Syrians flew with expired visas

I’ve been meaning to follow up on this….

Syrians flew with expired visas

Almost all of the Syrian musicians who were questioned by law-enforcement officials after exhibiting suspicious behavior aboard a Northwest Airlines flight were traveling on expired visas.

The 14 men in the band were questioned by several agencies that make up the Joint Terrorism Task Force after the pilot aboard Flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 29 radioed for law-enforcement assistance.

…A spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that 13 of the 14 musicians entered the country May 30 and the visas expired June 10, but the men were not detained. The 14th musician is a U.S. resident and citizen.

“The bottom line is there should have been an ICE agent called in to participate in the questioning, but there wasn’t,” spokesman Dean Boyd said. “We believe if an ICE agent were there, they could have detected the visas had expired.”

The Washington Times reported last week that flight crews and air marshals say terrorists are testing airline security and conducting probes, and cited several incidents including the one involving the musicians that set off alarms with security officials.

Since the report, several other pilots and marshals have come forward and confirmed that groups of men are conducting what looks like dry runs for a terrorist attack.

“We are being constantly surveilled and probed” by terrorists, one air marshal said.

I found it interesting that the pilot radioed for police. Many liberals have attacked the woman who originally wrote about this and called her a racist kook. Others said it was a hoax. Clearly there was more to it than that if the pilot radioed for help.

The liberals have put themselves into the odd political position that they have to deny the reality that terror exists. If someone points out a hole in security, rather than urge it be fixed, the liberals attack that person and claim there is no such thing as terrorism. Truly odd behavior when you are trying to win an election on national security.

Contrary to their (loud) claims, there are obviously MANY lapses in our security. The fact these folks were flying on expired visa’s in a post 9/11 world is inexcusable. My local bank would not let my wife cash a check last week because her drivers license was expired, yet these guys can hopscotch the country on expired visas? Maybe we need to replace the federal screeners with former bank tellers.

The irony of this whole event is that the liberals SHOULD be the ones highlighting this event and making the case that Bush has not done a good job on national security. It would resound with the voters. Instead they stick their finders in their ears and claim it never happened, which hurts both our nation’s security and their own electoral changes.

What an interesting position for them to be in.

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