Whatever You Do, Don’t Leave the House Carrying a Pressure Cooker!

Talal al Rouki with the pressure cooker of doom!

Talal al Rouki with the pressure cooker of doom!

If you do leave your house with a pressure cooker, you could be surrounded by FBI agents in an instant!

First let me clarify that this is not satire. This isn’t from The Onion, it’s from The Detroit News:

Federal agents arrested a suspicious traveler with an altered Saudi Arabian passport at Detroit Metro Airport over the weekend after discovering a pressure cooker in his luggage.

According to a criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court, the passenger, Hussain Al Khawahir arrived at Detroit Metro on Friday from Saudi Arabia via Amersterdam. He had a visa and a Saudi Arabian passport, and told officers in the baggage control area that he would be visiting his nephew at the University of Toledo, the complaint said.

In the baggage area, two customs officers interviewed the passenger and noticed a page had been removed form the man’s passport, the complaint said. The man said that he did not know how the page was removed form the passport, and stated that the passport was locked in a box that only he, his wife and three minor children have access to in his home, the complaint said. His hometown was not listed in court documents.

While at the airport, customs and border officials also examined his luggage and found a pressure cooker inside. When questioned about it, the man initially said that he brought the pressure cooker for his nephew because pressure cookers are not sold in Saudi Arabia, the complaint said. The man then changed his story and admitted his nephew had purchased a pressure cooker in America before, but it “was cheap” and broke after the first use.

So basically, he was arrested for lying about why he had a pressure cooker in his luggage. He couldn’t possibly have been so flustered by what happened that he couldn’t think of what to say, right? Obviously, he must be a dangerous “terrorist” carrying one pressure cooker into the country to make a bomb. Because no one sells pressure cookers in the U.S., right? So is he part of a terrorist “cell” that brings pressure cookers into the country one at a time for some future plot?

At least they read the guy his rights, according to the article.

Of course the hysteria stems from the Boston Marathon bombings in April in which pressure cooker bombs were used.


Here’s a little more information:

Hussain Al Kwawahir appeared for a brief hearing at 1 p.m. in federal court on charges he allegedly used an altered passport and lied to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent about the pressure cooker.

It was unclear Monday whether his arrest is terrorism related or a misunderstanding. But the prosecutor handling the case is Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel, who prosecuted the terror case against underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

No one has told his court-appointed lawyer anything either.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade declined comment on the particulars of the case or whether there are any links to terrorism.

“We never want to jump to conclusions and read more into a situation than is there, but we want to make sure all cases are fully investigated to protect the public,” McQuade said.

Don’t these people have anything better to do? We have children shooting each other with guns all over the country, but they’re worried about cooking equipment. What if I order a pressure cooker on Amazon? Will the FBI come to my house and question me? Don’t worry, I’m not taking that chance.


This story follows on a previous one–also in Michigan–in which a Saudi student cooked rice in his pressure cooker and was carrying it over to his next door neighbor’s house when other neighbors freaked out and called the FBI. From The Daily Mail: FBI surrounds house of Saudi student after sightings of him with pressure cooker pot – only to discover he was cooking RICE.

A Saudi student living in Michigan was questioned in his home by FBI agents after neighbours saw him carrying a pressure cooker and called the police.

Talal al Rouki had been cooking a traditional Saudi Arabian rice dish called kabsah and was carrying it to a friend’s house.

According to reports in a Saudi newspaper on Friday, the FBI are increasingly vigilant about ‘pressure cooker’ home-made bombs after the Boston bombers used one to make an explosive….

The young student showed them his pressure cooker and explained to them he used to make a rice dish.

An FBI agent said: ‘You need to be more careful moving around with such things, Sir’

So watch out! If you’re going to take a meal to a sick friend or an elderly neighbor, for heaven’s sake use a transparent glass casserole dish so the “authorities” can see what you’re carrying. Especially if you happen to be a brown person or have a foreign accent, of course.

I guess we can expect a long string of pressure cooker arrests, while Congress refuses to vote for background checks on gun sales and Americans continue to kill and maim each other with firearms on a daily basis.

I only wish this were a joke.

18 Comments on “Whatever You Do, Don’t Leave the House Carrying a Pressure Cooker!”

  1. boogieman7167 says:

    he this is getting crazy it being fueled by the corporate media and Islamic-phobia that has taken over common scene.

  2. boogieman7167 says:

    correction – this is getting crazy it being fueled by the corporate media and Islamic-phobia that has taken over common scene.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Terrorism that counts and terrorism that doesn’t count. Gawker:

    The shooting of nineteen innocent people, including two children, at a Mother’s Day celebration in New Orleans yesterday was an act of violence only gaudy enough to hold the nation’s attention momentarily. Shortly after the bodies were cleared, the FBI said they “have no indication the shooting was an act of terrorism. ‘It’s strictly an act of street violence in New Orleans.'” At that, we were free to let our attention drift. In America, all villainy is not created equal.

    So it doesn’t count. See how it works? Move along folks, it’s only regular everyday gun violence.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Multiple explosions at gas plant in W. Virginia.

    POCA, W.Va. (AP) — Emergency officials say crews are responding to reports of explosions and a fire at an industrial site in West Virginia.

    Nitro firefighter Jeff Dorsey says crews were dispatched Monday afternoon to Airgas in Poca just outside Charleston. The company is a distributor of specialty gases used in industry and elsewhere….

    Putnam County’s emergency medical services director Cecil Kimble told the Charleston Daily Mail some injuries were reported, but that it was unclear how many or their severity.

  5. janicen says:

    Eh, I have to say, I’m okay with them detaining the guy at the airport with the pressure cooker. Something was wrong about his passport, then he’s traveling with a pressure cooker. Who the hell travels with a pressure cooker? And then he lies about the pressure cooker. If he was just let through and then committed a crime with the pressure cooker we all would have been screaming about the idiot who didn’t get suspicious about all of the irregularities. After 9/11, I sure as hell wasn’t a terrorist, but I made sure that I followed all of the instructions about what not to do at airports because every TSA agent was going to be on alert. Did this guy really have to travel with a pressure cooker? For a while, there’s going to be a lot of attention on pressure cookers. We have to expect that. Same thing with the Michigan student. It’s unfortunate, but we are all told again and again, “If you see something, say something.” We’d rather be wrong and embarrassed than read about another horrible event like happened in Boston.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Who travels with a pressure cooker? A man who wants to give his nephew a present because the nephew couldn’t afford a good quality appliance.

      What kind of terrorist brings along only one pressure cooker if he’s planning a terrorist attack?

      The student wasn’t greatly harmed (unless he gets attacked by islamophobes–a real possibility because his name, location, and photo were spread all over the globe), but this other man was arrested and jailed. I call it a serious overreaction. As for the “problem” with the passport, it doesn’t sound very serious to me.

      • janicen says:

        I don’t know enough about what constitutes a “serious” problem with a passport to make a determination as to whether the agents were in the wrong. Apparently traveling with an altered passport is a detainable offense so they detained him. The vast majority of people who would want to send a pressure cooker as a gift would order it and have it shipped. I think it’s fair that the agents questioned his behavior as an outlier. That’s what they are trained to do. They have no way of knowing the cost of pressure cookers in Saudi Arabia compared to pressure cookers in the U.S. to determine “Oh, I bet he’s bringing one in rather than just buying it once he got here because pressure cookers are so much cheaper in Saudi Arabia.” If there’s something I don’t want agents to waste their time with, it’s learning the costs of pressure cookers around the world in order to decide whether or not it’s suspicious for someone to schlep one half way around the world rather than just buy one at Walmart once he got here.

      • roofingbird says:

        I think there is something far more nefarious at work. Here are accounts of two young people, who are male, who know how to cook and actually use a pressure cooker. One of them was even caught sharing his food.

  6. LMAO, in a lolsob way. This is so terrible and sad, but the title you chose BB and the pictures… priceless.