*******Islamic attacks on our airline industry
No smoking gun?!
Janet Napolitano was a dreadful choice for head of homeland security, given that she was governor of Arizona, a state that’s practically been invaded by drug lords and illegal aliens
By Klaus Rohrich Tuesday, January 5, 2010
First Janet Napolitano, the incompetent den mother of the Department of Homeland Security, made the rounds of Sunday talk shows Claiming that the “system worked” because the plane did not crash and burn and the terrorist was ultimately apprehended. Then the administration sent out its “B” team in the person of John Brennan, deputy national security advisor to the President, who claimed there was “no smoking gun” that could have alerted officials to the intentions of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as he boarded the Detroit bound aircraft.
Au contraire, Mr. Brennan. There were so many smoking guns that one would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to miss them. Let us count them:
• Smoking Gun #1— Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s father contacted American authorities to warn them of his son’s radicalization.
• Smoking Gun #2—Abdulmutallab’s name was on a list of suspected al Qaeda sympathizers accessible to Homeland Security and the NTSA, although not on a no-fly list.
• Smoking Gun #3—Abdulmutallab paid in cash for his ticket.
• Smoking Gun #4—Abdulmutallab had no luggage.
• Smoking Gun #5—Abdulmutallab asked if he could board the aircraft without a passport.
• Smoking Gun #6—DHS knew about undie-bombs because Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, Security Chief of Saudi Arabia, disclosed an attempt on his life using just such a tactic last August.
• Smoking Gun #7—its one thing to have information, it’s another to use that information in a utile manner. Why is there no cross-referencing of names between the various lists available to security agencies? Or is it possible that Jamie Gorelick’s dreaded “wall” has been rebuilt under the Obama sinecure?
From where I sit the only smoking gun I can see is the Administration’s ineptitude and incompetence. Janet Napolitano was a dreadful choice for head of homeland security, given that she was governor of Arizona, a state that’s practically been invaded by drug lords and illegal aliens. Obama could just as well have given the DHS job to Steve Urkel, who would likely be as effective as Napolitano has been so far. Certainly there is no reason to keep her on, given her various gaffes and lapses.
This is an administration in deep denial. Whether you call terrorists “terrorists” or “human disaster causers” it still amounts to the same thing; there are people out there that want to harm us and the only way to deal with them is to annihilate them, deprive them of places of respite and cut off their sources of supply. These are all things the Obama Administration has no interest in doing as it pursues a headlong course towards disaster with eyes wide shut.*******
The runway to Flight 253
By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
5 January 2009
Witness, for example, the results of the Christmas Day bombing attempt on Delta-Northwest Fight 253 by a Muslim terrorist. The response by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the current leadership of Janet Napolitano, was to impose a series of new restrictive security procedures aboard aircraft already filled with passengers and flying at 35,000 feet, instead of addressing the threat at a more reasonable elevation, such as at ground level.
To believe that restricting lavatory use and keeping blankets off the laps of grandmothers will make air travel safer is to believe in a myth that should be insulting to every law abiding air passenger. All passengers are not the problem, and not all passengers pose a threat to air travel. To make air travel safer, we must identify potential threats before they board an aircraft. To do so, we must first break free from the bonds of political correctness and admit, without feelings of guilt or reservation that the threat is originating from Islamic terrorists and those who facilitate them.
Leading the charge of objections to such profiling is the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and CAIR Canada, which has condemned such profiling techniques as discriminatory to Muslims. Doesn’t anyone find it duplicitous that the same organization that has demanded the right for female Muslims to wear head coverings for photographic identification at the DMV has no problem with a full body scan at an airport? Also, in the event people have forgotten, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was named as one of about 300 unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development trial. On November 24, 2008, the government secured guilty verdicts against the Holy Land Foundation and five individual defendants, finding that the organization was guilty of funneling over $12 million to the terrorist group HAMAS, a US designated terrorist organization.
When such “influence” manifests itself in the form of the threat of litigation, it is, in my opinion, nothing less than intimidation. Any security policy that is shaped from such threats is not only ineffectual and dangerous to the flying public, but an invitation to certain disaster. At present, our air security apparatus is being held hostage while we continue to implement security measures that are nothing more than window dressing, much like the current “Napolitano Doctrine” of airline lavatory use. Historically and absent of facing down those who intimidate, hostage situations don’t end well. Mark my words, the threat posed to air travelers has exponentially increased over the last few years and will not end well in the near term.
As detailed above, the runway to Flight 253 has been well paved. The runway to the next event, most likely one that will have a much more disastrous outcome, continues to be upgraded by intimidation tactics and acquiescence.*******
Northwest Airlines Christmas Day Flight: "Al Qaeda Made Me Do It!”
The rise of patsies and heroes
By Rev. Richard Skaff
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16762
Global Research, January 4, 2010
Global Research, January 4, 2010
The Associated Press reported on December 26, 2009 that an attempted terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight began with a pop and a puff of smoke sending passengers scrambling to subdue a Nigerian man who claimed to be acting on orders from al-Qaida to blow up the airliner, officials and travelers said.
According to the report, the commotion began as Northwest Airlines Flight 253, carrying 278 passengers and 11 crew members from Amsterdam, prepared to land in Detroit just before noon Friday. Travelers said they smelled smoke, saw a glow, and heard what sounded like firecrackers. At least one person climbed over others and jumped on the man, who officials say was trying to ignite an explosive device.
"It sounded like a firecracker in a pillowcase," said Peter Smith, a passenger from the Netherlands . "First there was a pop, and then (there) was smoke." Smith also added that one passenger, sitting opposite the man, climbed over passengers, went across the aisle and tried to restrain the man. The heroic passenger appeared to have been burned.
The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel. The incident was reminiscent of Richard Reid, who tried to destroy a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 with explosives hidden in his shoes, but failed to light it up and was subdued by other passengers.
The AP report also quoted one law enforcement official who said that the Nigerian man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil. While another law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mutallab's name had surfaced earlier on at least one U.S. intelligence database, but he was not on a watch list or a no-fly list.
Ironically Nigeria is a large oil producing country, and holds the largest natural gas reserves in Africa but has limited infrastructure in place to develop the sector. No coincidence that the Christmas 2009 terrorist was a Nigerian. Therefore, Nigeria must be added to the Obama Administration hit list. Apparently, the mystical and mythical Al Qaida has built an empire of networks connecting and reaching every corner of the globe.
Mr. Obama has quickly learned as his predecessor did that the terror card and the low intensity conflict are a necessary evil to hold a weak or unpopular presidency together, as well as to distract the populace from the real issues, rally the public behind their lying politicians, and create defense and security jobs for the military and the Terrorism Industrial Complex (TIC). Let's not forget that a war based economy thrives on military conflicts.
The alleged Christmas terrorist incident was timely, because it helped revive the myth of Al Qaida and reaffirmed its existence. As a result, an unreliable patsy with alleged powdered explosives and firecrackers would corroborate the existence of a myth that once was and maybe still is a mercenary division of the Western intelligence community.
Consequently, a multibillion dollar industry of security body scans will unravel, and every flying citizen of the world will be exposed to a low level X-rays at the airport to ensure that his or her naked body is bomb free; meanwhile the American embassies will continue to issue visas to known terrorists/patsies listed in their data base (as in the case of the Christmas terrorist Mr. Abdulmutallab), who will attempt and botch up terrorists attacks on the homeland, in order to escalate the war on terror and to establish at home a military state instead of our beloved republic. Meanwhile over one million innocent American citizens remain on the Bush-Obama watch/no fly list.
It would be more efficient and cheaper for the airlines and TSA to deter terror attempts IF THE UNITED STATES EMBASSIES ABROAD WOULD STOP ISSUING VISAS TO SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, rather than purchasing these multimillion dollar invasive machines that will strip us all of every inch of human dignity under the guise of safety.
Ironically, the masses will always relinquish their liberty and personal rights for their safety. It is a primal state of mind and every government knows it.
As a result of this last Christmas terror incident our Nobel Prize president will continue to expand his low intensity wars in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, maybe Nigeria and for certain Iran to make us safer and to defeat the mythical Al Qaida. Let's remember that war is peace, and the price for this proclamation is a Nobel Prize.
Surely, Iran will eventually be the biggest trophy that the Anglo-American-Israeli Axis will achieve, once the ongoing destabilizing process succeeds. However, Iran 's religious homogeneity might become an obstacle for the prospective balkanization process that has been conducted in that country by the Western intelligence agencies. However, the option of a low intensity war that will destroy the alleged Iranian nuclear facilities remains on the table, and can be implemented at any time by the Anglo-American-Israeli Axis as a result of a contrived incident that will point the finger to Iran as the culprit.
Iranians unlike their Israeli foes are not the Anglo-American establishment's chosen people; therefore, they are evil and must be destroyed. Meanwhile, Israel will continue to have their 200 strategic nuclear warheads pointed at every city in the Middle East and Europe . It is the covenant of power, money, and greed that binds the Anglo-American-Israeli Axis.
As predicted in my previous articles, Mr. Obama will continue his predecessor's (George W. Bush) holy work of cleansing the world from Islamo-fascists by waging preemptive wars, reducing population, hoarding oil wells all over the globe, castrating Russia, and containing China while bankrupting America .*******
Hillary Clinton's Agency Issued the Terrorist's Visa
December 31, 2009
What is particularly disturbing about all of this is the simple fact that the 9/11 Commission identified visa fraud and immigration benefit fraud as major areas of concern where the entry and embedding of terrorists in our country are involved, yet virtually nothing has been done to address these major holes in the fence that is supposed to keep those individuals out of our country who are determined to do us such harm!
It has been reported that the suspect had hidden the explosives in his underwear or, perhaps, a body cavity. I hate to think where this may lead! Will we now be subjected to "wedgies" by the TSA as we seek to board airliners or made to take off our clothes altogether?
Of course I am being facetious, but the point is that there is so little commonsense and little in the way of true leadership where our government is concerned.
The goal of our government should be to keep the terrorists off of the airliners in the first place!
No foreign national has an absolute right to enter the United States! The issuance of visas is discretionary.
I have seen reports that indicate that Great Britain had refused issuing a visa to the terror suspect but the United States had no such qualms about providing him with a key to our nation's front door that a visa represents. I would love to know how much time was spent reviewing his visa application and how much effort was made to determine if he was or was not a threat to our nation's security before the visa was issued to him.
I would also love to know how many other terrorists are now walking around with visas to the United States stamped in their passports as they await instructions to head for the airport and a flight to the United States.
As I have noted on ever so many occasions, the requirements that must be met before an alien is provided with a visa to enter the United States is not a formality but is supposed to provide a layer of security for our nation and our citizens.
What is also extremely disturbing about this incident and Ms. Napolitano's statements is the fact that the first step in problem solving is identifying the problems that need to be solved. It is possible that Secretary Napolitano understands the problems and was simply attempting to engage in a bit of public relations in minimizing the nature of the dangers we face. On the other hand, I find it far more likely that the administration is ignoring the issue of the visa screening process. After all, we have heard nothing from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on this issue, and as the Secretary of State, it is her agency that is in charge of the visa issuing process.
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.
Next year each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. Next year more than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for us, We the People!
However, the practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.
The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!
The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians.
I implore you to get involved! Any American who has lost his job certainly has enough time on his (her) hands to get involved!
Any American who fears the loss of his job must make effective use of his spare time to make certain he keeps his job! (Remember, the job save may be your own!)
If this situation concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional "Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! You need to politely but pointedly, demand to know what they are doing to protect our nation. You need to ask them how they are protecting you and your family. You can also forward this commentary to them.*******
Confirmed? "Sharp dressed man" aided Northwest flight "Christmas Bomber" Umar Mutallab onto plane without passport. Who was involved, why don't we know about this other suspect?
Metro Detroit Live
A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport.
Kurt Haskell of Newport, Mich., who posted an earlier comment about his experience, talked exclusively with MLive.com and confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday.
Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man.
Kurt and Lori Haskell are attorneys with Haskell Law Firm in Taylor. Their expertise includes bankruptcy, family law and estate planning.
While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, 'He's from Sudan and we do this all the time.'”
Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab's lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.
The ticket agent referred Mutallab and his companion to her manager down the hall, and Haskell didn't see Mutallab again until after he allegedly tried to detonate an explosive on the plane.
Haskell said the flight was mostly unremarkable. That was until he heard a flight attendant say she smelled smoke, just after the pilot announced the plane would land in Detroit in 10 minutes. Haskell got out of his seat to view the brewing commotion.
“I stood up and walked a couple feet ahead to get a closer look, and that's when I saw the flames,” said Haskell, who sat about seven rows behind Mutallab. “It started to spread pretty quickly. It went up the wall, all the way to ceiling.”
Haskell, who described Mutallab as a diminutive man who looks like a teenager, said about 30 seconds passed between the first mention of smoke and when Mutallab was subdued by fellow passengers.
“He didn't fight back at all. This wasn't a big skirmish,” Haskell said. “A couple guys jumped on him and hauled him away.”
The ordeal has Haskell and his wife a little shaken. Flight attendants were screaming during the fire and the pilot sounded notably nervous when bringing the plane in for a landing, he said.
“Immediately, the pilot came on and said two words: emergency landing,” Haskell said. “And that was it. The plane sped up instead of slowing down. You could tell he floored it.”
As Mutallab was being led out of the plane in handcuffs, Haskell said he realized that was the same man he saw trying to board the plane in Amsterdam.
Passengers had to wait about 20 minutes before they were allowed to exit the plane. Haskell said he and other passengers waited about six hours to be interviewed by the FBI.
About an hour after landing, Haskell said he saw another man being taken into custody. But a spokeswoman from the FBI in Detroit said Mutallab was the only person taken into custody.
From "Investigative Leads" found here at NewWorldOrderReport.com:
Christmas Bomber False Flag?
When one examines the official version, more problems become apparent. Initial reports stated that the man was on the government's "No-Fly List". This raised the obvious question of how he was even able to make it aboard the airplane. The stories were quickly changed to state that, while he was in some mysterious "law enforcement-intelligence database", he was not on the No-Fly List.
According to the feds, the suspect says that the explosive device he used was acquired in Yemen. Interestingly, Anwar Al-Awlaki ran away to Yemen. He was an extreme Islamic preacher and a likely US Intelligence "handler" who had connections to the 9/11 "hijackers", 7/7 "bombers", Fort Dix "terrorist plotters", Toronto 18 "terrorist plotters", and the Fort Hood "shooter". Al-Awlaki is said to have been killed in a recent raid by the Yemeni security forces, but it is very possible that his role as a "handler" was becoming to obvious, and that his "death" was really just a retirement. Is it possible that Al-Awlaki provided this new "terrorist" with explosives?
Another issue is the FBI's presence at the airport when the plane landed:
Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Sandra R. Berchtold from the Detroit office confirmed that the FBI was at the airport, but she would not comment further.
If all authorities knew was that there were indications of a "fire" on the plane, then why was the FBI already set-up at the airport? From the above article excerpt, you can see that they're quite tight-lipped about it, so don't bother asking them.
The government has ignored these problems, and instead has opted to conclusively state that the attack was planned by "Al Qaeda in Yemen".
They've also gone into detail about the explosives, which turn out to have been military:
Investigators say the suspect had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin used by the military.
How "Al Qaeda of Yemen" got their hands on military explosives is anyone's guess. Personally, I would assert that "Al Qaeda of Yemen" is little more than an extension of the military and the intelligence services (CIA).
Interestingly, it turns out that the bomber is the son of a wealthy banker, who is now burying him in the press as a "radical" and a "terrorist".
The heroic passenger who subdued the bomber turns out to be a "video director/producer" from Amsterdam. Certainly a professional in the art of stagery/drama, right?
We're left with quite a few questions:
--Why did different news services provide different names for the suspect?
--Why did initial reports state that the suspect was on the No-Fly List?
--Why was the suspect on a "terror" watch list?
--Why was the FBI waiting at the airport when the plane landed and why are it's officials being so tight-lipped about this fact?
--What contact, if any, did the suspect have with Anwar Al-Awlaki?
--What was the purpose of the suspect's 11-day trip to Houston, Texas during August 2008? What did he do on this trip?
--Why was his father concerned that his son had become radicalized? Was it his warning, six months before, that put the suspect on the terror list?
--How did the suspect obtain military explosives?
--Is his father connected through the banks to the aristocracy, secret societies, or intelligence community?
--Was there more to Jasper Schuringa's act of heroism than we've been told? What is his history as a video director/producer? Why does his photograph look fake?
UCL today confirmed that a 23-year-old called Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab studied at the university from 2005 to 2008.
A UCL spokesman said: “Media outlets are suggesting several different names for the man arrested in connection with an attempted act of terrorism on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in the early hours of December 26th.
“UCL can confirm that a student by the name of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was enrolled on a Mechanical Engineering course at the institution between September 2005 and June 2008.
“However, it must be stressed that the university has no evidence that this is the same person currently being referred to in the media.
This advertisement for University College London states:
Course advisors include Met Police, BTP, SOCA, ACPO, SO15, MI6, MoD, NaCTSO, and RUSI.
Certainly, British Intelligence is very present there.
And get a load of who the suspect's father is:
Members of a wealthy Nigerian family have confirmed to journalists that he is the son of the former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, the BBC's Caroline Duffield reports from Lagos.
And here's what we may find on the official CRIMINAL COMPLAINT of the United States District Court (at page 5 of this PDF) :
"One flight attendant stated that she asked ABDULMUTALLAB what he had in his pocket, and he replied "explosive device".
Ah - if only all terrorists were that honest and helpful ...
Check this out -- detailed information about the flight from December 23 to today, but no mention of the incident. Not even any mention of any delay!
In case anything happens to that SMOKING GUN page, here are some screen-caps:
After the drama, none of the three return flights of Northwest Air from Detroit to Amsterdam was cancelled. Of the two flights that would have been affected by Flight 253, one arrived back in Amsterdam only an hour late, and the other was early.
INFO FROM NORTHWEST AIRLINES TIMETABLES for Dec 17 thru Jan 4
Amsterdam to Detroit daily flights
flight 253 arriving at 11:40 AM uses ‘A333’
flight 243 arriving at 1:30 PM uses ‘A332’
flight 249 arriving at 5:35 PM uses ‘A333’
Detroit to Amsterdam daily flights
flight 252 departing at 4:00 PM uses ‘A332’
flight 242 departing at 5:55 PM uses ‘A333’
flight 248 departing at 9:55 PM uses ‘A333’
INFO FROM PARTNER KLM FLIGHT STATUS PAGE for arrivals on Dec 26
NW252 scheduled departure 16:00 actual departure 18:17 on Dec 25
Scheduled arrival 05:55 actual arrival 08:42 on Dec 26
Shown as A332 so by deduction usually uses the same plane as flight 243 and may not have been affected by flight 253. It arrived in Amsterdam about 3 hrs late.
NW242 scheduled departure 17:55 actual departure 19:19 on Dec 25
Scheduled arrival 07:55 actual arrival 09:05 on Dec 26
Shown as A333 so by deduction usually uses the same plane as flight 253. It arrived in Amsterdam only about 1 hour late.
NW248 scheduled departure 21:55 actual departure 21:47 on Dec 25
Scheduled arrival 11:40 actual arrival 11:37 on Dec 26
Shown as A333 so by deduction usually uses the same plane as flight 249. It arrived in Amsterdam early.
check this out:
An Indian man in a nicely dressed suit around age 50 approached the check in counter with the terrorist and said "This man needs to get on this flight and he has no passport." The two of them were an odd pair as the terrorist is a short, black man that looked like he was very poor and looks around age 17(Although I think he is 23 he doesn't look it). It did not cross my mind that they were terrorists, only that the two looked weird together. The ticket taker said "you can't board without a passport". The Indian man then replied, "He is from Sudan, we do this all the time". I can only take from this to mean that it is difficult to get passports from Sudan and this was some sort of sympathy ploy. The ticket taker then said "You will have to talk to my manager", and sent the two down a hallway. I never saw the Indian man again as he wasn't on the flight. It was also weird that the terrorist never said a word in this exchange. Anyway, somehow, the terrorist still made it onto the plane. I am not sure if it was a bribe or just sympathy from the security manager.
Who was this mysterious "suit" and why is this detail not being scrutinized by the major newsmedia organizations?
-Mutallab did not have documentation that could get him onto the plane.
-A mysterious man in a nice suit suddenly appeared and facilitated his entry.
-Mutallab didn't look his age at all.
-There was a second Indian man arrested at the airport.
-Passengers were held on the plane 20 minutes after it landed.
-Around 50 years old
-Sharply dressed, Obviously wealthy
Not much to go on, but if this story is real, we have a suspect for the 'handler'.*******
Detroit terror attack: CIA had report on suspect five weeks before bomb
The father of terrorist suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had reported his concerns about his son's radicalisation directly to the CIA more than a month before the attempted bombing of an aeroplane in Detroit, according to a report.
By Nick Allen in Los Angeles
Published: 30 Dec 2009
Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab is the alleged terrorist behind the failed attempt to bomb a passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas Day.
But the warning was not passed on in full by the intelligence agency, a source told CNN.
Abdulmutallab's father Alhaji Uma Abdulmutallab, a prominent banker, was said to have had one face-to-face meeting with a CIA official in Nigeria and several contacts by telephone.
A report was said to have been sent to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, but much of it was not disseminated further to other agencies, it was claimed. A source told CNN the report had been known to the CIA for five weeks.
President Barack Obama is said to have been prompted to make a statement about the failed Christmas Day attack on Tuesday after learning about the report, and to have been referring to it when he talked about "systemic failures" that allowed Abdulmutallab to board the Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight in Amsterdam.
Mr Obama said: "Weeks ago, this information was passed to a component of our intelligence community but was not effectively distributed so as to get the suspect's name on a no-fly list."
It had previously been known that Abdulmutallab's father spoke to "officials" at the US embassy in Nigeria but not that the CIA had prepared a report.
As the bureaucratic fingerpoining intensified, one source told CNN: "We ended up in a situation where a single point of failure in the system put our security at risk."
However, an intelligence source hit back, saying some details of the report had been passed on by the CIA, including the suspect's name and passport number.
"I am not aware of a magic piece of intelligence that would have put him on the no-fly list," the source told CNN.*******
Exclusive to Canada Free Press
By Doug Hagmann Monday, December 14, 2009
Once aboard the plane, they spoke loudly in Arabic. They changed seats without authorization. They roamed the plane over the objections of the flight attendants, entering the first class area without permission or legitimate purpose. They moved their stowed luggage from the overhead bins for no apparent reason. One even attempted to open the cockpit door, explaining that he mistakenly thought it was the lavatory. Their behavior was described as disruptive and suspicious, which so alarmed the flight crew that the Muslim passengers were removed from the airplane by order of the captain.
The above describes the activities of Hamdan al-Shalawi and Muhammed al-Qudhaieen, two passengers aboard an America West flight from Phoenix to Washington, DC in November 1999. Despite the FBI’s eventual admission that this incident was a “dry run” to assess airline security and flight crew response in preparation for the 9/11 terrorist hijackings, the incident earned only a footnote in the 9/11 Commission Report and its significance was deliberately downplayed. At that time, there were allegations of profiling by the airline, flight crew and authorities, and accusations of hypersensitivity and hysterics by many who believed that witnesses were making “too much” of the incident.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) immediately came to the aid of the two Muslim passengers and arranged their legal representation to file racial profiling suits against America West, which is now part of US Airways, and others. It was later established that the two “victims” of racial profiling were actually al Qaeda recruits from Saudi Arabia who had received explosives training in Afghanistan. Interestingly, their tickets were purchased by the government of Saudi Arabia, which is a known source of funding for CAIR, and they were both attending college in the U.S. on Saudi visas. The suit was eventually dismissed and in 2003, and Muhammed al-Qudhaieen and Hamdan al-Shalawi were eventually deported back to Saudi Arabia.
In each case referenced above, the incidents were downplayed, the credibility of the witnesses was attacked, and concerted efforts were made to “debunk” each incident.
The list of incidents involving Muslim passengers disrupting flight operations aboard domestic aircraft is increasing, while criminal charges against the suspicious and disruptive Muslim passengers are not. Instead, accusations of racial profiling, alarmist and reactionary responses by the airlines, flight crews and passengers are becoming more widespread, despite the historical significance of such incidents and the consequential devastation and loss of life caused by these very same “dry runs” footnoted in the 9/11 Commission Report.
Also, it appears hardly coincidental that Omar Shahin, one of the six Imams removed from USAir Flight 300 who acted as their spokesperson, had direct ties to Muhammed al-Qudhaieen and Hamdan al-Shalawi from the 1999 incident. Shahin was a leader at the Saudi-backed Islamic Center of Tucson, where al-Qudhaieen and al-Shalawi attended. According to the best-selling book “Muslim Mafia,” Shahin admitted to being “a former supporter of Osama bin Laden while running the Saudi-backed Islamic Center of Tucson, which functioned as one of al-Qaida’s main hubs in North America.”
It is to our peril that the numerous incidents aboard our aircraft by Muslim passengers are being purposely downplayed and debunked as hype or even urban legend. The integrity and credibility of those reporting such incidents are under attack as alarmists, racists, or liars. The incidents are aggressively being “debunked” by self-appointed online arbiters of fact, relying on “official” statements made by those having a specific agenda.
Meanwhile, the flying public becomes more vulnerable. Perhaps the ever growing lists of suspicious incidents involving Muslims on airplanes will warrant more than a footnote when the next investigative commission into the attacks on America is published.