Thank you and congratulations to the fine and watchful people at Con-Way Freight for their role in preventing a terrorist bomb plot. Truckinginfo.com, the excellent website for Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, details the events in a story, “Con-Way Freight Helps Foil Terrorist Bomb Plot“:
Observant workers, diligent screening, and established security protocols in place and Con-Way Freight’s Lubbock Texas service center combined to foil a terrorist bomb plot.
On Thursday, the FBI arrested Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a 20-year-old Saudi student studying in Texas, and charged him with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. It’s alleged that Aldawsari was attempting to construct improvised explosives and compiling a list of possible targets, including West Coast reservoirs and dams, nuclear power plants and the home of former President George W. Bush.
The investigation leading to the arrest began on Feb.1 when workers at Con-Way’s Lubbock service center received a package for shipment that was deemed suspicious. Based on training and experience, Con-way’s local management flagged the shipment and notified the company’s corporate security department.
The company issued a news release that outlined its role, “Con-way Freight Flags Suspicious Shipment, Leads to FBI Arrest.” Excerpt:
Con-way and other members of the transportation community have been working closely for several years with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other authorities to develop escalation plans and communication practices to enhance homeland security. The success of this collaborative process is evident in the results of this case.
C. Randal “Randy” Mullet, vice president of government relations and public affairs, is Con-Way’s lead advocate on homeland security issues and an NAM board member. We’re proud to have the company as a member.
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