After destroying these two guys reputation and lives... (will they ever be able to travel freely again? get jobs? go anywhere or do anything?) they are "free". They are actually quite lucky. It's so easy to connect the dots and make ppl into terrorists...like if they had a Quran on them or a mosque phone #.
Prospective terrorism case against detained Yemenis is closed
Two men arrested after flying from Chicago to Amsterdam are released and will not be charged. Tests on luggage initially showed possible traces of explosives, but that was later ruled out.
Reporting from Washington —
Two Yemenis who flew from Chicago to Amsterdam, where they were arrested on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack, were released Wednesday, Dutch officials said."They are free men.... This case is closed,"
said Martijn Boelhouwer, a spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service in Rotterdam.
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The pair, en route to Yemen, missed a flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport, but their luggage flew to Dulles. It was removed before the plane left for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when officials realized they weren't aboard.Initial tests of the luggage at Dulles showed "the possibility of a trace of explosives," Boelhouwer said, but further testing proved there were "no traces of explosives whatsoever."
U.S. officials had notified the Dutch about the initial tests, and the men were arrested when they landed in Amsterdam.
The incident began Sunday in Birmingham, Ala., when one of the men, Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi, attracted airport screeners' attention. In his checked luggage, they found a cellphone taped to a Pepto-Bismol bottle, several cellphones taped together, watches taped together, a knife and box cutters. Because it is not illegal to carry such items in checked bags, he was allowed to continue his journey.
Al Soofi and the other man, Hezam al Murisi, were believed to be strangers to each other, a U.S. law enforcement official said. Al Soofi is a permanent resident of the U.S. with a Detroit address; Al Murisi was in the U.S. on a visa that had reportedly expired.
Floris van Hovell, an official at the Dutch Embassy in Washington, said the two men were interrogated extensively and search warrants were executed in the U.S. He did not know the men's whereabouts after their release.
A U.S. Justice Department spokesman said that there had been no evidence to indicate terrorist activity and that the men would not be charged with any crime.
Officials in the U.S. repeatedly have warned about terrorist groups in Yemen.
Studies have found that airport explosive-detection machines intended to identify minute traces of bomb-making materials are subject to false readings in the 15%-to-30% range. Manufacturers are working to reduce the "false positive" rate to 10%, the Transportation Security Administration said.
The machines are not intended to analyze an object's chemical composition, but its density and mass. Chocolate, fruitcake and peanut butter have triggered alarms because of their density.