The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is representing the imams, held a news conference in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to announce the filing of a discrimination lawsuit against US Airways by the six Islamic religious leaders. The imams were removed from a flight in Minneapolis last November. They say their removal from the flight was based on racism and religious intolerance. – Source

You didn’t have to be a prophet to see this lawsuit coming. The Council on American-Islamic Relations will have you believe these 6 “religous leaders” were persecuted because of American stereotypes and intolerance. The main stream media will accomodate them in relaying that story throughout the trial, and will undoubtedly ignore certain facts. The Washington Times ran an editorial when this incident first occurred regarding some of the facts of this case:

Passengers and flight attendants told law-enforcement officials the imams switched from their assigned seats to a pattern associated with the September 11 terrorist attacks and also found in probes of U.S. security since the attacks — two in the front row first-class, two in the middle of the plane on the exit aisle and two in the rear of the cabin. “That would alarm me,” said a federal air marshal who asked to remain anonymous. “They now control all of the entry and exit routes to the plane.” A pilot from another airline said: “That behavior has been identified as a terrorist probe in the airline industry.” The pilot with another airline who talked to The Washington Times on condition of anonymity, said he would have made the same call as the US Airways pilot. “If any group of passengers is commingling in the terminal and didn’t sit in their assigned seats or with each other, I would stop everything and investigate until they could provide me with a reason they did not sit in their assigned seats.”

Now let’s overlook the fact that these were Muslim men, who had previously been heard praying to “Allah”, and pretend for a moment they were middle class caucasian men. Is it reasonable to believe that 6 men who knew each other, were coming from the same event, and flying to the same city, would have gone out of their way to not sit together, unless there were an alterior motive? Obviously that in itself is a bit suspicious, but let’s move on shall we?

Three of the men asked for seat-belt extenders, although two flight attendants told police the men were not oversized. One flight attendant told police she “found this unsettling, as crew knew about the six [passengers] on board and where they were sitting.” Rather than attach the extensions, the men placed the straps and buckles on the cabin floor, the flight attendant said.

Hmmmm asking for ’straps and buckles’ without having the intention of using them for their desired purpose. Seem a little suspicous? OF COURSE IT DOES! They also were reportably overheard prior to boarding the airplane having a political conversation in which they condemned America, while praising Bin Laden. Put this all together and ask yourself, if you were a passanger on this flight, would you be even a little nervous about flying with these 6 men? I think it is important to point out, that although these 6 men did not break any laws, it is very possible they were testing limits. Testing the system to find out if they could indeed get away with sitting in unassigned seats in an effort to block access to key parts of an airplane. Testing the airlines to find out if they would indeed give seatbelt extenders (which are described as straps with a buckle) to 3 men who obviously have no need for them. I have little doubt that these 6 men proved much threat to the US Airways flight in question, however as any good soldier will tell you, the most important part of any attack is good recon. I truly believe these 6 men did not have good intentions when boarding this flight. Wether this was indeed a recon mission which would be used to gather inteligence for a future mission, or it was simply a political ploy. It is completely possible their motive for acting suspiciously was because they wanted to get thrown off the plane in order to have grounds for a lawsuit later. This lawsuit, regardless of the outcome, will only have a negative affect on the security of our airports. Fear of lawsuits has been a driving force in coporate policy, and this will be no exception. I would not be surprised if within the next year some airlines have policies in place which will prevent the Captain from removing any passanger unless that person broke a law. (Cue liberal ranting that this should always be the case) Fact of the matter is, if our airports, and our Country as a whole are to be safe, suspicous behavior does need to be investigated. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, first inaugural address, 20 January 1953


Crossposted from Constitutionally Right

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