April 06, 2007

Terrorism at Dallas Love Field?

Love Field dallas.jpgOkay, you may have noticed that I have avoided posting on all of the alleged 'terrorist dry runs' that we hear about. But this is just spooky. If this wasn't a 'dry run' or a 'casing' then I have no explanation other than that they were trying to get noticed so that they then could cry 'prejudice' and 'profiling'.

I'd say that the next step would be a press conference from CAIR, but it looks like even they are avoiding this one because of the apparent insanity. It's civil rights litigation 101: look for sympathetic clients. Kimberly "Asma" Al-Homsi is no Rosa Parks.

She has already been convicted of an unrelated bomb hoax. Oh, and she likes to practice her sniping skills down at the local gun range. Wearing full Islamic garb.

This is doubly troublesome for me because I fly Southwest Airlines. A lot. And at least half of the flights I take go through Love Field.

Crazy is bad enough on its own. Extremist ideologues are bad enough on their own. But: crazy + extremist ideology = dead people. Just ask John F. Kennedy. Oswald was both crazy and a Commie. How crazy? Crazy enough that even the Soviets and Castro sympathizers didn't want him hanging around.

You really need to read this whole article from The Dallas Morning News. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out which parts to excerpt. The whole thing is equal parts bizarre, crazy, and terrifying.

Dallas police and federal terrorism officials are investigating two women, both dressed in camouflage pants under their traditional Muslim robes and scarves, who were seen conducting what appeared to be surveillance and acting suspiciously at Dallas Love Field.

One of the women, Kimberly "Asma" Al-Homsi, 42, of Arlington, who is on probation for a 2005 Garland road rage incident involving a fake grenade, is said to have long-range assault rifle and explosives training, according to a Dallas police intelligence bulletin issued March 5....

On the afternoon of Feb. 25, Ms. Al-Homsi and a friend who could not be reached for comment, Aisha Abdul-Rahman Hamad, 50, of Irving, were spotted at Love Field wearing Muslim robes and camouflage pants and "acting suspiciously," the bulletin states. The surveillance video shows one of the women walking back and forth, apparently pacing off distances. ...

Two days later, the museum executive director was leaving for the evening when he noticed the Honda parked facing the runway. A woman, later identified as Ms. Al-Homsi, was sitting on the hood, looking through binoculars at the airplanes. He told the women the museum was closing, and they left.

Dallas officers stopped the car nearby, but the women refused to let police search their car, , according to a police report. The women had digital camera memory cards, binoculars, a flashlight and several lighters on them....

And the two money quotes which seems to indicate that they are just begging for CAIR to get involved?
I am not a dangerous individual," said Ms. Al-Homsi, who said she is an accountant who has dual Syrian-U.S. citizenship....

"We were watching the airplanes," Ms. Al-Homsi said. "That's not a crime, unless you're Muslim."

I wouldn't even expect the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committe to touch this one for fear of catching the stink. But I wouldn't put it past the ISNA or MAS. Keep an eye on this one.

Hat tip: Jaret, who says the local TV news is treating this as no big deal.

UPDATE: Here's another report, which seems to confirm the "intentional cry of profiling" thesis. WFAA:

Officials said during the incident she held up an inert grenade and threatened another driver. Garland's bomb squad reported they later found ammunition in her car.

"If I didn't have a scarf on my head and it was a simple road rage I would not be on the terrorism watch list," she said.....

The women said they have been questioned by the FBI more than a dozen times and believe they are the subjects of the persecution of Muslim women.

Also fueling suspicion against Muslims - terrorism.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:52 AM | Comments |