August 31st, 2010
10:40 AM ET

U.S., Dutch authorities diverge on terror arrest

[Updated at 10:40 a.m.] An initial United States investigation into two men arrested at Schiphol International Airport in the Netherlands shows no evidence of terrorism and no indication the men even knew each other, two U.S. officials told CNN Tuesday.

[Posted at 9:54 a.m.] The two men arrested at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands are being held on suspicion of plotting a terrorist act, Dutch authorities said Tuesday. The men arrived on a flight from Chicago, Illinois.

They are Yemeni citizens who were en route to the Yemeni capital Sanaa, officials said.

An announcement about whether they will be charged will be made "in a few days," authorities said in a statement.

U.S. source: Dutch arrests may have been dry run

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  1. Bill

    Hey Media:

    If we are so safe how come all these recent reports show terrorists from these terrorist countries using the United States or Hub to go to other countries? We are not as safe as the Government and media leads us to believe unless we read into such articles and make some common sense out of it. Look out for the next major attack on our soil.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    These terrorist don't give up, they are complete idiots. I'm glad the authorities are paying attention and catching these cowards.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. DAN

    I thought Obama was going to mend fences so that the rest of the world likes us? HAH, This is just another example of his failing policies..bush started the fire, but this guy is adding gasoline to it!!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      You're a fool and tool. Mending fences with allied nations and "mending fences" with fanatics are two different things. The Obama administration amde no mention of fence mending with terrorists.

      If you actually cared about the facts, you'd realize that under the Obama administration overt actions have switched to working with allies while covert action has increased. There has been more covert "activities" under this administration than the previous administration. One example the is the targeting of terrorist leadership for assassination. Drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen ahve increased. US special forces activity in Somalia and the surround countries have also gone up. You can't don things like this without some mended fences.

      August 31, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    Don't get lulled into the false notion that terrorists are fools. They aren't. These two were likely foot soldiers, expendible. They were testing the system. And without knowing why they were allowed to proceed on with the flight, I'd say the security measures put in place to prevent bombs getting on board failed, again! These guys and their "test" devices made it on board and through to the Netherlands.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chickenheads

    You're so right, Dan. Obama really should have been the one to discover them and arrest them at the airport. He's such a slacker.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    How are you so sure they are
    terrorists.funny how people
    will beleave anything that is
    Told to them. There can never
    Be peace when the world is always
    Paranoid or suspect of everyting.
    United we stand. The worlds people
    That is. Remember the little boy who
    Cryed wolf ?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • bruceben9

      remember the 12million murdered by the nazis? because people like you refused to believe what was right before their eyes. wake up!

      August 31, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tet1953

    It is looking like this is nothing. They even have an explanation for why items were taped together. No one should criticize the authorities however. They are doing a helluva job and I am glad they caught and flagged this.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Annie

    Just because they are smart does not mean those of us born in the US are not. We just have 2 prove that we true intelligents.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • meow

      "We just have 2 prove that we true intelligents"

      and there's the problem...

      August 31, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • tet1953

      lol meow

      August 31, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bert Friedman

    Let's see:
    Watches attached to shampoo bottle, Cellphone attached to medicine bottle!
    If that does not qualify as a dry run what does.
    Our government is failing us! Homeland security is failing us!
    It seems the only people that can be arrested or failed on any action are our own citizens.
    Who puts watches on shampoo bottles? Who attaches cell phones to medicine bottles;
    Someone that wants to test the abilities and operational characteristics of a particular airport or system.
    AMERICA wake the F*** UP. Our system is FUBAR
    The Federal government is only interested in helping the rich.
    Our infrastructure is crumbling. Just go take a look at your local rail line or airport or highway or local streets.
    Our Economy is on the brink.
    Our Children are hungry and less educated with fewer resources than in past decades.
    We have become SHEEP and given up our voice.
    America has become the result of a people focused on self and play, while other countries zoom past us in so many areas.

    August 31, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Kane

      You are making these statements because you are looking through the eyes of an American. You don't tape things together but people from these poor countries do that when they are packing stuff that is going to one relative. Not everyone from an Arab/Muslim country is a terrorist. Its for your own sanity to get out of this paranoid mindset. Otherwise this is going to drive you mad and you will end up hurting someone who resembles as muslim like the young fellow who attacked the cabbie in New York.

      August 31, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • bruceben9

      mr. friedman. you're a smart guy. these jerks were positively up to no good.

      August 31, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bruceben9

    mr kane. please believe whatever you want. i do not believe this bs about taping things in THIS manner as nothing less than the actions of people up to no good. get your head out of your tush and maybe you will become a little smarter and less gullible.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. america

    We should dismantle homeland security. We should kickout good for nothing idiot muslem obama allowing others to come here ,too much government. and idiots all are failing us.we the people will be left defend to america.poeple must be dumb or muslem to believe these terrorist were not trying something.wake up people before we bomb again

    September 1, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. america

    I Dont believe the news,they are own by muslam countries,they fired lou dobbs because expose th truth.the government could fail us,but we the people wont if have to protect our country.

    September 1, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |