I am amazed the six imams removed from last week’s U.S. Airways flight are on the loose. This is insane. These guys should be in jail. Better yet, they ought to be deported.
What U.S. Airways did was totally appropriate. They ought to be applauded. It was classic behavioral profiling in response to a litany of suspicious behaviors exhibited by the imams. As reported by eyewitnesses in the AP, Washington Times and elsewhere:
- Before the flight, the imams were repeatedly shouting `Allah' in the terminal.
- They were heard praying loudly.
- They sat in unassigned seats.
- They requested seat-belt extenders when none of them were overweight.
- They spread themselves around the plane just like the 9/11 attackers did—in the front and middle and back sections of the plane.
All these behaviors qualify for profiling.
As Jed Babbin, former deputy undersecretary of defense said on last night’s Kudlow & Company, "Shouting `Allah' in an airport terminal is liking shouting fire in a crowded theater."
Take this guy Omar Shahin. He was part of the imam gang on that flight. Shahin is part of an organization on the Treasury Department's Terrorist Financing watch list. He has links to Hamas. He expressed doubt that Muslims were responsible for the Sept. 11th attacks. He is a part of the Tucson Islamic Center. Tucson, Arizona is where three of the 9/11 hijackers came from. This guy is highly suspect.
It’s not just that these guys are jerks or troublemakers—it’s much more than that. These guys are our enemies—America hating, freedom hating enemies.
Newt Gingrich is dead right that free speech may have to be curtailed in order to fight terrorism. Gingrich recently said:
"We need to get ahead of the curve rather than wait until we actually literally lose a city, which I think could literally happen in the next decade if we're unfortunate. We now should be impaneling people to look seriously at a level of supervision that we would never dream of if it weren't for the scale of the threat. This is a serious, long-term war. Either before we lose a city or, if we are truly stupid, after we lose a city, we will adopt rules of engagement that use every technology we can find to break up their capacity to use the Internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech, and to go after people who want to kill us to stop them from recruiting people."
Behavioral profiling in airports is one of the absolutely necessary tools we need to use on a daily basis in our war on terror. Any suspicious behavior whatsoever should immediately lead to detainment.
Ann Coulter is right about these imams wanting to boycott U.S. Air—if they are serious, well, that is a terrific development! Heck, while they’re at it, boycott all American airlines, every single last one of them!
In fact, I wish they would just leave America.