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  • 3 Middle Eastern Men Tried To Enter Base Without Proper Authorization

    From here: http://www.10news.com/news/27377448/detail.html

    3 Middle Eastern Men Tried To Enter Base Without Proper Authorization, Base Alert Says

    POSTED: 4:36 pm PDT March 30, 2011
    UPDATED: 6:22 pm PDT March 31, 2011

    SAN DIEGO -- One of the nation's largest military bases is reportedly under tighter security after three Middle Eastern men tried to enter without proper authorization.

    10News learned the three men -- 40-year-old Afghani Ahmad Rahmani Naeem, 41-year-old Iranian Vahik Petrossian and 27-year-old Iranian Sengekdi Norvik Avanosian -- attempted to get into Camp Pendleton last weekend under what was considered suspicious circumstances.

    On Wednesday, base officials said there was no threat, but others on the base told 10News security has been stepped up.

    According to a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert issued to high-ranking Camp Pendleton officials, someone reported hearing hateful comments and terrorist threats from three men at a gas station in Oceanside Saturday.

    Investigators at Camp Pendleton said the men asked the attendant for directions on how to get to Camp Pendleton before they left the gas station.

    According to the alert, shortly after midnight Sunday, a rented silver Toyota Corolla driven by Naeem attempted to enter Camp Pendleton through the main gate. As it was being searched, Petrossian and Avanosian drove up in a black Mercedes, but were told to wait. Instead, they continued past the gate and onto the base. Following a short pursuit, the Mercedes was stopped and searched.

    No weapons or contraband were found in the Mercedes, but base security noticed the air bag in the steering wheel of the Mercedes had been pulled out and re-attached with duct tape and had wires hanging free, the alert said.

    According to the alert, Naaem told base security he was lost and was trying to go to Glendale. When interviewed, Petrossian and Avanosian said they were lost and trying to go to Glendale. The three men claimed not to know each other, the alert said.

    Naaem, Petrossian and Avanosian were photographed and released after questioning, and a warning about the trio was posted to law enforcement.

    However, later that morning about 8:30 a.m., Naeem returned in the Toyota and tried to get on the base again, saying he made a mistake and was trying to enter Interstate 5, the alert said. After his vehicle was searched, Naeem was issued a letter of debarment from the base and escorted to the freeway.

    Since the incident, 10News learned high-ranking Camp Pendleton officials have notified other military bases and law enforcement of a potential threat.

    According to a local security expert, that comes with good reason.

    "I think after 9/11, anybody on any government facility should be worried," local expert John told 10News.

    John, who does undercover security and anti-terrorism work for Eagle Eye Security Solutions, did not want to be identified.

    He told 10News the Camp Pendleton incident sounds like a possible probe or dry run and said their visits raise a few red flags.

    "Number one: they went on base twice. Their stories didn't stick, kinda wishy washy. Number two: the vehicle, the condition of the vehicle," said John. "They could have been probing the security, not just cameras, sensors, individual security from MPs. Three: [they] could have wanted to know what background checks would have produced."

    A criminal background check on the trio conducted by the Department of Homeland Security found no "derogatory records" for the men. Additionally, the U.S. Border Patrol said the immigration statuses for the three men were confirmed and they did not appear on any terrorist watch databases.

    Retired Lt. Col. Thomas Richards, who has seen many BOLO notifications during his service, told 10News, "BOLOS are fairly common. This has significance because Middle Eastern people were trying to get on a U.S. military active base."

    Richards said the base holds many targets.

    "They could have done a lot of damage ... to people, equipment, the base itself. There’s the Camp Pendleton airfield, lots of helicopters there, any number of barracks, repair facilities, industrial buildings, the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital," Richards said.

    He said the incidents may be a coincidence, but the military can't take a risk.

    "It could have been an intelligence reconnaissance mission for them to look around the base and see what there is there to do damage to," said Richards.

    Camp Pendleton base officials issued a statement, saying in part: "After further investigation, it was determined that the individuals involved were not a threat to MCB Camp Pendleton or any other military installation in the area. MCB Camp Pendleton officials are not investigating these incidents further."
    Ya know, Pendleton is a very active base, and their MP Corps is no joke. Be safe, guys!
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  • #2
    This happens way too often!

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    • #3
      I call BS on the 'we got lost on the way to Glendale' story.....because Glendale is about 100 miles north of Pendleton
      The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

      "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

      "We fight not for glory; nor for wealth; nor honor, but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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      • #4
        Why did they not just shoot these ****ers when they blew through the gate? More than enough to do so.
        Free Deke O'Mally!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LA DEP View Post
          I call BS on the 'we got lost on the way to Glendale' story.....because Glendale is about 100 miles north of Pendleton
          Well, see that proves they were lost then.

          Won't go into details, but this is a common occurance at my base. I find it disturbing, base srugs it of as no big deal.
          It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

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          • #6
            40-year-old afghani ahmad rahmani naeem, 41-year-old iranian vahik petrossian and 27-year-old iranian sengekdi norvik avanosian
            guilty
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            And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son.

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            • #7
              We got briefed on this incident the other week; way to go MCCLEP's and MP's! Good observations......

              Seems the enemy is getting more and more balsy. Stay safe out there, guys......
              Just another squirrel, tryin' to get a nut......

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              • #8
                And its going to get worse.... Heck I was able to get on with a DoT ID card (looks like a CaC)
                I don't answer recruitment messages....

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                • #9
                  If two Persians are hanging out with an Afghani, something is afoot.
                  Chuck

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                  • #10
                    Two of them had Armenian names. Maybe they really were trying to find Glendale!
                    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                    • #11
                      My buddy pulled one of these guys through the passenger side window. They then claimed they didnt speak english, but when they were making threats at the gas station... they spoke english just fine.
                      RIP Cpl Chris Singer (USMC)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DAL View Post
                        Two of them had Armenian names. Maybe they really were trying to find Glendale!
                        You read my mind lol

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by USMC_MP View Post
                          My buddy pulled one of these guys through the passenger side window. They then claimed they didnt speak english, but when they were making threats at the gas station... they spoke english just fine.
                          Too bad they didn't resist

                          Good job Marine!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DAL View Post
                            Two of them had Armenian names. Maybe they really were trying to find Glendale!
                            Heh.....you do have a point there.....

                            But they were WAY lost in that case!
                            The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

                            "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

                            "We fight not for glory; nor for wealth; nor honor, but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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                            • #15
                              I hope they ARE on the watch list now.
                              Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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