September 11, 2011, - 4:01 pm

10 Years Later: 9/11 Ticket Agent Let Hijackers Board b/c “I’m Not Prejudiced”

By Debbie Schlussel

One of real lessons of the 9/11 Islamic attacks on America continues to go unheeded because so many Americans would rather die or sacrifice their fellow Americans’ lives, rather than be accused of prejudice.  That’s the reason one of the ticket agents gave who let two of the hijackers board planes in Washington, DC, despite many red flags raised–red flags that would have stopped the rest of us from flying.  The agent didn’t want to be accused of prejudice . . . and therefore, people died.  Ten years later, we still won’t do the right thing and profile Muslims and Arabs.  Instead, we have government authorities lining up to kiss their asses, while you and your grandmother from Pasadena are harassed and molested.  And while the ACLU files lawsuit after lawsuit every time a Muslim gets a paper cut or breaks a nail.

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Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal editorial page member and TV critic, summarized an important part of a CNN program (which aired Tuesday night) that reminds us how our desire not to be labeled as bigots helped cost 3,000 Americans their lives.  And, yet, CNN continues to pander to this group.

A note about CNN’s “Footnotes of 9/11,” which takes up the subject of people who are mentioned in the “9/11 Commission Report.” They were part of the history of the day, if peripheral figures, though in one or two instances they emerge as more. One of the more memorable of the eight subjects here is the Dulles Airport ticket agent who checked in two of the hijackers—Middle Eastern men whose look and demeanor immediately raised his suspicions. The agent followed the men, he reports, then stopped himself from alerting anyone. He didn’t want to be accused of prejudice, of harboring suspicions because of racial feelings. A vignette from a footnote—but one that has much to tell about some of the underlying reasons for the ease with which the hijackers were able to board the planes and fulfill their murderous mission.

The terrorists knew this. And so do most American Muslims. They know that playing the “Islamophobia” card works every time (even though a phobia is an unreasonable fear or hatred, and we have very good reason to face facts about Islam and the threat it poses). Too many people are so wimpy and limp that they would rather look the other way and bend over, rather than do the right thing and be called a “bigot.”

Remember, political correctness–especially PC pandering to Muslims–kills. It didn’t just kill 3,000 Americans on 9/11. It killed plenty before and plenty since, including the 13 murder victims of Islam at Fort Hood.

Sadly, the U.S. Government contradicts itself in its absurd message. On the one hand, it tells us, “if you see something, say something.” But, then, it tells you that if you say something, you are prejudiced against “innocent, peaceful Muslims.” Don’t believe it.

Americans: Know Your Enemies. And Don’t Be Afraid to Identify Them. Have the courage to speak out.

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25 Responses

I hate to say I agree that more profiling may be necessary. But don’t count on it to be the end-all be-all to ending terrorism; or even coming close to stopping it. I was flying not long ago; and looking around the airport; saw a few dressed in Moslem garb but the majority of people (at this American airport) looked like me, or my wife, or even Norway’s Anders Behring Breivik. So if we focus totally on profiling from our own prejudices that grew larger after 9/11, how do we stop the Behring-Breiviks of the world? You write a good message, Debbie, but your timing is impeccably horrid. There are many grieving and don’t want to know on the anniversary-after-the-fact that our tolerant society may have been complicit with the Arab Al Queda madmen who conducted this insane act. Next time, why not wait a few days after the anniversary so that those who are still reeling with pain, don’t have to be exposed to this type opinion. Very good message, very wrong day to purvey it. Thank you.

Rick London on September 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Rick, truly I am confused. What better day is there for Debbie’s message? How many nauseating tributes do we need to the REAL victims, the Muslims. How many candlelight vigils? Do you suggest that such stuff be ignored, that the scoundrels, dupes, and fools who organize and participate in such events are not to be confronted?

    You simply fail to understand that it is Good to hate Evil, and Muslims are Evil. Those who fear to be called “prejudiced” are indeed part of the problem.

    Time to get over your pain, tears, whining. Time to BASH BACK. Get it now?

    skzion on September 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    You only have to fear the Behring Breiviks of the World if you are a Socialist!

    Mallory on September 12, 2011 at 6:08 am

It’s all Bush’s fault,
even though he hadn’t taken the reigns of government yet,
specifically by design thanks to the Democrat congress obstructionism when stalling their sanctioning of Bush’s Cabinet, and with No Bush Budget yet in place, America was essentially still Bill Clinton’s regime!

So don’t think too unkindly of any Airline ticket Agents,
much like Sanctuary Cities and rogue ICE & ATF Agents today following their Unconstitutional agenda,
they were merely following orders like in Germany 1938.

A special thanks to Bill’s and Jamie Gerlich’s “WALL” for 9/11, and Osama is smiling in his grave, you two!

http://www.sentryman.org/id17.html

Everi Mann on September 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Ultimately, you can simplify this down to one question. Does evil exist? But, too many people have been blinded by the cancer of moral relativism and are unable to answer correctly. We’ve been so brainwashed in this country to believe that all societies and/or religions on this planet are equal. And, let’s not forget the fear instilled by “The Man” that severely punishes those who dare speak up.

“Well, it’s just their way. Who are we to say anything? That’s just your opinion. You’re just Islamophobic, homophobic, and all the other phobics that I forgot. Reeducation classes for you!”

Evil exists. Period! And I get so damn sick and tired of my religious brethren telling me that I need to pray for my enemies. Yes, I do that to some extent. But, I’m pretty sure that Jesus didn’t want me to be like the moron who went across the Middle East in a wedding gown. Could be wrong here. I guess I won’t know until the end of time.

cirrus1701 on September 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Enjoyed the LAST SENTENCE of your post. Right on target and real humility.

    Rick London on September 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      Well, I have enjoyed not single sentence of yours.

      skzion on September 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm

        You know why Skzion? Because you know when you’re getting fed chicken sh** instead of chicken salad. Good on ya for calling out this fraud!

        Ricky, what a nice, stealth try. But you FAIL.

        Dhimmi bastard! YOU are part of the problem. And you have the nerve to act like you’re giving DS sage advice. Feh! She’s done with your type before her breakfast.

        Skunky on September 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

So many of our problems are caused by this I would say it is costing us Trillion$

Lars on September 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

So we are vigilant. Big Deal. Ever call the FBI with a tip about a Muslim acting strangely? You would get a friendlier and more helpful response from Osama Ben Laden.

No, neither the FBI nor the rest of the government is really interested in citizens’ tips or assistance. It is political lip service.

Jonathan E. Grant on September 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

‘“if you see something, say something.” But, then, it tells you that if you say something, you are prejudiced against “innocent, peaceful Muslims.”’

Right on, Debbie. They’re bamboozling us worse than even Orwell could imagine in “1984.”

What they need to do is clarify the message to something more succinct, like this: “If you see something, say something…as long as it only pertains to white Christian male, preferably Army veteran, domestic man-made disaster-creators.”

DS_ROCKS! on September 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Cirrcus, at you’re last paragraph in your message, that’s one of the reasons why I stopped going to church many years ago and why the church is emptying out, it’s because of “mumbo-jumbo” talking points of “pray for you’re enemies”. Ok, til a degree I understand what their saying, but at the sametime, there’s an enemy who wants to do harm to you and take your life. If someone wants to physically harm my life, I will buy myself a shot-gun and protect myself and love ones for those who wants to take my life. And of course at the sametime I am NOT advocating for violence towards anyone, I happen to be a very peaceful person who minds his own business and goes about his daily life, but when push-comes-to-shove, I have to defend and protect myself!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on September 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm

The flying Imams case is a perfect example. USAir
passengers saw something and said something. USAir took
the appropriate action.

Then CAIR sued USAir _AND_ the passengers who said
something to USAir. Congress passes (and the President
signed a law explicitly giving the passengers immunity in
this and other similar lawsuits. Then the dhimmi/dummy
judge in the case said the law did not exempt the
passengers (someone needs to teach that judge how to read).

Then USAir settles the lawsuit on CAIR’s terms.

This lawsuit brought by CAIR, enabled by the moronic
judge and then insanely settled by USAir did nothing but
serve as a deterrent to “if you see something say
something”. We are all in more danger because of it.

I_AM_ME on September 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Do the right thing. Hey, someone can call you a name. You can recover from injured feelings.

Lost innocent lives are not easily restored! If that ticket agent and others had the done right thing that day, thousands of people would be alive today.

We must not ourselves to be cowed by social disapproval when we sense something is amiss!

NormanF on September 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm

How Muslims play the race card to put themselves above the law, promote their supremacist agenda and gain special treatment and exemptions: http://crombouke.blogspot.com/2010/01/muslims-playing-race-card-islam-is-not.html

Crombouke on September 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

There was another ticket agent, Michael Tuhoy, who checked Mohammed Atta and another hijacker in on their flight to Boston but he had a awful feeling about Atta and decided not to check them in all the way, forcing them through another security check in Boston. He couldn’t shake the feeling…and convinced himself that he had checked in plenty of people that looked like them before. The terrorists knew what they were doing, dressing up as business people to blend in but it was intuition that set them apart to some people who are actually in tune with it.

Profiling really wouldn’t work, because they’d still find ways around it. Violent behavoir is highly predictable..and violent behavoir universal…if more people developed their intuitive skills (instead of acting out of fear and ignorance), people would be better able to save themselves.

Evil is not exclusive to Muslims and wish people would quit acting like that it is. There are plenty of sickos and crazies that are not Muslim in this world, violent crazy sick behavoir is all around the world.

col on September 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    col sez:

    “Evil is not exclusive to Muslims and wish people would quit acting like that it is. There are plenty of sickos and crazies that are not Muslim in this world, violent crazy sick behavoir is all around the world.”

    I wish that “people” would get a decent education so they could understand the following: a statement that Muslims are evil does not imply that evil is only found among Muslims. Get it, col?

    Anyway, the Israelis do not rely on simple “profiling,” but do a rather complex behavioral profiling in addition. This is not “intuition” per se. For example, your humble author once was held at Eilat Airport for extensive questioning at the desk when I commented about the terrorism that had just occurred near Hevron just a couple days before. You see, the rather attractive woman who rapid-fired questions at me, eventually followed by another women who did the same, detected my fury and loathing for the Israeli government’s indifference to Jewish life. This was a false positive (eventually the second woman apologized to me for the delay), but it shows just how good those guys are. (In fairness to them, I also didn’t stay in ridiculously overpriced Israeli hotels, but at B&Bs/apartments, which didn’t have nice receipts. I think my swell photos of Israeli–that I was requested to produce–turned the tide.

    skzion on September 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Col, you’re talking out of both sides of your arse. But Skzion is on to you as he was to fool Ricky above.

    What about Jose Melendez-Perez, a custom agent who profiled(even when his colleagues warned him NOT to) and stopped the 20th hi-jacker from getting on Flight 93? Unfortunately, the PC-ified agency didn’t promote him and you equivocate with your silly example by saying the doubter assuaged his fears with old reliable “Oh well, I must be a bit paranoid”. Another stealth apologist. You’re getting in the way with your PC foolishness.

    (BTW, I have no use for that phony-baloney Michael Smerconish other than the fact he was the only radio talker who showcased JMP.)

    Skunky on September 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

“Americans: Know Your Enemies. And Don’t Be Afraid to Identify Them. Have the courage to speak out.”

DS, YOUR site, your calling and your investigations have given us the strength to do so. Not to mention your unmitigated guts.

This is the only site that gets in 100%. It’s the only game in town and that should NOT be 10 years after.

I guess after tonight, all that 9/11 footage goes back into the vault. Remember, when shows request it, they must have explain what they are gonna use it for.

DS is NOT a defeatist. She knows the truth when it faces her. And she knows (when she states that the Moooslims are winning) that their use of our laws and freedom against us as well as the DUMB PEOPLE of the USA having facilitated their “special treatment/victim status” has helped them immensely. Plus a helping hand from the 5th columnists too.

This 10 year look back has made me very angry because the path we are on is very much off the beaten track. We can’t let that stand!

Skunky on September 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Debbie,
I just returned from TDY on official orders. At my departure point next to a major Army post I forgot to take off my watch going through the metal detector. Rather than let me take off the watch and pass through again, they put me through the “pano-scan” (“can I get my dental scan done once more please?”). I wasn’t in uniform, but dah. I said, “ahh, my watch.” But they insisted on the scanner. I didn’t argue as I don’t fly enough to make a fuss on this one. Granted, the folks at the scanner didn’t know I had orders or saw my ID, but can’t they use a little common sense? Do they have absolutely NO training in behavior profiling? Obviously not. I mean, I can spot a military guy in civilian clothes a mile away 95% of the time. Perhaps it would have helped if I said something to them in Arabic, like calling them “kalb ibn kalb” or “fella ibn fella” or the like?

Russ on September 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Political correctness will be the downfall of this once great country. And as Debbie points out in her article, the islamist who wish to harm us simply because we are who we are, know this.

OrlandoRican on September 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

The ticket agents had an intuitive feeling that is not based on prejudice, but on experience. Profiling works and the best at it are not just listening to the content of the answers to the questions. They are following the subject’s eyes and listening to the tone in the voice and how the information is delivered. It is an intuitive process. Suppressing intuition may be the politically correct thing to do, but it doesn’t keep us safer.

fred on September 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Racial profiling at an airport? What he heck is wrong with that. It should be mandatory.

joey on September 14, 2011 at 7:49 am

The year 2001 should not be repeated

Elefant on May 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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