2012年10月17日水曜日

武装中国系米国人 関空通過

武装した中国系米国人が関空を通過したとのこと。
 関西空港を出発し、米ロサンゼルスの空港に到着した中国系アメリカ人
の男が、発煙弾やナイフなどの危険物を隠し持っていたとして、アメリカ
の司法当局に逮捕されました。

容疑者
・Yongda Huang Harris 28才 男性 中国生まれ、米国へ帰化、
 ボストン大学卒。
・日本で勤務。中学で英語を教える。
・家族がボストンに在住。
・LAXの入国審査で、手荷物に、危険物を違法に隠し持つ。
 発煙弾(smoke grenade)、ナイフ、斧、ガスマスク等。
 但し、違法は発煙弾のみ。
 遺体袋、警棒、バイオハザードスーツ、防毒マスク(?)、
 手錠、鉄製足かせ、バッテリ等を含む。
 トレンチコートの下に、防弾チョッキと耐火性ズボンを着込む。
・所有するPCに性的暴行を思わせる映画や誘拐方法の書類があった。
・テロ集団とつながりはなし。

関空広報
・当局が調査中。該当者はいなかったとのこと。

時事通信の成田発は間違いで、KIX(関空)-ICN(仁川)-LAX(LA)が正しい
ようだ。反日運動関与も不明。

日本での捜査は、米移民・関税執行局東京事務所特別捜査官が捜査を担当
とのこと。国外で捜査権あるのか。

関空では、保安員がボディタッチによる検査を開始と発表したが、報道
通りであれば、効果は薄かったようだ。容疑者は、仁川で乗継ぎしたよう
だから、関空だけの問題かどうかは捜査次第。
関空から搭乗のようだから、西日本・関西圏で勤務し居住か。

日本で使用可能な軍用発煙弾を購入できるのだろうか。
発煙弾の製造会社はどこか。

外資規制見送り
生体認証 指紋変造
生体認証破り
過激宗派が布教


Lawyer: Airport Weapons Suspect Not Flight Risk


---関空から出発 危険物所持容疑で逮捕---
2012年10月10日 15時31分
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20121010/k10015639421000.html

 関西空港を出発し、アメリカ、ロサンゼルスの空港に到着した中国系アメリカ人の男が、発煙弾やナイフなどの危険物を隠し持っていたとして、アメリカの司法当局に逮捕されました。
 逮捕されたのは、中国系アメリカ人の28歳の男です。
 アメリカの司法当局によりますと、今月5日、ロサンゼルス国際空港の入国審査で、男がコートの下に防弾チョッキなどを着ているのを不審に思った係官が、男が預けた手荷物を調べたところ、発煙弾や複数のナイフ、それにガスマスクなどが見つかったということです。男は危険物を違法に隠し持っていたとして、逮捕されました。
 逮捕された男は関西空港で搭乗し、韓国のインチョン空港を経由してロサンゼルスに到着し、さらに東海岸のボストンに向かおうとしていたということです。
アメリカの司法当局は、男が危険物を所持していた動機について捜査するとともに、日本の関係先とも協力して出国時の状況についても調べています。


---成田発機に武装男=中国系米国人、尖閣に反発?-ロサンゼルス---
2012/10/10-10:52
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=int_30&k=2012101000222

 【ロサンゼルス時事】米国土安全保障省は9日、成田発ロサンゼルス行きの旅客機内で違法に武装し、武器を所持していた疑いで、中国系米国人の男を逮捕したと発表した。当局は、男が日本政府による沖縄県・尖閣諸島国有化に反発した可能性もあるとみて、動機を詳しく調べている。
 男はヤンダ・ファン・ハリス容疑者(28)。同省移民・関税執行局によると、逮捕は5日付で、ロサンゼルスの入国審査で防弾チョッキや耐火ズボンを着込んでいたところを見つかり、手荷物から爆発物や刃物、ガスマスクなどが押収された。ハリス容疑者は東部ボストンに向かおうとしていたという。
 報道によると、ハリス容疑者は最近まで日本で勤務していた。有罪の場合、最長で禁錮5年が言い渡される可能性がある。


---Prosecutor: Man Carrying Arsenal of Weapons Had Murder Instructions on Computer---
By Regina Wang | October 15, 2012
http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/10/15/prosecutor-man-carrying-arsenal-of-weapons-had-murder-instructions-on-computer/

The judge denied bail and considered Yongda Huang Harris a “flight risk.”

It’s not just the tangible objects found in Yongda Huang Harris’s suitcase that are alarming authorities - it’s the virtual items, too. Prosecutors have pored through Harris’s computer since he was arrested more than a week ago at Los Angeles International Airport after security officials found a veritable arsenal of weapons in his luggage, including a biohazard suit, billy clubs and a smoke grenade, as he traveled from Japan to Boston.

Federal authorities say they’ve found pornographic videos and instructions on kidnapping people on his computer, suggesting he has “a strong interest” in sexual violence against girls, the Associated Press reports. On his computer were a movie titled “Schoolgirls in Cement” and a publication titled “Man Trapping” - a manual on how to hunt people. Federal authorities also found information about date-rape drugs, how to commit murder, arson and kidnapping, as well as a Microsoft Word document detailing Japanese school schedules, said federal prosecutor Melissa Mills, according to Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese news service based in Los Angeles.

At a Friday detention hearing in Los Angeles, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams denied Harris bail, considering him a “flight risk.” His lawyer Steven Seiden denied this claim, saying Friday that all reports of Harris refusing to cooperate with authorities are “completely wrong.” But for the time being, the 28-year-old Harris is detained in California, accused of transporting a prohibited explosive - the smoke grenade - on a plane. The other weapons in his checked luggage were allowed, since they were stored underneath the plane. But for the single charge of transporting hazardous materials, he could face up to five years in federal prison if convicted. He didn’t enter a plea Friday and will stand trial.

A U.S. citizen and Boston University graduate, Harris was most recently teaching English to junior-high school students in Japan. He was arrested at LAX during a stopover on October 5. A Customs and Border Protection agent called him aside for a secondary inspection after finding it odd that he was wearing a bulletproof vest. Authorities later found he was also donning fire-retardant pants and kneepads underneath his trench coat. And then the suspicious collection of weapons was found in his luggage, including a hatchet, a baton, a smoke grenade, multiple knives, three lead-filled billy clubs, a full-face respirator, body bags, a biohazard suit, masks, duct tape, hand cuffs, leg irons, flexi-cuffs, a dog-repelling device, as well as oven mitts and cooking tongs.

Harris’ attorney, Steven Seiden, maintains his client’s innocence. Describing Harris as “timid” and “shy” with no previous criminal or psychological records, Seiden said his client was traveling to Boston for his stepfather’s funeral.

Seiden said the peculiar attire donned by his client was simply a fashion statement shared by young people in Japan. It’s also not illegal to wear on the plane, ABC reports. The attorney said the arsenal of weapons was meant for self-protection, as Harris was previously attacked and mugged on the streets of Boston. Also, Seiden disputed the claim that Harris was carrying body bags, asserting that it was merely a large duffel bag.

“He may delve into a fantasy world in his research and his interests … He may have interests that are not of the norm,” Seiden said, “but that that doesn’t mean he’s carrying out any type of harm to anyone.” Prosecutor Mills said the items “looked like a kidnap kit,” according to the AP.

It’s still a mystery how the smoke grenade - which authorities have determined could easily inundate a standard plane’s cabin with smoke or even fire - passed through security and onto the plane. Harris, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was en route to Boston from Kansai, Japan, and had stopped in South Korea’s Incheon Airport before his second layover at LAX.


---Man arrested after smoke grenade found in luggage---
SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER and ELLIOT SPAGAT | October 10, 2012 02:33 AM EST | AP
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121010/us-airport-weapons-arrest/

LOS ANGELES - A man dressed in a bulletproof vest and fire-resistant pants was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after a smoke grenade, gas mask, leg irons and weapons were discovered in his luggage, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Boston-bound Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was arrested Friday on suspicion of transporting hazardous materials on a flight from Japan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

Harris was not cooperating with federal officials attempting to interview him, according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an open investigation. The official said Harris is not believed to be linked to a terrorist organization, but his motive has not been determined.

Harris is a U.S. citizen whose permanent residence is in Boston, and he recently started living and working in Japan, officials said. Attempts to reach Harris' family in Boston and his associates were unsuccessful.

Harris has been charged with one count of transporting hazardous materials, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Harris made a brief court appearance Tuesday, and his detention hearing was postponed until Friday.

Harris' retained attorney, Steven Seiden, was unavailable to comment, said Chris Williams, a spokesman for the lawyer.

It's unclear what Harris had on his body and what he had checked in baggage, which will be crucial information to the defense, said Williams, who declined to comment on why Harris was carrying any of the weapons.

"It raises a lot of questions, and those questions will need to be answered. Right now the case is very early," Williams said.

The defense attorney's spokesman described Harris as "very intelligent," earning A's in high school and college calculus. Williams declined to elaborate on his background.

Seiden also represents Mark Basseley Youssef, the man behind the anti-Islam video that recently sparked violence in the Middle East.

Harris drew suspicion when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the airport noticed he was wearing the bulletproof vest and fire-resistant pants under his trench coat. That triggered a formal investigation by Homeland Security special agents.

A search of Harris' checked luggage uncovered numerous suspicious items, including knives, body bags, a hatchet, a collapsible baton, a biohazard suit, a full-face respirator, billy clubs, handcuffs, leg irons and a device to repel dogs, authorities said.

The smoke grenade was subsequently X-rayed by the Los Angeles police's bomb squad. Officers said the device fell into a category that is prohibited on board passenger aircraft by the United Nations.

"Depending on the conditions when it is ignited, the smoke grenade, made by Commando Manufacturers, could potentially fill the cabin of a commercial airplane with smoke or cause a fire," federal officials said in a news release.

Many of the other items in Harris' luggage - including the hatchet and knives - wouldn't violate Transportation Security Administration guidelines for what is permissible in checked luggage.

However, customs officers Kenny Frick and Brandon Parker believed in their initial investigation that the lead-filled, leather-coated billy clubs and a collapsible baton may be prohibited by California law, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court.

A Customs and Border Protection official said Tuesday night that Harris was not enrolled in any of the U.S. government's trusted traveler programs, which could have allowed faster processing through security or customs. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the ongoing investigation.

Harris traveled from Kansai, Japan, to Incheon, Korea, before landing in Los Angeles.

Yasunori Oshima, an official at Japan's Land and Transport Ministry's aviation safety department, said there had been no official inquiry or request from U.S. authorities to look into the case, which he said would have been more of a concern if the hazardous materials were brought on board rather than checked.

"The case does not seem to pose any immediate concerns about aviation security measures in Japan," he said.

Spokesman Keisuke Hamatani said officials at Kansai International Airport are investigating, but that airport security officials had not reported spotting any suspicious-looking passengers as described in media reports, or any suitcases containing the hazardous materials allegedly found in Harris' luggage.

Airport police said they do not believe the case constitutes illegal conduct under the Japanese domestic criminal code. But they said Japan may cooperate at the request of U.S. investigators.

___

Spagat reported from San Diego. Associated Press writers Rodrique Ngowi in Boston, Eric Talmadge and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo and Alicia A. Caldwell in Washington contributed to this report.


---Armed Hub man busted at LA airport---
By John Zaremba
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1061166527&srvc=rss

Feds: Grenade, knives, gas mask in his luggage

A Boston man on his way home from Japan was arrested when customs agents realized he was wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-retardant leggings under his trench coat - and had an array of exotic weapons and other odd gear in his luggage - during a pat-down at Los Angeles International Airport, federal officials said.

Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was on his way to Boston with a smoke grenade, a hatchet, knives, three leather-coated, lead-filled billy clubs, a gas mask, a Tyvek biohazard suit, leg irons, handcuffs and body bags, all packed away in his checked luggage, according to an affidavit. He was arrested Friday afternoon after a customs agent spotted the body armor he was wearing when they began a baggage check.

The officer asked him for his customs declaration and Harris said he had a knife but did not seek to amend the paperwork otherwise, the affidavit says.

Bomb-squad specialists from the Los Angeles Police Department and FBI examined the smoke grenade and determined that it could have filled the cabin of a commercial plane with smoke, causing irritation to the respiratory tract, skin and eyes, or could have caused a fire.

Other items found in Harris’ baggage included a collapsible baton, various masks, duct tape, batteries, oven mitts, cooking tongs, plastic cuffs and some sort of device to repel dogs, the affidavit says.

Harris, who appears to have a Dorchester address according to public listings, is charged with transporting hazardous material, officials said. He appeared in federal court yesterday afternoon and will remain in custody at least until a detention hearing Friday, according to a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Harris’ LA lawyer, Steven A. Seiden - the same attorney representing notorious anti-Islam filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula - did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. A message left at a number listed for Harris also was not immediately returned.

Harris, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chinese descent, had been living and working in Japan, federal authorities said. He flew to Los Angeles via Incheon, South Korea.

The charge against him carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The investigation is being conducted by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations special agents, who are working with the agency’s attache office in Tokyo, officials said.


---Man in bulletproof vest, with body bags in luggage, arrested at LAX---
October 9, 2012 |  2:50 pm
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/boston-bound-passenger-arrested-at-lax-with-biohazard-suits-weapons-in-luggage.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lanowblog+%28L.A.+Now%29

A man who arrived in Los Angeles on a flight from Japan wearing a bulletproof vest and flame retardant pants underneath his trench coat has been charged with transporting dangerous materials, federal authorities said Tuesday.

As if the gear allegedly worn by Yongda Huang Harris wasn't alarming enough, authorities say he was also transporting assorted weapons, biohazard suits and body bags in his carry-on luggage.

Man arrested at LAX for transporting hazardous materialsHarris, 28, was arrested Friday and is expected to make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with one count of transporting hazardous materials with a possible maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.

A resident of Boston, Harris was due to fly home after arriving at LAX from Japan. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers observed his unusual choice in clothing and immediately referred him for secondary inspection.

The search turned up items that in addition to the body bags and biohazard suits included a pyrotechnic smoke grenade, three leather-coated billy clubs, a collapsible baton, a full-face respirator, various knives, a hatchet, handcuffs, leg irons and a device to repel dogs, authorities said.

According to a federal affidavit, the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad X-rayed the smoke grenade and determined that it was a prohibited device because it could fill the cabin of an  airplane with smoke or cause a fire.

A formal investigation was opened by special agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit, and investigators are working closely with HSI’s attache office in Tokyo.

Harris, a U.S. citizen of Chinese descent, had been living and working recently in Japan. It was not immediately clear how or why the items were not detected at the airport where he departed in Japan.

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