LOS ANGELES (AP) — An airport security screener was charged Wednesday with making threats, and authorities were scrutinizing a website linked to the suspect that contains rambling letters criticizing America as evil and promising something more devastating than the 9/11 attacks.
The letters were posted on a website apparently operated by Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29, who was arrested late Tuesday, hours after he quit his Transportation Security Administration job at Los Angeles International Airport.
Onuoha was charged with one count each of making a false threat and making threats affecting interstate commerce. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
The threats prompted a brief shutdown of parts of LAX on Tuesday, and packages mailed to a TSA office and a staffer at an apartment complex for military veterans near the airport where Onuoha lives brought brief evacuations at both places until it was determined the packages contained only papers, airport and Inglewood police said.
The website authorities were investigating includes Onuoha's name and a birth date that matches public records for him. The site contains letters celebrating Jesus and Israel, condemning al-Qaida and lamenting that Satan has corrupted so many. There also are photos of Onuoha posing with crosses.
In one posting attributed to Onuoha, he said a message would be released Sept. 11 and America "will be reduced to nothing."
"Do not expect another 9/11," it said. "What will unfold on this day and on the days ahead will be greater than 9/11."
That passage is part of a lengthy letter apparently written to the father of a 15-year-old girl whose treatment by Onuoha during screening at LAX in June led the TSA to suspend him. Onuoha was upset by the girl's attire and said, "You're only 15, cover yourself."
The incident drew attention when the girl's father, Mark Frauenfelder, wrote about it on boingboing, the blog he founded. He said his daughter was humiliated and shamed. He posted a photo of her in the outfit, modest by modern standards, and said he had complained to TSA.
A federal official confirmed the incident was the reason Onuoha was suspended for a week in July. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk about the case publicly.
The letter apparently meant for Frauenfelder was dated Aug. 25. In it, Onuoha was unapologetic.
"If you need an example on how to properly dress your fifteen year old daughter before you send her out on a world tour in this world ruled by satan, you should look up to Muslim women," the letter said.