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Rockntractor
01-01-2012, 03:30 AM
Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 11:53 am | Updated: 3:11 pm, Sat Dec 31, 2011.

Audrie Palmer
Reporter-Telegram | 21 comments

One man was being held in FBI custody Saturday afternoon after security at Midland International Airport found explosives in his carry-on bag and the terminal was shut down for an hour.

The suspect is active military and the explosives were found in his carry-on bag by Transportation Security Administration officers while going through the X-ray machine, Midland police said. The incident happened at 9:26 a.m. Saturday.

The man had been in town visiting family and was traveling back to North Carolina, confirmed MPD Sgt. Brian Rackow.

The explosives were in military-grade wrapping but police said they won’t know what grade until they are sent out for testing.

The items were in MPD possession Saturday afternoon, according to public information officer Tasa Watts.

A bomb-sniffing dog was brought in from the Lubbock Regional Response team Saturday afternoon to assist with the investigation, authorities said.

TSA officials notified law enforncement who evacuated the terminal and closed the checkpoint for one hour while the item was removed and the area was investigated.

The incident remains under investigation, said Lisa Farbstein with the TSA.

A spokesperson for the FBI would not release the man’s name but said he was being detained by officials.

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Hmm sounds like another one of those Lutherans.

Ranger Rick
01-01-2012, 11:35 AM
Lutherans, Lutherans!! Thats a rabble rousing Baptist for sure.

txradioguy
01-01-2012, 12:06 PM
Holy crap! Right there in my home town.. No way!

ABC in Georgia
01-01-2012, 12:28 PM
Most likely an Anglican such as I am!

We Anglicans can really be a wild bunch when riled up don'tcha know? :D

On a serious note ... wonder how long it will take to release his name, or pic?

If he were any type of Christian, wouldn't it be plastered all over the place by now?

~ ABC

AmPat
01-01-2012, 12:51 PM
My spidey sense tells me that the failure to release his name means it has muhammed, achmed, or some other phlegm producing name all over it.:cool:

Rockntractor
01-01-2012, 12:54 PM
My spidey sense tells me that the failure to release his name means it has muhammed, achmed, or some other phlegm producing name all over it.:cool:

He could also be a rabid OWS supporter, I give him down twinkles!

ABC in Georgia
01-01-2012, 01:17 PM
My spidey sense tells me that the failure to release his name means it has muhammed, achmed, or some other phlegm producing name all over it.:cool:

Ha! Ha! Oh my, AmPat ...

You are just as bad as I am! :D

~ ABC

foxyladi14
01-01-2012, 04:24 PM
Most likely an Anglican such as I am!

We Anglicans can really be a wild bunch when riled up don'tcha know? :D

On a serious note ... wonder how long it will take to release his name, or pic?

If he were any type of Christian, wouldn't it be plastered all over the place by now?

~ ABC

you betcha!!!:Taps4:

Kay
01-01-2012, 04:51 PM
Holy crap! Right there in my home town.. No way!

Tx, I meant to post this story all day yesterday. It was quite the headline and talk of the town.
After they announced the news that it was an active duty military guy, and that he was in FBI
custody, we've not heard a peep more about it. All the details I've heard so far are that he was
traveling with his family (I assume wife & kids) and was here visiting his mother who lives
In Midland. He was on his way back to North Carolina. Word on the street is that he was
carrying military grade C-4 in his bag (alledgedly an MPD officer was the source saying this).


My spidey sense tells me that the failure to release his name means it has muhammed, achmed, or some other phlegm producing name all over it.:cool:

Midland has always been a top target for terrorists due to the oil fields and pipe lines here.
Not long after 9-11 a ring was arrested buying up disposable cell phones here at our local
Walmart. Wouldn't surprise me at all if this was gonna be a New Years Eve gift to Ahlah.
Sooner or later I'll find out who his mama is and what religion if that was a factor.

Kay
01-01-2012, 04:59 PM
Here's the links to the local news stories on this.
They still haven't released what branch of the military he is in either.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_5d5a6a76-33d8-11e1-9b9a-001871e3ce6c.html

http://www.oaoa.com/news/midland-78320-explosives-airport.html

http://www.newswest9.com/story/16422523/midland-international-airport-shut-down-for-security-sweep

Kay
01-01-2012, 06:44 PM
They have identified the guy now. His name is Trey Atwater.
There's a picture of him at this link.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_fd8c6694-34c2-11e1-9383-001871e3ce6c.html

Rockntractor
01-01-2012, 07:14 PM
They have identified the guy now. His name is Trey Atwater.
There's a picture of him at this link.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_fd8c6694-34c2-11e1-9383-001871e3ce6c.html

Yep, Lutheran if I ever saw one.

ABC in Georgia
01-01-2012, 08:11 PM
Yep, Lutheran if I ever saw one.

Nope!

Take another look at those eyes ... Anglican, for sure!!!

Is all my doing, I guess. :o ;)

~ ABC

ABC in Georgia
01-01-2012, 08:18 PM
Oops!

Forgot the Mea Culpa ... Mea Culpa ... Mea Maxima Culpa!

As per Jimmy Buffet. :D

~ ABC

Kay
01-02-2012, 12:03 AM
Yep, Lutheran if I ever saw one.

Naw, I'm Lutheran and we all know one another.
He is not one of ours.

Rockntractor
01-02-2012, 12:09 AM
Naw, I'm Lutheran and we all know one another.
He is not one of ours.

So it is an Anglican!:eek:

txradioguy
01-02-2012, 11:00 AM
I think I know his family back there in Midland.

The guys is a Sergeant First Class according to the report on Fox News.

He's a disgrace to the entire NCO Corps.

AmPat
01-02-2012, 11:17 AM
I think I know his family back there in Midland.

The guys is a Sergeant First Class according to the report on Fox News.

He's a disgrace to the entire NCO Corps.

Looks like he relaxed his grooming standards while he was playing with his explosives.

Kay
01-02-2012, 11:40 AM
The news is saying now that he is an Army Green Beret
And just got back from A-stan this past November.

foxyladi14
01-02-2012, 12:42 PM
The news is saying now that he is an Army Green Beret
And just got back from A-stan this past November.

not one of mine either.:p

Odysseus
01-02-2012, 12:53 PM
The news is saying now that he is an Army Green Beret
And just got back from A-stan this past November.

Could just be an SF type who likes to play with things that go boom.

Kay
01-02-2012, 01:11 PM
Could just be an SF type who likes to play with things that go boom.

Yeah I think that was his claim, that he "forgot it was in there".
He is still here in Midland being held now by the US Marshalls
Service and is being formally charged with attempting to bring
explosives onto an airplane, a federal felony offense. He is facing
possible further charges by the military, according to the latest news.
It's a shame he's probably kissed his career goodbye with this stupidity.
I would imagine dishonorable discharge is in his future.

txradioguy
01-02-2012, 01:18 PM
Midland has always been a top target for terrorists due to the oil fields and pipe lines here.

And IIRC the fact that a certain Presidents MiL still lives there in a nursing home.

Kay
01-02-2012, 01:52 PM
And IIRC the fact that a certain Presidents MiL still lives there in a nursing home.

Yeah, back in the early days after 9-11 Midland was really attractive as the hometown
of the Bushes and also then Sec of Commerce Donald Evans, in addition to the oil fields.

Odysseus
01-02-2012, 05:22 PM
Yeah I think that was his claim, that he "forgot it was in there".
He is still here in Midland being held now by the US Marshalls
Service and is being formally charged with attempting to bring
explosives onto an airplane, a federal felony offense. He is facing
possible further charges by the military, according to the latest news.
It's a shame he's probably kissed his career goodbye with this stupidity.
I would imagine dishonorable discharge is in his future.

At the very least. The criminal penalties will cost him his career and pension, and the UCMJ will also kick in.

Kay
01-04-2012, 12:32 AM
Update on this story

http://www.oaoa.com/articles/atwater-78425-documents-state.html

According to court documents today, he was stopped on Christmas Eve at the Fayetteville NC airport where TSA found a smoke grenade in his bag. They took it from him, completely missing the C-4, and let him get on the plane there with just a warning. So he flew into Midland with explosives in his bag on the plane.

He claims he had no idea either the grenade or C-4 was in there. Now I'm thinking if I'm an elite SF type and by the grace of God the NC TSA let me off with a warning for the grenade I forgot I had in a bag ..... I'd dump out and go through the rest with a fine tooth comb to be damn sure I didn't over look anything else. I can have sympathy for the first incident, but there is no good excuse for the second.

Some heads should roll at TSA. They catch a guy trying to board with a grenade, then instead of detaining him, let him travel on with a bag of C-4 WTF.

Kay
01-07-2012, 12:47 AM
Another update on this story, Atwater was released on bond today at his hearing.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_a73fd403-cf3a-531c-877f-34a722069d27.html


Two members of the U.S. Army will escort Sgt. Trey Scott Atwaterback to Fort Bragg, N.C.
He then will be turned over to the third-party custody of his first-line supervisor

Don't you know that hurt. No doubt there's an Army officer in NC tonight that's
kinda hoarse right about now. And Sgt. Atwater is missing large chunks of his ass.

txradioguy
01-07-2012, 05:41 AM
An Open Letter To Johnny Lee Qualls

Sir,

I am a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Army, the Tx. Army National Guard, a Senior NCO and a life long West Texan.
And I’m asking you to stop your defense of Trey Atwater before you do any more damage to the image of soldiers currently serving today.

Your portrayal of the C-4 explosives that Atwater was busted with as not outrageous and a “war trophy” is just plain dumb.

What may have passed as acceptable practice in the draft army of Vietnam and the 1960’s doesn’t fly in today’s professional all volunteer army. It is NOT acceptable today to bring home weapons, ammo or explosives as a war trophy to place on your mantle.

And despite the egregious claims you made in your interview with CBS 7 we are not all doing it. You are not portraying the “real deal” of how U.S. military members conduct themselves these days, in fact you smear them with that claim.

It’s actually quite the contrary. Soldiers are discouraged and punishments under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice are levied for bringing home what you described in your office. Soldiers are constantly briefed and told this when returning from a Combat zone. You aren't even allowed to bring home things like cigarette lighters that look like weapons. They are confiscated.

The customs inspectors are complete in their inspection of carry on bags that soldiers take onto the flights out of Iraq and Afghanistan. They make you remove everything you have in your carry on bags, they take X Rays of the contents so clear you can see a stick of gum. And trained dogs to sniff out anything that shouldn't be in the bags.

In short...there is no way he could have gotten those explosives all the way back from Afghanistan in his personal carry on luggage without being discovered.


I understand that you are trying to support soldiers and trust me I appreciate that. But what you did in your interview with CBS 7 has done more harm than good and left the impression with civilians that we are all a bunch of explosive carrying cowboys who collect war trophies like some people collect stamps.

Please sir, before you give another interview, think before you speak.

Atwater is guilty, he’s given the rest of us a black eye, he deserves to be punished.

SFC XXXX X. XXXXXXXXX
2nd Cavalry Regiment
Vilseck, Germany.

txradioguy
01-07-2012, 05:42 AM
I posted that letter on Mr. Johnny Lee Qualls website because of this stupid interview he gave to the local TV station.

http://cbs7.com/news/details.asp?ID=31626

Odysseus
01-07-2012, 12:17 PM
Another update on this story, Atwater was released on bond today at his hearing.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_a73fd403-cf3a-531c-877f-34a722069d27.html

Don't you know that hurt. No doubt there's an Army officer in NC tonight that's
kinda hoarse right about now. And Sgt. Atwater is missing large chunks of his ass.
Actually, I highly doubt that anyone in his chain of command is doing anything that might be remotely construed as prejudicial to his case. An ass chewing might feel good, but a good lawyer can turn that into undue command influence at a court martial. The most likely scenario is that he'll be confined, either to his quarters or with the Provost Marshall, while his commander's commander's commander decides, in detailed consultation with the Staff Judge Advocate, what UCMJ action to take.

An Open Letter To Johnny Lee Qualls

Sir,

I am a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Army, the Tx. Army National Guard, a Senior NCO and a life long West Texan.
And I’m asking you to stop your defense of Trey Atwater before you do any more damage to the image of soldiers currently serving today.

Your portrayal of the C-4 explosives that Atwater was busted with as not outrageous and a “war trophy” is just plain dumb.

What may have passed as acceptable practice in the draft army of Vietnam and the 1960’s doesn’t fly in today’s professional all volunteer army. It is NOT acceptable today to bring home weapons, ammo or explosives as a war trophy to place on your mantle.

And despite the egregious claims you made in your interview with CBS 7 we are not all doing it. You are not portraying the “real deal” of how U.S. military members conduct themselves these days, in fact you smear them with that claim.

It’s actually quite the contrary. Soldiers are discouraged and punishments under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice are levied for bringing home what you described in your office. Soldiers are constantly briefed and told this when returning from a Combat zone. You aren't even allowed to bring home things like cigarette lighters that look like weapons. They are confiscated.

The customs inspectors are complete in their inspection of carry on bags that soldiers take onto the flights out of Iraq and Afghanistan. They make you remove everything you have in your carry on bags, they take X Rays of the contents so clear you can see a stick of gum. And trained dogs to sniff out anything that shouldn't be in the bags.

In short...there is no way he could have gotten those explosives all the way back from Afghanistan in his personal carry on luggage without being discovered.


I understand that you are trying to support soldiers and trust me I appreciate that. But what you did in your interview with CBS 7 has done more harm than good and left the impression with civilians that we are all a bunch of explosive carrying cowboys who collect war trophies like some people collect stamps.

Please sir, before you give another interview, think before you speak.

Atwater is guilty, he’s given the rest of us a black eye, he deserves to be punished.

SFC XXXX X. XXXXXXXXX
2nd Cavalry Regiment
Vilseck, Germany.

QFT. Great letter.

AmPat
01-07-2012, 01:32 PM
Actually, I highly doubt that anyone in his chain of command is doing anything that might be remotely construed as prejudicial to his case. An ass chewing might feel good, but a good lawyer can turn that into undue command influence at a court martial. The most likely scenario is that he'll be confined, either to his quarters or with the Provost Marshall, while his commander's commander's commander decides, in detailed consultation with the Staff Judge Advocate, what UCMJ action to take.


QFT. Great letter.

In my experience with criminal cases involving Soldiers, I and my NCO's kept quiet except to issue commands such as; "take off that orange jumpsuit and put this uniform on, you have a 08:00 appointment at T.D.S."

The Soldiers don't like the silence from their former comrades-in-arms.

Kay
01-07-2012, 04:45 PM
The Soldiers don't like the silence from their former comrades-in-arms.

I hadn't thought about it from that perspective. I can see that being true and even more so
for a special forces guy that's used to being part of such a close tight knit community.

Kay
01-07-2012, 05:08 PM
I posted that letter on Mr. Johnny Lee Qualls website because of this stupid interview he gave to the local TV

Mr. Qualls is an interesting individual. I've not met him in person but my son has.
He didn't like what he came back to after his days in Vietnam. So he went back
over seas and worked all over the world for years till he finally came to grips
with his demons. Now he devotes his time now to helping young veterans navigate
the VA system and get reassimilated into civilian life. My son was referred to his
Soldiers of Today and Yesterday organization by another vet for help with a stalled
VA issue.

He's been over to his house a couple of times, and said Qualls has the most interesting
collection of military things in his study, a lot of it coming from guys he's helped
over the years. He is very well connected within the system, and picked up the phone
while my son was there, called and talked to somebody in a high place in DC and got
things moving for us.

I have to disagree with him too though in that interview. There's a big difference in
taking "war trophies" and taking two bricks of C-4 in my mind.

AmPat
01-07-2012, 09:50 PM
I was the supply guy in a unit once and I found some empty claymore mines. We had a collective analoscopy for some time. :(

RobJohnson
01-09-2012, 02:53 AM
Atwater told authorities his special forces team had a Special Operating Procedure and was to carry two blocks of C-4 on any operation. When he left Afghanistan, he said that he packed his bags and did not remember there being any C-4 inside.


http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_77d0d2ca-3642-11e1-ac08-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1iwPol5ae


Sounds fishy.

txradioguy
01-09-2012, 04:44 AM
http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_77d0d2ca-3642-11e1-ac08-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1iwPol5ae


Sounds fishy.

Sounds fishy...smells very bovine.

Odysseus
01-09-2012, 10:08 AM
Sounds fishy...smells very bovine.

No kidding. We had an SOP that we had to carry our weapons everywhere, even the latrines. That doesn't mean that I took them on the plane when I went for R&R.