“the incident will be dealt with through diplomatic channels.”

Here’s an intriguing breaking story on the RTÉ News website

A 49-year-old man has been arrested following the discovery of explosive material in a flat on Dorset Street in Dublin. RTÉ News has learned that the commercial explosive was illegally brought into the country as part of a security operation by another country. It is understood the man and the explosives ended up in Ireland as part of a test exercise which appears to have gone wrong. Gardaí received a phone call this morning from a security service abroad, telling them that a man was in a flat in Dorset St with around 100g of commercial explosive.

Adds From the updated RTÉ report

It is understood the explosive was one of eight pieces of contraband planted by the authorities in the luggage of unsuspecting passengers at Bratislava Airport in Slovakia last weekend as part of a test of security procedures. Seven were detected by airport security, but the eighth – 90g of research development explosive or RDX – was put in the luggage of a Slovakian electrician who lives and works in Dublin. The 49-year-old unwittingly brought the material to Dublin when he returned from Christmas holidays.

And a detailed iol report has the political reaction.

The Slovakian Embassy in Dublin declined to comment but Slovakian deputy prime minister Robert Kallinak has conveyed his profound regret to [Irish Justice Minister] Mr Ahern.

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  • IRIA

    Either:

    Irish American with “dissident” connections.

    or

    Muslim from Continental Europe/Middle East.

  • joeCanuck

    Not if the incident is going to be dealt with via diplomatic channels.
    British agent who was about to be exposed anyway.

  • wild turkey

    ‘Either:
    Irish American with “dissident” connections.
    or
    Muslim from Continental Europe/Middle East. ‘
    WRONG

    ‘Not if the incident is going to be dealt with via diplomatic channels.
    British agent who was about to be exposed anyway. ‘
    WRONG

    … how about this for headline.

    Vaticans draft response to Report on Dublin Priests misfires

  • joeCanuck

    Funny, Wild Turkey. you think their initial response – “Fuck off” wasn’t strong enough?

  • IRIA

    “The man being held is understood to be from Slovakia but it is not yet clear how he entered the country.”

  • IRIA

    (from BBC via RTE)

  • joeCanuck

    If your addition proves to be true, Pete, It beggars belief. A State putting explosives in the luggage of a citizen without their knowledge. I think their State Security Organization needs a shake up.

  • scruff

    RTE radio reported about 40 minutes ago that the guy was set up by Slovakian authorities testing security at one of their airports. 8 items planted, 7 detected. Czechs reported to have sent a ” telex ” to Dublin airport, but not either received or acted on. The passenger has been released from Garda custody , completely innocent.
    Curioser and curioser.

  • Eleanor Bull

    BBC reports…

    Explosives planted on man to test airport security

    Security was being tested at Bratislava Airport
    Irish police have released a man held over an explosives find, after Slovakian authorities admitted planting them in his luggage.

    The explosive was one of eight pieces of contraband placed with unsuspecting passengers at Bratislava Airport last weekend, broadcaster RTE reported.

    The 49-year-old unwittingly brought the material into Dublin when he returned from his Christmas holidays.

    He was arrested on Tuesday morning but has since been released without charge.

    Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said he was very concerned that Irish police had not been alerted for three days.

    Airport security detected seven of the illicit items, but the eighth – 90g of research development explosive – managed to escape detection.

    Slovakian police alerted their Irish counterparts on Tuesday morning, and the man’s flat near the city centre was cordoned off while bomb disposal experts removed the explosives for further examination.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8441891.stm

    Basically, some Slovakian innocent is stitched up and held for three days until Bratislava says…’Erm…by the way…’ ??????

    I assume the next step for the ‘New World Order’ is to do likewise with anyone called Mohammed or Ahmed. And then not make that call…

  • chewnic

    Surely there’s a Sinn Fein angle here? There must be a smoking gun!(or suitcase)

    Otherwise, why would there be a thread on the story on Slugger?

  • The Raven

    Just as well he didn’t land in China. He’d probably have been executed by now.

  • Scaramoosh

    There is of course a Real IRA link to Slovakia; so the more astute may ask just how much of this material had got through in the past;

    Gombeen men in the land of cabbage;

    http://www.spectator.sk/articles/view/7217

  • “I assume the next step for the ‘New World Order’ is to do likewise with anyone called Mohammed or Ahmed. And then not make that call…” …… Posted by Eleanor Bull on Jan 05, 2010 @ 06:27 PM

    That’s just how easy it is done, Eleanor. Once your luggage is out of your sight in the airport baggage handling system can “security” plant anything at all … drugs, explosives, money, porn, DNA, whatever ….. for one to be caught with whenever you are reunited hours later.

    And the irony is, that if you decide to travel without luggage, that is something which can raise a red flag too.

  • Erasmus

    Ellie,
    Perceptive comments. Welcome back to Slugger.
    – the poster formerly known as ‘Southern Observer’.

  • joeCanuck

    Just as an aside for those of you who lock their luggage. Don’t waste your money. A few years ago while coming back from the far east, I had my suitcase fitted with an extra strong lock. It was just shortly after 9/11 so we were very restricted as to what we could carry on. I packed my very expensive camera in my check on. When I got home, I saw that a thief somewhere on the multi-airport transit had cut through the zipper pullers attached to the zips , the ones invariably made of very soft material, and had stolen my camera. As I said, save your money. If a thief, or explosives smuggler wants to get inside your bag, they will.

  • tacapall

    I assume the next step for the ‘New World Order’ is to do likewise with anyone called Mohammed or Ahmed. And then not make that call…
    Posted by Eleanor Bull on Jan 05, 2010 @ 06:27 PM

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/military-industrial-complex-set-to-make-a-killing-from-body-scanners.html

    The rabid calls for co-ordinated implementation of naked body scanners in airports across the planet, in the wake of the failed underwear bombing, will result in huge profits for the military industrial complex.

  • willis

    I bet the czechs are having a right laugh at this. The country cousins ba#ls up again.

  • Alias

    Political correctness ensures that profiling isn’t used to target the highest risk social group (i.e. Muslims) for terrorist attacks against aircraft, thereby wasting resources to ensure that the low risk groups are targeted in equal measure to the high risk group. Totally nuts.

  • joeCanuck

    Alias,
    I understand from US statements that profiling is henceforth acceptable.

  • Eleanor Bull

    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/01/chertoff_uses_f.php

    You may also be interested in this link, tacapall.

    ‘Former Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff has a business relationship with company making body scanners’

    Apparently he’s very visible on US TV right now, talking them up, while his relationship with the company isn’t being talked about at all.

  • And you can even buy all the necessary scare material and/or planted evidence, ready packaged and off the shelf, to keep the terror machine rolling along for the benefit of terrorists …… http://www.gstpa.com/files/catalog.pdf … which you can read are exclusive ….. “The products and services in this catalog are only available to US federal state & local law enforcement agencies and approved government contractors.”

  • tacapall

    Apparently he’s very visible on US TV right now, talking them up, while his relationship with the company isn’t being talked about at all.
    Posted by Eleanor Bull on Jan 06, 2010 @ 08:42 AM

    Yeah Elanor its all about money, the global elite delibrately created this war on terror and the recession to make the poor poorer and the rich, richer, no doubt we will hear soon that there is vast reserves of oil in Yemen.