Recent examples of such pc knee-jerk reactions: Michael Bloomberg’s inane response to the Times Square bomber (“Hey, maybe he was upset about the health-care bill.”) and Barack Obama’s warning that we not “jump to conclusions” in the Fort Hood rampage. And the FBI’s default initial response to such incidents is to deny they have anything to do with terrorism, except when the terrorists’ name isn’t Mohammed (think the Tuscon shootings).
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
A Vallejo man holding a Yemeni passport tried to break into the locked cockpit of an American Airlines flight bound for San Francisco before crew members and passengers, including two retired law enforcement officers, were able to subdue him, authorities said Monday.
Rageh Ahmed Mohammed Al-Murisi, 28, who was carrying a California identification card in addition to his Yemeni passport, was wrestled to the floor of the Boeing 737 near the end of the four-hour flight Sunday night. He was charged in U.S. District Court in San Francisco with interfering with a flight crew and is scheduled to appear in court today with an Arabic interpreter.
Al-Murisi, 28, suffered minor injuries as a result of being tackled, but no one else was injured, and flight safety was not compromised, authorities said.
San Francisco airport police Sgt. Michael Rodriguez said it’s not clear what Al-Murisi had in mind and that the suspect had no known ties to terrorism…
Claire Berlinski is “utterly baffled” as well:
…So, news item: One Rageh Ahmed Mohammed Al-Murisi, 28, carrying a Yemeni passport, tries to ram the cockpit door on a Chicago-San Francisco flight, apparently while yelling “God is great” in Arabic. This episode seems to be puzzling the San Francisco airport police:
San Francisco airport police Sgt. Michael Rodriguez said it’s not clear what Al-Murisi had in mind and that the suspect had no known ties to terrorism.
I’m puzzled too. What could he have had in mind? Do you think he just had to go really badly? It’s possible to get the cockpit and the toilet confused, sometimes, especially if your English isn’t so good.
And this is priceless:
…So far, his motives for causing the disturbance are unknown and he appears to have no affiliation with terrorists, while a member of Almurisi’s family said there is no way he could be responsible for a terrorist attack.
‘He’s very laid back, he’s always smiling, he’s always laughing. He’s not an angry person. It’s not typical of him,’ they are quoted as saying.
‘He might have seriously mistaken the cockpit for the bathroom.’…