"Terror in the Skies, Again?"

Bill Stewart bill.stewart at pobox.com
Mon Jul 26 11:19:25 PDT 2004

At 03:52 AM 7/26/2004, ken wrote:
>Assuming its true (*) the one security breach is the action of the  cabin 
>crew member who tried to reassure this woman by going on about air 
>marshalls.   That security breach should certainly get them sacked, and 
>probably interrogated by the men in cheap suits.
>Or does she assume that apparently nervous middle-aged middle-class white 
>women can't be bombers?

The flight attendant didn't identify which six people were air marshals,
and since the normal number of them ranges from zero to two per flight,
she was almost certainly just lying to calm down the troublesome passenger
(who definitely had no class, middle or otherwise.)

One of the entertaining followup items from this event was that,
yes, the group of ~14 Syrian musicians were really just musicians on tour,
but in fact their visas had expired about 3 weeks earlier,
though the TSA thugs who interrogated them after they arrived
didn't notice it.

I was surprised they were musicians - I'd expected them to have
been a soccer team, and I've been on enough airplanes with
sports teams on them that their behavior sounds totally typical.
And Middle Easterners flying out of Detroit?  What a surprise!
(Detroit's one of the main places that Arab immigrants move.)

Anne Jacobsen, prejudiced white columnist, wrote
 > What I experienced during that flight has caused me to question
 > whether the United States of America
 > can realistically uphold the civil liberties of every individual,
 > even non-citizens, and protect its citizens from terrorist threats.

And she's obviously in favor of "protection", whether or not it takes a
police state to do it.

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