May 16, 2006, - 1:20 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Calling all Americans who’ve fallen asleep after 9/11. Read this report by WBEN reporter Tom Connolly about Muslim Arabs detained at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, last night–and listen to the audio, which has even more, scarier details:
A traveler stopped at Buffalo Niagara International Airport last night lead to some tense moments when the young man claimed he had a bomb.
The teenager and his father were stopped by airport security and while the father was cooperating with authorities, his son allegedly started praying loudly in Arabic and then announced “I have a bomb”, “I wanna die”‘ and “We’re all gonna die”.
[DS: The audio report says he said "that he is prepared."]
With guns drawn on him, the 16-year-old then tore off its backpack and reached into it. Officers wrestled him to the ground and found he had no weapons or explosives, but several cell phones.
[DS: The audio report says he had five cellphones. Cellphones can be--and have been--used as bombing devices and detonators.]
The FBI questioned the young man, who was then taken to Erie County Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.
The audio report said the 16-year-old was flying home to Nassau County, Long Island, New York, and would not tell police why he was in Western New York for ten days.
Psychiatric evaluation? This kid should be prosecuted for issuing a terrorist threat, as non-Muslim kids all over America are, every day, when they make threats at school.
Now we know what they mean when they say “Flying While Arab” or “Flying While Muslim.” Clearly, this father and son were testing the system for vulnerabilities. They are not nuts at all.
But we are for blowing this off as a psychiatric event.
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