Stowaways Suspected in Shipping Container in Newark

Update, 3:30 p.m.: Authorities have not discovered any stowaways on board the ship; search could take another 12 hours, according to NJ.com.

Federal and local authorities — including the United States Coast Guard, U.S. Customs, immigration officials, rescue personnel and Special Ops teams — are investigating the possibility that there are stowaways inside a shipping container on board a freighter docked at  Port Newark Container Terminal, according to reports from NJ.com and other media.

Customs officials heard sounds in the container, including knocking, while conducting a routine inspection at 3:30 a.m.  The container is among stacks of others in the ship’s hold, and authorities might have to unload it before they can open it. The ship originated in Pakistan.

Breaking News Network has been issuing alerts throughout the morning; here is the most recent:

U/D NJ| Essex| Newark| *Ship Incident*| 241 Calcutta St (PNC Terminal)| workers heard knocking from one of the containers, alerted authority, reportedly its the bottom container a stack of containers, USCG secured the container and awaiting to remove it from the ship before they will open it. multiple agency’s on scene, decon set up by the fire dept.| <C> BNN | nj485/nj012/nj737 | #502893

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40 COMMENTS

  1. Who cares the one termer has said he’s not enforcing immigration laws anyway….wave’em in.

  2. Right Herb. Also, gotta figure that several days in a container is rough on the body. First stop, the nearest tax payer funded community health center.

  3. Then right down to register to vote ( if you even need to do that anymore). Big election coming up and they need those votes.

  4. Report from the U.S. Census Bureau just out says that American businesses and workers got crushed in 2010.

    Total employment in 2010 dropped 2.5 million workers

    The number of U.S. businesses in 2010 dropped 36,800 from the previous year

    They’re here just in time to see all the changes that hope has brought upon us.

  5. Then right down to register to vote ( if you even need to do that anymore). Big election coming up and they need those votes.

    That’s right, herb. More of the conservative fantasy worldview. People hiding from the government somehow find it neccesary to fradulently vote. But, Republicans have to think this way in order to justify supporting voter registration laws that are thinly veiled attempts to disenfranchise minority voters.

  6. “attempts to disenfranchise minority voters”

    Right, sure, because asking for an ID is SOOOOOOOOOOOO unreasonable. Give me a break. We have to show ID in this country for almost everything, doing the same to vote is not unreasonable. Get over it.

    Also point taken on the census data Herb. Lets add that consumer confidence dropped yesterday for the 4th month in a row. While I am not as hard on Obama with respect to absolute economic data I do hold him accountable for the fact that we are not even trending in the right direction after 4 years (unless you are super wealthy).

  7. Mike91, you sound your usual tendentious (if as mal-informed as ever) self today.

    Nevertheless, voter fraud is pretty much a concept retricted to the Democratic party. Does the Chicago-spawned phrase “vote early and often” ring any bells? Or the phenomenon, also especially notable in Chicago, of the dead voting arouse your ire? (That one is even referenced in james T. Farrell’s Studs Lonigan trilogy, and more than once.)

    As stayhyphy aptly notes, asking for an ID of some sort isn’t terribly unreasonable for something as crucial as one’s exercising his/her voting franchise. And yet…and yet…Holder’s DOJ famously doesn’t even seem to care when “Black Panthers” (odious back in the day, mere poseurs to such rottenness today) attempt to scare away registered voters from the polls. T’would behoove you, mike91, to give some consideration to such matters. And even to the well and non-partisanly reported suspicious Democratic vote mongering in both WV and IL which gave JFK the Presidency.

    Point of verbal order: if there are occupants of that container at Port Newark, they are more likely to be illegal aliens being ferried here by bad guys of some sort rather than “stowaways.” The word stowaway has an entirely different meaning and certainly cannot be used with reference to 23-45 beings (which was the suggested count the last time I heard on the news.) In fact, 23-45 connotes to me than a platoon-sized body of men.

  8. In other words, Mike91, in case it hasn’t yet dawned on you, the usual Democratic way is to “enfranchise” those unqualified to vote, either because they’re not citizens, are “too much” of citizens that they vote multiple times, or are no longer qualified by virtue of death from voting.

  9. “Republicans have to think this way in order to justify supporting voter registration laws that are thinly veiled attempts to disenfranchise minority voters.”

    Coming from a Democrat. I would check your parties history of minority suppression before you pop off. Maybe you can throw that statement around over at one of your lib cocktail parties but unlike you and your friends, I know the racism that has run rampant in your party since Old Hickory. Your not going get me back on my heels with that R’s are racist bs.

  10. Biden said today, “It’s A Depression For Millions And Millions Of Americans”

    Wait didn’t the one termer just say “the private sector is doing fine.”

    Hey, who’s running this circus?

  11. Herb, the Dixiecrats in the sixties are all inrepublican party now thanks to Nixons “southern strategy,”‘which appealed to their racism. Sorry but it’s true.

    In regard to the registration laws, it’s not just ID but photo ID, which guess which groups are most least likely to have? Kind of lucky for Republicans, no?

    In addition, they also support laws that hamper the efforts of voter registration drives like Rock the Vote. Hmmmm, I wonder which groups these drives target? Another coincidence!

    Then there’s the fact that even without these laws, voting fraud is extremely rare. None of you can explain to me why people who should be doing everything in their power to avoid the government would bother trying to vote.

    Also cathar, I suggest putting away the thesaurus and researching amlittle before you post twice, ignorantly. The Black Panther voting intimidation thing was fielder investigated by the Bush administration and they failed to pursue it. Care to guess why?

  12. “In regard to the registration laws, it’s not just ID but photo ID, which guess which groups are most least likely to have?”

    It does not matter who has or does not have a photo ID. It is 2012, it is not unreasonable to ask that someone playing a part in electing the next president present valid photo ID. We don’t need to go any further, it just makes sense.

    “Then there’s the fact that even without these laws, voting fraud is extremely rare. None of you can explain to me why people who should be doing everything in their power to avoid the government would bother trying to vote.”

    First of all, these are criminals who don’t give a crap about the law, if they did, they would respectfully leave the country.

    Putting myself in the shoes of an illegal, ILLEGALLY voting for a guy who might make me LEGAL or otherwise won’t address my illegality is a trade I would do all day long.

  13. Wrong.

    It was Eric Holder that refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation.

  14. “R’s are racist bs”

    —not all R’s, Herb—but you can’t deny there is a strident racist faction of the current Republican Party.

    And I don’t think it’s racism that motivates this phony Voter Fraud nonsense—it’s electoral politics, pure and simple. Your boy, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, outed that one this week. https://www.politicspa.com/turzai-voter-id-law-means-romney-can-win-pa/37153/

    Just don’t pretend this is about ACTUAL voter fraud, of which there is none of any significance.

  15. Sorry, stayhyphy but given the numbers of actual voter fraud, illegals are obviously more interested in staying in the country than voting. These laws must be targeting someone else.

  16. Mike, The point is we have no way of knowing/measuring voter fraud, but what we can do is just ask for/verify valid photo ID. Then we don’t even have to have the debate whether fraud exists or not. Electing the leader of the free world seems like a process whose integrity we would want to protect by at least employing all reasonable measures. In that regard asking for an ID is more than reasonable.

  17. Speaking of voter suppresion, what about all of those non functioning voting machines in Ohio back in 2004 ?

    Funny how most of them wound up in historically “democratic leaning districts”…

  18. These could be victims of human trafficking, but don’t let that stop you all from complaining about things that happened before I was born regarding voter rights/fraud. Maybe to vote you should show picture ID – which I do- and take a current events quiz ? Dem or Rep we have too many old men lost in time running loose and using nostalgia to make decisions that effect the future.

  19. I’ll make it even simpler. The election process for the POTUS is a process important enough that we should be able to say (going in) that fraud is not possible. The standard should not be as weak as “well there is no proof that it does happen” post the election. This is an easy one guys. Mike, your comment suggests that a good reason to not wear a seatbelt is on your last drive to the store you did not get in an accident. Come on now. Again, in a process this important, this is a logical, reasonable, thing to do.

    hrhppg…agree, human trafficking is a strong possibility as well.

  20. Herb, still looking for that evidence that Obama messed with the unemployment numbers? Or were you wrong about that and have too much integrity to admit it?

    And stayhyphy that’s your opinion. I would say that asking for more security ( which we’ve gone so
    far fine without) harms a great number of people, them we shouldnt do it.

  21. “Dem or Rep we have too many old men lost in time running loose and using nostalgia to make decisions that effect the future.”

    Well the ‘young ‘ one we tried this cycle has been a disaster. I’ll stick with old guys (my old guys).

  22. Mike, I’m not wrong with the unemployment number. I enjoy battling and and beating you on a consistent basis when it come to politics. However, there comes to a point of diminish return and it just not worth it.

  23. “Well the ‘young ‘ one we tried this cycle has been a disaster. I’ll stick with old guys (my old guys).”

    How to tell a faux news fan.

  24. “I would say that asking for more security ( which we’ve gone so
    far fine without) harms a great number of people, them we shouldnt do it”

    I think “great number of people” is a massive exaggeration. And making someone responsible for presenting an ID cannot possibly be described as “Harm”. You must be kidding.

    Under your standard for “Harm” we would scrap nearly every law on the books. Inconvenience, maybe, I’ll give you that, but again inconvenience should not trump making one of the most sacred processes in this country bulletproof.

  25. Let’s Recap June for the 1 termer.

    Job growth non-existent, humiliated in Wisconsin, Contempt charges for his AG, Pakistan talks have broken down, Putin made him look silly, Bill Clinton humiliated him, Jimmy Carter is slamming him, Carville is on him, Romney is outraising him, Security leaks from his administration, Cut the Dem convention short due lack of fundraising, growing list of Democrats backing out of convention, including Claire Mccaskill …and we haven’t even had his Maobamacare ruling yet.

  26. Herb I would add that he is starting to lose his swag in the foreign policy arena as well which has typically been his only strong point. 3 rounds of Iran talks with no results, and Syria is breaking down and he appears to just be confused about what to do.

    – consumer confidence down 4 months in a row
    – unemployment rate actually increased last month for first time since 2010
    – households are reigning in spending
    – exports have been a bright spot, but now are weakening
    – new orders, industrial production are off
    – ISM has softened
    – retail sales (ex-autos) are down…retailers have stopped hiring
    – slowest recovery in the history of the US

    After 4 years of Obama there is not even light at the super distant end of the tunnel. Thats a problem.

    WHERE ARE THE STOWAWAYS??? WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG TO GET TO THEM!

  27. Herb:
    Mike, I’m not wrong with the unemployment number. I enjoy battling and and beating you on a consistent basis when it come to politics. However, there comes to a point of diminish return and it just not worth it.

    So in other words, no. You’re just right, no proof required! And I might add “beating me” only amounts to ignoring points that I make. Integrity!

    So in other words,

  28. Customs officials heard sounds in the container, including knocking… at 3:30 a.m.

    “Someone next door’s f*cking to one of my songs.”

  29. When the teeth get pulled out of this health bill today it will only put the cherry on top of what has been an unmitigated failed Presidency. Then again it won’t matter because he has no regard for the Constitution , Congress or the Supreme Court because…………….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqxl9qiFonc

  30. I love the way you look at Pete, a sitting President has a small lead in states he overwhelmingly won last time and it doesn’t say much for the challenger. bwahahahahba.

  31. Mikw91, if they call themselves “Black Panthers” and make threatening noises as the original sad collection of thugs and drug dealers did, who am I to say that they aren’t “real” Black Panthers? And as someone else pointed out above (for which thanks much) their outrageous display of voter intimidation did in fact occur during the OBAMA administration.

    (Perhaps, however, Mike91, given your usual perspicacity, to be sure, you’re one of those truly sad people who saw the Panthers somehow back in their ever-so-dated day as “liberators”and all-around swell fellas? I hope not but I wouldn’t be surprised.)

    And I don’t need a thesaurus to post, honest, Mike. But you might try using one someday soon, as an antidote to your usual pathetic burbling. It’s on the cliched level of – oh, let’s be honest here – your usual pathetic Obama stump speech. The audacity of both hope and a small, limited vocabulary, eh, Mike91?

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