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Pinkerton: For Open Borders' Sake, MSM and Bush Admin Spiked Terrorist Dry-Run Story
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 06/10/2007 4:35:17 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

Forget the banter about Paris Hilton among the panelists on last evening's Fox News Watch. A deadly-serious matter later arose. Conservative columnist Jim Pinkerton flatly alleged that to promote multiculturalism and allay Americans' concerns about immigration, the MSM and the Department of Homeland Security spiked a story about a terrorist dry run by 12 Syrians.

View video here.

Pinkerton had discussed the story in a recent Newsday column:

Discussing the matter on Fox News Watch last evening at 6:43 pm EDT, Pinkerton observed:

JIM PINKERTON: The case three years ago where 12 Syrians, as in carrying Syrian passports, got on an airplane, did suspicious things, went to the lavatory, made hand-signal to each other. The passengers at the time reported this as an incident. The cops interviewed them, let them go, they hadn't done anything, at least officially.
As Pinkerton had detailed in his column, "DHS officials declared that the Americans were 'hysterical' in their reaction to the Syrians, chalking up the incident to cultural misunderstanding, if not outright racism. But now the story gets worse, from a trust-the-government point of view. The DHS inspector general looked into the incident, completing a report March 30, 2006, confirming the eyewitness accounts of suspicious behavior, raising the distinct possibility that the Syrians' actions aboard the plane were part of a "dry run" for an attack."
PINKERTON: And then the Homeland Security Department buried it for three years until the Washington Times broke the story. That was a big story, and it speaks to the larger issue, which is the media are systematically trying to squelch concerns about domestic terrorism in the name of defending multiculturalism.
Interestingly, the generally left-leaning Jane Hall was of a similar mind.
JANE HALL: I think the Washington Times story was very serious and bravo to them for reporting it. And I agree with Rich [Lowry, of the National Review, pinch-hitting for Cal Thomas] that if you think we should be concerned about this, somehow you're a Bush supporter, I mean, as opposed to you want the country to have a decent homeland security operation.

PINKERTON: To make it more perverse, the Bush supporters, like Michael Chertoff, who is the Homeland Security Secretary, they want to squelch this because they want to keep the immigration bill alive. They want open borders, that's part of their plan. They don't want to make people afraid here at home.
Pinkerton feels so strongly about the issue that he closed his Newsday column by asking: "Why does DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff still have his job?"

Contact Mark at mark@gunhill.net



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: borders; homelandsecurity; jimpinkerton; terrorism

1 posted on 06/10/2007 4:35:18 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Open-borders ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 06/10/2007 4:36:04 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

read “londonistan” by melanie phillips.

multiculturalism abused by the left and immigrants; that’s exactly how britain is going down the drain.


3 posted on 06/10/2007 4:40:49 PM PDT by ken21 (tv: 1. sells products. 2. indoctrinates viewers into socialism.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I didn’t watch last night, so thank you for this. I’m glad Pinkerton is on the right side of this, unlike Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke, who sickened me with their immigration coverage. (And that’s why the teevee was off—it was either that, or throw my shoe at the teevee....)


4 posted on 06/10/2007 4:42:12 PM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And if, by chance, a few Americans stood up and started beating the snot out of these Syrians, I guess that would be reported as a hate crime, wouldn’t it?


5 posted on 06/10/2007 4:44:00 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (Fred, are you in or out?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Just say NO to Amnesty!! Keep calling!! It’s NOT OVER!!

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121

U.S. House switchboard: (202) 225-3121

White House comments: (202) 456-1111

Find your House Rep.: http://www.house.gov/writerep

Find your US Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


6 posted on 06/10/2007 4:44:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I am currently re-reading Terror in the Skies by Anne Jacobsen. I decided to go for it and mark up all my favorite parts.

This one get my attention every time!

A middle Eastern man had been in an aircraft bathroom far too long, and the air marshall on board became suspicious. He forced his way inside the bathroom and discovered that the passenger had removed the bathroom mirror and was attempting to break through the wall and into the cockpit." (pg 52-53)

Everyone who has heard anything about this incident, please raise your hand.

7 posted on 06/10/2007 4:50:51 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Old news but worthy of con stant repition.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1826963/posts?page=1358#1358


8 posted on 06/10/2007 4:55:01 PM PDT by Roccus (People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient....then repent.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

WOW!!


9 posted on 06/10/2007 5:03:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive, and shall waive.......
and shall waive
and shall waive
and shall waive
and shall waive
and shall waive

8SEC. 102. WAIVER OF LAWS NECESSARY FOR IMPROVE19
MENT OF BARRIERS AT BORDERS.
20 Section 102(c) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and
21 Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1103
22 note) is amended to read as follows:
23 ‘‘(c) WAIVER.—
24 ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other
25 provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security
8
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1 shall have the authority to waive, and shall waive, all
2 laws such Secretary, in such Secretary’s sole discre3
tion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious con4
struction of the barriers and roads under this sec5
tion.
6 ‘‘(2) NO JUDICIAL REVIEW.—Notwithstanding
7 any other provision of law (statutory or nonstatu8
tory), no court shall have jurisdiction—
9 ‘‘(A) to hear any cause or claim arising
10 from any action undertaken, or any decision
11 made, by the Secretary of Homeland Security
12 pursuant to paragraph (1); or
13 ‘‘(B) to order compensatory, declaratory,
14 injunctive, equitable, or any other relief for
15 damage alleged to arise from any such action or
16 decision.’’


10 posted on 06/10/2007 5:04:29 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Don’t forget the direct line to U.S. senators provided by pro-illegal immigration groups: 1-800-417-7666 (if it still works). Just follow directions (ignoring their spiel).
11 posted on 06/10/2007 5:20:49 PM PDT by Lord Basil
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I was a crewmember at another major airline at the time. None of us bought the Syrian musician story when we heard it. We figured it was DHS politics, and did not connect it to an immigration push—we were still naively assuming DHS was honestly trying, however ineptly, to secure America. Fooled we were.


12 posted on 06/10/2007 5:22:44 PM PDT by petertare (--)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
PINKERTON: To make it more perverse, the Bush supporters, like Michael Chertoff, who is the Homeland Security Secretary, they want to squelch this because they want to keep the immigration bill alive. They want open borders, that's part of their plan. They don't want to make people afraid here at home.

Wow.

What if this is also part of the rationale behind the Iraq war? "Fight them over there, not over here" - in other words, "Fight them over there, because we wouldn't be willing to defend the homeland by tightening the borders", or, "Fight them over there, so we can keep and promote our open borders".

President Bush's judgment and loyalty are in serious question given this horrible immigration deal.

13 posted on 06/10/2007 5:29:53 PM PDT by Swordfished
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To: Lord Basil

My theory is: (a)Most everyone has unlimited long distance nowadays, and (b) for those who don’t; if you can’t spare some loose change for a couple of calls to your congressman, you’re not too concerned with amnesty & illegals.


14 posted on 06/10/2007 5:34:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Why does DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff still have his job?"

That's easy: Because "our" Presidente wants him right where he is.

Here's a harder question: Why does GWB want to destroy our sovereignty?

15 posted on 06/10/2007 5:37:38 PM PDT by teawithmisswilliams (Basta, already!)
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To: Swordfished

And the real joke on us is that Bush is bringing them over here as refugees. The US taxpayer is probably paying for their trip! Perhaps they can start a club - Future Terrorists of America.


16 posted on 06/10/2007 5:54:33 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

... does that star-spangled banner yet waive?


17 posted on 06/10/2007 7:06:44 PM PDT by AZLiberty (President Fred -- I like the sound of it.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why bother with a dry run? What is so complicated about a suicide hijacking that it needs to be practiced for?


18 posted on 06/10/2007 7:09:09 PM PDT by Grut
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why does Cherkoff have a job?

Why does Jorge have a job?


19 posted on 06/10/2007 7:10:43 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (Duncan Hunter and John Bolton in '08!!!!!!!!)
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To: AZLiberty
... does that star-spangled banner yet waive?

As far as I'm concerned....it does......and it will.... until the very last patriot has died trying to defend and preserve it.

20 posted on 06/10/2007 7:14:51 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; Spacetrucker; RexBeach; TexasPatriot8; Arrowhead1952

ping


21 posted on 06/10/2007 7:20:54 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thanks for this.

Hideous . . . as usual.


22 posted on 06/10/2007 8:37:39 PM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: txflake

Thanks for the ping. Another “dry run” without action by the feds. What gives?


23 posted on 06/11/2007 5:13:37 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Chertoff looks like a crack-head to me.


24 posted on 06/11/2007 5:27:46 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: txflake

Just a little FYI I thought you might find interesting...: Last week, I (being a traveling commodities relocator ;) ) had occasion to travel to Laredo, TX. On my way back out of Laredo, some miles north of the city, I, as all vehicles traveling I-35 north from Laredo are required to, entered into the ICE/DHS checkstation. As an example of how serious they are about our security, asked me one question: “Are you an American citizen?” and then waved me on my way.


25 posted on 06/12/2007 4:48:34 AM PDT by Spacetrucker (The truth always hurts more...)
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