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Originally posted by boogyman
All I'm saying is that its better to cover all your bases then to focus on one particular threat.
Originally posted by curme
Do people believe that blacks should be followed around by mall security too?
discrimination by "race" is not helpful
in stopping al-Qaida terrorism.
Discrimination by "national origin", and especially religion, is.
Then I spoke with a producer from ABC. She explained that she could not get Dave Adams, Head of Public Affairs of the Federal Air Marshal Services (FAM), on the phone. So she asked me some of the questions that she had wanted to ask him: Where exactly did this band of 14 musicians play? What was the name of the band? Who booked the band and what kind of music did they play? Did anyone follow up and actually witness these 14 men performing at their desert casino gig? I had none of the answers, even though I had asked Adams these exact questions myself when we spoke last week.
And I now have another important question... Is there a link between my experience on flight #327 and the arrest of Ali Mohamed Almosaleh by customs agents at the Minneapolis Airport on July 7 (approximately one week after my flight)? Almosaleh was traveling from Damascus, Syria, to Minneapolis on KLM/Northwest Airlines. According to CNN.com, "Agents found Almosaleh to be carrying what they described as a suicide note and DVDs containing anti-American material."
It was initially reported by CNN.com that the man "is not known to the intelligence community, and that his name was not on any terrorist watch list." The following day, on TwinCities.com, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Almosaleh "had something with him indicating a connection with at least one known terrorist." So, did a more thorough check of the man reveal this critical new information? Remember, according to Adams, FAM checked the 14 Syrian men on my flight against the terrorist watch lists. They found no match, so they let them go. I wonder what might have happened if the 14 Syrians on my flight had been looked into more thoroughly?
According to Mark Bogosian, B-757/767 pilot for American Airlines, "The incident you wrote about, and incidents like it, occur more than you like to think. It is a"dirty little secret' that all of us, as crew members, have known about for quite some time."
Originally posted by curme
So what do we have? People reading suspicion into the simplist of acts that would of gone un-noticed if the musicians were white.
Is this country safer? Now people can't even fly without going into hysterics when brown people go to the bathhroom.
This is about acting like an idiot every time your in a room with a brown person. Reading something sinister into acts you wouldn't think about if the person were white. Almost wetting yourself everytime you see an Arab.
Why were people so quick to believe this story? It's like they wanted there to be hijackers. Why? To confirm your xenophobic suspicions? To justify your racism? To make you feel better about it?
Originally posted by Phoenix
curme whats violates someones civil rights more egregiously - being offended by a security check or losing ones life because a security check was not done?
I say losing your life takes preference in pondering harm to someones rights, trumps everytime in my book.