July 13, 2012, - 8:07 pm
Can’t let the day go by without mentioning last night’s Delta Flight 126 from New York’s JFK airport to Madrid, which was clearly the subject of a dry run for Islamic terrorism. An attentive federal air marshal did the right thing, and now he’s being pilloried for it by the flunkies at ABC News, including the network’s incompetent, effeminate former FBI agent, Brad Garrett. There is a reason–several of them, actually–why everyone in the know calls his former agency, “Famous But Incompetent.” He’s Exhibit A. He was not on the plane, and if you read the facts, something was clearly going on. I mean, is it normal–on a flight with a lot of fuel–for a Pakistani Muslim passenger–to go into the plane’s bathroom, leave frayed wires with straw put over them, and then for a woman to feign some sort of health crisis at the same time as a diversion? No, not normal. And the people on that flight should thank their lucky stars that a competent air marshal was aboard instead of an incompetent ex-FBI desk jockey of the Liberace flavor. ‘Cuz, hey, terrorists would never ever try an attack on a plane headed from New York, right?
Delta Flight 126, which left JFK airport at 8 p.m., was about 45 minutes into its trip when a federal air marshal saw a Pakistani-American man exit a lavatory. Inside the lavatory, the air marshal found two short pieces of wire with their ends tripped off, covered by a piece of dark straw. The marshal concluded, wrongly, that that they could be components for a bomb.
Hey, ABC News reporters are now bomb experts!
At the same time, a female passenger from Argentina began to have breathing difficulties, and other air marshals thought, again wrongly, that she could be a decoy, meant to distract the crew while someone else assembled a bomb.
And ABC news is now trained in terrorism and medical diagnostics sight unseen! They know better than both the air marshal and the pilot. YAY!
The plane turned back toward JFK, first telling passengers there were mechanical difficulties but then admitting there was a “security” issue. After an emergency landing, the Delta jet was directed toward an isolated area. Passengers looked out their windows and saw firetrucks, security trucks and personnel in HAZMAT suits.
The pilot told air traffic control, “There may be actually a real team on board and we’d like to get security on the airplane as soon as we can.”
He also explained how the Argentine woman could be a member of the “terror team.” “She’s the one that is supposed to be the decoy that keeps looking at the gentleman that was playing the possible explosive device in the lavatory.”
The SWAT team stormed the plane, finding nothing. The 277 passengers who had been evacuated from the aircraft were finally allowed to proceed to Madrid just before 4 a.m., nearly 8 hours behind schedule. . . .
Though in the end there was no real threat, federal air marshals are trained to react precisely as they did Thursday night.
They are trained to look for teams of terrorists and decoys, and told that terrorists may sneak bomb component parts on board to be assembled in washrooms.
But, hey, who cares about training? ABC News and Brad Garrett know better!
“I think reasonableness did not prevail on this flight,” said ABC News consultant Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent, “and crying wolf too many times will then not help you when you have a real crisis.”
And ignoring every single sign of actual Islamic terrorism, as is the ridiculous Brad Garrett and his ex-agency, is what gets Americans killed. Yup, it’s normal for Muslim passengers to leave cut wires covered by straw in airplane bathrooms, right? Doesn’t every passenger do that? And have a woman start having health problems as a diversion at the same time? Yup, that always happens. Whatta coincidence! BTW, investigators told the New York Post that the incident is still under investigation and that, indeed, the wires might be bomb components.
Whoever this federal air marshal is that was on that flight, he’s a hero. And he did exactly what he’s supposed to do. The passengers who survived because he was on board should thank their lucky stars.
Oh, and by the way, Brad Garrett–about whom I’ve written before–has almost zero experience investigating Islamic terrorism. So, he’d be best advised to drink a nice, tall glass of STFU juice.
Oh, and I’m sure the two passengers in question were released into the great abyss, not investigated, and free to conduct the same ruse again. Either way, they tested the system and saw the likely response to their nice little skit. If Brad Garrett had been aboard instead of the FAM (federal air marshal), maybe no one would be left to talk about it.
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