Amtrak Passenger Detained For Discussing al Qaeda, Terror Tactics On Cell Phone

Dan Riehl
RiehlWorldView
January 29, 2010

Nuts coming out of the woodwork, or legitimate terror threats? What else can you do but try and find out in this day and age.

Ojore Nuru Lutalo, 64, was arrested Tuesday on an Amtrak passage from Los Angeles to Chicago. Passengers on the train alerted authorities after hearing the man from Elizabeth, N.J., mention al-Qaida and make threats in a cell phone conversation.

Police said in an affidavit that passengers overheard Lutalo saying he hadn’t killed anyone yet and talking about going to jail.

Passengers say the man said, “We have to work in small groups. They can hold you for 18 months. Do they have security on these trains? Are you with me or not?”

One passenger said he heard Lutalo mention al-Qaida, saying, “17th century tactics won’t work, we have 21st century tactics.”

The conductor said Lutalo had a tan blanket over his entire body so the conductor could not see what he was doing.

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