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NYPD Detained Muslim Men for Planning to ‘Prepare Rice’

Jul 28, 2014

Free Thought Project

Anybody else use a pressure cooker to cook stuff???

Don't answer that question, you may be arrested for being a terrorist. As we know from the FBI and Homeland Security, only terrorists have pressure cookers. OK, maybe only Arabs who have pressure cookers are terrorists!!!!

I have used pressure cookers and they are really fantastic tools to cook stuff with. One website says you they cook stuff in a third of the time it takes in a normal oven. And from my experience that sounds about right.

Basically you put the food and water in the pressure cooker and seal it. The hot pressurized water vapor cooks the food much faster then it cooks in a conventional oven or stove.

In the old days I put a pressure cooker on a stove burner to cook it. Now I have a pressure cooker that you can put inside a microwave oven, which I like because I can use the microwave instead of a stove. I think I got it at Target for $20.

I guess from that admission I will now be receiving a visit from the FBI and Homeland Security.

Don't those police officers have any real criminals to hunt down?????

NYPD Detained Men for Planning to ‘Prepare Rice’

July 27, 2014

Police detained two men at a Midtown hotel late Friday after a doorman reported they possessed a pair of pressure cookers like those used to make the Boston Marathon bombs.

But the men say it was a misunderstanding: They plan to use the pressure cookers back home to prepare rice, chicken and meat.

Mohammad Alotaibi, 20, and Ayoub Alawadhi, 21, pulled up to the InterContinental Hotel on East 48th Street on Friday evening with the pressure cookers in their car trunk, said law enforcement sources.

A doorman called Crimestoppers, and NYPD counterterrorism and intelligence officers arrived to question the men.


NYPD detained men who had pressure cookers to ‘prepare rice’

By Jamie Schram, Kevin Fasick and Natasha Velez

July 26, 2014 | 12:00pm

NYPD detained men who had pressure cookers to ‘prepare rice’

Two vacationing Kuwaitis were still simmering Saturday after cops questioned them for hours about a pair of pressure cookers spotted in the trunk of their car at a fancy Midtown hotel.

The men were not arrested, but police sources said they remain under investigation.

The questioning was “disgusting” and “weird,” said Ayoub Alawadhi — who insisted that he and his pal, Mohammad Alotaibi, will use the cookers to prepare rice, chicken and meat.

Alawadhi said he had no idea why he was being questioned until a cop told him pressure cookers were used in the Boston Marathon bombing.

“They said, ‘You haven’t heard about Boston?’ And I said, ‘No.’ And they told me about Boston.”

Alotaibi, 20, and Alawadhi, 21, who are studying mechanical engineering at Boise State University in Idaho, drove up to the InterContinental Hotel on East 48th Street on Friday evening.

When they popped the trunk, a doorman spotted the two pressure cookers. The doorman called Crime Stoppers, and NYPD counterterrorism and intelligence officers soon arrived to question the men.

More than a dozen cops responded, Alotaibi and a hotel worker said.

“The police questioned us for three hours. It was a little scary,” said Alawadhi.

It took awhile to figure out why the cops were interrogating them, Alawadhi said.

“They said they found the pressure cookers. I said, ‘Yes, what’s wrong with that?’ ” he recounted.

Alawadhi said he and Alotaibi just completed summer classes at a Michigan university.

They said they bought the pressure cookers at an Arab supermarket in Dearborn, Mich., since similar pressure cookers aren’t available in Boise.

“They only have them in Arabian supermarkets,” he said.

Alawadhi said they put the cookers in the back of their car and drove to Manhattan for a few days of sightseeing fun. Then they planned to drive back to Idaho.

“I am leaving New York because of this,” he said. “We were supposed to stay until Tuesday, but we are leaving Sunday because of this.”

Seven timed pressure-cooker bombs were used in a 2006 attack on trains in Mumbai that killed more than 200 people.

Pressure cookers were also used in a failed bombing in Times Square in 2010 and another failed attack in British Columbia in 2013.

Additional reporting by Bill Sanderson