January 07, 2007
Move along.. Nothing to see here
The word on the streets of SoFla is that Port Police stopped a van to check the papers. The driver was trying to access a secure area of the Port. He told the police that he was all by his lonesome in that truck, and his paperwork appeared to be in order.
Except... a search revealed that he wasn't alone and there were two more men in the back of the truck. Two "middle eastern" men who are in the this country illegally.
The Port of Miami is now in lockdown as the law scrambles, trying to figure out what's happened. Or rather, what might happen.
Fox News had a breaking news alert about an hour ago, it was their top story, but they yanked it.
Nothing on the local news here at the moment.
12:45 UPDATE: Okay, we got news. The Port is open and operating at "high security."
1:00 UPDATE: One Iraqi and one Lebanese in the back of the truck. One of them had an outstanding warrant, no news on what for.
The truck was an 18 wheeler.
FOX VIDEO on the right hand side of the screen:
At the end of the broadcast, they sum up saying this is non-story because this kind of thing happens all the time and there's nothing to worry about since there were no explosives in the truck.
Ahem. It was an empty truck going into the Port. Am I the only one wondering what they were picking up at the Port?
and... if you're think that its good thing the Dubai Ports deal didn't go through, think again.
Guess who runs the Port of Miami.
Sure. Lying moslems trying to sneak into a secure area in the Port with an empty truck. No big deal, happens every day. and remember, its the religion of peace and moslems are our friends. Just think, its 28 days to the Super Bowl.
UPDATE 2:03 Fox reported earlier that there were no explosives found. But, it appears they have not searched the truck yet, and the Bomb Squad is enroute (and they're stuck in traffic!). Word is that they are moving the truck... away from prying eyes?
2:20 UPDATE: An FBI spokeswoman in Miami said an Iraqi semi-truck driver trying to get into the port was been arrested after the cargo in his truck did not match what was declared on the truck's manifest. Orihuela said the men appear to be in the U.S. legally and have resident status. They are not on any watch list. It was two Iraqis and Lebanese.
And the Bomb Squad has arrived. News conference coming up.
Question: The news is reporting that likely "its just a paperwork problem." How is that one man trying to sneak into the port, claims he doesn't know what's in his truck, lies about two more men who were hiding in the truck, and one of them has an outstanding warrant for arrest, how the hell is that considered a paperwork problem? They must think we're stupid.
I'll betcha dollars to donuts they bury this.
My head hurts.
3:20 UPDATE: According to the Miami Herald, "Federal sources said the manifest described the cargo was auto parts, but that is not what was found. Instead, authorities found two 55-gallon containers in the back of the truck."
Drudge has it now, but he's linking to the older Miami Herald article. Yo Matt, you should read my site! I scooped ya over three hours ago!
4:20 UPDATE Miami HAZMAT is on the scene and they pushed the news conference back again. There's still no news about this on our local TV stations.
4:45 UPDATE Miami HAZMAT has left the scene. News conference delayed again.
5:00 UPDATE Train derailed in D.C. That should put the lid on this story.
5:17 UPDATE According the news conference, now the extra men were in the back seat and not hiding, and all of a sudden the contents of the truck match the manifest and it wasn't auto parts, it was some kind of wire and it was 22 pallets and not two 55 gallon containers and it was all just a communications problem.
Like I said, they think we're stupid.
The final word: Miami Port Scare 'Comedy Of Errors'... everything they reported throughout the day was supposedly untrue.
Move along.. Nothing to see here.
Posted by LindaSoG at January 7, 2007 12:00 PM
How many dry runs before the real thing? The driver lied about the occupancy of the truck at a security checkpoint, that's enough reason to lock them up.
Posted by: Jack at January 7, 2007 04:56 PM
Two Iraqis and one Lebanese national who are legal permanent U.S. residents from Dearbornistan? You're right they'll bury this story. Don't those Port guards know what happened to those two border guards last month. They could get life for interferring with the rights of a criminal.
Posted by: Jack at January 7, 2007 08:26 PM