down a vehicle once owned by the suspect, Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria, Va., who has since sold the vehicle.
Melaku was arrested early Friday morning at Arlington National Cemetery when the site was closed. He was carrying a backpack with what authorities initially thought might be explosives, and they found a notebook containing words and phrases such as "Taliban," "Al Qaeda," "defeated coalition forces," and "mujahedeen." The discoveries caused "concerns about the public’s safety," the FBI said at the time, and shut down major highways for much of Friday.
In the hours after Melaku's arrest Friday, FBI agents swarmed his home in Alexandria and interviewed neighbors.
Asked to confirm that evidence found in Melaku has been linked to last year's shootings, an FBI spokeswoman declined comment, citing "an ongoing investigation."
At a press conference in Washington in October, in the midst of the investigation into the shootings, a top FBI official said authorities believed the person responsible "has a grievance surrounding the U.S. Marine Corps."
“It may be that he feels he has been wronged by the Corps in his professional and or personal life,” said FBI Acting Assistant Director John Perren, whose Washington Field Office has been leading the FBI investigation. “The subject of his grievance does appear to be the institution of the United States Marine Corps and not the individual men and women Marines for whom he may feel a great deal of respect, admiration and even loyalty.”
Perren said authorities “do not believe it is his intention to harm innocent citizens or Marines,” adding that the suspect “has attempted to avoid casualties by acting during the nighttime and non-business hours.” In fact, no one was injured in any of the shootings.
Still, Perren said, “Acting out in this way however can lead to disastrous and tragic consequences that we all wish to avoid."
The first bullet holes were found Oct. 17, when $20,000 worth of windows and glass was shattered at the Marine Corps Museum. Two day later, six shots were fired into the south side of the Pentagon, which will be serving as a staging area for runners and others during the Marine Corps Marathon. The suspect then struck the recruiting center. Later in October, shots were fired again at the museum, apparently from the side of the building facing Interstate 95.
The shootings all occurred within 40 miles of each other in northern Virginia.
According to the FBI, Melaku joined the Marine Corps Reserve on Sept. 4, 2007, and he is currently listed as a motor vehicle operator with the Marine Corps reserves. He has previously been awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal. He has not been deployed overseas.
 

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He was carrying a backpack with what authorities initially thought might be explosives, and they found a notebook containing words and phrases such as "Taliban," "Al Qaeda," "defeated coalition forces," and "mujahedeen."
Every story I've seen has pretty much that same line. Gotta love the media.
 

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Every story I've seen has pretty much that same line. Gotta love the media.
I know. This line conveys no relevant information. Perhaps he was writing about how he is sad that the "Taliban", "Al Qaeda", and the "Mujahedeen" have "Defeated" the "Coalition Forces".
 

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I know. This line conveys no relevant information. Perhaps he was writing about how he is sad that the "Taliban", "Al Qaeda", and the "Mujahedeen" have "Defeated" the "Coalition Forces".
Pfft. Context.

I just want to detain a someone taking a class on the subject and claim that her notebook is evidence of a terrorist of plot.