A passenger on a flight from Paris to Atlanta, USA, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with making bomb threats. He has told a strange story to explain what he did.
The charge says Derek Stansberry gave a flight attendant a note. It said he was not a U.S. citizen (not true) and not using his real name or ID. It also said, "Please let my family know the truth."
The charge also says: The flight attendant gave the note to the plane's air marshals. They questioned Stansberry, who said he had explosives in his boots and laptop. The marshals took away these things. The plane was diverted (taken off course) to Bangor, Maine. It was cleared and searched.
Stansberry was searched and questioned. The charge says he then said he had never really had bombs -- he had secret government documents. He claimed he had made the threats to distract people from the documents, it says. Although no one on the plane had spoken to him, he believed they were making fun of him and trying to get information from him, it says.
Stansberry also said he had taken prescription drugs recently.
Syed Hashmi, the first person to be sent from Britain to the U.S. to face terrorism charges, pleaded guilty on Tuesday. He admits that he sent equipment to Al Qaida members in Pakistan. He also gave money to someone else to do this. Hashmi knew the equipment would be used against U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Hashmi is an American citizen. He is also known as "Fahad". He was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London in 2006, on his way to Pakistan.
Marc M. Keyser has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for sending containers labeled "anthrax" to many places.
Anthrax is a severe disease spread by spores. The spores can be used as a weapon.
Keyser had written a book about possible anthrax attacks by terrorists. He put a copy of it on CD and mailed it to a newspaper in Sacramento, California. With the CD was a can labeled "anthrax". When the package was opened, the newspaper building had to be evacuated. Police and hazmat (hazardous material) workers were called.
An FBI agent told Keyser that if he did this again, he could be charged. However, the next year, when Keyser sent out CD's of another new book, he put in sugar packets labeled "anthrax". He sent over 100 of these to the media, stores, and officials in many States. Police, fire departments, and hazmat teams were often called out because of this.
Keyser says he hoped news reports about these things would help him sell his book. The judge told him, "You want attention more than anything."