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Arrested Austrian was planning 9/11-style attack on Reichstag

The Local · 19 Jun 2011, 09:44

Published: 19 Jun 2011 09:44 GMT+02:00

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The suspect, who has been named only as Thomas al-J. was arrested on Wednesday in his Vienna flat on suspicion of recruiting for terror training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan and of financing a terrorist organization - the German Taliban Mujahideen (DTM).

Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported on Saturday that the 25-year-old Austrian national who converted to Islam, had been plotting to crash a plane into the Reichstag, and had been training on a flight simulator.

Austria's interior ministry also said on Saturday that a German terrorism suspect had been arrested in Austria on May 31 and had links with the alleged recruiter.

The 26-year-old German, originally from Berlin, is in the process of being extradited to Germany, where he is suspected of being a member of a terrorist organization, ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia said.

Three other suspects who were arrested at Vienna airport on Wednesday apparently on their way to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan were released from custody that evening. Police said there were no grounds to detain them.

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Austria last year passed a law that prescribes up to five years in prison for any person attending a terror camp abroad.


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10:20 June 19, 2011 by Celeon
The last austrian in the Reichstag had at least the decency to arrive in a proper way. In a Mercedes.

And afterwards he used the damn door, because thats its purpose.

Why all this effort anyway? A dutchman once did the job with a box of matches for around 5 Pfennig.

Did he needed a flight simulator, training in a foreign country or an expensive flight ticket? Nope.

If this goes on, Al-Qaeda will sooner or later have to bail out bankrupt foreign islamic terror cells.
15:06 June 19, 2011 by Lachner
I say hang him for treason to his own country.
18:50 June 19, 2011 by MJMH
If Germany had borders again, this wouldn't be an issue. Germany needs to wake up and let the EU go the way of the Soviet Union.
19:49 June 19, 2011 by jbaker
The only Terrorists in this world are our Governments that we let control us. Most News Media in Print,TV and the Internet are all controlled by a very few individuals - Those who want to control this world.

Open your minds and go to alternate Web Sites such as - Infowars.com - Blacklistednews.com - Urbansurvival.com. These sites can direct you to many other Truthful News Sites.
20:39 June 19, 2011 by LecteurX
MJMH... seriously, how pathetic. The last time an Austrian attacked the Reichstag, and successfully so, Germany had very tight borders indeed. The 7/7 London attacks were not prevented, and this despite the fact that the UK is NOT within Schengen and therefore controls its borders and stuff. But why would we let some facts get in the way of any insane accusation.

Let's just blame "the EU" for every single loony plotting things and for everything going wrong. I guess next time there is a car crash, it will have to be the EU's fault as well.
00:03 June 20, 2011 by MJMH
Lecteur X

Times have changed. My point was and is we need borders again and the fact that once an Austrian attacked the Reichstag or the 7/7 attacks happened isn't my point. The way things are now isn't working. The countries in the EU have made one fatal mistake and that is thinking that all people think and feel and want the same thing. They don't. Win/win situations never work. And for the record I hope the EU goes the way of The Soviet Union since both were founded and practiced the same democratic principles.
01:54 June 20, 2011 by wenddiver
That metal dome might actual help protect in case of a small air plane crash. Hopefully the terrorist will rot in jail forever.
08:33 June 20, 2011 by bugger
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12:18 June 20, 2011 by adipk
jbaker: you are right and i am with you.

Now after years of war ,, US negotiation with Taliban "terrorist". What will happen after the successful negotiation (after getting the safe and victory way out), will they not be harmful to world. Will they stay in peace. If so than why we lost hundreds and thousands of innocents people so far.

Unbelievable and totally confused. Looking a respected way out and that's all.
13:03 June 20, 2011 by William Thirteen
'The countries in the EU have made one fatal mistake and that is thinking that all people think and feel and want the same thing'

oh yes, I remember seeing this written into the original EU Treaty... i think it was just after the clause requiring use of the same democratic principles as 'The Soviet Union'.
17:32 June 20, 2011 by LecteurX

"And for the record I hope the EU goes the way of The Soviet Union since both were founded and practiced the same democratic principles."

I guess there are a couple of words missing in the sentence above that would make it unambiguously clear, however I think I get your point, and it's... RUBBISH.

The Soviet Union was "founded" during/after the following:

- war

- defeat

- mass starvation

- a bourgeois revolution

- a communist coup d'État

- years of civil war

- the murder of the previous rulers (the czar's family) and the annihilation of anyone suspected of being a loyalist

- etc, etc.

It's a bit of a stretch to compare the founding treaties of the EEC/EU with the above.

There's a LOT of real and genuine criticism to level against the EU, but honestly, your argument is so ignorant it becomes pathetic. Again, please don't let the facts get in the way of... whatever you're at.
19:51 June 20, 2011 by MJMH

How do you think the EEC/EU was founded...during/after the following:

-a divided Europe

-a cold war

-European defeat/taking the back seat to both The Soviet Union and The USA

-a socialist, leftist, cradle to grave healthcare revolt

-the murder of millions

-most importantly guilt

Schuman did say that the best time to implement more laws and regulations for European unity was during a crisis and the situation would force the peoples of Europe to accept what was being (undemocratically) formed without their vote. That is/was like the Soviet Union.

Face it, today there is just no need for the European Union...the EEC maybe but too much culture is getting lost thanks to the EU rules and globalism. The nations of Europe were greater when they stood alone.
20:45 June 20, 2011 by mkvgtired

Also, the UK has the same "come one come all" approach as the EU regardless of if they implemented it themselves or not. There is a reason many in the intelligence community refer to their largest city as Londonistan.
11:02 June 21, 2011 by Louis Prince
Interesting remarks, again its down to the failure of multiculturalism. People like identity, to call someone an european means nothing, calling someone a German or frenchman, thats full of uniqueness.

jbaker, I understand your point and your correct that many politicians are controled by other people, we don't see, but it doesn't mean, not that Im accusing you of saying so, you can go around and kill random politicians and innocent people.
12:43 June 21, 2011 by ChrisRea
"If Germany had borders again, this wouldn't be an issue."

Great and intelligent remark. Look at the US - they have borders and that helped a lot for 9/11 to become an issue. Wait, it is actually the other way round. Maybe actually the fact that Germany and Austria are both in the UE and Schengen helped preventing the attack. It is amazing how some people would turn the meaning of facts so that it suits their beliefs.

"Win/win situations never work."

Of course. All those people that built and are satisfied with their win/win situations are just lunatics. My experience, which is limited and unlucky, is the real deal. Why cannot people understand this and stop working together in an honest way? I can say from my first hand experience that marriages (which are basic win/win relations) do not work. All those couples saying that they are happy with each other are plain liars. All of them.

"I hope the EU goes the way of The Soviet Union since both were founded and practiced the same democratic principles."

Again of course. Only illiterates do not know that EU was founded on and practices the rule of law, just as the Soviet Union was. Wait, actually the Soviet Union clearly stated that the "rule of law" concept (it is the individual who is the beneficiary of human rights which are to be asserted against the government) is not valid anymore and should be replaced by "society as a whole is the beneficiary". MJMH, thank you for showing/reminding us that white is black.
12:52 June 21, 2011 by MiriamSPia
I did read some of the other people's comments and would have to say that: I just find it sad that the terrorism problem is real and we have to contend with it.

I think it would help immensely if all the disgruntled people would do what my mother advised, which is "use your anger constructively rather than just destructively - use it to help make the world a better place" reform political structures instead of planting bombs, help save lives instead of throwing useless raging tantrums. It is a real challenge, but there are ways that are effective without being 'dangerously rash'. Look how we are getting somewhere with "renewable energy and women's rights" for example.
10:29 June 22, 2011 by m0j0
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