Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Broken is the New Fixed: The only precaution left to make flying safe is to ban air travel

A guy gets on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day. He paid cash for his one-way ticket, had no luggage, and had bomb-making materials secreted in his underwear. He mixes his potion as the plane went into its final approach, luckily botched the concoction, starts a small fire, gets wrestled into submission, and air travel becomes even more cumbersome, unwieldy and inconvenient over night.

On PBS Newshour this evening, the question was asked, "What technology could have detected the bomb-making materials Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab brought on board flight 253?"

I would posit: the telephone. Not surprisingly, the CIA failed to circulate report about bombing suspect.

Also, under ordinary circumstances, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab would never have even gotten onto that plane bound from Amsterdam to Detroit. He had no passport with him. Witnesses have told the media that the attendant at the boarding area had told Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab that he could not board without a passport. But Abdulmutallab was accompanied by a very helpful person:
A passenger who boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam with attempted plane bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab says the would-be terrorist had no passport and was aided by a sharp-dressed man who claimed Mutallab was a Sudanese refugee, just one of a plethora of startling inconsistencies surrounding an incident that has led to ramped up security and increased levels of harassment in airports.

Every single fact that has come to light since the attempted bombing on Christmas Day directly indicates that the bomber was deliberately allowed to board the plane and that his attack would have succeeded if not for the alert and brave reactions of the passengers and flight crew.

According to Kurt Haskell, an attorney with the Haskell Law Firm in Taylor, Michigan, “He and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man.”
Alex Jones Interviews Eye Witness On Flight 253.

Mutallab's pitiful, impoverished appearance and being accompanied by a well-dressed, middle-aged man who exuded an air of wealth and prestige brought to my mind the similarity to Lee Harvey Oswald and the numerous sightings of him around New Orleans in the summer of 1963 with the wealthy, middle-aged Clay Shaw. Shaw worked for the CIA and was instrumental in "sheep-dipping" Oswald as a communist; setting up elements for the cover story that would come in so handy late in the day of November 22, 1963. Patsies need handlers.

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Dick Cheney and George W. Bush provided reason enough for there to be hatred of the United States for the next few decades; provided America's enemies with recruiting opportunities and material to radicalize the next few generations. For the octillion dollars spent on security, spying on Americans, and repealing citizen and human rights, there are still only "two things have made flying safer [since 9/11]: the reinforcement of cockpit doors, and the fact that passengers know now to resist hijackers."

And that other arm of the United States government, the mainstream media, is as reliable as the TSA, CIA and Homeland security -- five days after the attempt to blow up flight 253, they are still not reporting about the "well-dressed" Indian man whose efforts and intercession got Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab onto flight 253. Also, there is so far no further word about a strange man "who videotaped the entire flight, including the attempted detonation."

The only good thing that could come out of all of this is some airport security personnel were to upload to the Internet pictures of x-ray scans looking through the clothes of Anne Coulter, America's #1 advocate of racial profiling. I don't want to see those images, but I'd feel better if I simply knew they were on the Web. That is, if air travel isn't simply shut down all together against "those who hate our freedoms" and whose hatred we seem only able to fuel.

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