Phoenix, you are absolutely right. Business is a private thing, and airlines should NOT be punished by the govornment for protecting themselves and
Curme, youre really blowing this whole thing out of proportion. You keep brining up the whole race issue. This is one reason I cant stand the left
wing, even if its to join forces and battle against the right.
I have flown a few times since 9/11, and everytime I have flown, I have been subjected to random searches and questioning. Some more invasive than
others. I am a white female. The fact that I got pulled over several times and searched shows that there is no big evil conspiracy against the poor
arabs to harrass them. Bin Laden himself would get waved through security, and Id still get pulled aside and searched.
I believe this story. The points you seem to think are fishy I dont find fishy at all. They seem pretty standard to me. Even now, after reading others
posts, my question was how the hell did 14 Arab males get on board the same flight and no one seemed to care.
But we see that they probably did care, and boarded the air Marshals along to investigate, as well as secretly notifying the FBI and FAA to keep an
eye on that plane in paticular. Why all the secrecy? Why did they not just prevent these men from flying?
Because we have folks like yourself pitching a huge bitch about detaining them because they are Arab. Thus, because we have to be "PC", we cannot
detain them before the flight, we have to let them baord. However, that doesnt mean that preventative measures cannot be taken before hand, and
officers on the plane to accompany it, to keep an eye on these guys, as well as to gather intelligence.
The fact that there were suspicions beforehand, shows that these guys werent picked out because they were Arabs. Obviously, something before this
flight, maybe even names and such, made a big red flag. Perhaps 14 Arab males buying one way tickets, all of them, would be enough. It certainly would
make me think twice.
Are all Arabs suspect? Not necessarily. For instance, if the group of 14 Arabs were say, 3 men, 5 women, and six children, like afamily unit of
uncles, grandparents, and kids, that would not raise any flags. Family units or co-ed groups of young and old would not raise a flag, nor would a
husband and wife, or an elderly man traveling with a young man.
But 14 men of relative youth traveling together under same passports (Syria, a BIG sponsor of terrorism), yeah. That would set off alot of alarms.
Let us be thankful, curme, that you do not work for any national security offices.