April 8, 2010, - 1:07 am
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.
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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