Flight 327 revisited: Based on report, some air marshals suspect dry run

posted at 5:19 pm on May 29, 2007 by Allahpundit

The nutroots are verrrry cranky at right-wing bloggers for continuing to blog this story, as some of the weekend’s trackbacks reveal. It’s true that the suspects were released after an investigation, but suspicions remain among some people trained to recognize hijacker behavior:

Portions of the report remain redacted. However, air marshals and former air marshals who reviewed it when provided a copy by The Times say the activities of the men confirmed by the inspector general details a dry run for a terrorist attack.

“This report is evidence of Homeland Security executives attempting to downplay and cover-up an unmistakable dry-run that forced flight attendants to reveal the air marshals and compel the pilots to open the flight deck door,” said Robert MacLean, a former air marshal who was fired last year for revealing the service planned to cut back on protection for long-distance flights to save money.

Here’s a fun detail too. Remember, the supicious passengers were alleged to be a troupe of musicians:

[T]he band’s promoter was listed in a seperate FBI database on case investigations, for acting suspiciously aboard a flight months earlier. He was detained a third time in September on a return trip to the U.S. from Istanbul, the details of which were redacted…

Flight 327 passengers were later shown a picture of the group that actually performed at the Sycuan Casino near San Diego. They could identify only one musician as having been on their flight.

Whatever happened on that flight, this ends up being the most alarming part:

The inspector general criticized the Homeland Security officials for not reporting the incident to the Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC), which serves as the nation’s nerve center for information sharing and domestic incident management.

An air marshal who told The Washington Times he has been involved personally in terror probes that were ignored by federal security managers, called such behavior typical.

“Agency management was not only covering-up numerous probes and dry-run encounters from Congress and other federal law enforcement agencies, it was also hiding these incidents from their own flying air marshals,” said P. Jeffrey Black, an air marshal stationed in Las Vegas.

Eh, I don’t know if I buy that. Why keep it from Congress? Even if they had a motive in not wanting people to know that they failed to detect the dry runners before they boarded the planes, any extra alarm about plots afoot is bound to mean more money and attention budgeted for the agency.

The boss took a long hard look at the Inspector General’s report herself this morning. Money quote: “What is … clear from the OIG report is that the feds remain woefully underprepared to handle jihadi test runs–let alone the real thing.”

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The nutroots are verrrry cranky at right-wing bloggers for continuing to blog this story…

And I’ve figured out why. They think the Syrian band was a Grateful Dead cover band and this is how conservatives plan on harassing hippies in the post 9/11 world.

Bill C on May 29, 2007 at 5:40 PM

And I’ve figured out why. They think the Syrian band was a Grateful Dead cover band and this is how conservatives plan on harassing hippies in the post 9/11 world.

Bill C on May 29, 2007 at 5:40 PM

This saying comes to mind:
“Yesterday’s flower child is today’s blooming idiot.”

heatherrc77 on May 29, 2007 at 5:42 PM

It’s good to see Anne Jacobsen finally get vindication for her work. I’d been following her work in Women’s Wall Street since she broke the story of her experience on Flight 327.
I’ll never understand why there is such resolution on the part of the gov’t to own up to the true number of incidents like this… except, I guess, how glaringly it displays the incompetence of our national security efforts.

thegreatbeast on May 29, 2007 at 5:42 PM

seems like the goverment is getting laxed in a lot of things…
Immigration / terrorism (actually the 2 are related)

Maybe that “Bible” book was right maybe this is the end times…

yeesh…

Headin’ fer the hills soon!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on May 29, 2007 at 5:47 PM

Why did Clinton cover up the Iraq’s involvement in Oklahoma City or TWA Flight 800? The answer is pretty obvious, the United States government is and has been lying to the American people in order to prevent 1) general panic and the dramatic damage to the economy that would result. 2) Prevent any possible violent backlash against Muslim Americans. And 3) prevent American citizen from demanding that the War on Terror become a War on Islam. This is just another example of that philosophy.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/cases/86/complaint.html
http://www.aim.org/aim_report/5408_0_4_0_C/
http://www.twa800.com/index.htm

doriangrey on May 29, 2007 at 5:50 PM

The Feds won’t even build a freakin’ wall to protect us. I don’t expect them to be able to actually be able to protect in a real sense. Once again, it comes down to ordinary Americans doing the right thing!

SouthernGent on May 29, 2007 at 5:51 PM

The Feds won’t even build a freakin’ wall to protect us. I don’t expect them to be able to actually be able to protect in a real sense. Once again, it comes down to ordinary Americans doing the right thing!

Tough for us to do that when the second amendment is shrinking away.

Farmer_Joe on May 29, 2007 at 6:22 PM

SHhhh! roflmao

sonnyspats1 on May 29, 2007 at 6:25 PM

Tough for us to do that when the second amendment is shrinking away.

Farmer_Joe on May 29, 2007 at 6:22 PM

I know, man! If only the government wasn’t taking away our guns so we could kill us some Mexicans!

Nonfactor on May 29, 2007 at 9:41 PM

Well, my goodness, who would be so selfish that they would hurt someone’s little feelings rather than save their own life?

LawEER on May 29, 2007 at 9:50 PM

I’ve got a question: in this day and age, why don’t we have cameras on board all commercial aircraft? I mean, we don’t think about the presence of video cameras at banks, convenience stores and even at Walmarts, so why would airplanes be any different? We could have these suspicious activities caught on tape.

JinxMcHue on May 29, 2007 at 11:57 PM