October 29th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

Chicago synagogues warned to watch for suspicious packages

Synagogues across metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, began taking "appropriate precautions" Friday after a warning by security officials to watch out for suspicious packages from abroad, according to a Jewish Federation spokeswoman.

While there were "no identifiable or specific threats," an FBI official in Chicago said suspicious packages addressed to U.S. destinations found on cargo planes abroad warranted the precautions.

"Since two of the suspicious packages that were intercepted were addressed to religious institutions in Chicago, all churches, synagogues and mosques in the Chicago area should be vigilant for any unsolicited or unexpected packages, especially those originating from overseas locations," said FBI Special Agent Ross Rice.

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  1. Muneef


    November 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  2. Sum Dude

    Hay there, fundie! 😀

    The bluidy haethans 'r a fey lot of thrawn, ill-feckit gaberlunzies...thot canna see wot they're doin' tae themselves. Clearin' em off and tossin' em face-first into their own filth is just a hobby....!

    And how's my favorite fundie? Still looking at fingers and filling cups that are not there? 😀
    How'd yer halloween go? Get any candy, or did you bang your head against the wall to scare trick-or-treaters? lol

    I've been busy. Came back to see nothing but a few scraps blowin' in the wind.
    I see I missed you by a good three hours again.
    I consider myself a black-belt in the art of bad timing, so be warned that you won't have to defend yourself...or something like that... 😛

    Go give 'em a whack with that head of yours. You get enough practice at hitting things with it, after all....!

    November 1, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  3. Iqbal khan


    October 31, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      just more excrement

      November 1, 2010 at 12:15 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Sum Dude

      Hey my good friend .."The Dudester"...! How are ye...?

      I see you are enjoying the postings of Mr. Khan. LOL..

      He is starting to post a bit more instead of just cutting and pasting you tube videos.

      But... I digress. How is my pal...? Have you been keeping the blogs clear of 'heathens'... ? 🙂

      November 1, 2010 at 3:05 am |
  4. Muneef

    @OMG Reality.
    You are just like a robot repeating your self over and over again I fear it might be you who had his Brains" Stone Washed and Bleached as well. Got me here so much worried about you but just hope what you have is not contagious..!?

    October 31, 2010 at 9:12 am |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      No doubt the rest of the Muslims out there will accept the cure. Please forward them a copy. Said cure actually would work on 1.5 billion lost souls in less than five minutes. We can then return the world to the pursuit of ending disease and hunger instead of spending billions trying to erradicate the teachings of the worst book ever written aka the koran.

      October 31, 2010 at 11:24 am |
    • Muneef

      Seems I began to like you repeating my name...but still I would think of you a prospective believer and will not give up on you.

      October 31, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      It appears we might have to put you on the "hopeless" pile. But hey, curing the other 1.5 billion Muslims should not be as difficult considering that history, common sense and rational thinking abide in the neurons of most lost souls.

      November 1, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  5. Muneef

    As a Muslim I call those packages acts are cowardful acts and not acceptable and Islam is free from such condemned a acts.

    October 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      Muslims should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs.

      October 31, 2010 at 12:32 am |
    • Muneef

      Give it up Quran is here to stay and in order to terminate it you have to terminate the whole Islamic nation. Quran is not your enemy, your enemy is your own doings and the good friends that screw you day and night..
      Good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them –
      but you know they are there. 

      October 31, 2010 at 3:29 am |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      Obviously your breeding, birth and brainwashing in Islam, aka the Three B Syndrome, runs deep but the cure takes less than a minute.

      The Cure!!

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs/tenets.

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Accept these five "cleansers" and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      October 31, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  6. Muneef

    @Know your enemy fingering all.


    October 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
    • Muneef

      We were told in the Quran that Children of Israel got divided in to two and that anger and curse was on the people of the Sabbath and that love,acceptance was to those believed Jesus and took him for a prophet of God and his word of guidance..
      So as seems that this article is correct except to the part where it makes of Jesus as God or Son of God...which I am sure was made as envy by Jews to mislead Christian from the correct path they believed in so they have brought up this issue of Jesus being the son of God and only since then Christians became astray from the truth... 

      October 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
  7. Andrew VA

    "Appropriate precautions" just means hiring some goy to open all the packages. Windy city blows.

    October 30, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  8. Bill N

    Why Chicago? Why not Riyadh?

    October 30, 2010 at 7:49 am |
    • Sum Dude

      @Bill N
      Why Riyadh? What are you talking about?

      October 30, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  9. Reality

    No doubt something "cooked up" in a mosque with an imam supporting yet again the koran's call for male domintion of the world by any means!!!

    So once again:

    Muslims should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs. Christians should burn their copies of the NT for the 2000 year old con job that has been perpetuated on them by popes, bishops, priests, ministers and evangelicals. And Orthodox Jews should burn their copies of the OT/Torah for the 6000 year old con job pulled on them by their past and current rabbis.

    October 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  10. Peace2All

    I am getting so sick of 'any' religious zealots..(looks like in this case though, this time) it happens to be (most likely) the fundamental and radicalized 'Muslim's'

    I am often on this blog attempting to put the breaks on the rhetoric... " that 'all' muslims can't be trusted and they are terrorists" that goes around here by christians... and some of other faiths, and even a few agnostics and atheists. Also, that 'all' christians are terrible people.

    But, this is just rid-i-culous. Do you guys(radical Islamists) have to keep making terrorist threats to other faiths, or non-believers, that don't agree with you and your particularly 'skewed' brand of Islam...?

    Tired of it...

    October 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      Yo! I got a susp-icious package right heah! (grabs crotch) lol

      October 30, 2010 at 4:53 am |
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