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Saturday, December 02, 2006 

What the MSM swept under the Muslim prayer rugs at Minneapolis

The case of the flying imams in Minneapolis gets even more disturbing. Pajamas Media has a whole report (and here's official police report in PDF with handwritten statements by witnesses) that tells a lot more things that were either left out of official media reports, or even distorted (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin):
The case of U.S. Airways flight 300 gets stranger by the minute. When six traveling Muslim clerics were asked to deplane last week, it looked like another civil rights controversy against post-9-11 airport security.

Now new information is emerging that suggests it was all a stunt designed to weaken security….

Yesterday I spoke with a passenger on that flight, who asked that she be only identified as “Pauline.” A copy of airport police report, which I also obtained, supports Pauline’s account - and includes shocking revelations of its own. In addition, U.S. Airways spokeswoman Andrea Rader also confirmed much of what Pauline revealed…..

The passenger, who asked that she only be identified as “Pauline,” said she is afraid to give her full name or hometown. She is spending the night at “another location” because she does not feel safe at home. She credits reports that one imam is apparently linked to Hamas. “It is scary because these men could be dangerous.”

Pauline said she never wanted media attention. She wrote an email to U.S. Airways and cc:ed her daughter, who unexpectedly emailed it to her friends. As the letter took on an internet life of its own, it made its way to the inbox of a retired CNN executive producer. Then, to her dismay, the feeding frenzy began.

Pauline revealed to the Pajamas Media that the six imams were doing things far more suspicious than praying - an Arabic-speaking passenger heard them repeatedly invoke “bin Laden,” and “terrorism,” a gate attendant told the captain that she did not want to fly with them, and that bomb-sniffing dogs were brought aboard. Other Muslim passengers were left undisturbed and later joined in a round of applause for the U.S. Airways crew. “It wasn’t that they were Muslim. It was all of the suspicious things they did,” Pauline said.

[...]

A lone plain clothes FBI agent boarded the plane and briefly spoke to the imams. Later, uniformed police escorted them off.

Some press reports said the men were led off in handcuffs, which Pauline disputes. “I saw them. They were not handcuffed.”

Later, each imam was individually brought back on the aircraft to reclaim his belongings. They were still not handcuffed. They may have been handcuffed later.

At this point, the passengers became alarmed. “How do we know they got all their stuff off?” Pauline heard one man ask.

While the imams were soon released, Pauline is fuming: “We are the victims of these people. They need to be more sensitive to us. They were totally insensitive to us and then accused us of being insensitive to them. I mean, we were a lot more inconvenienced than them.”
Read the article in full for more. I think an apology is in order here from both the imams themselves and the MSM for aiding and abetting them in their attempts to weaken airport security. Telling the press that they were handcuffed when they certainly weren't at the time they were led out of the airplane, or when they came back to get their things, and even then, they may have left something dangerous behind, we may never know. What we do know is that these men should not be allowed on any public transportation systems anymore, except those making a one-way trip to Saudi Arabia, where the imams should remain.

Update: Debbie Schlussel's got a longer entry of the letter available. And here's FOX News' report as well (Hat tip: Terrorism Research Center). And, here's also a PDF of the passenger's letter (via Electric City Weblog).

Open trackbacks: Adam's Blog, Basil's Blog, Blue Star Chronicles, bRight and Early, The Bullwinkle Blog, MacBros' Place, Stop the ACLU, Others on the subject include BizzyBlog, The Jawa Report, American Pundit, Cao's Blog, Bill's Bites, Stuck on Stupid, Americans Against Hate, Let Freedom Ring, Wake Up America, Wizbang, Kilo Echo 4, The Asylum.

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