April 8, 2010, - 1:07 am

Muslim “Humor”: Now Even Islamic Ambassadors Are Doing Dry Runs

By Debbie Schlussel

Either they’re getting really brazen or they want to take advantage of that diplomatic immunity baloney.  No way I believe for a second that this guy was just trying to sneak a smoke. Unless the smoke he was sneaking was the smoking of all the passengers on that flight. And there’s no way this was “just a misunderstanding,” unless it’s that we completely “misunderstand” for an instant just how clever they are and how gullible, naive, and willing to take it that we are.

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Yup, a diplomat from the nation that funds and is home to Al-Jazeera.  I’m sure he took a smoke sneak and joked about putting it out on his shoe, by accident. Because that’s sooooo funny. Ah, the Muslim humor. You have to be a moron to make a joke like that . . . or a Muslim (because that’s the only group that gets away with it–you or I would be indicted for it by now and awaiting arraignment).  Yeah, that’s the ticket. Because everyone who smokes puts out their cigarette on their shoes, right? So that’s what those smoke burns on Pamela Anderson’s pumps are.

A Qatari diplomat trying to sneak a smoke in an airplane bathroom sparked a bomb scare Wednesday night on a flight from Washington to Denver, with fighter jets scrambled and law enforcement put on high alert, officials said.

No explosives were found on the man, and officials do not believe he was trying to harm anyone, according to a senior law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. . . .

An Arab diplomat briefed on the matter identified the diplomat as Mohammed Al-Madadi.

Two law enforcement officials said investigators were told the man was asked about the smell of smoke in the bathroom and he made a joke that he had been trying to light his shoes — an apparent reference to the 2001 so-called “shoe bomber” Richard Reid.

The sources asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Officials said air marshals aboard the flight restrained the man and he was questioned. The plane landed safely as military jets were scrambled.

Hours after the plane landed, the man was still being interviewed by investigators, and it was unclear what if any charges he might face.

Another passenger on the United flight, 61-year-old Scott Smith of Laramie, Wyo., said a man was led off the plane in handcuffs from the first-class area after the plane taxied to a stop.

Enjoy that vision while you can. In a matter of days, they’ll have the Federal Air Marshals on leave and our State Department will be kissing ass, er . . . apologizing over caviar and falafel.

Passengers remained on the plane for nearly an hour before they were taken off for questioning, and they were told to leave their carryon items on the aircraft, he said.

Like I said, if passengers continue to allow these delays and traumas by “joking” Muslims and Arabs, they will continue to experience them. It’s time for them to take action and start costing these people, start embarrassing them through lawsuits. Period. I don’t get why Americans are willing to sue airlines that keep them on the plane unnecessarily, but they won’t do the same to “joking about shoe bombs” Muslims. Why not?

A senior State Department official said the agency was aware of the tentative identification of the man as a Qatari diplomat and that there would be “consequences, diplomatic and otherwise” if he had committed a crime.

Don’t worry. Hillary and Company will find a way to pawn it off as “just a misunderstanding” and not a crime. 3-2-1 . . . .

The latest edition of department’s Diplomatic List, a registry of foreign diplomats working in the United States, identifies a man named Mohammed Yaaqob Y.M. Al-Madadi as the third secretary for the Qatari Embassy in Washington. Third secretary is a relatively low-ranking position at any diplomatic post and it was not immediately clear what his responsibilities would have been.

I can think of a lot of “what his responsibilities” are–none of them good. Responsibility #1: test the system and conduct dry runs.

Hmmm . . . which is more dangerous?: Jews who built 1600 apartments in a Jewish city; Spies who snuffed out a murderous assassin in a hotel room in Dubai; or Muslims conducting apparent dry runs for blowing up planes full of Americans?

Sadly, we know the U.S. government’s answer.

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20 Responses

Debbie – and what is more dangerous- a country that has renounced its nuclear deterrent or a country that feels confident it will face no consequences from deploying nuclear weapons against its adversaries?

You be the judge.

NormanF on April 8, 2010 at 2:11 am

I used to work for an airline in the Middle East and I can tell you from my experience that some of the individuals over there certainly don’t take the law seriously. They often smoke in aircraft lavatories and just simply shrug their shoulders when you confront them about it. It is also the airlines fault as they don’t take the necessary action when things like that happen. It is all just one big joke to some individuals. When they go to the States they think they can treat the law with the same disrespect because they always get away with it back home. This guy obviously had the same arrogance. And although some people think it has been blown out of proportion, I say WELL DONE! It’s about time somebody showed them that certain actions have consequences…

Donna on April 8, 2010 at 2:16 am

This is definitely another ” Flying While Muslim”. Why? Because of the new TSA policy. It is designed to lend immunity to Muslims. Qatar, BTW, may be the second most quantitative source of Islamic terrorist money after the Saudis. The jury is out on that because of obfuscation.

pat on April 8, 2010 at 2:36 am

I believe you mean “As I said.”

Did it occur to anyone besides me that, if this guy actually WAS trying to sneak a smoke, his behavior was appallingly immature? The U.S. should expel him, demand that the Qataris keep him home and tell them not to send any more overgrown highschool students. ANY country’s diplomatic corps is supposed to be made up of people who have long since outgrown sneaking smokes in men’s rooms.

I agree with you that “diplomatic immunity” is baloney. “Immunity” is what you offer to gangsters who agree to testify. DIPLOMATS and AMBASSADORS shouldn’t need it. What good does it do? It leads to rapists and cop-killers going scot-free, not to mention shoplifters. One Summer, when I was working in Plymouth Shops, my supervisor caught two shoplifters. They laughted and said “We’re from the French consulate. We have diplomatic immunity.” People use their diplomatic immunity to get out of paying rent and parking tickets. That really creates good will between nations, wouldn’t you say? Anyone on this website who doesn’t agree with me that its time to throw “diplomatic immunity” in the trash can?

Miranda Rose Smith on April 8, 2010 at 2:58 am

“Two law enforcement officials said investigators were told the man was asked about the smell of smoke in the bathroom and he made a joke that he had been trying to light his shoes — an apparent reference to the 2001 so-called “shoe bomber” Richard Reid.”

Here is a better joke. An air marshall lighting that cig for the muslim with his handgun, and then accidentally shooting the muslim comedian in his head… OOps…. And then que the drums.

That would have been much more funnier.

Christopher Nelson on April 8, 2010 at 3:41 am

I want to know if TSA will take advantage of these dry runs to change their procedures. For instance (Contained in what Debbie took from the article)

“Officials said air marshals aboard the flight restrained the man and he was questioned.”

Islamist terrorists now know what to do to get the Air Marshalls to identify themselves. One or two can act out a diversion while the others sit and wait, then “take out” the Air Marshals before they do anything else.

I don’t think the Air Marshalls should do anything unless the passengers and flight crew cannot handle the situation by themselves (and in other instances we have seen they can) or the situation is so serious that they must act immediately. In those cases where Air Marshalls were not needed and therefore did not have to identify themselves, TSA should issue a “No comment” when asked if Air Marshalls were on the plane.

I_AM_ME on April 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

I guess we are supposed to be dumb enough to believe that ONLY Muslims cannot handle going without a smoke on three hour flights to Denver (while everyone else can go without smokes on 14 hour flights to Asia and other distant places without breaking the law and sneaking a smoke in the bathroom). And that it is all a simple misunderstanding and not a test run to help fellow Muslims best learn how to blow up planes.

Sadly, Muslims seem a lot smarter and willing to win than liberals and so-called conservatives, like AllahPundit, who immediately proclaimed it was a misunderstanding because no explosives were found.

JM on April 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

why is it that only muslims seem to have misunderstanding’s on airplanes? Can’t even a 7th century barbarian just sit and enjoy the ride? Obviously not.

ender on April 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

I represented a client once who had smoked a cigarette on an plane. In doing that, I conducted a fair amount of research. It’s more common than one would think. Neither my client, nor any other I read about were taken off the plane in handcuffs or criminally charged. All were assessed a hefty civil (administrative) penalty via mail sometime after the flight. Accordingly, I do not agree that a non-muslim would be indicted for this behavior. I’m sure the handcuffs in this instance were entirely justified because it sparked a bomb scare or because of the joke. Either way, there is an established way to deal with you or I if we smoke in a bathroom on a plane and it is often less harsh than this, not more so.

Jennifer on April 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Jennifer – In your research, how many times did you come across cases where the offender made a comment alluding to a terrorist act? How many times were the Air Marshals called in? Do you actually think this was just a case of someone getting caught smoking???!!!

    I_AM_ME on April 8, 2010 at 10:53 am

Why didn’t the lavatory smoke alarm go off? Or did it? Or did the guy disable it?

Shy Guy on April 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I’m not sure the comment about lawsuits really applies in this case. Can you even sue someone with diplomatic immunity? Plus, the guy got arrested (or detained–same difference), which to me would be much more unpleasant than a lawsuit.

I certainly think the guy should be PNG’d and sent back to Qatar, as he doesn’t seem to have the basic skills needed for any kind of diplomacy, but that’s probably all we can do.

“I don’t think the Air Marshalls should do anything unless the passengers and flight crew cannot handle the situation by themselves (and in other instances we have seen they can) or the situation is so serious that they must act immediately.”

I don’t think this is practical. They won’t necessarily know for certain that they must act until it’s too late.

TC Freely on April 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Probably was a dry run, except those people are so culturally ignorant, or just plain inconsiderate and rude, that it is possible it was simply a faux pas. We’re talking about people who put their feet in the bathroom sinks at airports, rather than wait to get to the hotel to take a shower.

dougx on April 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Is there anything wingnuts AREN’T scared of?

If you look up terrorism, you’ll find that one of it’s objectives is to cause terror – seems to be working pretty well on you guys. One successful attack and now you think anyone furrin-lookin’ is trying to kill you. Even your own President.
Jesus.

islamocommufascist on April 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Yes, surely a terrorist conducting a dry-run would like nothing more than to draw the prompt & unfriendly attention of authorities by smoking (such a popular habit among fundamentalist Muslims) in the washroom, because after all, it’s not like a diplomat would have ever flown before & thus know that such behavior is forbidden – let alone face the potential dire penalties of joking about bombs while in flight.

This guy is guilty … of being a dolt. Anyone who honestly thinks this has ANY relevant characteristics of a terrorist dry-run is likewise indicted – or needs to adujust their meds ASAP.

“Is there anything wingnuts AREN’T scared of?”

No.

jim on April 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

It occurs to me that al Quaeda could bring America to its knees without anyone even being hurt. All they need to do is put a person on every plane who will make a bad joke about terrorism about a quarter of the way through the flight. That person will be jailed for a short time, but they’ll live to rejoice in the ruin of the American economy. Imagine if even a third of all flights originating in the U.S.A. had to land short of their destinations or return to their airports of origin. And the budget for the F16s to escort them would be huge!

But perhaps TSA would solve the problem by duct-taping shut the mouths of all passengers and using the plastic restraints on them to prevent duct-tape removal during the flight.

Proud to be an American. Where we’re ready to embrace any invasion of our own privacy or restriction on our own activities just to feel a teeny weeny bit safer. What’s that song we sing?

“Blessed by TV’s soft glow, to the shopping mall we go,
Every move watched and tracked, but slightly safer from foe.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the scared and the home of fear’s slaves?”

Yep, that’s it.

cowalker on April 9, 2010 at 12:29 am

    cowalker,

    you are obviously a strong supporter of shania law and have a strong desire for us all being in thobes and guttras, worshipping some pagan god….. damn you, i say, damn you, the heartland wont stand for it…

    lobbey on April 9, 2010 at 3:19 am

or just allow smoking on flights again, it was a denial of our freedom in the first place, and the sooner they remove this ridiculous rule for the so called ‘non smokers’ the better….

also….

lobbey on April 9, 2010 at 3:17 am

I’m so scared of Dry Runs that I get the Wet Shits!

We Luv Debbie on April 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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