July 25, 2008, - 1:15 pm

Desperate But Not Serious: Airport Box-Cutter Smuggling Muslim Gets Probation

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Benjamin Baines, Jr.?
He’s the 22-year-old man, who in February, was caught trying to smuggle a box-cutter–concealed inside a book–onto a plane at the Tampa International Airport, along with his Koran, several Islamic books, and rap lyrics he wrote.
Well, here’s more evidence we simply aren’t serious about enforcing the law. Baines was sentenced to a year of probation by Federal Judge Judge William J. Castagna (a Jimmy Carter appointee–figures)
A refresher on Baines from back in February:


When searching the backpack, a security officer found a book titled “Fear Itself.” The book was hollowed out, and the box cutter was inside.
After Baines was read his rights, he said his cousin had cut away the pages to make the hollow section in the book. Later, reports state, he said he had hollowed it out himself to hide money and marijuana from his roommates.
Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.
Officers found books in the backpack titled “Muhammad in the Bible,” “The Prophet’s Prayer” and “The Noble Qur’an.” He also had a copy of the Quran and the Bible.

Jimmuh’s Judge Castagna apparently fell for Baines’ claim that he is “a good kid” who learned from his mistake and will check his bags more carefully, next time. Check out the photo above. Does it look like this was the case of innocently “forgetting” you had a knife in your bag? Hello . . .?
Yes, his mistake: he got caught. He learned: Next time, don’t get caught, and leave Koran at mosque.
He faced six months in jail and will now do zero. Do you think if you or I tried to smuggle a weapon into an airport and onto a plane that we’d get such light treatment?
Only if we were carrying a Koran.
Let’s hear it for yet another “successful” prosecution of the War on Terror by the Bush non-Justice Department.

8 Responses

I wonder if Jimmuh’s appointed Judge Castagna, would be comfortable flying on the same aircraft with the box cutting smuggler Benjamin Baines, Jr.? I certainly doubt it!
But again, what else can we expect from a Jimmy Carter judicial appointee. Others that Carter appointed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, have the worse overturn records in the SCOTUS.

Jackson Pearson on July 25, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Debbie, the title: Desperate But Not Serious while true, does not convey the complete reality. Ask the question who is desperate and who is NOT serious? An average American is desperate and is serious enough, However, the people serving in public offices (White House, State Dept, DHS, Judges etc…) do not care for the same desperate and serious Americans. I mean, when was Chertoff’s daughter was raped by an illegal alien or Kennedy threatened by muslims? You on the other hand, have got several threats and are constantly living under these threats.
Given our system of givernment, all one has to do is to lie to the suckers and ignore the smart ones. All jihadists / illegals have to do is to pocket these corrupt officials. When ACLU and La Raza supports these politicians / public servants, why would they be serious? Heck, the stink goes all the way to the White House, with Bush’s rich saudi family taking care of generations of Bush family, why would he not include the same terrorist countey as an ally? After all who is a better Bush ally than wahhabbis in Riyadh? Average American? Nah! Average American is sthe sucker to fool just to get elected. When La Raza promises votes, why would any corrupt official be serious about Americna citizens?
So you see, an average american is desperate and the corrupt American officials are the ones, NOT serious, if you see the difference.
Always enjoy your uniquely refreshing point-of-view.

Alert on July 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm

In a perfect world, this guy would be sent to GITMO. Also in a perfect world, we wouldn’t have a Republican presidential candidate who wanted to close GITMO.

spiffo on July 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Or cover for the enemy right after an attack: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010917-11.html

Alert on July 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Now, now. We have to show TOLERANCE in this day and age. We have to show we have a heart and understanding toward our fellow human beings and toward bomb happy, jew hating, christian decapitating, church burning, child raping muslims.

savage supporter on July 25, 2008 at 7:15 pm

“Noble Koran” means: the Wahabi translation by Yusef Ali. Wahabism is as dangerous as Nazism or Communism, yet leaders allow Wahabi co-socials – the House of Saud – the free reign for promoting genocidal islam on US soil, that they deny in their own pig pen. The practise of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc is outlawed in the Bush Crime Family’s favorite Kingdom.

supercargo on July 26, 2008 at 3:45 am

yet leaders allow Wahabi co-socials – the House of Saud – the free reign for promoting genocidal islam on US soil, that they deny in their own pig pen. The practise of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc is outlawed in the Bush Crime Family’s favorite Kingdom.
Posted by: supercargo at July 26, 2008 03:45 AM
Do you think the “leaders” (in reality, they, except for Tom Tancredo, R-Co, are no more than corrupt and timid politicians), Bush Crime Family’s favorite Kingdom gets to spread Islam in USA for free? Who financed Arbusto? Harken Energy? You see, Bush family is a greedy, corrupt family selling-out USA to anyone with a petro-dollar or a peso. Americans, who elected Bushs, will pay a heavy price, for this blunder.

Alert on July 26, 2008 at 10:00 am

Since 9/11 there have been several attempts to probe airport and airline security, including at temps at rushing the cockpit door. Nothing has been done in these cases as far as I know.
It stinks he only got probation. However, at least you reported on this. Many of the other incidents have been hushed up.

I_am_me on July 28, 2008 at 10:12 am

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