Saudi Man Arrested At Detroit Airport For Owning Pressure Cooker

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Meet the new "WMD" whose merest ownership is sufficient to get you arrested. That, and having an Arabic sounding name of course.

From (the soon to be broke?) Detroit News:

Man from Saudi Arabia arrested at Detroit airport with pressure cooker


Federal agents arrested a Saudi Arabian traveler who arrived at Detroit Metropolitan Airport with a pressure cooker, a key component used in the Boston Marathon bombings last month.


Hussain Al Kwawahir will be arraigned at 1 p.m. in federal court for allegedly using an altered passport and lying to a Customs and Border Protection Agent about the pressure cooker.


Al Kwawahir arrived at the airport Saturday from Saudi Arabia, via Amsterdam, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court.


He told agents he was visiting his nephew, who attends the University of Toledo.


During baggage inspection, officers noticed a page missing from his passport.


Al Kwawahir told officers he did not know how the page was removed from the passport.


During the baggage exam, officers found a pressure cooker.


Al Kwawahir said he brought the pressure cooker for his nephew because the devices are not sold in the United States, according to the complaint.


Later, he changed his story and admitted that his nephew had purchased a pressure cooker in the U.S. but it was cheap and broken

Moral of the story: don't lie about your pressure cooker.  Also, it may be time for Hawkins to change their slogan:

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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 13:54 | 3556910 knukles
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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 13:55 | 3556917 Almost Solvent
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"purchased a pressure cooker in the U.S. but it was cheap and broken"

So, was it made in China or Detroit?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 13:56 | 3556937 Spider
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That's right Homeland Security officers - you show Saudi Arabia how police state is done!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:02 | 3556977 krispkritter
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I"m just amazed that Detroit still has a working airport...?!?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:05 | 3556993 oddjob
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The duty free has crack and Tigers jerseys.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:12 | 3557004 hedgeless_horseman
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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:12 | 3557037 Precious
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He wasn't arrested because it was a pressure cooker.  He was arrested because it was 32 ounces.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:14 | 3557051 ParkAveFlasher
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Detroit + Arab + pressure cooker = need more security funds shoveled slushily = bail them out!!  bail them out!!  USA!!  USA!!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:33 | 3557167 TerminalDebt
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he's lucky he didnt have 100ml of water in that pressure cooker. That would be grounds for a good waterboarding or two.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:06 | 3557317 Stackers
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So Abdul, are you just happy to see me or is that pressure cooker in your pants ?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:51 | 3557582 Manthong
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Just wait until you see what happens with  weaponized popcorn makers.'s just a good thing that US immigration policy and foreign policy has nothing to do with any of the reasons for terror in this country.

it's all the fault of dangerous inanimate things


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:16 | 3557063 Pladizow
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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:26 | 3557121 redpill
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I call bullshit on this, no one would be stupid enough to stash a pressure cooker in your suitcase right after Boston.  Either it was planted to scare us, or it was a test run.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:28 | 3557132 rajat_bhatia
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Hey Tyler, that source of yours also has a tweet abt a breaking news of a woman arrested for throwing knife at her boyfriend coz he farted when she was watching TV. 



Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:33 | 3557162 roadhazard
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I agree with the BS call.  911 ! 911 !

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:16 | 3557692 Frank N. Beans
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i don't think so.  First it was shoe bombers.  Then underwear bombers.  Then pressure cookers became the latest in terrorist Muzlim fashion accessories.  All were "brief" trends, but this guy didn't get the memo to stop using pressure cookers. 

the next terrorist fashion statement will have something to do with Yankees baseball caps or laptop pet carriers


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:38 | 3557790 Mesquite
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Annnd travel around the globe, thru International Aiirports with it....

Truly amazing...,

Hollywood would be ashamed...


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:34 | 3557170 Normalcy Bias
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Saudi + pressure cooker is sort of like effeminate priest + prepubescent filipino boys. It really does beg the question...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:20 | 3557088 johnQpublic
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wheres the ' chicken in every pot' joke?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:24 | 3557105 TrumpXVI
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That is NOT a pic of a Tactical Pressure Cooker.

The tactical ones are all finished in BLACK!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:07 | 3557321 luckylogger
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And come with a pistol grip which proves they are dangerous.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:16 | 3557351 1C3-N1N3
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And if you order now, we'll throw in a pair of khakis and a baseball cap.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:52 | 3557251 francis_sawyer
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Those 7 Mason Jars in the background look like 'Molotov Cocktails'


That's It!... SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING... I'm reporting you to the the 'Loyal Order of Waterbuffaloes & CheesePopes'... [whose 'lodge' themesong is a diddy by the eclectic jazz ensemble of 'Squeaky McWheel & the 'Yodelers']...

You're done here h_h... DO YOU HEAR ME?... DONE FOREVER!...

We'll have no hosenfeffer in this forum!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:45 | 3557494 Disenchanted
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ain't nuthin like a Mason jar filled with some good 'shine...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:09 | 3558623 Race Car Driver
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> Those 7 Mason Jars in the background look like 'Molotov Cocktails'


Those are Musselman cocktails. Don't sweat it ... the TSA doesn't know the difference either.


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:03 | 3557279 Uncle Remus
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If it ain't BLACK (hey ZH, it's a farking color), it ain't tactical.


EDIT: Dammit TrumpXVI, I missed your comment.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:38 | 3557451 Disenchanted
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Mailing Address Retail Store:
PO Box 270, Kidron, OH 44636


Hard to believe that I grew up about 5 miles from a major terrorist supplier...


Hell I was even trained in the usage of these WMDs by my own mother when I was but a wee lad.

Watch out Berspanke(and your merry band of banksters) me and my pressure cooker are coming for you.



Jesus H. Christ!


If there's a bustle in your hedgerow don't be alarmed now

it's just a spring clean for the May Queen

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:43 | 3557811 thisandthat
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You got me a tactical... but what about the ballistic backpack?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:10 | 3557026 jbvtme
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this shit with the arabs is sure taking some pressure off the blacks and mexicans in this country...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:03 | 3557305 Uncle Remus
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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:18 | 3557360 F22
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Detroit metropolitan airport is beautiful modern airport. Much nicer than
LAX, Kennedy, Laguardia, or O' may never be fully paid for.....

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:05 | 3557625 fourchan
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its the bond holders problem now.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:27 | 3557398 Freddie
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Oddly enough - Detroit airport was nicer than Chicago Ohare.   I stopped flying because I am tired of being groped and having my prostate irradiated by the goons at DHS. 

Detroit/Dearborn have been infested by the other plague called muslims.  Serious - who the fu*k carries a pressure cooker in their luggage?  

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:03 | 3556985 francis_sawyer
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Those wacky DETROIT LAW ENFORCEMENT officials... Somehow they 'didn't' get the following message...


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:46 | 3557059 hedgeless_horseman
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And so what, exactly, is the ZeroHedge definition of racism? 

This is the end of Fight Club. 

Best of luck to everyone, it has been a good run, three years and 12 weeks for me. 

See ya'll at the next watering hole.


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:05 | 3557247 Precious
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Everyone here gets treated with equal contempt.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:52 | 3557260 philosophers bone
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It would be good to run through some examples of what ZH considers to be racism.

For example, I find some of the comments on connection between financial /monetary system / central banks and Israel or those of Israeli background to be interesting and thought prevoking.

When is commenting on that considered racist?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:57 | 3557275 McMolotov
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I'm a proud racist because I hate Nascar. Get it? Race-ist?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:04 | 3557308 Uncle Remus
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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:05 | 3557310 francis_sawyer
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I guess I'm a 'racist' too... I think NASCAR is a joke... Feel free to 'BAN' me Tylers...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:34 | 3557366 Precious
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Michelle wants to wash your mouth out with soap.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:42 | 3557473 francis_sawyer
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well that's a relief... At least my mouf is safe...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:23 | 3557387 BLOTTO
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It can't be racism if ALL nations/people have been inflitrated by the same group.


We ALL have the same enemy.


Am i still allowed to bash Satanists or is that discrimination?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:00 | 3557904 francis_sawyer
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That depends...


As far as I know... [based on the high intellectual wisdom of ZH posters]... 'Satanists' & 'Luciferians' are different tribes...

& unfortunarely... That might not be the END of it...

Each... could one day be divided into:

- Beelzebubians

- BeetleJuiceians

- The Beatles

- Juice Newton

- Devil Wears Prada-ians

- Deviled EGG-ians

- Underwoodians

- Krackens

It's... Just... Really Hard...


Thank DOG that... over this past weekend... the ORDER OF THE CHEESEPOPES has intermingled with ZH... So as to bring 'logic' & 'sanctity' to the age old perplexing question...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:53 | 3557870 thisandthat
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I used to race, back in school (nope, not nascar...), so I'm a racist too... also, my pets don't eat at the table - that's racist...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:13 | 3557334 Uncle Remus
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Somebody get this sock a script...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:54 | 3557266 Harbanger
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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:55 | 3557267 fuu
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You don't visit much over the weekends do you?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:55 | 3557270 Ralph Spoilsport
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Didn't see that one coming.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:11 | 3557316 Widowmaker
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Widowmaker thought you were joking.

Too bad is already taken. 

Rules on expression and speech??  Wow, put a fork in truth.

What's next Tyler, a gay-a-day column for faggots to feel important?!  Do I need pink shoes and glitter to fight??

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