What a gregarious move by the legal team of the six men who are suing for discrimination after their suspicious actions on an airplane caused them to be pulled off. Apparently, they have decided to no longer pursue legal action against the passengers who mentioned their actions to authorities so that they can focus on their civil case against the airline and police.
Let me set the scene for you:
- Six Muslim men (imams as it turned out) purchase tickets on a U.S Airways flight; half of them are one-way tickets.
Nothing overly suspicious so far.
- Several of them are perform what are described as “loud” Muslim prayers in the terminal before their flight.
Okay, it is part of their religion and should not overly alarm most air-travelers.
- Most of the imams request ‘seat-belt extenders,’ typically used to accommodate the obese, in spite of having no need for them.
- The six position themselves evenly spread throughout the plane; two near the front, two in the middle, two near the rear.
Come to think of it, that does sound familiar.
- Although none were apparently seated directly adjacent to one another, one Arabic-speaking passenger reported hearing the group mention Saddam Hussein and criticize the U.S. involvement in Iraq while they spoke loudly in Arabic.
Excuse me, stewardess! Is my ticket refundable?
Okay, so these guys were not terrorists; but every passenger who reported them, along with the flight crew and police they alerted should all be commended, not prosecuted, for their actions that day.
These six imams stepped into the public eye and did everything they could to set off every red-flag in order to get themselves ‘racially profiled.’ These men are not stupid; they knew that a case like this will set legal precedent in the new amalgam of Homeland Security and the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act; a precedent which may be set in their favor.
If they were to win, it would eliminate the few teeth our nation’s rapidly decaying front-line in air security/defense has in avoiding another 9/11, so-called ‘racial profiling’ and a little vigilance among the citizenry.