White House Calls Explosives On Detroit Flight Attempted Terrorist Attack

The White House is now calling the frightening incident on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit an attempted terrorist attack.

Passengers on that Northwest flight are talking about the experience.

Administration officials say a passenger ignited a small explosive device at the end of the flight.

Three people were injured, one of them the suspect.

A federal bulletin lists the suspect as a Nigerian national who claims to have extremist affiliations.

One passenger describes what she saw: "He stood up, he was belligerent, he was yelling... swearing. He... screaming about Afghanistan. Um, he was fighting with the stewardesses. There were five men on the flight. I said to my husband I was thankful that there were five men on the flight and I kept tapping him because I was nervous and he kept telling me relax, relax."

The suspect has been taken into custody and is being treated for burns from the explosion.

Northwest Airlines is a subsidiary of Delta.

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A passenger who witnessed the alleged attempt to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit says the incident took place during the plane's descent.

Syed Jafri says he was seated three rows behind the passenger who's now accused of trying to blow up the plane. Jafri says he saw a glow and noticed a smoke smell.

He says a young man who'd been sitting behind him then jumped on the man with the device.

Jafri says, "Next thing you know, there was a lot of panic."

Passenger Rich Griffith says he was seated too far in the back to see what had happened. But he says he didn't mind being detained on the plane for several hours because of it. He adds, "We can't have what's going on everywhere else happening here."

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    Just curious if anyone knows this. Who said "...So we will pursue a long-term strategy to contain Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction..."? How about this, "...First, we must be prepared to use force again if Saddam takes threatening actions, such as trying to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction or their delivery systems, threatening his neighbors,"? Maybe this, "...The credible threat to use force, and when necessary, the actual use of force, is the surest way to contain Saddam's weapons of mass destruction program,"? This, "...And mark my words, he will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them, and he will use them..."? Anyone??? I'll help you all out...'twas Slick Willy Clinton in 1998. Nope, for all of you with BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome), it wasn't 'W'...Wonder what Willy told GWB during the transition?
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Dec 26, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    I know, I am such an idiot. How stupid could I be. Must be the weed I be smoking
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Dec 26, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    "Obama Snake Oil Co.", better known as "Snake", Bin Laden did not lead us to the war in Iraq. He's never been a target in Iraq. So, Afghanistan is the only country that we have fought in while attempting to capture Bin Laden. I just thought I would remind you of that since you seem a little misinformed. **Some people overdosed on the Bush Kool-Aid.**
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 26, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    Locutus Of Borg, the answer to your question is they're planning to implant the long awaited Bio-Chip in all human bodies. At least all who are registered "US citizens for now". This phase will not be introduced until after the US dollar (paper plastic & coin currency) is eliminated. They're (Illumanati & New World Order supporters) working hard internationally to do this and have accoplished much within the last 20 yrs.. If you're aware of biblical prophesies and books of Daniel & Revelations, just about all prophesy has been fulfilled relating to our generation in these last days before Gods wrath come upon the wicked & perverse people on earth. This BioChip is the Mark of The Beast and is straight from satan. The Antichrist which is here with us today, is getting ready to reveal himself to the world if not already. He will force humanity to recieve this chip for ID, but/sell, records & GPS information. You're right, He will own all souls/bodies that recieve that chip. Read your bible
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    snake; where's the confusion about lavon? he's a GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE and he's here to help. grab your ankles.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 26, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    OSOC, Lavon is like CNN always talking like a parrot but has no wings to fly (find other sources of news). Lavon follows the sheeple as obama intended. Lavon I see you have quit drinking the obama kool aid and are now bathing in the same. Mean while Lavon keep that job, pay those obama taxes and drink the kool aid. By the way OSOC, you did not make up a word you are misinformed by using "dissinformed". Happy days.
  • by Obama Snake Oil on Dec 26, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    I love making up words like dissinformed!
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    First they got our minds through the NEA and our schools, now they want our bodies through government run socialized medicine. I wonder how they'll get our souls?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 26, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    Lavon, you cannot go through life being this dissinformed, I mean, you should learn about the internet. There is a whole new world out there away from ignorance. There is this thing called history. Its important and is based on what "happened" in the past. Like when Clinton had the chance to do away with Bin laudin, yet did nothing. Clinton was one of our past presidents, before Bush was elected. He knew the danger and informed Bush of the danger which led us to wars in two countries. Serious, this stuff is on the internet and away from you leader George Soros and moveon.org. Where you get your commands from. Actually, you can learn to think for yourself and be independent, however, that takes intelligence. We love you the way you are.....Seems when you follow sheep off the cliff, you never look behind you. Watch out for the good ole boys....So your president decided to use "terrorist" as a new word? Hmmmmm, maybe he learned from the Ft Hood terrorist. He was crazy you know.
  • by al Location: enc on Dec 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    It must have taken No Bama all of 24 hours to think that one up DUH! Dee dee dee! What a moron! He is in love with his people it is a matter of time he will order us all to convert to Islam or we will have more taxes and spending out of debt. Cannot wait to see what happens. I ll guess he will put him in the new prison in Illinois with the rest of his buddies.
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