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US Revives Same Ol' Terrorists-on-a-Plane Story

ABC News story:

As many as five or six U.S. air marshals are now assigned to each U.S.-bound flight from airports in Frankfurt, London and Manchester, England, because of fears terrorists might attempt a coordinated series of mid-air explosions, law enforcement officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

"We're afraid someone in the back is going to mix something or light something up, so air marshals are being placed strategically through the plane," said one senior law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the stepped-up security.


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Comments (10)

Heralder:

Paul,

Are air marshals on a plane a bad thing?

Paul Hamilton:

No. But shouting their presence from the rooftops is. They are supposed to be covert operatives and if we want to catch any possible bad guys, it would be best to do it without saying anything about it.

When the announcement is such a big deal, my b.s. alarms go off.

Heralder:

Deterrance. I'd go with that rather than suspected fear-mongering. Perhaps that's where you and I differ.

Paul Hamilton:

We loudly announced that we were going to give special attention to flights from three locations. So they board a plane somewhere else. Or they wait a few weeks until the heat's off and then try again. Anybody who's fanatical enough to blow themselves up to kill some infidels won't be deterred by short term, localized efforts such as this.

Heralder:

That begs the question as to why we would bother with this if it's so easy to see as bullshit.

Paul Hamilton:

Ask Karl Rove and the WH propaganda corps. They've never hesitated to waste taxpayer dollars to promote a partisan agenda. And clearly, raising the anxiety level about terrorists would help Bush as he tries to keep unbridled control over the war in Iraq.

cirby:

...or Democratic leakers could be telling us this so a bunch of silly leftists could write sarcastic headlines about the "same ol'" thing.

Or we might not actually have marshals on the planes, and could be using them somewhere else.

Paul Hamilton:

Nah. The source for this is ABC and they're the closest thing to Fox in the Big Three networks. They love sensationalism and kissing up to Bush.

Paul Hamilton:

Hoggs, that's a very good comment and that's why I support our leaving Iraq as quickly as possible, but based on accomplishing certain criteria, not just on the calendar. We need to secure the airport and the area surrounding it. We need to withdraw in an orderly manner so that we don't leave some troops more exposed than ever, etc. I believe that the only reason the Democrats are making such a big deal about the timetable is that they no longer trust Bush to keep his promises, and even if he says he'll withdraw the troops, they want a firm date they can hold him to.

Paul Hamilton:

Hoggs, that's a very good comment and that's why I support our leaving Iraq as quickly as possible, but based on accomplishing certain criteria, not just on the calendar. We need to secure the airport and the area surrounding it. We need to withdraw in an orderly manner so that we don't leave some troops more exposed than ever, etc. I believe that the only reason the Democrats are making such a big deal about the timetable is that they no longer trust Bush to keep his promises, and even if he says he'll withdraw the troops, they want a firm date they can hold him to.


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