Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Insanity in the Courts!!!!

I'll be flying for the Thanksgiving holiday. Let me see if I have everything I need:
1. 80k in cash....check
2. Info on nuclear plants and bombs....check
3. My 9/11/01 newspaper.....check

Looks like I'm set

A federal judge overturned a lower ruling Monday and ordered detention for a man stopped at Detroit Metropolitan Airport with articles about nuclear plants and suitcase bombs and the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

U.S. District Judge Paul D. Borman ruled Sisayehiticha Dinssa, 34, was both a flight risk and a danger to the community. He overturned a ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen, who earlier on Monday ordered Dinssa released under strict supervision.

Dinssa, an Ethiopian-born U.S. citizen who lists his address as Dallas, Texas, was arrested Tuesday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after arriving from Kenya by way of Amsterdam.

He is charged with currency smuggling after telling Customs agents he was only carrying about $18,000 before a search of his luggage turned up nearly $80,000.

Though he faces no terrorism charges to date, Assistant U.S. Attorney Leonid Feller told Borman that evidence found in Dinssa’s luggage and inside his laptop computer makes him a potential threat to national security.

Agents found articles about nuclear plants, suitcase bombs and a hard-copy commemorative edition of the Dallas Morning News from Sept. 11, 2002 — the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Feller said.

Agents also found a hand-written note saying: “This community is angry. Something is going to happen. We are going to see justice. This is a powder keg waiting to go off.”

Now, imagine if, a couple years after, say, the Oklahoma City bombing, a twenty-something white male with a buzzcut gets found at an airport with this same stuff on him....Yeah.

But Christ alone help us if we make these guys livid over detaining a man for a couple days, coming back from the most muslim-populated part of the planet, to one of the largest muslim communities in America, with documents on suitcase bombs and nuclear weapons.

Damn, I'm just an insensitive jerk, aren't I?

4 comments:

Nate Dogg said...

1. A white guy with a buzz-cut wouldn’t be stopped at an airport—that’s the point of profiling.
2. Who are "these guys?" For g-d's sake, if you're going to rant, make it focused.
3. "Muslim" should be capitalized, just like Christian. Show some respect.
4. Kenya/Ethiopia is not the most populous most Muslim state- Indonesia is. Read a damn book.
5. The article said “nuclear plants” not “nuclear weapons.” Try again.

The sad part of this botched presentation is that it distorted a possibly important event. By presenting it in the way you have, your post alienated me and a good number of others because: 1) it comes off as racist because you seem needlessly upset at Muslims, 2) it’s prima facie inaccurate, 3) you don’t seem to know what you’re writing about.
I wouldn’t say you're insensitive; I’d say you're thinking is sloppy and you neither proof-read nor fact-checked. Your post is an embarrassment to me and the other critically-thinking, hard-working students. Get it together, man.

Anonymous said...

1) the word of the day is "sarcasm"
2) grab stick firmly with both hands
3) pull hard until stick is removed from anal cavity
4) have a happy Thanksgiving

nate dogg said...

Hey Anon (or are you Travelholic?)-
Sarcasm requires skill of some sort; this post was pathetic. If you can't tell a joke properly, keep quiet. Travelholic came off as a badly-educated redneck and deserved to be caled out as such.
As for your recommendation regarding the stick, I regret that I cannot, as the only timber availble is currently lodged in your vapid skull, blockhead. I hope your Thanksgiving turkey is as dry travelholic's sense of propriety.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Dogg,

1) I'm a big fan of your music.

2) Don't type angry: you misspell simple words and come across as a furious blog-nerd.

3) Turkey is for communists. Real Americans eat tofu. Tofu smells like freedom.

4) Have you recently changed your s/n? Otherwise, this is the first time I've seen your critical-thinking, hard-working self post anything here. If this is your first contribution, congratulations on setting the standard.

5) Seriously: have a happy thanksgiving! Emphasis on "happy". Chill out, hug your teddy, have some pie.