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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Marshal shoots man claiming to carry bomb

--posted by Tony Garcia on 12/07/2005

Any bets on how long it takes the Left to turn this story into a bitchfest about shooting an innocent and mentally deranged man?
U.S. air marshals on Wednesday shot and killed an American Airlines passenger who claimed to be carrying a bomb, as he tried to escape into the terminal at Miami International Airport after arriving from Colombia.

Federal officials said the 44-year-old American indicated he had a bomb in his carry-on bag during a flight from the Colombian city of Medellin, where airport security is generally considered tight.

He was confronted by two air marshals upon landing in Miami, tried to flee into the terminal along the passenger ramp, and was shot when he ignored an order to put his bag on the ground.
I don't give a damn what his condition was. He threatened to have a bomb and then ran. That requires the person to be shot down.

Did they find anything after all? For the purposes of THIS story about the shooting it is not necessary to know. But because of heightened tensions and worries I will say that they have not found any bomb.

He still deserved to be killed. Don't run after claiming you have a bomb.


Blogger A guy from West Duluth said...

I can't figure out how to email you so I'll just put my note to you here and hope that you see it. Go to my blog at www.almostontherange.blogspot.com
look for the post titled "Naar-Obed proves she's crazy."

She is a "Christian Peacekeeper" and local Duluth troublemaker headed to Iraq. The link is to a commentary piece in the Duluth News Tribune she wrote.

December 08, 2005  
Blogger tom said...

I don't know how you define the left, but I doubt anyone to the right of homeless hippies in Berkely will have much problem with what the marshall did. Heck, just a few days ago Atrios wrote that one should expect mistaken shootings once in a while.

From what we know so far - and these things have a habit of turning out to be different than what one first hears - this is a completely different situation than what happened in London with the Brazilian guy.

December 08, 2005  
Blogger Tony Garcia said...

Yeah, it is different AFTER the fact. At the time the marshals had no way of knowing otherwise.

I generalize the Left as liberals, socialists, Democrats, Marxists, Stalinists, communists, Greens, anti-America types (e.g. Michael Moore), blame America (e.g. NY Times and nearly every college prof in the country), Hollywood...just to name a few.

I think it is only a countdown until they start blaming the marshal for being trigger happy, the dead guy is only a victim, they should have tried reasoning with him...
...and as I expect from the Left there will be some reason that it is Bush's fault as well.

December 08, 2005  
Blogger tom said...

The point is to decide after the fact whether the decision the marshall made was justified, taking into account that he has less than seconds to make these decisions. It's true, law enforcement officers must make split second decisions and all the judges, lawyers and journalists have months if not years to think about what he did. Not fair? Well, that's the line of work the man chose. One cannot blithely assume that whatever a law enforcement officer does is justified. One should give them the benefit of the doubt and one must take into account the situation as he saw it.

You take the intitial reports of the situation and assume they are %100 accurate. The suspect said he had a bomb and ran. Is that really true? Is it wrong to ask that question?

I doubt many in law enforcement are truly trigger happy though. All that paper work, you know? Anyway, if the shooting was justified, then it was a job well done no matter whether it turned out to be correct or not.

December 10, 2005  
Blogger Tony Garcia said...

fair observation...however what I think is offensive and is seeping out already is the idea that the shooting was not justified simply because the target was mentally ill.

This reminds me of the machete swingin Somali that police shot dead. Somehow the locals, the media and the Left were all over the cops for not trying to use other means of ending the situation. (Machete man was swinging the machete in public even after the cops told him to drop it.)

I sense the same thing happening with this story. There will be pieces done about how the training should be better so that the marshals will take into account mental illness, etc.

The ONLY thing that I would fault the marshals for is IF and ONLY IF there was 100% no indication that this guy was carrying a bomb. I mean he didn't say anything like, "blow this plane" or something similar.

December 10, 2005  

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