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Terrorist Dry Run, or Band on the Run? - Riffs and Licks
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Terrorist Dry Run, or Band on the Run?
Blogs have been chattering since last week about a woman named Annie Jacobsen, who wrote a terrifying account of flying Northwest Airlines 327 from Detroit to LA on which she was convinced she saw either an aborted terrorist attack or a dry run for a terrorist attack. Several bloggers have now published rebuttals, one from the federal air marshal quoted in her article, confirming that the men were interviewed, and turned out just to be members of a musical band.

However, the two bloggers most frequently cited, Michelle Malkin and Donald Sensing, are both (to simplify things) right-wingers. Malkin is a contributor to Fox News who refers to pro-choice people as "pro-death". Meanwhile, Sensing links approvingly to Reagan propaganda and believes that "much of the impotence of the modern North American churches in wider society is rooted in the presentation, theologically and visually, of a 'sissified Jesus.'"

They also misidentified her as a psychic (Malkin corrected herself by publishing a note Jacobsen's parents wrote her). So it's not really clear what's going on, nor is it clear whether the right is approving (of the racial profiling Jacobsen espouses) or disapproving (of the portrayal of a dangerously lax homeland security policy). But the bloggers do raise some good questions.

Update

Snopes has labeled this a hoax, and links to a blistering column by Salon's "Ask the Pilot" columnist, Patrick Smith.</font>

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bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: July 19th, 2004 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I skimmed Malkin's blog. Sigh. You know what? I'm going to stop reading the news, and political blogs (present company excluded, of course). Really. It gets me outraged over events and policies that I can't control. There are so many other things I'm never going to have time to read, and that won't make me want to go all Piranha Brothers on some right-wing bint.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: July 20th, 2004 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't she a horror? It does sometimes make me want to just ignore everything, but eventually you'd be surprised by F.B.I. agents arresting you for sedition under Patriot VII or something.
bad_bad_zoot From: bad_bad_zoot Date: July 20th, 2004 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Let me get this straight: you can't tell the safe ones from the dangerous ones by smell? How did you hairless freaks ever get to the Moon? Did a cat like build a big catapult for you?
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: July 20th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's true we can't tell the dangerous ones by smell, but I have to say, Zoot, as bad as the TSA security personnel are, I've never once seen them draw their guns and run screaming across an airline concourse to attack a patch of reflected sunlight...
bad_bad_zoot From: bad_bad_zoot Date: July 21st, 2004 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, libel! That's finely-honed predator behavior.

If patches of sunlight are so innocent, when's the last time you were outside without a long-sleeve shirt, hat, gloves, parasol and SPF 2000 sunblock slathered on your hairless body?
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