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Security lapses found after airport shooting

The Local · 6 Mar 2011, 15:02

Published: 06 Mar 2011 15:02 GMT+01:00

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An anonymous source from within security services apparently told Die Welt newspaper that there were security failings at the airport. The German Attorney General would not comment on the story.

Politicians from the governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) said the potential glitch needed to "be taken very seriously."

"This mishap could have had dramatic consequences if the shooter had got away," said CDU interior policy spokesman Wolfgang Bosbach. His SPD counterpart Dieter Wiefelspütz added, "One has to question whether the security of the US soldiers at the airport was properly organized."

Armed with a Belgian Fabrique Nationale semi-automatic pistol and a large quantity of ammunition, a 21-year-old Kosovar named Arid Uka attacked a bus used to transport US military personnel outside the airport terminal last Wednesday.

He shot dead one US airman in front of the bus before also killing the driver. Two other servicemen were seriously injured.

He then fled into the terminal building before being subdued and arrested. The man admitted early on during his interrogation that he wanted to kill US soldiers. Working at the airport’s international postal centre, Uka knew his way around the facility, and likely observed the US military bus service beforehand.

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16:26 March 6, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Many places I have been, India comes to mind, where Security procedures are now taken care of BEFORE you enter the airport.

Since, apparently, it isn't just the United States who 'deserves' Terrorism. India has also been attacked by 'terrorists'. Maybe, its because Indians help Imperialist Americans with Banking and Travel needs at Customer Service Call Centers.

However, that solution only exposed the mobs waiting outside of the airport to attack.

If you haven't experienced the 'FUN' of waiting in line at a security check point on the sidewalk across the street from the Airport, soaking wet because 'all Umbrellas will be confiscated'. Welcome to Multi-Culti Utopia!

Bottom line, there will never be 'enough' Security for someone trying to perpetrate evil.

All this Security only becomes more and more expensive and prohibitive of freedom.
17:45 March 6, 2011 by stux
I wish there was a way to give you an "I like this" point.

With India it is because of the Pakistanis.
18:50 March 6, 2011 by West_Indian
Its like that also in Turkey but I guess thats because of the PKK.
19:28 March 6, 2011 by wood artist
This story is interesting, but I believe the headline is missleading.

When I first read it, I assumed it meant that the gunman was able to do what he did because something was wrong beforehand. He went through a checkpoint with his gun and somebody didn't catch it, etc.

However, the story simply says some cameras weren't working, so there are no pictures of the event. That's much different.

Based on the story, he still would have been able to do exactly what he did, and the difference would be that there were no pictures to help identify him if he had escaped. That's valid. It needs to be properly addressed.

However, it wouldn't have changed the outcome of the incident itself.

None of this means it's unimportant, but the headline clearly suggests something the story doesn't tell.

21:42 March 6, 2011 by swingCrew
someone protesting the war in afghanistan? that adds context, its important to get all these stories correct, its like hoping for a no fly zone over Libya, and then finding out the UN is looking at may, think I'll check out the other orange links as well.
08:47 March 7, 2011 by moistvelvet
Oh the irony of a an anonymous source from within the security services leaking information to a newspaper about security failings :-D
15:38 March 7, 2011 by elboertjie
Another possibility is that those cameras indeed did function properly, but that the video material of it does not wish to be made public and the truth of how this transpired be kept secret.

For instance, there might have been information in this video to show that the perpetrator was somehow assisted indirectly by other folk. Perhaps someone else slowing down the bus, somehow hindering the soldiers or setting the scene to make it easier for him to shoot the people.

This would of course mean that he did not work alone, but that he had assistance and that trail might lead to other terrorist organisations such as the CIA.

Similar things have happened in the past and one example of many is the videos of 9/11 kept secret and being edited before release.

If more stringent security will be applied at the airport to body scan people and make their life horrible, it really points a finger at the CIA puppets.
15:58 March 7, 2011 by tallady
elboertjie..impressive,,, of course you have confirmation on all your ummmmm theories or unsubstanciated comments concerning "This would of course mean that he did not work alone, but that he had assistance and that trail might lead to other terrorist organisations such as the CIA" real piece of prose.
18:37 March 7, 2011 by c12dat
elbeotjie = O2 thief
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