Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Interesting headlines . . .

. . . today at the Washington Times. Actually, I think the word fascinating would be far more accurate.

One headline reads US Airways seeks imam-suit dismissal. You know the story behind it, I'm sure.

After a Muslim conference, a group of Imams made a big show of doing their required prayers before all boarded the same plane. Once on board, they pretty much acted like jackasses demanding that they be allowed to sit where they wanted to rather than in their assigned seats, would not stay seated, and some demanded seat belt extensions they had no need for or intention of using. Their actions spooked the passengers and flight personnel so badly that takeoff was delayed so that the Imams could be ordered off that particular flight for questioning. Although allowed on a later flight, the Imams filed a law suit charging discrimnation.

I remember wondering when I read the initial coverage if the Imams were just trying to see how much they could get away with on the plane. Were they testing the waters, perhaps, to provoke a response and see what security measures might be in place.

Sounds far fetched, I know, but then again so did a 2004 story about 12 Middle Eastern musicians and their manager and the disruptions they caused on their flight. The passengers were called hysterics by officials because it was just musicians, after all, including one that was frequently likened to Elvis Presley in several, subsequent news reports.

It took a Freedom of Information request by the Washington Times to finally learn that the inspector general's report confirms terror dry run, and reveal the clusterfuck that the government was trying to hide.

Oh, and those 12 Syrians and their Lebanese-born manager, some of whom were already on watch lists, were all here on expired visas.

Also on the front page, is an image of Dubya in Glynco, Georgia, yesterday where he gave a speech on immigration reform before future U.S. Border Patrol Agents at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
A lot of Americans are skeptical about immigration reform primarily because they don't think the government can fix the problems.
Gee, I wonder why. A lot more Americans don't trust it to, either.

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